Book Review + Giveaway | Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk

Always the Bridesmaid, Lindsey Kelk, book blogger, book review, giveaway, free books

Hi friends! You may remember this Instagram post back in August announcing my exciting news, and I’m sad to say that my internship at HarperCollins Canada is coming to an end. However, this post is supposed to be a happy and exciting one. Early into my internship, Kaitlyn from The Savvy Reader left a copy of Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk on my desk for me to read. After loving it, she asked me if I wanted to host a giveaway on my blog! You know I love sharing my favourite books with you, so keep reading to the end to enter!

I read Always the Bridesmaid when I was in the middle of a reading slump, and I have to say: this humourous book is perfect for busting slumps! It centers around Maddie, whose two best friends are in two different stages of life: Lauren is recently engaged and planning her wedding, while Sarah’s marriage is not going so well. Where does that leave Maddie? Smack dab in the middle. Lauren becomes a bit of a “Bridezilla” and Sarah turns to Maddie to vent about her relationship troubles. Oh, on top of all this, Maddie also has to juggle her work life and her love life…

It took me no time at all to fly through the book as it was just so enjoyable to read. Every chapter starts with an entry from Maddie’s bridesmaid book (from Lauren, of course) and Maddie is hilariously honest in each entry. Maddie is the perfect narrator because she tells her readers exactly what’s on her mind. She also gets into some pretty funny situations, and I have to admit that I laughed louder on the subway than I intended to when I was reading about “penguins vs. pandas.” I think most people can relate to the things the characters go through in this book, whether it be an exhausting bride-to-be, a friend going through boy troubles, having your own boy troubles, and struggling to move up at work. That Kelk is able to bring comedy into these everyday situations brings a certain kind of relief to them, and it’s refreshing to be able to see these events as funny instead of complicated and difficult.

So, whether you’re looking to get over a reading slump, want to read something that is full of drama and will make you laugh out loud, or relate to not ever wanting to be a bridesmaid again, this book is the perfect pick. It would also make the perfect gift for the girlfriends and fans of rom-coms on your shopping list!

Now, on to the giveaway! The generous HarperCollins Canada has given me 5 copies to give away. Click on the link below to enter!


1. No purchase necessary.
2. Open to residents of Canada only. (Sorry!)
3. If a winner is picked and their Twitter account only has giveaway entries, I will choose again (unless I can tell by their other accounts that they will actually read the book). I want the winner to genuinely enjoy these books!
4. Have fun and good luck!

Have you ever been a bridesmaid? What’s your favourite best friend story?

4 thoughts on “Book Review + Giveaway | Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk

  1. Lizzie says:

    I’m the friend who never quite makes the bridesmaid cut! I’m the one you invite to the wedding, but isn’t in the wedding party. I get invited to all the parties, and I have a nice raft of dresses due to this. Nothing wrong with being a great guest. You show up, you meet wonderful people, you have a great evening celebrating your friends. My friends do lots of nice things for me. This is me doing something nice for them.

  2. Amanda Stav says:

    My favourite best friend story happened in university. My roommate/other half/bestie had just had a huge fight with her boyfriend and another roommate and I were driving her to the bus station to take the bus back to her parents’ house to cool off and relax for a few days. The driver hadn’t ever been to the station but I, the perpetual pedestrian/public transit guru, had been there many times. Being the amazing, helpful friend that I am I was trying to give directions and as we were getting closer I piped up with “We’re almost there, you can’t miss it. There’ll be lots of buses!”…at the bus station. Ya know, because that wasn’t already obvious.

    On the bright side, my moment of unintentional goofiness and useless directions wasn’t all for nothing. My two roommates (including the one that was distraught and heartbroken) BURST out laughing. It’s still a story her and I talk about (and I get mocked for) to this day years later.

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