Always the Bridesmaid Book Summary and Study Guide

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Amy's life is not working out how she planned. She is going nowhere in her job, she is turning 30, she is single and everyone around her is either married or getting married. Her sister brought home a hunk from Australia and is now engaged; her best friend Beth has gotten engaged to Tony her life in boyfriend. Then Amy sees her ex-boyfriend's car in the drive of her best friend's house (Jackie). She goes to pieces.
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Much of the book deals with the internal struggles that Amy feels and how not only she but her friends & family deal with these feelings, which manifest into behavior that most would call depression. She deals with her feeling of betrayal from her friend Jackie, to her jealousy of those getting married.

Amy is so unsure about herself that when a good looking man named Stevie J. asks her out she continually drives him away. In fact she actually has a date with him then trying to appear nonchalant she makes him think she is not interested in seeing him again when she really is. At least her career seems to be finally going in the correct direction, she is making sets for a children's show and they love her work. Since her dream job is to work for the same show she is working on this may finally be sending her career in the right direction. She finally decides that she is ok and decided to pursue the possibility of the TV job and make amends with Stevie.

The review of this Book prepared by Tanya

Avon, Mar 2004, 13.95
ISBN: 0060571667

As she closes in on thirty, Amy O'Sullivan wonders how she failed at life. It is bad enough that she just broke up with her boyfriend who is sleeping with an ex friend of hers, but she now lives in her parents' home. Adding to her despondency is her younger sister Suzi, who has brought an Australian fiancé Matt Street to live with the O'Sullivans and Amy's best friend is engaged too. Perhaps her only satisfaction is her place of employment as the “Story Princess” telling tales to children, but depressingly to Amy none of her own.

Alcohol fails to take the edge off her jealousy that her sibling and buddy are both getting married while she will play second fiddle as a bridesmaid. Her dejection makes her miss a real opportunity with a hunk of a children's author who likes Amy even though she is nasty towards him. Will she overcome her sad fog to see the light of love or will she remain a melancholy loser?

Sarah Webb enables the audience to see very deeply inside the soul of Amy, but that is a two-edged sword as the audience feels empathy towards her, but they will also dislike her destructive behavior especially how she treats the men in her relationships. Fans of a serious chick lit character study will enjoy this tale in spite of detesting Amy's behavior and hope she will find happiness.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   lack of a boyfriend/girlfriend/squeeze Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Irish    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   1 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Ireland

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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