Becky’s One Hundred and Forty-Third Book Review: “Bridesmaid Lotto: McMaster the Disaster, Book 1” by Rachel Astor

This is a book that I picked up to read because it was being offered as a free download on ibooks. Sometimes, I like to read a book that requires little-to-no brainpower and that is what I expected when I downloaded “Bridesmaid Lotto”. It seemed like a book that was going to be completely predictable and probably one that I wouldn’t read with any sense of urgency. I surprised myself when I devoured the book.

The premise for “Bridesmaid Lotto” is Josie McMaster, the main character, is entered into a ‘bridesmaid lottery’ by her meddling mother. There is a contest going on for a celebrity that is getting married, she is going to have four bridesmaids pooled from those who pay $10 to enter their names. The appeal? A possible date with the movie star Jake Hall (whose brother is the one getting married). Josie hears about this and thinks it’s crazy and doesn’t even consider entering. Her best friend/roommate is spellbound by the idea and does enter, as do thousands of other girls. It was obvious from the start that Josie was going to win the contest since the title of the book is ‘bridesmaid lotto’. Of course she does win, but the aftermath was different from what I was expecting. Although the plot did follow what I kept expecting to happen, it did so in a way that was still really enjoyable.

Although it seemed rather predictable, I couldn’t help but keep going back to the book. In order to keep her head on straight, Josie decides to keep a ‘disaster diary’. The idea is that anytime she feels like she is letting the experience inflate her ego too much, she can write an entry in her diary about something embarrassing that happened to her. After all, her nickname in school was McMaster the Disaster. I found myself really enjoying these blurbs from her past. They were funny and lighthearted and pretty much stuff that everyone has experienced at one time or another. It kept the book interesting when I thought I would instantly get bored.

I thought that Rachel Astor did a good job developing most of the characters as well. Josie becomes a very likeable person that most women will be able to relate to. Jake Hall – movie star and love interest is just the right amount of down-to-earth coupled with Hollywood lifestyle to make him interesting and still likeable. The supporting characters were fun; I especially liked Mattie although he could have used a little more development. Josie’s mom was a terrible person – the big thing that I was unable to relate to since I’ve only known my own mom who is wonderful. But overall I think it was enjoyable.

Would I recommend this book? Yes – to some. I think that this is a great book for someone looking for a fun read. There isn’t any depth to this book and thankfully, it doesn’t try to force some in. It’s a beach read for sure, but I find myself oddly drawn back to Josie and wanting to know more about her life. Happily, this is the first book in a series so I can find more out about her. I just may. 

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