Are You Sure There Is Going To Be A Wedding? | Patron Saint For Junior Bridesmaids | ARC Review

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Paper Bindings | Are You Sure There Is Going To Be A Wedding? | Patron Saint For Junior Bridesmaids | ARC Review | TITLE: A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids AUTHOR: Shelley Tougas RELEASE DATE: October 11th 2016 PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press ★★
TITLE: A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids
AUTHOR: Shelley Tougas
RELEASE DATE: October 11th 2016
PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press
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“A bully, a wedding, and a larger-than-life family add up to a hilarious and heartfelt middle-grade novel.

Mary Margaret Miller is going to be a junior bridesmaid--that is, if she isn't grounded for the rest of her life. She's feuding with school bully Brent Helzinski, and her cousin Eden, aka The Bride, is clashing with her grandmother about wedding plans. Mary knows it's her job as a junior bridesmaid to make the day run smoothly, but she sure could use a little help from above.”




I found A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids to be:

  • Boring
  • Very Religious

I requested A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids because it sounded fun.


A young girl dealing with quite a lot suddenly finds herself as a bridesmaid? Imagine all the hijinks that plot line could lead to. I certainly did, so I was excited to dive into the book.

Unfortunately, A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids was not meant for me.

I found it extremely boring.


Mary found out about the surprise wedding within the first 1% of the book. However, it took about 27% for us to finally get somewhere with the wedding plot line. A whole lot of nothing happens for most of this book.

There was a lot of religious talk within these pages, everything from saints (which I expected to a degree) to what occurs at church on Sunday. I don’t mind books where religion is discussed, but this was very in your face and “I going to describe this all in perfect detail which I expect you to memorize….oh, yeah, here’s a bit of the story too.”

It felt like being Catholic was the plot of this book and not a girl, who happens to be Catholic, deciding she needed to find A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids to pray to for help.

There was a subplot involving a friendship-possibly something more with the neighbor boy that I’m not sure added anything more to the plot than bringing a non-Catholic, and somehow less religious, voice to the story. Which was an excuse to talk more about Catholicism and for Mary to get upset when he said something more logical and less religious based.

Brent’s whole plotline with was a waste and very 2D. 


It was primarily told with these one page “dividers” sporadically tossed between chapters. But here’s the thing, I didn’t care and wanted it to stop. 

It added nothing exciting to the story. I think it was supposed to be a way of showing the old Mary vs the new Mary by the end of the A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids but it fell flat.


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Paper Bindings | Are You Sure There Is Going To Be A Wedding? | Patron Saint For Junior Bridesmaids | ARC Review | TITLE: A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids AUTHOR: Shelley Tougas RELEASE DATE: October 11th 2016 PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press ★★



Overall


Overall, I think A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids is going to be the kind of book that caterers to a certain type of audience. Unfortunately, that type of audience is not me. I didn’t hate the book, but I didn’t enjoy it enough to recommend it to anyone.



Quotations


"'Grandmas says it's a blessing in disguise.'
'Blessings shouldn't come in disguise.'" (ARC 74%)


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