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Readers Advisory: The Revenge of the Flower Girls

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Scholastic, $16.99 hardbound, ISBN-10 0545561418, May 2014

In this middle-grade Bridesmaids, hilarity ensues as triplets have to stop a wedding! One bride. Two boys. Three flower girls who won’t forever hold their peace. What could go wrong with this wedding? Everything! The Brewster triplets, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney, would usually spend their summer eating ice cream, playing with their dog, and reading about the US Presidents. But this year they’re stuck planning their big sister Lily’s wedding. Lily used to date Alex, who was fun and nice and played trivia games with the triplets, and no one’s quite sure why they broke up. Burton, Lily’s groom-to-be, is not nice or fun, and he looks like an armadillo. The triplets can’t stand to see Lily marry someone who’s completely wrong for her, so it’s up to them to stop the wedding before anyone says “I do!” The flower girls will stop at nothing to delay Lily’s big day, but will sprinklers, a photo slideshow, a muddy dog, and some unexpected allies be enough to prevent their big sister – and the whole Brewster family – from living unhappily ever after?

While not as over-the-top or funny as I’d hoped, this comedy is cute and serviceable enough. As an adult reader, occasionally I had trouble suspending disbelief, especially when the reason Alex and Lily broke up finally comes out. The girls’ obsession with US presidents is unique enough, but seemed like a device forced into the story to add more quirk. Overall, this lighthearted romcom is a good time filled with familial solidarity and should win fans among the pre-chick-lit set.

Recommend to: Fans of the silly and fluffy

To buy or not to buy: Additional purchase

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