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The Bachelorette Party

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  3,760 ratings  ·  260 reviews
After being left at the altar by her soap star fiancé, L.A. high school teacher Zadie Roberts wants nothing to do with love and romance. Still, with the help of her best buddy, Grey, she may somehow overcome the wedding that wasn't. That is, until Grey gets engaged to Zadie's prim and proper cousin Helen, and Zadie is dragged back into wedding festivity hell. The coup de g
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2005)
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Aditi
Read something so hilarious after such a long time. Way too witty and filled with sarcasm, this book is surely going to be one of your favorite books!
It's about a left-at-the-alter-bride, Zadie, a high school teacher, who was assigned by her bff, Grey, to loosen up his uptight to-be-bride, Helen(sadly, Zadie's way too perfect cousin) on her bachelorette party. Zadie was too against the idea of love and marriage. But the twists and turns of that bachelorette party changes her life forever, it ma...more
Jen
Forget The Hangover, there needs to be a movie based off of this book. Absolutely hilarious! I could not put this book down. I wanted to see what was going to happen next with out of control bachelorette Helen, and her (not so) uptight friends. Not to mention Zadie and the forbidden hottie. This book is a must read for any chick lit fan!
Michelle
Summary:
Zadie is of the mind that love and marriage are as evil as Satan himself. After she’s stood up at the alter by her soap opera star fiancé Jack all she has left is her job as an English teacher at a posh LA private school and her best friend Grey. The biggest problem with that? Well, not only is she spending the majority of her time lusting after her Abercrombie and Fitch model [slash:] student Trevor but now Grey has moved to the dark side. Her best friend has gone and gotten engaged to...more
Jennifer
The Bachelorette Party is a standalone novel written by author and screenwriter Karen McCullah Lutz. The book centers around a group of women throwing a bachelorette party for the seemingly perfect, virgin bride: Helen. The agenda is very structured and filled with tea, spa, and shopping, but the groom asks his best friend Zadie to make sure Helen loosens up a bit and has a good time. Well, to make this happen, the agenda gets a detour and alcohol is introduced. Apparently Helen is a TOTALLY dif...more
Emily
Zadie's fiancé never showed up to her wedding day, so she is kind of disillusioned by love. Then her best guy friend get's engaged to Zadie's least favorite cousin. Helen, Zadie's cousin, has presented herself as the perfect person. She always remembers to send birthday presents, doesn't drink, is a virgin, and works hard on her public image. Grey is Zadie's best friend and the one who has gotten her through her break up. Zadie has to stand up in their wedding party now and at the Bachelorette p...more
Ela
I picked this book up by accident at the bookstore and am so SO glad I did!

I really loved this book. I found myself laughing so hard I had tears running down my face. Sadie is a great character to follow and I'm glad I got to be in her head for the duration of the book. The smart and snarky remarks she makes, the nicknames she gives some of the other girls at the party, and her interactions with the people around her really make this one a gem.

I was glad that the book got a little bit more serio...more
Stephanie
A hysterical page-turner I was able to breeze thru in 1.5 days of reading. All profanities aside (probably the most hysterical part of the book itself), the characters are exaggerated, making them all the more entertaining.

The plot line is simple. your best friend, the groom, is marrying your angelic-absolutely-perfect-in-every-way cousin, who you quietly hate due to her perfection. When your best friend asks you to make sure his bride-to-be loosens up at her bachelorette party and has a good t...more
Kristan
Crass, vulgar, unrealistic and offensive. Why did I finish reading it? I don't know. I'm a sucker for a story, I guess. The end turned out alright and the story was some what humorous at times, if you can get past the vulgarity. I really wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Elizabeth
This book was a little slow at the beginning. The main character is self loathing and kind of annoying. but stick with it. it becomes witty and entertaining. (there are some raunchy parts that could have been left out)
Christi
ahhhhhhh memories. Loved this one!
Shannon
I could not get past the fact that I completely HATED the main character of this book. I found her horribly judgmental and, frankly, sexist, especially considering her own highly questionable moral compass. It didn't bother me too much at first, because I didn't get the impression you were supposed to be entirely on her side. It definitely seemed like one of those books where the main character learns her lesson by the end, which she did - to a degree, but not nearly enough for my liking.

That b...more
Soobee72
This was a lot of fun and quick read. One warning: if you found Bridesmaids (the movie) offensive, chances are, this book is not for you. There aren't quite the same gross out gags, but still, maybe skip this.

Lutz is apparently one of the screenwriters of Legally Blonde and you can see that history in the book, I think. There's a lot of vivid imagery and I could "see" the book as I read it.

Zadie is a high school teacher in LA with students who model and are children or ridiculously famous peopl...more
Stephanie
The Bachelorette Party is written by one of the co-authors of the romantic comedy phenomenon that was Legally Blonde, and despite being up until midnight with this little page turner, I couldn’t resist a quick google to see whether my hunch was correct. I can smugly say that it was: you can expect a film adaptation of this kooky little read in 2011.

The Bachelorette Party is a book that knows no bounds, and it was not just a few times that I found myself grinning rather guiltily at the antics of...more
Brittany
Aug 28, 2008 Brittany rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bridesmaids
Recommended to Brittany by: Robyn
Shelves: girly-books, fiction
How I Came To Read This Book: I got it as an Xmas gift from Robyn I believe.

The Plot: Zadie's best friend Grey is getting married - to her prim and proper cousin Helen. As a result, Zadie is forced to attend Helen's painfully planned bachelorette party - which takes a turn for the wild (almost too wild!) threatening Helen & Grey's impending nuptials, and Zadie's relationship with them both.

The Good & The Bad: I remember this book had a surprising amount of sex thrown into it - it was lik...more
Brianna
This was an enjoyable, funny, raunchy, and quick read. It was clearly written not only to be a funny chick lit book, but to eventually be made into a movie. With the quick pace and numerous back to back events in a short period of time, this will be a hilarious comedy I'm sure!

Zadie is an English teacher at a private school in L.A. who finds herself unlucky in love. She was dumped at the altar by her soap-star fiance, who didn't show up for the wedding and "forgot" to tell her. After the wedding...more
Laura
Zadie is a recently jilted, understandably bitter ex-fiance of a minor soap opera hunk. After the mourning period was over and she'd sent enough door to door dog poo packages and paid a bum to pee on his car it becomes apparent to her that just maybe it's time to move on. Easily done when you have a fabulous best friend who's a hot shot Hollywood attorney who loves to take part in your latest scheme right? But when her best friend Grey announces that he and her cousin Helen have decided to tie t...more
Monique
Ha ha ha..this witty chick novel was hilarious..I so enjoyed spending time with the snide and laughably human Zadie and her friends as she prepares for her male best friend's wedding to her "oh so perfect" cousin Helen..Think romantic comedies My Best Friend's Wedding with Julia Roberts and Bridesmaids with Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph combined with the stereotypical Ms Too Good To Be True character coming undone in a web of lies and hilarious endeavors and that is basically this novel..female...more
Shoshanah
Given that the author of this book is one of the screen writers of movies like Legally Blonde, Ten Things I Hate About You, and The House Bunny, it isn't that much of a surprise that it feels like a movie. Think of it as Bridesmaids meets The Hangover.

It did take me a while to really get into this book and start enjoying it. But about halfway through, coincidentally once the bachelorette party started, things really started to pick up for me. Going into it I thought I had figured out exactly how...more
Sheela
This was a really fun, lighthearted novel full of colorful characters. Zadie, with her biting comments, was a zesty, but rather normal character.

I read this book because I heard it was going to be made into a movie (a ladies version of the Hangover), and I was excited to see how the story would unfold in written form first. In fact, I wonder if the author had it in mind to make this into a movie while writing the story because many of the scenes will play out better on screen than in the novel....more
Corey
Zadie is a crazy, scattered, sarcastic teacher whom was recently jilted at the alter by her Soap Star fiance. Helen, Zadie's cousin, is a 28 year old virgin, has never been drunk, remembers birthdays and is planning the perfect wedding to the perfect man, Grey whom happens to be Zadie's best friend. Of course, Helen is having the perfect bachelorette/bridal shower and Zadie is in charge of getting Helen to "loosen up" at Grey's request. The perfect bachelorette party goes from perfect doing the...more
Chanpreet
I had put reading this book off for so long, and I am really glad I finally picked it up today. It's funny, wild,action packed, and I loved it! I wasn't able to put it down until I finished and I loved reading about Zadie, Grey, Helen, and the rest of the bachelorette party. It was great to see Zadie go from angry, cynical, and hurt from being left at the altar 7 months ago to being open, calm, and somewhat healed. It was also great to find out that Helen wasn't as perfect as the image she portr...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780755332717

Genre? - Chic Lit

Characters? - Helen / Zadie Roberts / Grey / Denise / Trevor

Setting? - Los Angeles (U.S.A.)

Series? - N/A

Title? - Exactly what it says - the story of a bachelorette party.

Character Analysis? - I'll admit that at first I really hated Helen, but as the secrets came out I realised I actually quite liked her. At first I thought she is far too perfect, but when you find out she isn't, it makes the whole story a lot more believable. I also really loved Zadie and Gr...more
Rebecca
This book was just sort of meh. No one was super like able, but no one was super hate able either. Girl's best (guy) friend is going to marry her cousin and most of the book was about her bachelorette party, which driving around Los Angeles, was probably my most favorite aspect of this book. The cousin being all pure and virginal and then coming out that she had done like one night of slutty stuff in her life was annoying because like who the hell cares? I got confused by everyone at the party w...more
Amy Mueller
Ok, confession... I've read this book three times. I read it back in 2005 when it first came out, and then when my bookclub chose it in 2010 I read it again. I didn't realize until halfway through that I had read it before! It was hilarious so I continued reading. Now I'm on vacation in Hawai'i, and thought since I have lot of time to read that what the hell, I'll read it again.
I absolutely love this book. It's laugh-out-loud funny and I actually howl with laughter while reading it and my husban...more
Sabrina
This book was fabulous. It was a quick, dirty, fun read with that classic crazy 'chick lit' plot centring around a woman and her man problems with the added bonus of many dirty words and even dirtier jokes. The ramblings and thoughts of our girl Zadie are often hysterical and oh so wonderfully sarcastic. It's like Bridesmaids in book form.

The ONLY thing I didn't like was one aspect regarding Zadie's job. Without spoiling it for anyone, Zadie and I share a profession and she does something close...more
Carissa
This book really made me laugh out loud several times! It was actually pretty hard to put down. The main character, Zadie was foul, fresh, feisty and overall a terrific main character for a chick lit book. The things that came out of her mouth were hilarious, which made her a special kind of character-one that you can relate to and one that you would really like hanging out with.

The book really takes some crazy turns throughout the entire story, which made it very engaging that took me just a c...more
Babydimps
Hand down, the FUNNIEST book I have ever read! I'm hoping they make a movie out if it because it would be freaking spectacular!
Jessica
This was a really fun book! While I couldn't exactly relate to Zadie, I found her very likeable. The pacing of the plot was awesome- I read in the author section that she has written some very successful screenplays and you can tell. I felt like I was watching a hilarious chick-flick as I was reading "The Bachelorette Party." It was a nice surprise to see a 100% platonic friendship between the main character and her (straight) male best friend, who is engaged to her cousin. I also liked reading...more
Courtney
What a fun read. I loved the story, it was just what I was looking for. A quick, fun, raunchy night with a mix of crazy women. Would definitely recommend.
Siobhan Rini
Can I give this zero stars? It's absolute garbage. Nothing funny, no likeable characters, complete waste of time.
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Karen McCullah Lutz co-wrote the movies Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon, 10 Things I Hate About You starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger and She’s the Man starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum. She currently has movie projects in development at Paramount, Columbia, Universal, New Line and Intermedia.

The Bachelorette Party, published by St. Martin’s Press, is her first novel.

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