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Wedding Girl

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,003 ratings  ·  180 reviews
You’ve Got Mail meets Julie & Julia in the new foodie fiction from the author of Recipe for Disaster.

Top pastry chef Sophie Bernstein and her sommelier fiancé were set to have Chicago’s culinary wedding of the year…until the groom eloped with someone else in a very public debacle, leaving Sophie splashed across the tabloids—fifty grand in debt on her dream wedding and
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Berkley
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
This Book is a perfect example of how chick lit romance should be written. Fun, light-hearted, the drama, interesting families, in a story that you are thoroughly wrapped up in.

Wedding Girl is a fast-paced humorous story that you just can't put down once you pick it up. I read it in one day and was cranky when I had to stop. While the story is very predictable in many ways and I kinda already knew the ending, it didn't make it any less of an interesting and engaging read for me.

Loaded with fun
Tracie Banister
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been meaning to read a Stacey Ballis book for a while. So, when one of my favorite online blogs gave a big thumbs up to Wedding Girl, I grabbed myself a copy and dove right in! I was pulled into the story right away, which opens on pastry chef Sophie Bernstein's wedding day. She has invested a lot of time and even more money in a high-end extravaganza that she thinks will be the beginning of a wonderful life with her fiancé, but those dreams are dashed when he's a no-show. A humiliated Soph ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stacey Ballis is one of my favorite authors. I know I can always count on her for a feel-good read that incorporates Chicago, humor, dogs, romance, Jewish elements, and lots and lots of delicious sounding food. Wedding Girl is no exception, but it is now my favorite of all her books. (I know I say that each time she comes out with a new one, but she's really set the bar this time.)

It's rare that I want to marry a book (although I did with Marian Keyes' most recent novel), but fitting that it wo
Karyn Niedert
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
"Wedding Girl" is a light, breezy read to enjoy when you want a light, little something to enjoy for a few hours.

Sophie is a caring, smidgy overweight pastry chef who is trying to pull her life back together after being left high and dry at the alter with s staggering amount of wedding bills to pay off. Having fallen into a self-pitying depression that finds her tossed out of her job, she moves in with her Grandma Bubbles in hopes of paying down some debt and getting back on her feet.

Getting ba
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced and I couldn't put it down once I started to read. Top pastry chef Sophie Bernstein is dumped at the alter and left to pay for her once in a lifetime wedding she put on her credit cards because she knew her fiance would help pay them off once they were married. Now she has lost her job since her attitude has become so bad her mentor was forced to fire her, had to sell her condo since she can barely make the interest payments on her credit cards and moved in with her grandmother, Bubbl ...more
Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, but rounded up to 5 stars on Goodreads.

Don't read this book if you are even a little bit hungry. I know that previous Ballis books often incorporate cooking/baking into the plot, but this is the first one that actually made me hungry while reading. I am going to give Ballis a little bit grief though, everyone of her books except for one I think stars a women who is a certain size, with brown hair, and is usually Jewish. All of these books I think exce
Amber Garabrandt
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*Minor spoiler alert* I received a copy of Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis from First To Read. It was lauded as a funny, sweet, sarcastic romantic comedy- it lived up to the hype. Sunshine Sophie Summer Karma Bernstein is getting ready to be married! While her parents don’t believe in the need for all the pomp and ceremony, Sophie does (and so do her credit cards). She has the dream dress, catering to die for, a cake that is lavishly unreal and a groom that…. Is gone. What’s a pastry chef/ jilted ...more
Bethany Clark
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This happens to be the first book I have ever read by Stacey Ballis and I am hooked. The attention to detail was incredible, the character development was amazing and I loved the plot! I have never read a true foodie piece of fiction and I can't say enough about it! The description of the foods and recipes were to die for.
Pastry chef Sophie was planning the wedding of her dreams, she spared no expense from the flowers to the food. Dexter was the man of her dreams and this wedding would be a true
Hilary Grossman
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge Stacey Ballis fan, and as expected, I loved this hard to put down book. I was immediately drawn into the story. I loved the relatable main character, Sophie. But the supporting characters really made the book, in my opinion. Everyone from Sophie's parents to her besties were so unique and delightful. I also loved how characters of previous books made guest appearances so you could "catch up". By the last page I wanted to move in with Bubbles, Sophie's grandmother... Wedding Girl will ...more
Ilene Harris
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a fun book, I loved reading every minute.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Every once in a while, I get in the mood for a fluffy chick lit novel. This one came across my bargain page, so I picked up up for a couple of bucks on Kindle. 

This book fit the bill -- it was quite fluffy and full of food descriptions. In fact, the food got to the point of skimming over it. I had the same issue with The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, so perhaps I should avoid food books!

Sophie is alright. She's hurt after her ex-fiance broke her heart and hijacked their business. She spent an ung
Cathy Daniel
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an adorable, sweet, funny, cute book!! I can't believe I'm just now reading this author's books! I look forward to more.
Bubble, is hands down the best grandma ever in a book.
I did find the sudden they woke up after a night of sex to be jarring when it was such a clean book 75% or so through but it skipped the scene and mercifully wasn't described and behind scenes so still clean, just jarring and sudden. I also wish the ending "surprise" was more drawn out and dramatic lol. But overall, f
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Maybe three and half. Fun, easy book that will
make you hungry with all the food
Descriptions. The narrator is a pastry chef. I found the narrator sometimes a
Little irritating but I also think the book was about her redeeming herself for mistakes made.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook
I was raised kinda-Catholic in Oklahoma. But after reading this I feel like I have found a new family. The insight to the culture, history and food of this Jewish neighborhood in Chicago was all-consuming. I always enjoy Ballis’ writing and this was no exception. I completely enjoyed all of the quirks of this story and the many characters, but I hold a special place in my heart for Snatch.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stacey Ballis always does a great job with chick lit that has just enough depth to not be silly. And since they’re usually about chefs and include recipes in the back, they also make me hungry! I especially want to try Sophie's Mom's Noodle Kugel. Overall, I loved this book and the characters - I'm always surprised Stacey Ballis isn't more popular.
Lori Connor
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5, fun and cute. I love that it is set in Chicago too. Great light summer read. My second by this author
Samantha March
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a review copy
Weddings and food are two of my favorite topics to read about, so I figured Wedding Girl would be a good choice for me. While it ended up not being a favorite, it was still an interesting read, with plenty of plot twists along the way. The first chapter was a little so-so for me. The run-on sentences, especially when describing food, was a little much for me, and it was pretty clear right in the beginning that Sophie was not in a good relationship and I wasn’t sure how sh
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book so far this Spring! I loved Sophie! The cast of characters were great, especially Bubbles, Sophie's 80 something grandmother, what a lively and fun lady, I would  love to have a relative like Bubbles. Sophie's hippy parents were great as well, their support of Sophie's situation was so endearing to me. I would have to say that to me this book was more like the Judy Garland movie, In The Good Ole Summertime, which just happens to be one of my all time favorite movies, I a ...more
This book. Was. So. Much. Fun. I'm so glad I read it! Thank you, Goodreads/Berkley Publishing House, for this advance copy... I loved it!!

There's so much more to this book that meets the eye. So much more than just Sophie left jilted at the altar. This book boasts a cast of colorful and quirky characters: Sophie's lesbian best friends; her (unmarried) parents; her grandma, Bubbles; Bubbles dog, Snatch; and a very mysterious stranger Sophie meets online.

You'll be drooling at the mouth with all th
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Wedding Girl
By Stacey Ballis
ISBN13: 9780425276617
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As an introduction to the writing of Stephanie Ballis, this was wonderful. Full of romance, humor, and food that sounds delicious! I swear, I gained five pounds just reading this book…. or at least I will when I try some of the recipes at the end of the book
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Highly entertaining & a fun read. The characters had me smiling and snickering as I read it (snatch & munch), & the food descriptions had me reaching for Google to find similar recipes. A great story about handling the curve balls life throws at you, and making it through them better than you were before.
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I really like Stacey Ballis' books, and this one is no exception. Sophie is a pastry chef trying to get her life back together after it implodes. Not only is this a great glimpse into the baking world, but it's also a warm, fuzzy book with a central character who is "plus-sized." Bonus: Recipes at the end.
Pat Morris
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this author's writing style. She writes with a dry sense of humor and it translates to some realistic characters. Great story.
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I gain weight just reading a book by Stacey Ballis. This was one of my favorites. Great romantic storyline plus wonderful family and friends to support Sophie.
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Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
This is ideal chick lit. Sophie is left at the altar, moves in with her grandmother, and starts working at a local neighborhood bakery. On the side, to help pay for her wedding debt, she starts giving wedding advice on the Internet.

The characters are well rounded, the various businesses are handled realistically (though I continue to wonder whether she paid taxes on that Wedding Girl income), there are multiple storylines that are given depth. Various plot points aren't a surprise, but it's sti
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

The reading of this book was an equivalent to take a long winded stroll with nowhere to get but still enjoying the walk and visuals on the way. This book could have been shorter, but I don't think that was the author's intent. The plot starts with a well used down on her luck heroine, dumped at the altar trying to rebuild her life back. But the best part was there were no dramatic confrontations, no extreme make overs, behaviours. Just plain old good food, good friends, a sassy grandma,
Susana Guerra
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have you ever seen the movie "You got mail?", well, its basically the same concept with a few minor changes. Sophie gets left at the altar with a 50K debt from the wedding. She then goes to live with her grandmother "Bubbles" who I wish was a real person. I just absolutely adore her. She has these amazing hippy parents who are very supportive and two amazing friends who have her back in every single aspect. As her life falls into pieces, she starts learning about who she really is and develops f ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, jewish-stuff
While this is not the next great American novel, it certainly was a fun, light read, exactly what I needed right now. Was a nice mix of scandalous and endearing. It was totally predictable, but I still enjoyed it. And the jokes about the poor dog's name should have gotten old fast, but it worked.

Honestly, the thing I docked a star for was the fact that for a book so focused on food, it got so much of the Jewish food stuff wrong (what Jewish baker sells round raisin challah in the spring?). And
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've enjoyed many of Ballis' books, and this was a cute retelling of The Shop Around the Corner/You've Got Mail. The story doesn't throw the reader any curveballs, and that's fine; I knew what I signed up for. However, I found it distracting that Sophie, the main character, doesn't seem at all introspective about the event that sets the entire book in motion. There's no reckoning with the man who humiliated her or any reflection on how she ended up with him; we see her starting from zero and fig ...more
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