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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  890 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Being a bridesmaid is all I've ever dreamed of . . .

Tilly can’t believe it when her best friend Matty is asked to be a bridesmaid.

In Tilly’s favourite daydream, she’s wearing the most beautiful bridesmaid dress and walking down the aisle behind a bride.

The one wedding she’d really love to attend is her own mum and dad’s - but it seems like that's never going to happen.
Published May 5th 2016 by RHCP Digital (first published February 4th 2016)
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Sep 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I feel like Jacqueline Wilson has a lot to answer to with this whole 'you can only have one best friend' stuff. This philosophy definitely reared it's ugly head a lot when I was in primary school more than ten years ago! You'd think the message would've changed by now so it's not as toxic and creates less drama. That's literally my only complaint about Jacqueline Wilson's stories, otherwise they're really great reads.
Jonathan Peto
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never self-identified as a fangirl, but after reading quite a few of Wilson's novels to my daughter, I suppose I may as well admit to being a Jacqueline Wilson fangirl. Especially after this book.

Unlike the books starring Hetty Feather, this one has a contemporary setting. The main character, Tilly, lives with her dad because her artist mother has flown the coop. She doesn't see her mother much, her parents had never been married in the first place, and she gets obsessed about being a bride
Sep 04, 2016 added it
A cute plot clocking an underlying, extremely heart-breaking relationship between mother and daughter. Loved it!
Review to come.
Laura Samuel
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
As always, Jacqueline Wilson never fails to empower the imagination and joy within a book for young readers ( and 22 year olds!). Jacqueline Wilson was my fave author growing up, and still to this day I can appreciate her writing and the positive messages she portrays through her stories. This story may appear to be about one, beautiful, bridesmaids dress, but it brings across so much more than that. Divorce, and its impacts on children, family structure, love/weddings (LOVE how she included a r ...more
Swati Daftuar
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
May Wilson Never Stop Writing.
Kirsten McKenzie
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-s
A review from my ten year old daughter:
Rent a bridesmaid was a smashing book, it was very funny but I liked the part where (view spoiler)
My favourite part of 'Rent a Bridesmaid' would have to be the Flowers wedding as they are such a sweet couple. I love it when her Father lets her do it and is so nice. What I have written is a bit complicated as I don't want to spoil it for anyone but if you see a book you think will be good then read it! And by the way, this is one of those books!
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, teen
Tilly has always wanted to be a bridesmaid and is envious when her best friend is one. She is overjoyed when her friend gives her the dress after the event and decides to rent herself out as a bridesmaid.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really loved this book!!
❤Amy and Sofie❤
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My name is Tilly. I put a notice up saying im a bridesmaid for rent. I became a huge sucess. But problems cant help escaping and heading straight for me only...

I loved Tillys story and I soon wanted to be a bridesmaid too!!!

Poor Tillys mam is dead ( i think ) and her father is a drunk impatient man.

She has to deal with her own problems. I loved the way she did it.
Total reccomendation.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nine-year-old Tilly's dream is to be a bridesmaid at her Mum and Dad's wedding. Living alone with her Dad trying to make the best of their fresh start after Tilly's Mum left, this doesn't seem possible. After Tilly's new best friend Matty gives Tilly her raspberry pink bridesmaid dress, Tilly decides to take matters of being a bridesmaid into her own hands. Advertising in her local newsagents a rent a bridesmaid service without her Dad's knowledge, Tilly soon gets replies. Being elderly Mr and ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tilly or Matilda is a young girl of nine living with her dad but dreaming always of her mum coming home and being a bridesmaid at their wedding.

Matty is her best friend she meets at school and sets off her bridesmaid dreams even more when Matty has to wear a special raspberry pink girly dress and be a bridesmaid which she doesn't want to do. Matty is more rough and tumble!

We learn throughout the book, the hope that Tilly has held since her mum left as she started drawing angry and blacked out pi
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-read
meh. Nice that JW is finally moving on from all her books being exactly the same (i.e based on her own childhood), although this one was still very predictable.

The problem is that she so obviously tries to include political correctness and diversity - three weddings, so lets do an old couple, a gay couple, and then make the conventional wedding in the story be less fun anyway (but there is only one non-white person) - just irks me. I don't know how to explain this! She just has to reference Froz
Sophie Crane
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite author when I was younger so I couldn't resist picking this book up in the library when I saw it. Just like all her books, the book has great illustrations, is funny, heartwarming, and also a deeper underlying message. I really enjoyed it, especially the bridesmaid parts! Even though I may be too old for her books now, I'll continue to look out for them.
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cushla
A very fun exciting book. I was sad to have finished it. I recommend it to everyone, children and adults alike.
I've read five of the "newer" Jacqueline Wilson books this week (they are quick reads for kids), with another one planned soon, and 'Rent a Bridesmaid' is a story I especially like and adore. It's cute, pink, girly, frothy and sweet - just what I hoped for.

With a great, plausible premise for modern England - a little girl working as a "bridesmaid-for-hire" for various weddings (well, three at the moment) - and lovely, believable, and relatable and flawed characters and scenarios, 'Rent a Brides
Jul 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: public-library
Yes, you read that right.
I did not finish this book.
*le gasp*
I hardly ever do this. It's extremely rare that I won't stick with a book until the bitter end, whatever it may be.
But honestly, Jacqueline Wilson, you just had me really bored. I'm sorry to say it so bluntly, but I really do need to explain my highly questionable action of not actually finishing a book.
When I was younger, Wilson's books never appealed to me for some reason. I read 1, or maybe 2, I can't really remember. I do
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not in the target age range for Jacqueline Wilson books but I grew up reading them and still read them as new ones come out, they are a nice easy read for me now

I enjoyed this book but felt that the ending was rushed slightly, I think it would have been good to leave as a cliff hanger when the surprising part happens, and do another book, or that it should have happened earlier so that there was more story following on from it

I really liked the characters and that the children are best frie
Bee Hutley
Rent a Bridesmaid is certainly not up there with her best books but it's sweet nonetheless. As all Jacqueline Wilson books do, this one covers the current 'hot' social topics; mainly gay marriage and dads as single parents.

I loved the use of Tilly's drawings throughout the book which subtly mocked psycho-babble about children's drawings showing suppressed feelings; all at the same time as her drawings being a completely accurate representation of her feelings. I think (I hope) the point was that
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I've been fairly lukewarm about most of the Jacqueline Wilson books published in recent years - partly because I'm well outside the target audience now, but mostly because a lot of them seem to...stop, rather than end. Fortunately, this one isn't in that camp. It's by no mean Wilson's best, but it's a sweet little story with a nice message and a quirky premise. I like that Tilly is neither wholly girly-girl nor completely tomboyish, and I like that Wilson avoided the trope of having the friend g ...more
Angel Du
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very wholesome, kinda sad and a surprising amount of maturity for a children's book but still filled with plenty of daydreams.

Tilly is a sweet character, the stereotypical mousey Wilsonian heroine. She loves her dad but misses her mum and is in denial about her mum leaving her. She dreams of becoming a bridesmaid and somehow she manages to achieve her dreams. We also receive a cameo from Marty and Melissa and Wilson writes about her emotions very poignantly, while still keeping it lighthearted.
I’m not really the target demographic for this story but I found it sweet nonetheless. As someone whose parents are still together, it was certainly an insight into what a child might be thinking as a result of a break up, and the change in lifestyle it brings.

Tilly’s obsession with bridesmaids dresses and weddings was appropriate imagery.

I read this book to complete another prompt for the OWLs Magical Readathon - Ancient Runes, a book with a heart in the title or on the cover.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This may be down to my selection, but I think this is the first book of Jacqueline Wilson's that I've read that focuses on a single father and a mother who left rather than dying. It's an interesting perspective, and such a sweet book!
Donna & Peter Littlechild
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
My daughter loved this, explored subjects that kids could experience but in a way that they can understand. Helped her realise how lucky she is to have a conventional family setting.
She loved the descriptions of the pretty dresses and wedding experiences.
Yurika K
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This kinda makes me cry when Tilly's mom is not here.
But it really is a fun, joyful book so it can be a really good book for kids.
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book with interesting characters and lots of issues children may face in today’s times
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love it it's such a sad and amazing book I would defiantly recommend this to anyone I know! 😋😋😋😋😋😋
Sophie Watton
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely BRILLIANT! I recommend this book for 9+ It’s so remarkable I love the ending so so Awesome ! 😉
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more

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