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“Hey Ladies!” Is A Must-Read For Anyone Who’s Ever Been A Bridesmaid

by BUST Magazine

Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, And Way, Way Too Many Emails
By Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss
(Harry N. Abrams)

If you’ve ever been a bridesmaid or attended a baby shower, you’ve probably been the recipient of a “Hey Ladies!” email—a perky, passive-aggressive group message sent for the purposes of planning an overly complicated celebration. Inspired by receiving their own “Hey Ladies!” emails, writers Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss began writing a fictional series for The Toast in 2013, following a group of hilariously cringe-worthy friends. That column—expanded—is now this book, but new readers can jump right in.

Told primarily through emails, with some text messages and Instagram captions thrown in, Hey Ladies! the book follows 8 “best friends” in their 20s and 30s through a year together. The emails are divided into months and are loosely based around the proposal, bridal shower, bachelorette party, second bachelorette party, and wedding of their pal, Jen. Between bridezilla Jen, power-hungry maid-of-honor Ali, lifestyle-guru-wannabe Caitlin, strapped-for-cash Nicole, and (seemingly) down-to-earth Gracie, you’ll recognize someone you know (or maybe yourself) here. You’ll also be reminded that you may not be far from sending a “Hey Ladies!” email yourself. (4/5)

By Erika W. Smith
Hey Ladies! was released May 1, 2018
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018  print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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