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Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  42,403 ratings  ·  1,578 reviews
What's an American girl with a big mouth, but an equally big heart, to do?

Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn't that she doesn't have the slightest idea what she's going to do with her life, or that she's blowing what should be her down payment on a cute little Manhattan apartment on a trip to London to visit her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew. What's the point of pl...more
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Published June 27th 2006 by HarperAudio (first published June 1st 2006)
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Mar 19, 2008 Joyce rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: chicklit
This is chick-lit at its worst. Predictable, and annoying, the protagonist makes you want to throw her off of a moving train. She speaks like my 15 year old niece, perhaps worst. I found it somewhat hard to believe that someone like the leading male in the book would find a vapid, self absorbed, over the top and nosey woman interesting.

The author tries to convey that the characters quirky but annoying disposition as somehow endearing; unfortunately it doesn't work. It's to my understanding that...more
Jul 28, 2008 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick Lit Fans
Shelves: chicklit, funny, romance
Once again, after reading a string of heavier novels, I was ready for something light and fluffy. Yay for literary cotton candy, and a good "chick lit" book can always be counted on.

Without having read the first one, I added all three Queen of Babble books to my list, figuring I'm neurotic enough to want to read the whole series. With the first one, we are introduced to Lizzie, a young twenty-something who is one thesis short of graduating college and a continent away from the man she loves...a...more
I've been reading a lot of books lately and I haven't written a review for any of them! I decided to start writing one for Queen of Babble because this is seriously in my chick-lit top list right now. I love it.

Some may find this novel superficial, unrealistic and way too predictable, and you know, maybe it kind of is but that doesn't mean it's less fun.

I read this book after reading a lot of "depressing books" and wooow, it seriously was an amazing choice. I just couldn't put it down. It's the...more
Jan 10, 2008 Tammy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
This is a mindless read. The main character, Lizzie, has just graduated college with a degree that is pretty much useless. She has no idea what she'll do with the rest of her life, and she is completely wrapped up in Andrew, a boy she spent one evening with. She flies to England to spend the summer with him, which is where the real story picks up. Lizzie is a superficial and annoying character, making it difficult to keep reading at times, but there are a few funny bits throughout the story. In...more
Talk Supe
There are some books that should bbe taken seriously and then there are some meant to simply entertain, this belongs to the latter.

This is no Jane Austen but it has the right amount of comedy without the heroine acting like she has brain cell shortage and it isn't too high brow either for it to be snobby. The first part made me cringe because I was crossing my fingers that Lizzie won't fall for Loser Andy and thank god she didn't put our sex to shame! Yes she thought she was in love but when thi...more
Meg ♥

3.5 stars, actually.

This book was okay. If you are looking for a light and fluffy read this will do, but I have to say I would recommend the Heather Wells series over this one. This series is very similar to that one, in my opinion, but it doesn't have the fun mystery of Heather Wells books to keep it interesting. It is also very similar to the Shopoholic books by Sophie Kinsella. Basically this book is not very original, and if you are a chick-lit lover, like myself, you may find yourself think...more
I picked this book up for variety, since it has been sitting on my office table for the longest time, and it's been a while since I read a chicklit novel. The verdict? It was a light, okay read - nothing exceptional (where chicklit is concerned), nothing bad, either.

Queen of Babble is the story of Lizzie Nichols, a (non-)graduate of History of Fashion who lives with her parents at Ann Arbor, Michigan, who flies all the way to London, England, to spend time with her British boyfriend, Andrew. Whi...more
Wicked Incognito Now
How disappointing that I bought the sequel to this along with this book. I really expected a Bridget Jones-like, silly quirky good time. Which this story tries to be, but it goes too far. No one is as stupid and innocent as this woman. Even really stupid people realize that if you have a long-distance relationship, and the guy invites you to stay with him (in England) and it turns out he lives with his parents, and "oh yeah" the only bed he has for you is a rigged mattress in the laundry room......more
At least Lizzie Nichols knows she has a big mouth. They don't call her the Lizzie Broadcasting System (LBS) for nothing. A fashion history major, Lizzie is a girl after my own heart. Obsessed with vintage frocks, legendary designers and carbs, she is the kind of girl that you can't help but to love.

After graduating from college (if you don't count that senior thesis that she still has to complete) Lizzie decides to head to London to spend the summer with her fabulous boyfriend Andrew. In the th...more
Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

Lizzie Nichols can’t keep her mouth shut for anything. She talks and talks all the time. She is in college to become a fashion designer. She has a long-distance boyfriend, Andrew, from London. Her college roommate, Shari, is now her best friend. Lizzie seems like a good and fashionable girl who can take care of herself.

Lizzie goes to London for some of the summer to visit Andrew, and makes a big mistake. Lizzie and Andrew get into it because Lizzie doesn’t know how t...more
Georgia Barker
Absolutely hilarious. Queen of Babble follows Lizzie, a typical hopeless romantic who cant keep her mouth shut. Much to the disappointment of her friends and family she spends most of her money travelling to London to see her long-distance boyfriend. However things don't turn out as planned and she finds herself stuck in London with no where to go.
Funny romance begins as she travels to Paris to see her friends who are staying in a sixteenth century chateau catering weddings, meeting handsome Lu...more
Ornella (Nyx)
2.5 Stars

I started out really liking it, then about 1/3 in, it got annoying. They weren't kidding about the babble thing, the girl can not shut up! But that wasn't even the problem, I actually started getting used to it and found it funny again later on, My problem was she was always in denial, kept making up wild excuses for stuff, and she was such a pushover at the start.

What saved this book was that Lizzie does actually learn to stand up to herself and stops making wild excuses all the time....more
Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn't that she doesn't have the slightest idea what she's going to do with her life, or that she's blowing what should be her down payment on a cute little Manhattan apartment on a trip to London to visit her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew. What's the point of planning for the future when she's done it again? See, Lizzie can't keep her mouth shut. And it's not just that she can't keep her own secrets, she can't keep anything to herself.
This time when she ope...more
I love chick-lit! It's girly, it's silly/retarded, and it makes me feel better about myself (i.e. that I'm not such a blabber-mouth that I jeopardize my Crush's relationships with his mother and money-grubbin' girlfriend while concealing my own secrets from my best friend).

That's the essence of this book. Lizzie just finished college with an Interdisciplinary degree in History of Fashion (!) and runs off to England to spend the month with her English boyfriend, Andrew. Whom she'd spent one 24 ho...more
I'm all for a quick, fun read every now and then. Ones that don't really make you think, just laugh and sigh. This book definitely did not make me think and there was a lot of sighing but no laughing and a whole lotta eye rolling.

The main character, Lizzie, didn't do a lot of thinking either. She misses something huge about graduation and repeatedly ponders her 'boyfriend' and their hypothetical children. She focuses on the fact she used to be fat and hasn't had a bit of bread, not even a crumb...more
So, this book is tripe. It plays into every negative and counter-productive stereotype about what women think and want, and on top of it, the main character is a moron. I understand we can't all be reading great works of literature all the time, and we all need a way to blow off steam occasionally, but seriously, this is so bad I couldn't even enjoy it on a superficial beach-read level. And some of the fashion history facts? Just plain wrong. I only read it because my friend was getting rid of a...more
Apr 18, 2007 Hollyhocks rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any superficial, idiotic reader
Shelves: listenedto
I really like Meg Cabot's "Size 14 is not Fat Either." So I checked this book out of the library. It was my mistake that the title Queen of Bable was quite literal. I didn't make it through the first cd cuz the main character was very superficial. She went on and on and on in thought and I thought, I would not want to be friends with this person. Within the first cd she talked about her major of History of Fashion at University of Michigan and going to Europe to see her boyfriend that she couldn...more
Jan 14, 2014 Mizuki marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nothing-special
DNF at page 41.

I don't know why, but I kept drifting off whenever I tried to continue reading this book. It seems to me, Queen of Babble is just a lot of supposedly funny stuff and a lot of supposedly humorous dialogues thrown together; I dislike the MC as far as I read the first chapter, plus there also seems to be a lot of American/British stereotypes going on. It's so not my cup of tea.
This was a really fun book to read. Lizzie was a well written, funny character who I enjoyed getting to know. As someone who also suffers from a tendency to babble (especially when nervous), I felt like she was a kindred spirit. I plan on reading the follow-up books in this series. It was a quick & enjoyable read!
Gosh, this was a fast read, especially compared to my month-long struggle with the book I read before this one.
And Meg Cabot delivered exactly what I'd expected from her, she definitely is my go-to-author for anything epitome of chic-litty. (Just saying, just saying!)
Nothing worldmoving obviously but the thing it's supposed to be, it is.

Also, I am quite surprised how the characterization of Lizzie, the main protagonist, evolved.
For the first hundred or so pages she came across as incredibly daft...more
Baca bareng Zaizai...

Lizzie Nichols, punya impian, bahagia dengan pria yang dicintainya, heh siapa juga cewek yang gak punya impian begitu? :D

Demi impiannya ini, Lizzie yang merasa bahwa Andrew adalah pujaan hatinya, rela diet demi dapat ukuran menarik.
Perlu dicatat: Lizzie dulu gendut, dan gak suka diinget2 kalo dia gendut. Lizzie gak suka tomat.
Hahaha sama banget sama aku, aku juga gak suka tomat.
Tapi gendut? pliss deh...

Nah, setelah lulus kuliah, Lizzie mengunjungi Andrew di negaranya, Inggri...more
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The one thing I cannot stand is a female character that is so immature and clueless as to be just too stupid to live. I quit on page 44 …. 43½ pages longer than I should have read, but I was determined to give it a fair shot. After all, Cabot does start with a quotation from William Shakespeare … promising. But then she begins the novel this way:
I can’t believe this. I can’t believe I don’t remember what he looks like! How can I not remember what he looks like? I mean...more
Queen of Babble is the first in the Queen of Babble trilogy starring Lizzie Nichols. When we meet her she’s just about to fly to London to be with her long-distance boyfriend Andrew. Trouble is, he hasn’t been totally honest with Lizzie and she ends up with nowhere to go. Her friend Shari offers her the chance to stay at Chateau Mirac where Shari and her boyfriend Chaz are working for the summer. Whilst on her way to France she meets Jean-Luc (Luke – another one!)… could Lizzie be falling for hi...more
Alisha Marie
Lizzie Nichols is a blabber-mouth. But that's not her biggest problem. If I was her, I'd be more focused on the fact that I was a self-absorbed, boyfriend-stealing, shallow, mindless, sorry excuse for a woman. After meeting a guy for 24 hours, this idiot declares that she's in love with him AND THEN proceeds to move in with him, to another country of course, after only "knowing" him for three months. I put quotations around knowing because after the initial 24 hours, the contact she had with thi...more
This book was cute...and sweet...and fluffy. It had all the charm, comfort, and familiarity of a chick flick.
That's the problem.

The writing was charming and easy to tear through, but the story was so Hollywood spoon fed, that it left me cold. There wasn't one single plot development that came as a surprise. The main character, Lizzie, was Elle Woods-meets-Bridget Jones-meets-every other slightly ditsy but persevering and totally lovable heroine of this genre. But everything falls into place far...more
Nov 14, 2012 Jianred rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are easily satisfied with whatever ending given to them
Shelves: borrowed-books
Two stars here on Goodreads means that the book is over-all okay. I'm still not completely sure whether I actually like it or not but I don't particularly dislike hate is just to strong the entire book and I did enjoyed myself at some point.

There are positive and negative things I want to point out. So let's start.

Honestly, I and the main heroine, Lizzie, didn't exactly started on the right foot. I was particularly annoyed with her constant babbling in her head and it was such a pain to listen t...more
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Okay. Here are my problems with Queen of Babble.

Just about everything.

The entire book happens in a timespan of just a couple days. So it took a couple days for Lizzie to figure out she didn’t want to date the guy she’s been dating for three months, take the train to Paris, meet Luke on the train, fall in love with Luke, ruin his six-month relationship with Dominique (who, of course, has to be a gold-digging backstabbing bitch with fake tits), make him fall in love (yes, love. Not like. Love.) w...more
I am a pretty quick reader when I want to be. I can easily finish books in a day or so depending on their length, but I am also a picky reader with very specific genres that I enjoy. If I do not like the book, it will take me years to finish. Hence why "Queen of Babble" by Meg Cabot took me a whole month to read. I just could not get into the main character at all. Typically I would just throw this book to the wayside, but for some reason I kept pushing through because I have always enjoyed Cabo...more
Kristina Jo
Jennie was right. This book was terrible. Please refer to her review, because she's much more concise and understandable than I am. If she hadn't read it first, I might not have hated it so much, but she did and saved me from idiotic, mindless book-appreciation. I mean, it was engaging and well-written, but the character really was kind of an idiot. She matured, which is always a plus, but she makes a big deal about potential boyfriends doing good, noble works with their careers, when hers will...more
I like Meg Cabot books but her themes tend to repeat. Lizzie is a fun, formerly fat, clothes obsessed college grad going to Britain for the summer to shack up with her boyfriend, Andrew. She hates tomatoes and hasn't had a carb in over three months.

I got a little irritated with this book early on. Lizzie, like many of Cabot's characters, is a little too stupid to be believed but after she discovers Andrew's gambling, welfare cheating problems, she hops on a train to visit her best friend in Fra...more
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun...more
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