Sammy Joyce is back and her adventures have taken a new and more high-profile turn now that she's working in the White House. We rejoin Sammy a year aSammy Joyce is back and her adventures have taken a new and more high-profile turn now that she's working in the White House. We rejoin Sammy a year and a half into the new administration and things are getting compicated. She's living with her best friend, but her dreamy, perfect boyfriend, Charlie, has just been promoted. To New York. Important info is leaking from the inner workings of the White House and nobody knows who the informant is. Then there's that pesky thing with the President--what exactly is going on, anyway?
I'd forgotten how much I love this heroine. She's funny, clumsy, a hypochondriac, with an overactive imagination. She reminds me a lot of myself (and that's not really a good thing). I enjoy laughing with her, though; and this book did not disappoint. I only hope that Gore has enough good material for a third. If she doesn't--I hope she leaves Sammy here....more
I have mixed feelings about this one. The storyline was interesting and it kept my attention throughout; but it took way way way too long to get to "wI have mixed feelings about this one. The storyline was interesting and it kept my attention throughout; but it took way way way too long to get to "what happened that night at Porter Place." The entire book is flashbacks between the three members of "The Bitch Posse" as they were as seniors in high school, and currently--at the age of 32. We know that the friends no longer talk to each other since "the night." We also know that all of them have been deeply affected by the outcome of that one spring night. It's pretty easy to figure it out, but it was immensely frustrating that O'Connor would allude and allude and allude to the events and then wait until the last few pages to reveal. By then it not only wasn't shocking, it was more like "I waited this long for that?" I just felt let down by the end. Too much foreshadowing and teasing had the effect of "who cares." ...more
Janes Hayes is in her early thirties, lives in New York, has no luck with men and an unhealthy obsession with Mr. Darcy. Her great-aunt, after discoveJanes Hayes is in her early thirties, lives in New York, has no luck with men and an unhealthy obsession with Mr. Darcy. Her great-aunt, after discovering Jane's "Pride & Prejudice" DVDs hidden in a houseplant, leaves her a trip to Austenland in her will. The trip is all-expenses paid, nonrfundable. And it's a little strange: leaving all modern things behind, Jane will live in Austenland for 4 weeks, wearing the clothes, speaking the language and experiencing all things Regency. Jane doesn't exactly know why her great-aunt have her this trip, but she decides to go--and try to find herself in the process.
It's chick-lit, but I really liked this one. Original and amusing. Jane's character did make me slightly unconfortable at times because she is much like myself--and not in a good way. A fun read with a typical ending--I really liked it....more
The fourth book in the Katie Chandler series finds our heroine back home in small-town Texas. She's left Owen and magic behind and is focused on the fThe fourth book in the Katie Chandler series finds our heroine back home in small-town Texas. She's left Owen and magic behind and is focused on the family business...it'd just be easier if her family wasn't so loony. But then some strange things start happening around town; stuff that seems a little too close to magic than Katie is comfortable with. How did magic get to her small town? And what will happen with Owen? Turns out things aren't as calm in Texas as they used to be.
I really liked this novel--I think it may be my favorite in the series. We get to know Katie better by seeing her family in all their big Texas glory. The door is left wide open for a fifth novel--I just hope that comes to fruition soon....more
I wish I could give it two-and-a-half stars. I'm not going to bother with the summary--typical chick lit that's not exactly chick lit. Girl has breakdI wish I could give it two-and-a-half stars. I'm not going to bother with the summary--typical chick lit that's not exactly chick lit. Girl has breakdown at 29, breaks up with boyfriend, quits successful lawyer job, and has family issues up the wazoo (how the heck do you spell that?). Then must figure it all out. So, I didn't hate it, but it was strange for me. It was hard to get into at first, but then I was caught up in it. But then it slowed down. And revved back up. There were a few sentences and a paragraph or two that really spoke to me, that I could identify with; but overall, it was just a little more than okay--therefore, the two-and-a-half stars....more
Sadie is a member of the paparazzi. She pisses off THE big celebrity of the day and he decides to enact revenge by placing her in the spotlight. ThisSadie is a member of the paparazzi. She pisses off THE big celebrity of the day and he decides to enact revenge by placing her in the spotlight. This book is not good. I did not really enjoy it and even for chick-lit, it's pretty bad....more
Ryan thinks that her life is pretty average until her three closest friends suddenly experience great things and she instantly feels left out and adriRyan thinks that her life is pretty average until her three closest friends suddenly experience great things and she instantly feels left out and adrift. Quarter-life crisis. She is in a dead-end job and doesn't know what she wants to do (aside from becoming queen of a small island nation). Then there's that pesky business of her ex-boyfriend suddenly reappearing in her life--and not going away anytime soon. Ryan is confused, but she makes a plan to completely change her life and she'll follow it no matter how difficult it gets.
This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't terrific either. There were several times that I got really bored, but for the most part it kept my attention. Typical chick-lit fare, quarter-life crisis and overly predictable ending. But sometimes that's comforting. ...more
Priya is a newlywed who has just moved from Dehli to Los Angeles. Her arranged marriage has brought her across the globe and into very unfamiliar terrPriya is a newlywed who has just moved from Dehli to Los Angeles. Her arranged marriage has brought her across the globe and into very unfamiliar territory. She's trying to get to know her new husband while taking care of the entire family. Not only do her in-laws expect Priya to do all of the cooking and cleaning, but now they expect her to get a job as well--she's not pregnant, after all. A tall order for a woman who has never had a job before. After a while she finally lands one: a receptionist for the Hollywood Insider magazine. She loves her job and is enjoying herself until things suddenly change.
An immigrant experience form of chick lit. Different, but good. I wasn't much of a fan of the ending--too easy in my opinion. But seeing LA through the eyes of Priya is exciting and interesting. Fun book and one of the better chick lits I've read recently....more
I enjoyed this book, even though I wasn't sure when I picked it up. Marta is a single mom by choice--went the whole insemination route nine years ago.I enjoyed this book, even though I wasn't sure when I picked it up. Marta is a single mom by choice--went the whole insemination route nine years ago. She's been single for ten years and not only has no problem with it, plans to keep it that way. But since moving back to Seattle from Manhattan, things have been a bit strange. Marta's surrounded by Stepford-like wives and her amazing daughter is bending over backwards to make those horrible little popular girls in her class like her. In order to be a "normal" mom, Marta starts volunteering with the school more, and that in itself is an experience. Pretty soon her life is turned upside down, not just because of that gorgeous stranger she keeps running into (sometimes literally).
Typical chick-lit fare, but interesting and a very quick read. I liked the mother-daughter relationship, even if at some times it was not realistic. Fun fluff....more
This book is stupid. Really, really stupid. Sure it's light and sappy and feel-good. But at its core it's just plain stupid. Jane has an imaginary friThis book is stupid. Really, really stupid. Sure it's light and sappy and feel-good. But at its core it's just plain stupid. Jane has an imaginary friend as a little girl. His name is Michael and he's handsome and fun and cares about her in a way that her showbiz mother never could. Then Jane turns nine and Michael goes away. He warns her, but tells her that she won't ever remember him. They never do. But Jane is different. Jane never forgets Michael and how he just left her. Fast forward and Jane is now 32. She's working for her mother, dating an actor who is only with her for her connections and BOOM--there's Michael again. Michael doesn't understand it. Neither does Jane. But the two soon find themselves in the middle of a love story for the ages.
Again, this book is stupid. It's too much like that Cecelia Ahern book, If You Could See Me Now (which, btw, was also stupid). If you can get over the complete improbability of an imaginary friend coming to life (well, I suppose it's possible if the book is actually good), how can you not be creeped out by the idea of the imaginary friend and the woman he looked out for as a little girl hitting it? Ewww. It's like incest. It's like Celine Dion and her creepy manager-turned-husband. But it's really my fault. I knew I would hate this from the beginning once I glanced at the title. There is no famous jewelry store called "Tiffany's" (which, unfortunately, is what the title is attempting to refer to). There is a TIFFANY & CO., but no Tiffany's. This bothers me more than it really should. You'd think I was an heir to the Tiffany fortune or something, the way I get so irate when people call it "Tiffany's" (although, I guess if I was an heir to the Tiffany fortune, I probably wouldn't give a crap what people called it as long as it got them through the door). But anyway, for the record James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet, it's Tiffany. This is the first Patterson book I've ever read. I've heard that it is not indicative if his work, and for that I am grateful. Because if it were, I would be even more suspicious of the American public than I already am for buying this kind of worthless drivel in bestselling droves....more