**spoiler alert** I was hooked on page 1, I love love love when HIM is a rock star … now if this was real life and I was Meg Stiles or she was a frien...more**spoiler alert** I was hooked on page 1, I love love love when HIM is a rock star … now if this was real life and I was Meg Stiles or she was a friend of mine I would say “RUN AWAY AS FAST AS YOU CAN” except I am an helpless romantic, I will probably stay thinking that I can change the man, no matter how bad things are.
Things are very bad, Meg suffers humiliations that no woman deserves, Johnny Jefferson has a good heart but he is seriously messed up, so why does Meg stick around?
She is in love, she is experiencing the same sort of love addiction that teens experience, that ALL or NOTHING feeling, that “Love will tear us apart” obsession (except they haven’t been together yet but you know what I mean).
How could she not? Johnny Jefferson it’s one of those characters that you will love or hate (and if you were a Peeta’s fan you’ll probably dislike him, just saying), needless to say he is a favorite of mine as chick lit goes.
Yes, I am twisted like that.
And to be honest I enjoy a novel where characters are flawed, they cheat, they lie, they have sex without thinking a bazillion times if it’s the right thing to do, they go with the flow . It’s refreshing.
I stated before how much I dislike those novels in which she stars as damsel-in-distress and he plays the good natured saviour who will fix everything and beyond if only he can get her to trust him.
I like Trouble.
I also really like Christian, Johnny’s best friend, a music journalist who is writing Johnny’s bio, not just a supporting character but a key player in the story.
Unfortunately he is no trouble, just kidding , he is very likeable, you’ll love him.
Meg is a genuine character, she tells us her story and she is great fun to listen to, I could really relate to her humor, her disappointments, her sadness, her choices.(less)
**spoiler alert** It's Kinsella at her best: fun & light & romantic & entertaining, I read it in 2 days. What can I say? Sam Roxton is dre...more**spoiler alert** It's Kinsella at her best: fun & light & romantic & entertaining, I read it in 2 days. What can I say? Sam Roxton is dreamy, Poppy Whyatt isn't Becky Bloomberg, she is a little too cute for my taste however she can get carried away and create some exhilarating situations. It made me laugh, plus as I mentioned I became very fond of Sam, it always happens when I read a novel written by Mrs Kinsella, by the end of the book we know a lot about HER and not to much about HIM so I sort of wish for a sequel in which I get to know Sam better. (less)
This novel it's good, fun, witty but I loved "Calendar Girl" sooo sooo much , "I went to Vassar for This?" doesn't belong in the same league, so I am...moreThis novel it's good, fun, witty but I loved "Calendar Girl" sooo sooo much , "I went to Vassar for This?" doesn't belong in the same league, so I am disappointed. If you like this one make sure to check Calendar Girl, one of the best chick lits I read in the last 5 years.(less)
* Poe is not your stereotypical male hero, he is awkward, ambitious, an over-achiever with a poor sense of fa...more**spoiler alert** a few things about Poe:
* Poe is not your stereotypical male hero, he is awkward, ambitious, an over-achiever with a poor sense of fashion (in the ugly meaning of the expression) gifted with a healthy dose of sarcasm;
* Poe doesn’t have many friends, antisocial, smug, elusive, defensive, he is very reserved about himself and people don’t instinctively like him;
* Poe does not have a wealthy background;
But Poe is also loyal, comfortable in his skin (and uncomfortable at the same time), he is all half-smiles, silences and smart plans.
When you put everything together he is adorable really but I am with Amy on this: how did it happen?
How did I go from focusing on Brandon or George , not thinking twice about Poe, to skipping pages hoping for his appearance just the way Amy does?
I blame Diana Peterfruend and her masterful planning, be aware those things happen in reality and there is lots to be said for smart guys not gifted with an outgoing personality… Contemporary YA or chick-lit often feels to me like a trite repetition of stereotypes, especially when it comes to the “he” character because usually we have a first person narration .
This is not the case here: Poe/Jamie will now immediately move on top of the list of my favorite Ya Boys.(less)
**spoiler alert** I hereby confess Under The Rose is better than Secret Society Girls.
Warning: this review might contain spoilers
Why do I like this se...more**spoiler alert** I hereby confess Under The Rose is better than Secret Society Girls.
Warning: this review might contain spoilers
Why do I like this series so much?
Those days it’s hard to find a smart heroine that has a dry sense of humor, manages to be spontaneous and paranoid at the same time, doesn’t make a big deal of sleeping with a guy she has no intention of getting into a relationship with and doesn’t actually fall in love with him (as it would surely happen in any other series if the guy in question was deliciously hot as George Prescott).
Amy doesn’t really know what she wants but she has values (and prejudices) , she strongly believe in friendship and she is loyal.
Amy could easily be one of my own friends, she also remembers me of myself . The are so many sharp passages in which Peterfreund summarizes in an effective way rambling conversations that I had in the last ten years.
Honestly those characters (Lydia, Bugaboo, Soze, Puck, Poe…) are so specials that I can’t help finding something good in each of them and as much as I am already developing a small crush on one of them (mirroring Amy’s feelings) I can’t help grinning whenever George aka Puck appears on stage.
The most charming unpredictable character of this second book in the series is James (Jamie) Orcutt aka Poe and I can’t wait to see more of Amy and Poe. I love those parts in which those two are together, I love Poe’s ways. He is not your usual hero and when it comes to fiction (or reality) I like an unconventional male character more than anything else.
Plus it’ s a mystery story that makes sense, there is plenty of action, there is plot that works.(less)
Although I am not sure that we could label this as chick lit I found this novel very interesting, it’s not overly romantic, it’s not that funny, I cou...moreAlthough I am not sure that we could label this as chick lit I found this novel very interesting, it’s not overly romantic, it’s not that funny, I couldn’t really relate to Ivy Stone and I found her relationship with K.K. as cold as Ivy’s empty sovietic fridge but it’s intriguing, ironic, witty.
Plus I know nothing about Russia , Uzbekistan and Georgia but after reading this I am considering a trip in this mysterious and resourceful land.
Each chapter starts with a catchy title (“They Keep secrets” “Conversation with a maniac” “A slap in the face”…) and a food reference like a russian recipe or just an observation, there are pictures, illustrations , a compendium guide and lots of booze (gosh at some points I experienced a literary induced hangover).
It’s not what I would define a heart-warming novel, it’s not exactly swoon-worthy material but I highly recommend reading this because it’s very peculiar in a good way and you might learn a few things on the way.(less)
I hereby confess I was expecting Secret Society Girl (Secret Society Girl) to be good but not so freakishly good, here I am desperately waiting for S...moreI hereby confess I was expecting Secret Society Girl (Secret Society Girl) to be good but not so freakishly good, here I am desperately waiting for Secret Society Girl 2 – Under the Rose to be shipped at my door (carefully avoiding spoilers). (less)
The overnight socialite is a retelling of The Pygmalion, a play that was written by Bernard Shaw 1913, interestingly Shaw didn’t believe that Professo...more The overnight socialite is a retelling of The Pygmalion, a play that was written by Bernard Shaw 1913, interestingly Shaw didn’t believe that Professor Higgins and Miss Eliza could potentially get married, in the musical My Fair Lady (based on the Pygmalion) there is an ambitious ending , The Overnight Socialite will instead give you a hint of closure.
The Overnight Socialite it’s definitely a romantic novel, the beginning it’s so promising that I was kind of hoping for something a bit more edgy and sarcastic.
Story is a about wealthy anthropologist Wyatt Hayes IV who wants to conduct a social experiment in Manhattan and report everything in his new book. He want’s to prove that any girl, given the right training and material, can turn into The Socialite, chance wants that on the night the idea materializes in Wyatt brain, wannabe designer Lucy Jo Ellis happens to be in his line of vision and desperate enough to take up his challenge on the night the idea materializes in Wyatt brain.
A brilliant piece of chic lit, what I enjoyed most are thoughts and lines that define Wyatt cynical personality (often I find myself thinking that ya writers are careful in describing both the Girl and the Boy while romance writers tend to focus only on the woman) :
“One of the liabilities of being a deep thinker, Wyatt mused, was that it left him vulnerable to existential crises”
The plot is quite engaging and I found myself hooked in the story, Bridie Clark puts life into characters with a style that is smart and sophisticated yet also fresh and entertaining.
The week point of this novel is Lucy Jo. Somehow Lucy didn’t really capture my heart, a bit too mellow for my taste, I think there was a potential space for creating a more engaging character, the transformations she undergoes it’s almost exclusively a fashion make over, the progressing of the relationship between Lucy and Wyatt it’s almost given for granted and it escapes me why Wyatt at some point starts falling for Lucy.
Witty and Enchanting but surely not mind blowing, I would say it’s the perfect book to read on plane or put it in your summer reading list.(less)
“My name is Melissa Romney-Jones, but you can call me Honey. In the past, when people asked me to describe myself, I used to say I was one of nature’s...more“My name is Melissa Romney-Jones, but you can call me Honey. In the past, when people asked me to describe myself, I used to say I was one of nature’s organizers. Reliable. Sensible. A bit, you know, shy”
The Little Lady Agency is a delightful chick lit that I picked up based on Sophie Kinsella’s recommendation (right there on the cover).
In a few lines story is about Melissa Romney-Jones an under confident & under achieving twenty something that loses her job and re-invent herself with a new identity (aka Honey) and as proud owner of The Little Lady Agency, a consulting firm that targets bachelors and clueless men who need to shop, entertain, and navigate social engagements.
You can find a great review on Novelicious. This book is the first of a trilogy , I haven’t read the second and the third I guess I am waiting for my next vacation as I just know it would be a perfectly entertaining summer read.
There is a love story (of course) but what I really enjoyed about this book is Hester’s writing style and the way she built a perfectly enjoyable read without resorting to steamy sex scenes, summarizing in two words I would say this novel is clean and well-mannered (yeah this is the expression that pops up in my mind).
The Little Lady Agency hits all the right notes, with witty humor and a heroine who doesn’t quite realize her own power.(less)
1. Becky is a financial advisor who hasn’t got a clue how to save. She is a cheater. Does it ring a bell? Yes...moreReasons why Becky Bloomwood is the best:
1. Becky is a financial advisor who hasn’t got a clue how to save. She is a cheater. Does it ring a bell? Yes 80% of the time I spend working I have absolutely no idea of what I am doing
2. Becky can’t handle money and is highly indebted (OK. DON’T PANIC. DON’T panic. It’s only a VISA bill. It’s a piece of paper; a few numbers. I mean, just how scary can a few numbers be?) . Debt is a bad thing, Becky displays childish behavior, Becky deserves a lecture from her parents. All true but I couldn’t help laughing and laughing, those letters from her bank manager are hilarious. Becky actually freezes one of her credit card in a block of ice
3. Becky displays an unusual determination for a young woman, if she wants something (like a certain scarf) she will surely get it no matter what
4. Becky is into positive thinking, what’s better solution than home-cooking in order to cut her spending? I couldn’t stop laughing when she devised the homemade-curry-plan (something we all try at some point in life)
5. Becky believes in friendship, has a big heart, a wicked sense of humor and a hyperactive imagination
6. Becky doesn’t take crap from anybody and especially not from Luke Brandon(less)
Cover is misleading, this book is not about a wannabe-executive with stiletto heels but it’s about ado...moreThis is a great book and I enjoyed it very much.
Cover is misleading, this book is not about a wannabe-executive with stiletto heels but it’s about adorable cute twenty something Nan Cloutier who has a temp job posing as Cindy-Lou at the Merrier-Iverson Department Store in New York City .
This is not a general rule but when you have a happy childhood, a relatively decent attitude in high school, great parents who give you tons of freedom and make sure you can have an average good time (financially), your IQ is right where it should be, you kind of have expectations that after school great things will happen.
Now in my late twenties I finally got rid of lots of misconceptions regarding what is great thing and what is not, the definition of being successful and all that. Like Nan I would love to belong to an Elizabethan Failure Society as I find it extremely appealing:
“To explain what an Elizabethan Failure is,” he began, “let us contrast it first with what may appear to be its natural opposite: the Elizabethan Success. Take, for example, that all-around Renaissance man, Sir Philip Sydney.”
“Sydney was the very embodiment of grace, courtesy, and heroic virtue, the fine flower and ornament of the English renaissance. He was also a scholar, a poet, and a man of action, who died young in battle. Legend has it that in his last moments he insisted that the cup of water offered him should be given instead to a dying soldier nearby. Such is an Elizabethan Success.”
“An Elizabethan Failure, on the other hand, is a sprightly offshoot whose contrariety from an Elizabethan Success is simply a degree of artful realization. The Elizabethan Failure writes poetry, drama, and letters—yes—but he doubtless will never know the joyful stamp of a printer’s press. The Elizabethan Failure may engage in battle, but the blow that fells him will most likely be an accidental one. And the cup of water so gallantly offered will, at the last moment, slip from his weak grasp, thus rendering two people thirsty instead of one.”
If you can relate to this poetic you will probably like Calendar Girl, Nan and the delightful love story that she develops with Colm Iverson, on a higher level you can probably relate to me and you should keep reading my reviews .(less)
This books is a jewel and I simply loved it. Jane Cooper is a true slacker, what she values above everything is leisure.
I think I really liked this bo...moreThis books is a jewel and I simply loved it. Jane Cooper is a true slacker, what she values above everything is leisure.
I think I really liked this book because I do work for a corporate and some situation (see the firing speech given by Leetsmann and Jane hilarious remarks ) really made me laugh:
This is from an “interview” scene:
“Gotcha.” This job is going to suck. Ray should have just said, “This job is going to suck some ass. And when it’s done sucking ass, it’s going to go and suck some more.” That would have been a lot more direct. Although, maybe he doesn’t think it sucks? Nah, impossible.
I also love leisure and I am a huge fun of New York and Foxy Hipster Guys who blush easily. The thing about me is that I can’t read romance (with a few exceptions as jennifer Crusie and Julie james) because I usually find that male characters in romance are very masculine and very boring, this is why I stick to chick lit and characters I can relate to.
You don’t expect reality from a chick lit and certainly not from “slacker girl”, what is so great about this book is the way Koslow is opening every chapter with a wit sentence like “Dynasting noun : When your future depends on acting like anyone in the cast of Dynasty“, the bantering dialogues between Jane and Rebecka, the way Jane’s mind works (I could really relate to her “to achieve list” but for the Celebrity thing) and Ray (who I totally feel for).
I read many bad reviews about this book but from my prospective It will have to be a 10!
" Awkard Day noun An antiholiday, Awkward Day is a heinous day filled with insecurity, vulnerability, and tension, created to highlight the newness of a romantic relationship and to test the living shit out of it. If you make it through Awkward Day, your relationship has legs. Good news is that it only lasts one day, if that long. Bad news is that it’s tedious and you might not have that new boyfriend by the end of it."(less)
Question: “Who do you think is the cutest/sweetest male character depicted in a chick lit/romance book?”
Answer: “I don’t even have to thing about it,...moreQuestion: “Who do you think is the cutest/sweetest male character depicted in a chick lit/romance book?”
Answer: “I don’t even have to thing about it, the cutest hero award goes to Mitch Hertzog in Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot”
J’adore Meg Cabot, Meg is right between YA/CHICK LIT/ROMANCE and general fun. Boy meets girl is delicious, a mixture of e-mails, IM, and Kate Mackenzie’s personal journal. You also have New York City in the background which is always a plus.(less)