The sequel to "Something borrowed".. The story is told with Darcy as the narrator.. As the story moves on, Darcy's character takes a good shape, thank...moreThe sequel to "Something borrowed".. The story is told with Darcy as the narrator.. As the story moves on, Darcy's character takes a good shape, thanks to Ethan. Somehow Rachel doesn't get a major part in Darcy's life, except for some flash backs.. It could get slow at times but it was a good read, especially if you have read "Something borrowed".(less)
Rachel and Darcy are BFF, or are they?? Rachel is the saint, always the rule follower but Darcy is the dominant and selfish one who would go any lengt...moreRachel and Darcy are BFF, or are they?? Rachel is the saint, always the rule follower but Darcy is the dominant and selfish one who would go any length to prove she is above Rachel.. Somehow Rachel falls in love with Darcy's fiancee, Dex and the whole story becomes a mess with guilt, love and lust.. Does Darcy find about Dex and Rachel? what happens to their friend ship when everything is out in the open? It was a light read but more unrealistic.. The characters are not totally realistic, but it is a good escapade from reality!(less)
Andrea sachs, fresh out of college, takes her time to enjoy life before she finds herself a good job. Little did she know that this was her much neede...moreAndrea sachs, fresh out of college, takes her time to enjoy life before she finds herself a good job. Little did she know that this was her much needed break before her employment with The Runway. She is assigned under the boss from hell or the devil herself, Miranda Priestly. Lauren Weisberger, starts there and never gives a break about how Miranda has turned Andrea's life a living hell. Andrea put up with all the torture because she has been assured that a year at Runway would win her a good career anywhere she wanted.
Thus starts the phase where she constantly takes order and works like a slave. Miranda is portrayed as a woman who never cares about anything around her but just herself. I mean her spending spree is such that it would cost a major portion of Elias Clarks accounts. But yet Miranda's boss has taken no means of atleast trying to make her understand and he is only one she very readily accomodates.
Andrea often complains about her work to her family and friends but none (even me) seem to understand that her job was indeed very demanding that she cannot spare a minute for her own food, let alone chit chat. Miranda constantly abuses, belittles and tortures her and yet she bears them so that she can get a better career elsewhere. I do not understand how can anyone in a standard organisation treat another employee so bad (I do understand there are all types of bosses but Miranda was just too wicked), just because they were famous and had power.
I think Andrea should have done the last part way ahead and moved on. The whole drama was becoming more and more boring after half the book. I liked the film better though there have been some major differences between them. But the crux was the same and the director had made a better version of the novel. And her relationship with her boyfriend, friends or family is totally indepth in the book and different. I skipped some paragraph about the clothes, the designer labels or the various types of makeups (seriously I had never seen them) and that was the only place I could relate with Andrea. We both were completely lost in sense of fashion. I was totally disappointed with the book and the author.(less)
The cover and the summary were very attractive promising a good chick lit. It was definitely uplifting and inspiring, but the only problem was the sto...moreThe cover and the summary were very attractive promising a good chick lit. It was definitely uplifting and inspiring, but the only problem was the story should have been even shorter. It has been established that Victoria is being belittled by her family and she seeks solace in comfort foods and ice cream. Yet the author keeps dragging it and making it a big deal all till the last chapter. It was tiresome. I think it was a bit exaggerated. I know there are parents who are hard to deal with, but children rebel too. I mean at least we try to defend our own self esteem, especially if the parents are wrong. She never talks back or gets angry with them, but when it comes to her little sister, she arguments with her parents, on her behalf.
The author portrays Victoria to be very independent and clear minded, yet she cannot come to a resolution about her weight problems. The author tries to explain the reason behind it with a psychiatrist when her friends, Harlan and John, could have discussed about it and given such a sensible solution. In spite of having such a loving, caring and understanding boy friend, Victoria could not believe that she deserved it. It was a bit of a drag. I was also expecting Grace to stop the wedding and come in terms with her sister. The ending was not completely satisfactory. The author's writing was very lucid, she has kept the prose very simple. It was a quick read with a taste of the real world. (less)
Yet another new story by Wendy Wax. The story revolves around the lives of four authors, Kendall, Mallory, Tanya and Faye. The main bonding of the sto...moreYet another new story by Wendy Wax. The story revolves around the lives of four authors, Kendall, Mallory, Tanya and Faye. The main bonding of the story is their true friendship which takes them for a ride when they come together to help Kendall's dwindling life. All three of them offer to write for Kendall's new novel Stick and Stones, when Kendall finds her person problems to be overwhelming.
What they thought to be a mediocre book, turns out to become the newyork best seller. Even more it gets picked up by the Kristen Calder show. Everyone seems to enjoy the limelight when their well kept secret is discovered on the national channel show. What happens to their friendship. How do the authors go on with their lives? Will Sticks and Stones be out of shelves before it had a chance to please its audience? Read more to see how their problems resolves (or do they resolve at all)?(less)
After having found her perfect boyfriend, Lizzie is happy to come to New York to establish her career. She happily agrees when Luke asks her to move i...moreAfter having found her perfect boyfriend, Lizzie is happy to come to New York to establish her career. She happily agrees when Luke asks her to move in with her. She finds a job in Chez Henri, which is a vintage wedding gown refurbishing establishment. Everything goes well, and Lizzie gets these wild wedding fantasies. She expects Luke to propose her, but everything goes wrong when she gets a sewing machine instead. They break up. Chaz, Luke's best friend helps Lizzie after the break up and things gets out of control on the new years eve. This part ends with Lizzie getting engaged to Luke. But will she be able to tell Luke that he isnt right for her. What will she do to her new found Love. What happens to her career are about to be answered in the next book of this series.
I enjoyed it a lot. It was a fun, hilarious and uplifting chick lit. Give it a try(less)
The story was very enjoyable, though (I would say) Undomestic goddess made me set high grounds for the author. Sophie Kinsella's stand alone novel, ma...moreThe story was very enjoyable, though (I would say) Undomestic goddess made me set high grounds for the author. Sophie Kinsella's stand alone novel, makes you get 'gripped' by her sense of humor and lucid writing, The story does not take any unexpected turn, and is very down to earth. It is a chick lit and the author throws a lot of 'girl words' (if I may say so) which sets the ambiance just right. The secret about Jack, I wouldn't have guessed it right but I think that, it just created unwanted drama. Never the less it was a very entertaining novel, apt for a light read.(less)
When all her friends are celebrating their bonuses, Lexi Smart is disappointed as she has missed her first year bonus by just a week. To add to the in...moreWhen all her friends are celebrating their bonuses, Lexi Smart is disappointed as she has missed her first year bonus by just a week. To add to the injury, her boyfriend, Loser Dave, stood her up; her shoes are killing her and all she wants is a hot bath before attending her father's funeral. Desperate to get home she runs to hail a taxi and stumbles down a few steps and bumps her head.
When she opens her eyes, she sees a different person. A better person with a better life. She could not believe she has lost 3 years worth memory and has to put all the pieces together. Slowly she steps into her regular life, with her husband and her executive role at office. Overwhelmed, she tries to meet her old friends and learn how all these happened. With pain she learns that she is no longer the same Lexi but has become 'the cobra'ready to strike at a moments notice. She wishes to undo all the wrong things but she learns about her illicit relationship with her husband's architect.
What will Lexi do? How can she survive such a competent role at office? Why was she being unfaithful to her husband?
It was a real page turner. Sophie Kinsella has given the subtle mystery to this story too. I was laughing when her sister took advantage of her memory loss (moo-mah). It was a fun read and author doesnt spoil the ending by a miraculous recovery. Though a line of hope was necessary for this happy ending. A very light read with chick lit written all over it. (less)
I just chanced upon this novel by a less known author, Wendy Wax. I read it just not to judge the book by its cover. But due to obvious reasons, any g...moreI just chanced upon this novel by a less known author, Wendy Wax. I read it just not to judge the book by its cover. But due to obvious reasons, any girl will know it would be a full blast Chic Lit.
How could Miranda Ballantyne know, searching for a roll of stamps could be catastrophic and change her life as she knows it. Miranda's new year resolution was to stock a good amount stamps and she had failed to live to it. She has nearly upturned the whole house, and the only thing left was her husband's study. When she forced open a draw, all the photos in it scattered across the room. She was delighted to see all the super models in different lingerie in her husband's draw because her husband is the president and CEO of the Ballantyne Bra's a family business passed down for a whole century.
But one photo, which drew her attention was the one in which her husband was dressed in Ballantyne's best sellers. Even worse was a hand with freshly manicured french nails on his rear. A cloud of suspicion started but she dismissed them by simply throwing all the stuff in the trash. When she retrieved those photos again, she saw words of shredder paper that registered a big shock in her. A missing husband was worse enough, but to add to things, she had just discovered that he likes to dress up in women's lingerie, and probably has a mistress, he had let down their family business which is in serious trouble now and had disappeared with all her money, leaving a note, "Dear Miranda", that he was never coming back
Ballantyne has been her family business thriving for a 100 years. It has been Truro's biggest employer and if she shares this truth with anyone, it would only leaves hundreds jobless. So, bearing the burden on her shoulder, she takes up charge on the pretense that Tom (her husband) is away to China to look for more business. She discovers talents and new ways to enrich her business. Through her beauty pageant connections, she finds a way to take her business national. Meanwhile, she falls for Blake Summers, the police chief, who is investigating Tom's disappearance after an anonymous phone call. When she finally figures her life and gets a hold of it, once again bad news comes along her way. The last few pages of the book covers her dilemmas, confusions and her achievements and how she takes her stand for everything.
Wendy Wax's style of writing is very fluid and makes us turn pages with ease. She mixes humor and romance and yet glues the reader with suspense. A very apt Chic lit with every thing from the women's world starting from lingerie to beauty pageants. One line, though seems too funny, can be related with life: "And now I know that a good bra is like a good relationship. It lifts you up and helps you stand on your own. And it’s right there in your drawer when you need it.”(less)
The book was everything that a new parent goes through. It was like reeling back in time and witnessing everything that happened to us as a parent dur...moreThe book was everything that a new parent goes through. It was like reeling back in time and witnessing everything that happened to us as a parent during that first year. The author has meticulously brought out the difficulties, especially when fate takes it turn and things do not happen as expected. She rightly mentions that the a new parent does not mention these hardship to a non parent, discusses only the feeding and health to the other parents and clearly forgets about these basic process after a few years (as an old parent). The chapters were short and each of the episodes has been rightly classified with respect to the age
It was right down hilarious and I was literally laughing aloud, leaving my son to steal suspicious glances (sometimes he would also ask what was so funny. The thing is I cannot explain that I was reading mostly about him, atleast not now). The authors display of variety of emotions to become a supermom was down to earth. I mean, each parent (esp. mothers) tries real hard to strike a balance between home and work and some fail to do so. She explains those parts of self will and energy when she makes unsuccessful attempts to juggle home and work. The dramas with sleep deprivation and weight loss were never the less funny and true too. (I mean look at me now.. err.. may be all the moms I know too..).
But there never seem to be any heated argument between Anand and Mira, which was not quite right (or atleast given my experience). The episode of getting the child into preschool was a bit long. But it is true that these days schools need students who are trained at home. I was shocked when I learnt from the first interview at a school that my son was expected to sit in a place, play within the play area, say when he needs to go to the restroom, should not cry over seperation anxiety (you get the picture). Parul Sharma has etched every drama of her life into this funny and uplifting novel that most parents can relate to.
The downside is, I feel, a person who is not a parent cannot understand or appreciate the details of the book. But if you can relate to how our parents would have brought us up, you will get the picture. But mostly this book celebrates motherhood and its caring and loving nature.(less)