I read this book on the plane and enjoyed it, but I think it really suffers from the description on the back cover- this totally makes it seem like a....moreI read this book on the plane and enjoyed it, but I think it really suffers from the description on the back cover- this totally makes it seem like a. a straight forward novel & b. about 3 characters. it's about a group of friends, 1 or 2 more than the others, & the interconnected stories tell an incredibly relatable narrative of growing up between college and 30ish. there was only 1 story I really disliked- the obama one, mostly because of the weird veiling of Obama's identity as if she was worried it would be dated later. but otherwise, enjoyable & a quick read.(less)
I have read a lot of chicklit with incredibly stupid/annoying heroines, but for the first third if this book I was pretty sure that this one was the w...moreI have read a lot of chicklit with incredibly stupid/annoying heroines, but for the first third if this book I was pretty sure that this one was the worst. the behavior and thought processes of this girl at the start of this book are inane, bordering on psychotic, and unbelievable to a point that was beyond most other books of this genre. However, once the plot moves forward and you get out of the backstory, she figures things out quickly and makes the right decisions about her life and becomes just normal-variety chicklit annoying. The book in general gets much better once she leaves London for France. There's also less of her mental take-down of people's appearances which were pretty tiresome.
The male characters are all funny and charming or loathsome as they should be - her BFF's boyfriend being my fav. The evil girl is really evil. And the climactic resolution of all her life problems at a wedding in the south of France is pretty much perfect fluff (though the over-described sex scene read like bad fan fiction and could really have been dropped). Weirdly, I felt like the point of her being a horrible gossip/secret-keeper was inconsistently used and not very clearly introduced, despite it being the very premise of the book, but since I'm not here for themes or consistent motifs or whatever, that's probably fine. (less)
enjoyable chick lit on the usual themes-- romance, growing up, how women are awful to one another and themselves, etc. the main character is likable,...moreenjoyable chick lit on the usual themes-- romance, growing up, how women are awful to one another and themselves, etc. the main character is likable, the love interest is charming and the romance is of the "i hate you, we must fall in love later" variety, but with a slight twist.
my only quibble was that it was so formally set in boston-- like, she clearly isn't from there and just chooses to name drop places for authenticity, but the way they're stated is so formal as to seem completely false ("the Bukowski Tavern" instead of "Bukowski's" or "Boston Common" every time instead of "the Common," etc).
still, enjoyable. I mean, I did read it all in one sitting.(less)
It wasn't bad as chicklit goes, but I don't know how sympathetic I can be to characters who are betraying their fiancees and best friends. Plus, in or...moreIt wasn't bad as chicklit goes, but I don't know how sympathetic I can be to characters who are betraying their fiancees and best friends. Plus, in order to make the cheating something "okay," a lot of energy is put into making Darcy really off-putting and Rachel really kind of pathetic. I liked Hilary and Ethan a lot (though in all other chick lit books Ethan would have been either gay or the guy Rachel actually ended up with), but the central relationships just left me cold.
Eh. Apparently I can't get behind cheating and being rewarded for it. Who knew I was so morally inflexible?
I'd like to read one of her other books, because I did enjoy the writing and her handle on some of the main things I look for in chick lit -- fast-track career, portrait of the city, circle of friends, consumerism, etc.(less)