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Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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Jun 23, 10

bookshelves: chick-lit
Read from June 22 to 23, 2010

Loved it. Loved. It. Seriously, one of the most perfectly concocted chick lit books I've ever read. Chick lit can have a rough reputation for being silly, shallow, and predictable, but when it's done right, it like a delightful sorbet. So tasty! So refreshing!

Spoiled, obnoxious Sugar Beth Carey was quite the force to be reckoned with back in high school in Parrish, MS, and was lucky enough to be rich, popular AND have the perfect Ken doll, Ryan, on her arm. But 15 years later, she's back in Parrish broke, 3 times married, and with an inheritance that was given away to her arch-enemy and half-sister Winnie. She's the town laughingstock, but she won't leave until she's found what was willed to her, a priceless painting, that will make all her problems go away. She's not sure what's worse: her Ken-doll ex-boyfriend is happily married to Winnie, Sugar Beth can't rub two pennies together, or maybe it's that her stately family home has been sold out from under her to her former English teacher Colin, the super sexy (now) rich author whose life she made a living hell when she was his student. Is Sugar Beth going to get what's coming to her? Oh, most definitely. But will she find redemption? Of course!

These characters just leaped off the page, and were surprisingly well-defined, even as archetypes. I wanted Sugar Beth to get her comeuppance (she really was a bitch in high school), but I wanted her to mend fences with all the people she hurt and form a relationship with Winnie (and Colin). Her verbal sparring with Colin was spunky, cheeky, and sexy. And the refreshing thing about Sugar Beth is that she really knows where she went wrong and is trying to make amends, she's just too proud to get there easily. Great dialogue, great plotting (this was really hard to put down), and a wonderful Mississippi setting made this one of the best chick lit books I've read. Unforgettable!

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