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Queen of Babble

(Queen of Babble #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  67,130 ratings  ·  2,137 reviews

What's an American girl with a big mouth, but an equally big heart, to do?

Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn't that she doesn't have the slightest idea what she's going to do with her life, or that she's blowing what should be her down payment on a cute little Manhattan apartment on a trip to London to visit her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew. But what's the point o

Hardcover, 309 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by William Morrow
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Ah, Meg Cabot. Author of the famous Princess Diaries.

Which is presumably why they automatically put Queen of Babble in the children's section at my local library.

Aaaand this is me, aged 9, finding that detailed sex scene:

Completely unrelated and random fun fact about me: I can pinpoint the exact moment my childhood ended.
Jun 25, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
This is chick-lit at its worst. Predictable, and annoying, the protagonist makes you want to throw her off of a moving train. She speaks like my 15 year old niece, perhaps worst. I found it somewhat hard to believe that someone like the leading male in the book would find a vapid, self absorbed, over the top and nosey woman interesting.

The author tries to convey that the characters quirky but annoying disposition as somehow endearing; unfortunately it doesn't work. It's to my understanding that
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Man, people go hard on these quasi-retro chick-lits, don't they? I'm not sure what people expected from this one, bar a fanciful, wish fulfillment fantasy, but if you were going into this expecting something life-changing, I suppose, yes, you're going to be very disappointed. Keeping in mind that all of Meg Cabot's heroines sound exactly like what I imagine Meg Cabot probably sounds like (in that they are all the same person with differe
Jul 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, funny, chicklit
Once again, after reading a string of heavier novels, I was ready for something light and fluffy. Yay for literary cotton candy, and a good "chick lit" book can always be counted on.

Without having read the first one, I added all three Queen of Babble books to my list, figuring I'm neurotic enough to want to read the whole series. With the first one, we are introduced to Lizzie, a young twenty-something who is one thesis short of graduating college and a continent away from the man she loves...a
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 7/29/15: 2.5 out of 5 stars. Cute, but nothing special. I feel like I remember this being so much better. Oh well.
Alisha Marie
Lizzie Nichols is a blabber-mouth. But that's not her biggest problem. If I was her, I'd be more focused on the fact that I was a self-absorbed, boyfriend-stealing, shallow, mindless, sorry excuse for a woman. After meeting a guy for 24 hours, this idiot declares that she's in love with him AND THEN proceeds to move in with him, to another country of course, after only "knowing" him for three months. I put quotations around knowing because after the initial 24 hours, the contact she had with thi ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I've been reading a lot of books lately and I haven't written a review for any of them! I decided to start writing one for Queen of Babble because this is seriously in my chick-lit top list right now. I love it.

Some may find this novel superficial, unrealistic and way too predictable, and you know, maybe it kind of is but that doesn't mean it's less fun.

I read this book after reading a lot of "depressing books" and wooow, it seriously was an amazing choice. I just couldn't put it down. It's the
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The one thing I cannot stand is a female character that is so immature and clueless as to be just too stupid to live. I quit on page 44 …. 43½ pages longer than I should have read, but I was determined to give it a fair shot. After all, Cabot does start with a quotation from William Shakespeare … promising. But then she begins the novel this way:
I can’t believe this. I can’t believe I don’t remember what he looks like! How can I not remember what he looks like? I mean
Jan 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ugh... where should I begin... this was HORRIBLE. I liked Meg Cabot as a teen - I found the Princess Diaries nice and some of her other books tolerable. Now this makes me think: were those as bad and shallow as this? If so, I must have been an airhead as a teen... I cannot see why people over 14 would find appeal in this one (unless they only care about romance and nothing else).

Let's see:
- the thesis parts... ugh. I mean, they are fine to show how "sassy" the main character is... but no thesis
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a mindless read. The main character, Lizzie, has just graduated college with a degree that is pretty much useless. She has no idea what she'll do with the rest of her life, and she is completely wrapped up in Andrew, a boy she spent one evening with. She flies to England to spend the summer with him, which is where the real story picks up. Lizzie is a superficial and annoying character, making it difficult to keep reading at times, but there are a few funny bits throughout the story. In ...more
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: 5hrs and 41mins.
Genre: Chick lit

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Slight Triangle.
Cliff Hanger: no
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 7
Characters: 7
World Building: 6
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 7

In Dept

Best Part:
B's never win.
Worst Part: Dumb girls.
Thoughts Had: really!; wow what a bit*h; Diet coke!!!!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: eh

Short Review: Okay i am going to w
Starry-Eyed Jen
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought I would dislike the protagonist because she shoots her mouth off at every opportunity, based on the title, but in actuality, she just has a tendency to open mouth and insert foot. I'm guilty of that myself at times, so I could identify with her plight. I did think what was essentially her trans-Atlantic booty call was a bit ridiculous, but it worked out in the end. There was a lot of room for character growth and Lizzie really shined as she worked to figure out what she wanted to do wi ...more
I have definitely needed this book and I am happy I have read it now.

Funny, enjoyable, chick-lit romance.

Yes, full of ideas known from other books of this genre (I haven't found any original/new idea), but still I don't mind. I have a nice time.

[Nonetheless, I am not interested in reading the next parts of the series. But Meg Cabot's books stay on my shelf to-read in the times of need ;-).]
Apr 14, 2009 rated it liked it
2nd time reading and I give it 3 stars
I'm not sure what it was that made me give this book 4 stars the first time I read it but that wasn't the rating I gave it this time around. The book was cute and I had a good chuckle over some of the parts but for the most part the MC, Lizzie Nichols, was not only one of the most annoying characters I have ever read, she was also immature in the fact she couldn't keep her mouth shut. I think it was supposed to make her endearing to readers but for me it was

I am pretty sure I have had this book on my TBR for like ever, maybe 2 years-ish? I just like the cover and title and I thought it was going to be a cute romance book where I'd fall in love with the main character and everything. Yeah, that didn't happen at all. From the first page I was really annoyed with Lizzie. I didn't care about where she was going, where her friends were going, or who the hell Andrew was. I just didn't like anything about this book at all.

Then there's Luke, oh sweet naive
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, women-s-lit
When I first started this book, I was very annoyed with the main character / narrator of the book. She was so pathetic and needy and her thoughts were very annoying. I almost put the book aside and gave up on it completely. It took a good 20% of the book before she had a single realistic thought. When she finally does what you were waiting for that first 20%, she starts to slowly grow as a character.

The plot twists weren't really twists at all and you pretty much knew what was going to happen t
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars!
Aug 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2009
Queen of Babble is the first in the Queen of Babble trilogy starring Lizzie Nichols. When we meet her she’s just about to fly to London to be with her long-distance boyfriend Andrew. Trouble is, he hasn’t been totally honest with Lizzie and she ends up with nowhere to go. Her friend Shari offers her the chance to stay at Chateau Mirac where Shari and her boyfriend Chaz are working for the summer. Whilst on her way to France she meets Jean-Luc (Luke – another one!)… could Lizzie be falling for hi ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
2.5 stars

Though I had more tolerance for this now than I did when I initially tried to read it, probably about fifteen years ago, I'm still not particularly impressed with Queen of Babble.

The opening is painful. Lizzie's very difficult for me to sympathize with in the opening chapters. She's arriving in London to stay with her boyfriend for the summer, a boy she barely dated and has only kissed before the term ended and he went home to England. In fact, they don't even recognize each other at th
I picked this book up for variety, since it has been sitting on my office table for the longest time, and it's been a while since I read a chicklit novel. The verdict? It was a light, okay read - nothing exceptional (where chicklit is concerned), nothing bad, either.

Queen of Babble is the story of Lizzie Nichols, a (non-)graduate of History of Fashion who lives with her parents at Ann Arbor, Michigan, who flies all the way to London, England, to spend time with her British boyfriend, Andrew. Whi
Megs ♥
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars, actually.

This book was okay. If you are looking for a light and fluffy read this will do, but I have to say I would recommend the Heather Wells series over this one. This series is very similar to that one, in my opinion, but it doesn't have the fun mystery of Heather Wells books to keep it interesting. It is also very similar to the Shopoholic books by Sophie Kinsella. Basically this book is not very original, and if you are a chick-lit lover, like myself, you may find yourself think
Talk Supe
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
There are some books that should bbe taken seriously and then there are some meant to simply entertain, this belongs to the latter.

This is no Jane Austen but it has the right amount of comedy without the heroine acting like she has brain cell shortage and it isn't too high brow either for it to be snobby. The first part made me cringe because I was crossing my fingers that Lizzie won't fall for Loser Andy and thank god she didn't put our sex to shame! Yes she thought she was in love but when thi
Wicked Incognito Now
Mar 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
How disappointing that I bought the sequel to this along with this book. I really expected a Bridget Jones-like, silly quirky good time. Which this story tries to be, but it goes too far. No one is as stupid and innocent as this woman. Even really stupid people realize that if you have a long-distance relationship, and the guy invites you to stay with him (in England) and it turns out he lives with his parents, and "oh yeah" the only bed he has for you is a rigged mattress in the laundry room... ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was one of those light fun reads. Not a heavy book but a fun one that was more mindless than what I usually read. Lizzie was likable enough but she was kind of annoying and seemed a little immature for being in her 20s and almost done with college. She is in one of those annoying long distance relationships and swears she loves him but she has really only been with him a couple months (sweetie you have no idea). Lizzie is the girl who just seems to “fall in love” with everyone and it is ann ...more
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
This was kinda cute but mostly forgettable. Lizzie is one of the most flighty characters I've ever encountered, and while that didn't endear her to me at all, it certainly matched the stream of conscience style writing that made me fly through this book. ...more
Feb 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
I really like the author Meg Cabot, and this book was okay. I liked the story, and the places where the book took place. The characters seemed nice, but I couldn’t really relate to the book or any of the characters. I’m glad I read it, but I wouldn’t read it again.
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Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
At least Lizzie Nichols knows she has a big mouth. They don't call her the Lizzie Broadcasting System (LBS) for nothing. A fashion history major, Lizzie is a girl after my own heart. Obsessed with vintage frocks, legendary designers and carbs, she is the kind of girl that you can't help but to love.

After graduating from college (if you don't count that senior thesis that she still has to complete) Lizzie decides to head to London to spend the summer with her fabulous boyfriend Andrew. In the th
Christine (Queen of Books)
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This book follows Lizzie, who's traipsing off to Europe as a young 20something. She's head over heels for a guy she's known a couple months and all set to the spend the summer with him - we know how this story goes, right?

And that's the thing with this book. You know it already. (Spoilers below, maybe)

You know that the guy usually doesn't turn out to be a prince. You know that the stranger you spill your guts to is going to show up later on down the road. You know your best girl friend will be
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This was a quick, fluffy book.
I can't be as happy about it as I once was because I did the mistake of reading also book #2 and #3, which completely ruin the story of book #1, and brought down the whole series.

The beginning parts with the UK boyfriend were gruesome (Especially the parts in his room) I would have lived better without them.
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun

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