Chick Lit

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Star Dust

With the recent fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, it was about time that I caught up on the Fly Me To The Moon series, which fictionalizes the astronauts, techs, and families of 1960s NASA into the imaginary American Space Department (or ASD). I’m completely thrilled that I did. In ...

A
Sarong Party Girls

Jazeline Ah Huay ‘Jazzy’ Lim embraces life as one of Singapore’s Sarong Party Girls, young women who stalk the club scene in search of an “ang moh” (wealthy white foreigner) to marry. However, Jazzy is twenty-six now, and she can’t rely on her youth and looks forever. It’s time to lock ...

B-
The Boy is Back

Meg Cabot always makes me laugh. What distinguishes her best books from her less successful efforts is the depth of characterization behind the humor. Unfortunately, The Boy Is Back ranks among her less successful and shallower efforts. This is a story told entirely through text sources (text messag ...

B-
Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun

Remember the heyday of chick lit (still wishing they could find a better term for it) 10-15 years ago?  The combination of comedy, often with a dash of romance, and deeper emotion could be hard to pull off, but when it worked, it was such fun. Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun is a romantic comedy writ ...

B+
The One You Really Want

I generally read each new book by Jill Mansell within a few days of release, so I was very excited when this appeared on the review list. I was less excited when I discovered it’s a reissue, but ended up quickly captivated, enjoying both the story and the characters. However, if you’re looking f ...

B-
Dear Emma

I liked this book a lot more prior to writing its review. Overall it was well-written, funny, and extremely easy to read. I finished the book in a few days, which is exceptionally quick for me since I am in college and do not have a great deal of time to dedicate to reading lengthy novels. However, ...

C
Just the Way You Are

I dove into this book hoping for a fun, frothy Brit Chick Lit along the lines of Sophie Kinsella. Unfortunately, while there were fun moments, I was largely disappointed in the romance. Six years ago, Ava Clements had a secret admirer who frequently wrote her love letters extolling ...

C+
Bliss

This book is as light and fluffy as a piece of cake that the heroine would have baked in her shop. There were glimpses of really engaging moments, but for me the fluffier aspects overwhelmed anything of substance. Because of this, it was an overall enjoyable, light read but not a DIK. ...

B
Is This Love?

It's good to check in with British romance every now and again, not only to catch up with their version of English slang, but also to wallow in their famous reserve and low-key but heart-felt sentimentality. Moorcroft displays a lot of what's best about British romance in this novel of love blooming ...

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Full Throttle

It took me two months to read Ms. McCarthy's Full Throttle. The novel is the seventh in Ms. McCarthy's Fast Track series, a sequence of books whose appeal has waned as its numbers have risen. I liked the first two books in the series, Flat out Sexy and Hard and Fast. And while Full Throttle is no ...