Chick Lit

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Nice Girls Finish First

In some ways the Chick Lit genre allows for more leeway in what is, often, a romantic story. For instance, romance readers who crave heroines more aggressive or more sexually experienced than Romance’s ubiquitous small town misses can often find them in Chick Lit. Nice Girls Finish First has this ...

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Emily's Reasons Why Not

The premise of this book is smart: instead of chasing after Mr. Right with increasing desperation, the heroine decides that maybe she should try to avoid Mr. Wrong. She even goes to therapy, something many a Chick Lit heroine ought to consider. However, the range and depth of the reasons Why Not onl ...

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The Undomestic Goddess

Samantha Sweeting is a brilliant top City lawyer, one of the finest legal minds of her generation, and she’s been sweating away at Carter Spink for seven years trying to make partner. She’s just on the cusp of that achievement, too, when she makes an enormous error which costs her firm’s clien ...

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Something Blue

If you enjoyed Emily Giffin’s 2004 debut novel, Something Borrowed about two girlfriends who betray each other’s friendships, you will be curious to see what happens in Giffin’s follow-up novel, Something Blue. This is the Bad Girl’s story, the one in which she gets her much deserved comeupp ...

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Something Borrowed

A few months ago I read Queen Bees & Wannabes, Rosalind Wiseman’s nonfiction book about cliques and the subtleties of teenage girls’ relationships. I was particularly struck by her observation that girls’ friendships with other girls are very frequently as intense, as emotionally complex and ...

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A Little Change of Face

Scarlett Jane Stein is a 39 year old woman who sometimes feels that she has skated through life. She has a pretty-good job as a librarian, and easily gets dates with attractive men. But when she has a bout with chicken pox, a pushy friend encourages her to try an experiment: Will men still like her ...

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The Givenchy Code

One knock against Chick Lit is that the heroines, generally speaking, are not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier. They know their Prada from their Kate Spade, have explored every dead-end job publishing has to offer, and can identify any brand of designer vodka just by sniffing the bottle cap, bu ...

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Undead and Unappreciated

Whew! After reading Ms. Davidson’s last book, Derik’s Bane, I’d begun to worry a little bit. Though she has a proven track record of writing clever dialogue and sharp characters, I was beginning to overdose a little on those very things. In her third novel featuring Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor, ...

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The Frog Prince

I never to say never, but Chick Lit often doesn't do it for me. I'm not a huge fan of Women's Fiction set in big cities, so was ambivalent about reading and reviewing The Frog Prince. But the title and premise convinced me to give it a try. Meet Holly Bishop. She fell in love hard and married ...

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A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur’s Court

Although A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur’s Court is labeled as a Time Travel Romance, it obviously has Chick Lit elements. While debut author Marianne Mancusi's writing is quite readable and smooth, the first half of the book is ordinary and lacked the elements of surprise I expect from T ...