Chick Lit

C+
As Seen on TV

I chose to review As Seen on TV because I'd heard good things about Sarah Mlynowski and because the premise of a reality TV show experience seemed interesting and original. Unfortunately, this interesting premise was simultaneously compelling and off-putting. Sunny Langstein has a boyfriend, ...

B
The Dewey Decimal System of Love

A book with the words "Dewey Decimal" in the title was just too much for this librarian to pass up - luckily for me. Josephine Carr's latest book moves her out of suspense and into the realm of chick lit, a move that appears to have been made wisely. At times funny, occasionally silly, this is a c ...

C
Love and a Bad Hair Day

Love and a Bad Hair Day is 282 pages long, costs $13.95, and took me well over a week to read (and I was immobile for two of those days). It has a deceptively cutesy cover featuring an adorable brunette twenty-something chick wearing a big smile and a big floral hat. (To cover up bad hair? We'll ...

B
A Girl's Best Friend

I was very happy to get the opportunity to review A Girl's Best Friend because I so enjoyed Young's last book, A Promising Man (and About Time, Too). While Young's books aren't exactly a break from the Chick Lit mold, she writes about heroines you can empathize with, friends you'd like to spend time ...

C-
Lucy's Launderette

Lucy's Launderette is a Chick Lit novel that seems to wander around with no real sense of where it wants to go. As the book ambles idly along, it makes some interesting points, but doesn't seem to come to any clear conclusions. Its plot is complex, yet somehow it manages not to touch the reader in a ...

B+
Slim Chance

When Evelyn May's longtime boyfriend proposes to her at work, Evie says "yes," then runs into the ladies' room and throws up. It's the less-than-perfect beginning to her odyssey toward marriage, and the very funny beginning of debut author Jackie Rose's Slim Chance. Despite her initial reaction, ...

B
Diary of a Blues Goddess

While Diary Of A Blues Goddess features many standard plot devices, it also boasts a freshness of writing and spirit that makes it a fast, fun, and breezy read. That it features a heroine who is likable even when making mistakes speaks to author Erica Orloff's ability to write a good story. Georg ...

C
The Thin Pink Line

Reading The Thin Pink Line was something of a roller coaster ride. At first I found the heroine simply appalling. Then I decided she was appalling, but occasionally funny. Then I decided she was quite funny, and less appalling than I had originally believed. By the time I got to the improbable endin ...

B-
The Big Bad Wolf Tells All

I'll admit I am not the world's biggest fan of single-woman-in-the-city stories, but I always approach a book with the idea that I am going to enjoy it. In the case of The Big Bad Wolf Tells All, I did enjoy it. Tanzy Harrington is a popular columnist in the Bay area, and the las ...

F
Easy

I have never given a book an F before. Admittedly, I haven't been reviewing too long, but I’ve never read a book for review in which I couldn’t find at least something to like, some small flicker of light amidst the gloom of awkward writing and poorly depicted characters. But alas, the minute I ...