Chick Lit

D+
The Icing on the Cupcake

Fact: I will read just about anything that has to do with cupcakes. I can only guess that the publisher of Jennifer Ross’s The Icing on the Cupcake assumed there were others like me and decided to cash in on the popularity of cupcakes. It’s the only reason I can imagine a book with no charact ...

B
Second Time Around

I like my Chick Lit on the light and funny side. If there are too many affairs or too much sadness (in other words, if it's really more on the Women's Fiction side of the spectrum), I'd just as soon not bother. Second Time Around is precisely the sort of Chick Lit I enjoy. It has an interesting prem ...

B
A Rather Charming Invitation

Charming is the perfect word to describe CA Belmond's, A Rather Charming Invitation. I fell in love with Penny and Jeremy when the series began, and enjoyed this time out seeing the two prepare for their wedding. The series has a Chick-lit Meets Nancy Drew feel. However, Penny – ...

B+
Truly, Madly

Truly, Madly by Heather Webber is the first chick-lit series I’ve gotten excited about in a long time. I had a hard time putting this one down, and already look forward to the next book. Lucy Valentine’s family all has the same gift: they can read auras, and thus bring perfectly matched coupl ...

C
Table Manners

Table Manners is a follow-up to Good Things. I didn’t know this until I finished the book but it answered the question as to why the author seemed to assume I would easily follow the back-story to the life of the forty-one year old protagonist Deidre McIntosh, especially when it seemed so eventful ...

B
Crossing Washington Square

After a couple of so-so romances, I often turn to Chick Lit. Although not every Chick Lit book is fabulous, even the mediocre ones tend to have slightly different foibles than mediocre romances. Happily, Crossing Washington Square was better than mediocre. It has an academic setting, and one of the ...

C+
Twenties Girl

At her best, Sophie Kinsella tells stories featuring characters that we can relate to, even as they get themselves into hilarious, over-the-top predicaments that defy belief. Underneath all the antics, her heroines are sweet (if somewhat ditzy) people who just need to find their way. We know that ...

B+
Girl From Mars

So I was a female nerd during my twenties: watching every Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, meeting for role playing evenings (and nights) sometimes several times a week, and spending one night per week playing darts with my mates, always in the same pub. As you can imagine, I could relate ver ...

B
Holly's Inbox

The very best chick lit books entertain me, and often hit themes that resonate, even if the frequently encountered ditzy heroines sometimes drive me mad. Holly's Inbox, a modern-day update of the epistolary novel, follows the life of fictional character Holly Denham as she starts work as a reception ...

B-
The Ex-Debutante

This book is ultra-lite fiction – good for burning time at the beach or somewhere you may not be able to devote full attention to the story. Not to knock beach reading, however; The Ex-Debutante is a pleasant first-person narrative that will leave you generally satisfied at the end, if not particu ...