Chick Lit

C+
Miranda's Big Mistake

I've enjoyed some of Jill Mansell's recent chick lit, so was eager to review Miranda’s Big Mistake. Unfortunately, it turns out that this is a re-release of a 1999 book and, while I didn't hate it, a few aspects turned me off so that I'm just not able to recommend it. The book fea ...

C+
Don't Let It Be True

Alright, I admit it. I read Don't Let It Be True because of the cute little cupcake on the cover. I have a fairly persistent sweet tooth – and I nearly always listen to it. That said, it's a pretty apt cover; this book is like a small, sweet treat, entirely composed of empty calories. It's fun at ...

C+
What Looks Like Crazy

Every once in a while, it’s good to take a break from straightforward romance and read something that’s just a little different. For me, chick lit is a good way to do that and Charlotte Hughes’ What Looks Like Crazy came close to fitting the bill. Kate Holly, an Atlanta clinical ...

B
A Rather Curious Engagement

A Rather Curious Engagement picks up where A Rather Lovely Inheritance left off by following the further adventures of Penny and Jeremy, with stops in the French Riviera, London, Lake Como, and Corsica. While I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first book, I found it to be an enjoyable read in ...

A-
A Rather Lovely Inheritance

A Rather Lovely Inheritance provided me with a delightful read, tapping into my love of European travel and girl sleuths, as well as my fondness for unusual chick lit. Penny Nichols is on a film set in Cannes; she provides historical research to the producers of historical sagas and her current p ...

C-
Flirting with Forty

I enjoy books with older heroines, and Flirting With Forty sounded like a fun book. Unfortunately, the fun moments were few and far between. Jackie Laurens is a single mother of two young children. Her marriage ended about a year ago, and she still hasn't recovered. While she's no longer in l ...

B
Queen of Babble Gets Hitched

I've been a Meg Cabot fan for years and was very excited to be reviewing Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, the third in her trilogy featuring vintage clothing maven Lizzie Nichols. It's a good book, but it doesn't fit in with the previous two and left me wondering if I'd missed something colossal. (A ...

B-
I'm with Stupid

In real life, it's not usually all that funny when someone's intellectual prowess is seriously lacking. Say, for example, you find yourself explaining to someone that Montana is not part of Wyoming (as previously believed) but is in fact a separate state. Yes, this happened to me, and the details ar ...

B+
Practically Perfect

I went on a major glom of Katie Fforde's books a year ago. While I found the quality of her books to be a bit hit or miss, Practically Perfect is one of my favorites. If you think chick lit is solely made up of heroines obsessed with shopping, this book should disabuse you of that notion. Anna ...

B
No Good Girls

In general, I’m not a big chick lit fan. I prefer straight romance, as I often find that chick lit books are just too fluffy or me (though many people would probably find that statement somewhat comical). However, No Good Girls was a very enjoyable book with a very sympathetic heroine. Geri O’B ...