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The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

“I make it easier for people to leave by making them hate me a little.”

Tamara Goodwin has always gets everything she wants and lives a life of spoiled luxury in Dublin, Ireland. Everything changes when her father commits suicide and she is forced to move with her mother to the Irish countryside. Tamara is used to a great deal of freedom and bristles under the ever-vigilant watch of her Aunt Rosaleen. Life is never going to be the same but when Tamara finds a book on the traveling library that appears to tell the future, maybe she can find the life she was meant to live.

This is a classic coming of age story with a magical twist. The story has a relaxed pace and is character driven. The secondary characters are interesting enough that you really want to know more about them but their back stories are absent. What I like about Ahern is the way she throws her characters into everyday life that everyone can relate to with a touch of magic that adds a sense of wonder to it all. What I didn’t like about this specific book is the feeling that the author wanted to dabble in creating a suspense novel with Rosaleen and her odd behavior. For this reader it was just awkward. 2011, 312 pages.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Chick Lit

 

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Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

Tessa is a stay-at-home mom with the perfect life. Her adoring husband is a pediatric surgeon and thanks to her hard work, her kids are on their way to being a part of the Boston elite.  Valerie is a single mom that runs in the same circles but is quickly shunned because she doesn’t quite fit the image the inner circle is wanting to portray.  Told from alternating viewpoints, when Valerie’s son Charlie is in a horrible accident and Tessa’s husband Nick is his surgeon the tides of change are set into motion with no one knowing where they may end up. 

Emily Giffin is fast becoming one of the “it” authors for the new chick lit. Her strengths are in her ability to create characters that are flawed, fallible and incredibly easy to identify with. Even if the topic is uncomfortable-which the affair topic is for many-you read it anyway and really see the good in each person even as they make poor choices that cause great upheaval.  Even tho the characters are what drive the novel, the pacing is fast and the only setting of true importance is in each woman’s point of view.  2010, 368 pages.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2010 in Chick Lit

 

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The Guy Not Taken by Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner may be one of the queen’s of chick lit but what she has done for the genre lately is give it some depth that really cannot be ignored. This collection of short stories focus on the different struggles women in their 30’s face. Am I with the right person? How can I raise my children better? There is nothing glamorous in Weiner’s stories but rather they are filled with humanity.

Considering the short story format, the pacing if moderately fast as the reader just gets to know the situation when moving on to another. The characters are well drawn and easy to identify with quickly. The reader is drawn into each situation as it is painted vividly for the reader to digest. 2006, 304 pages.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2007 in Chick Lit

 

Cinderella Pact by Sarah Strohmeyer

Nola Devlin and her two best friends make a pact one evening to lose weight and be all they can be. Nola doesn’t take the pact seriously at first as she is up to her eyeballs in problems at work-having faked a celebrity columnist when her boss turned her work down. What the boss doesn’t know is that this fabulous celebrity columnist is really Nola. As time goes by Nola and the other two stick to the pact and find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. Moderate paced, this novel will entertain and enlighten as the characters could easily be any one of us. 2006, 290 pages.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2007 in Chick Lit

 

Baby Proof by Emily Giffin

Claudia Parr, a successful New York editor, has known for years that she does not want children. This little detail has defined her dating experiences and at 35, she resigns herself to spinsterhood. In steps Ben, Claudia’s dream man that also does not want any children. They marry and have a good life until Ben changes his mind and decides that having kids is a total deal breaker. Disappointed and devastated Claudia picks up the pieces and learns how to survive without Ben. Being alone gives her the time to reflect on what true love really means.

Baby Proof is a moderately paced novel that focuses on the character development of Claudia and Ben from a distance. There are no easy answers here and that is what makes Giffin enjoyable to read-the characters, the struggles and the story are all believable. New York is a formidable background but is not integral to the story. The tone is a juxtaposition between hope and despair. 2006, 340 pages.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2007 in Chick Lit

 

The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne

Melissa is the cosummate good girl-the one who always bakes the cake for a birthday party, keeps things running and never, ever gets the guy. She fades into the woodwork and considers herself to be dull and frumpy. When Mel gets fired from her job she decides, after quite a lot of hilarious mishaps, that she will take what she is good at (managing the details) and starts her own business, The Little Lady Agency under the name of Honey. The agency is for men who can’t get a woman or don’t want a woman around to help them plan events; learn how to dress and to woo women. Honey wears high heels, tight dresses and takes crap from no one. Will Mel ever realize that Honey has a place in her real life?

This is a quickly paced book told in the 1st person. The cast of characters are well-developed and easy to relate to by the reader. The setting, London, is not integral to the story-it could be set anywhere. This is a light, funny book with a touch of romance for those who like a happy ending. 2005, 376 pages.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2007 in Chick Lit

 

Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Andrea Sachs wants to work for the New Yorker more than anything. With a strong collegiate background, she takes a job with Runway Magazine as Miranda Priestley’s personal assistant. The goal is to make it one year to get whatever job she may want. Miranda’s outrageous demands and the people who bow down to her every whim will outrage you. Andrea sacrifices her life, friends and family for so long and puts up with so much-will she ever break?

A quick read with little character development. Interesting plot of a sad situation with the opportunity to see how the other half lives. 2003, 360 pages.

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2007 in Chick Lit