Thursday, July 19, 2007
The Queen of Babble in the Big City: Review
The Queen of Babble in the Big City
ARE, Harper Collins, 2007
This is my very first First Look selection. Yay Me! I’ve never read anything from Meg Cabot before, although I have seen the Princess Diaries movies (very cute), so I had no idea what to expect. At first, it seemed like typical chick lit: twenty-something, single chick in the big city, lots of brand-name dropping, but then I fell into the story.
Lizzie (the main character in the previous Queen of Babble) is living in New York trying to make her dream of owning a bridal gown refurbishment business come true. At the same time, she’s trying to get her boyfriend of two months to commit, but first she has to find a job and an apartment. Finding a job in the clothing industry is nearly impossible, so she agrees to a position as receptionist in the law firm of her best-friend’s boyfriend’s father (with me here?) while taking an internship (no pay) at a struggling Mom and Pop bridal gown shop. Between, ‘woodland creaturing’ her boyfriend and working like a dog at two jobs, she manages to misread everyone’s signals, giving herself a world of grief.
Why this book was so enjoyable was Lizzie herself. She might be a big mouth but she’s genuinely sweet. She’d be a great best friend and you can’t help but root for her. This is a charming book and, in this season of weddings, a great summer read.