Archive for the ‘Chick Lit’ Category

Synopsis: Three spurned first wives plot the ultimate revenge against their ex-husbands. Review: First Wives’ Club was my New Year’s Day football counterprogramming read. Light and frothy, heavy on plot and as on-the-nose as they come, and I loved every page of it. Goldsmith is my guilty pleasure, I won’t lie. I’m gearing up for […]

Synopsis: The trials and travails of an Upper East Side nanny as the family she cares for repeatedly violates her boundaries. Review: Aaahhh… there’s nothing like a lazy day on the couch with a quick read like The Nanny Diaries. Like The Devil Wears Prada, the book sings when skewering the rich and entitled, and […]

Synopsis: A working mother of two finds her life teetering out of balance as she struggles to succeed in finance without feeling guilty that the nanny is raising her kids. Review: I sometimes have anxiety dreams where I’m working. I’m either behind the counter at the video store I clerked at in grad school, or […]

Synopsis: Snapshots in the life of a slightly depressed young woman with low self-esteem. Review: I loved Sittenfeld’s debut novel Prep, and had high expectations for this one. I was pretty disappointed. Hannah is passive and largely disinterested in life, and this just doesn’t make for a compelling main character, unless her passivity is what […]

Synopsis: When a betrayed wife discovers that her husband’s mistress could be her (much younger) twin, she convinces the mistress that they should switch places and see how the other half lives. Review: One does not read Olivia Goldsmith for ornately wrought prose or subtle nuances of human behavior. One does read Olivia Goldsmith because […]

Synopsis: Kristin Lavransdatter is a girl in 14th Century Norway, betrothed to one man but desperately in love with another. Review: Written in 1927, this book is the first in a trilogy, and the author was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature. I was captivated by Kristin’s story, from the portrait […]

Synopsis: The biological clock is ticking for an artist recently transplanted to New York, but while the Parisian men are great in bed, they’re not so good at committment. Review: Klein is the kind of character that drives me crazy–sexy, smart, artsy, and with a killer wardrobe. It’s hard for me to care whether she […]

Synopsis: Claire is an unassuming secretary who’s never had an adventure. When a womanizing firm partner asks her to come with him to London, she surprises herself and everyone by saying yes – and really throws them all for a loop when she quits her job to stay. Review: This is a small story about […]

Synopsis: A quirky girl meets a quirky guy and they clearly want to get it on but that will have to wait until the end of the book. Review: Superficial people in a story that doesn’t go anywhere.  The dialogue was littered with pop culture references that made it feel like one of those millions […]