Thumbs up for Desperate in Dubai by Ameera Al Hakawati. Chick lit.
I would not touch this in a million years if it were set in L.A. But it’s set in Dubai, a place I hope to visit at some point in the next few years. I am simultaneously reading an excellent nonfiction book about the city, but this trashy piece of chick lit is the perfect way to learn about the things you wouldn’t think to ask about.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea. Chick lit.
I debated a while about whether to label this as “Literature” or “Chick lit.” It’s a gossipy, conversational novel about the romantic lives of four young female friends (thus, chick lit), but by definition chick lit has a sappy romantic ending, and Girls, vernacular style aside, is just too realistic to qualify.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot. Chick lit.
Love and office politics, told via chat transcript, email and answering machine message. Pretty funny. Good way to kill a couple of hours.
Yes, but I am older and wiser now, and no longer prone to be impressed by surgical enhancement.
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Thumbs up for Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. Chick lit.
No one can be more surprised than I that I did not hate this book, or Bridget, as I thought I was likely to. The book is generally amusing and contains some very funny bits. Bridget herself, who a) smokes too much, b) drinks too much, c) places too much importance on finding a man, and d) has insane ideas about what is the proper weight for a woman, is redeemed by being just self-aware enough to know recognize at least a, b, and c, and be funny about them.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. Chick lit.
My back and my feet hurt (don’t worry, I won’t be wearing those shoes again) and I wanted to take a really long, really hot bath with a book that required no brain cells. This was it. Surprisingly readable, and I laughed out loud a half dozen times; and the heroine punched the guy I wanted her to punch and wasn’t too sorry about it, so thumbs up for her.… >> Read more