Genre: Chick Lit
Book Review

Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida

Siri, Who Am I?

When I started Siri, Who Am I? I did not like it. I was grumpy, because I expected some realism and good detecting, neither of which are in this book. Then I settled into the story I was actually reading, which is as enjoyable and sparkly as one of the slushies that the protagonist enjoys. This is a goofy but also sharp romantic-comedy with a lot of references to pop culture, nerd culture, and the … Continue reading Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida

Book Review

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

Would Like to Meet

I was raised on classic rom-coms like One Fine Day and While You Were Sleeping (which I will never rewatch as I fear they’ve not aged well) and for each new outing of a tried and true trope, I continue to be there, first in line. So my appreciation for the trope is as much nature as it is nurture. As a result, I am delighted to report that this book has SO MANY OF … Continue reading Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

Book Review

Guest Review: No Judgments by Meg Cabot

No Judgments

Esme Brett reviews romance on Instagram as @Feminist_Romance. She lives in New Zealand and is a devoted cat mother to Franklin. Her areas of expertise involve Buffy the Vampire Slayer, winged eyeliner, and red wine that’s less than 9 dollars. … Little Bridge is an idyllic island in the Florida Keys. Unfortunately, it’s also in the direct path of a category 5 hurricane. Most of the island population evacuate except for Bree Beckham, hottie Drew … Continue reading Guest Review: No Judgments by Meg Cabot

Lightning Review

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Surprise Me

Waaaay back in the day, I used to work at an independent bookstore, and between customers I would sneak-read the Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella. This was when chick lit was all the rage and half of the spines on the books I shelved were neon pink. I remember liking the Shopholic series, so I thought I’d see how I’d enjoy Kinsella’s work all these years later. Surprise Me is sometimes funny, sometimes a little too … Continue reading Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

RITA Reader Challenge Review

Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske

Now That It’s You

Lovers of Romantic Comedy movies would love this. For a broken, dead inside person like myself it was “eye roll city” and not my favorite but still a fun, quick read. This book’s setup was a doozy of a meet-cute. Hats off to Ms. Fenske. Meg, a caterer and unsuccessful cookbook writer, goes to the hospital to bury the hatchet with her philandering former fiance, Matt, who she had pulled a Runaway Bride on previously. … Continue reading Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske

RITA Reader Challenge Review

Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske

Now That It’s You

The best adjective I have to describe this book is unmemorable. While I was reading it, I was enjoying it and found it difficult to put down; but now as I sit down to write a review, I am finding it difficult to remember what happened. In the acknowledgements at the end of the book, the author thanks her agent, “for selling this book before I even had a subject in mind, and then for … Continue reading Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske

Book Review

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game

This book might be receiving a lot of attention and the reason is, it’s pretty wonderful. I can’t go back to my copy for quotes for this review because I end up reading it again and I already lost too much time and sleep trying to make myself stop reading it. Lucy Hutton is the executive assistant to one of the co-CEOs of a recently merged publishing company. Her nemesis and office mate, Joshua Templeman, is the … Continue reading The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Book Review

The Summer of Me by Angela Benson

The Summer of Me

The Summer of Me succeeds unequivocally in one way – it makes you care deeply about the main character. I had a ton of issues with the book. But I kept reading it avidly because I cared so much about the heroine and I wanted things to work out for her. The Summer of Me is about Destiny Madison, a single mom of twins. Destiny agrees to let the twins spend the summer with their … Continue reading The Summer of Me by Angela Benson

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Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged

I totally enjoyed Sofia Khan is Not Obliged. It’s a little bit Bridget Jones (given that it has a tribute to Pride and Prejudice and a journal format and opens with some resolutions) and a little bit My Big Fat Greek Wedding (several weddings take place during the course of the story and they all involve huge immigrant families) but mostly it has its own unique charm. Sofia Khan is told as a series of … Continue reading Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

Book Review

Re Jane by Patricia Park

Re Jane

Re Jane is supposed to be a modern re-telling of Jane Eyre. It changes the plot considerably, but that’s to be expected. Unfortunately it also loses the entire point of Jane Eyre, which is that the main character is moral and has a sense of self that anchors her. While this retelling at least remembers that Jane’s self-respect is more important than romance, it has an incredibly selfish, self-centered heroine. The story is not a … Continue reading Re Jane by Patricia Park

Book Review

Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell

Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell

Every time, and I mean every single time Jill Mansell's books go on sale — which happens a couple of times a year — readers say how much they love her writing. “Comfort reads,” is one term I see a lot, along with “charming and funny,” and also “lovely.” I was in one of those reading moods where nothing was grabbing me, and things I thought I wanted to read weren't working for me. I … Continue reading Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell

Book Review

The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta

The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta

I haven’t the foggiest idea of how to grade The She-Hulk Diaries.  By page 25, I was ready to throw the book across the room.  By page 50, I was eating it up like candy.  This is a book based an insulting and tired premise (career woman fails at personal life, can’t find love, is sort of ditzy) and yet after a week of contemplating it I think it’s actually pretty subversive – plus it’s … Continue reading The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta

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