Monday, October 22, 2007

Queen of Babble in the Big City (Meg Cabot)

I am addicted to recurring characters in books (that's why I loved The Second Assistant and The First Assitant).

This book did not disappoint. As I mentioned earlier, this character cracked me up by not holding back a single thing she was thinking - much like myself and my grandma (from who I apparently inhertied 99% of my genes).

Our character has moved to New York and is living with her boyfriend at the end of the last novel. She is working as a receptionist at a law firm owned by her best friend's boyfriend's father, and she is also working for a bridal dress restoration expert (but unfortunately not being paid). As part of her job at the law firm, she meets a soon to be society maven who currently smells like seals, who is being forced to wear her MIL's hideous gown. You see where this is going... she restores said gown and becomes famous for it. Oh, and along the way, her best friend turns into a lesbian, she realizes her boyfriend is a commitment phobe, loses her job at the law firm and begins dating best friend's (now ex) boyfriend.

My only gripe - the ending was a little too cliffhangerish, with ex boyfriend showing up on the last page, just as the relationship with best friend's ex was about to... ahem... consummate. I have to get the next book now but I would have been pretty pissed if I read this when it first came out. You see, while I like series, I also like instant gratification... hmmm maybe I would appreciate Harry Potter more now.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Come Together by Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees

Another book by the authors below. It was OK It is rare to find a chick lit style romance with serious moments and deeper explorations of the actual ups and downs of the relationship.

Still written in alternating chapters (one male, one female). Despite my fondness for the names Jack and Amy I pretty much had no sympathy for these two, especially Jack. It was an interesting book, don't get me wrong, I just didn't like the two main characters.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Boy Next Door (Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees)

This is a recommendation from that really cool website I found a while back.Htere are several boooks by these two authors - the woman writes the part of the woman in the book and the man writes the part of the man in the books, in alternating chapters. Or maybe they write the chapters of the opposite sex... no I'm pretty sure they write their own.

Anyway, interesting way to tell a story though admittedly, it's a litle gimmicky. The authors are British and I am really beginning to enjoy British fiction... or at least British fiction of the low brow variety.

This story resonated with me because it's about two kids who are friends, then turn into high school sweethearts, then get driven apart and are reunited in their late thirties, after she's had a kid and just before he is getting married. Just like PB and me. JK, we missed everything from "high school sweethearts on". Otherwise it would be a much cooler story.

But I can totally relate to the idea of falling in love at one point in your life, at a very young age and that transforming who you are and what you turn into it. PB and I did that - it's hard to imagine how very different my life would be if we weren't together. And when you start dating so young you literally grow up together and influence who you become as adults.

Listen to me, I make it sound like we got together when we were 7.

Anyway, enough about that, this is the blog about books. So I already pretty much summarized the store (minus the drama of a father who is criminally shady and literally dies a fiery death, a glimpse at a boarding schoool for boys and a loveless marriage in between). The story is told, like I said, from alternative points of view, and also in flashback to fill in what happened to them as kids / young adults.

It's a fun read. Quick too. My only really big complaint is that the ending was *much* too abrupt for my taste. And I didn't really connect with the female lead, I was much more interested in the male lead. Hmmm.... wonder what that says about me?