Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

Queen of Babble is an entertaining "chick lit" read by Meg Cabot (author of the Princess Diaries). I enjoyed reading the book and look forward to the sequel, but many parts of the book reminded me of Sophie Kinsella's work, especially Can You Keep a Secret? If you like Kinsella's work, this would be a good read for you.

Queen of Babble is about Lizzie Nichols. A "History of Fashion" major a the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Lizzie has discovered that she actually didn't graduate as she didn't turn in a senior thesis. She doesn't have much time to worry about this as she has a ticket already paid for to visit her boyfriend Andy in London. Neither her trip to London nor Andy turn out to be quite what she had expected. She joins her friend Shari in France and along the way spills her tales of woe to a cute stranger named Luke. Unfortunately, Luke turns out to be the owner of the Chateau where Lizzie is staying!

Lizzie is an engaging character, but I didn't think the secondary character build-up was as good as in other novels, such as Sophie Kinsella's. I did really like Lizzie's no-nonsense Dr. Quinn loving Grandma though! It was an entertaining read, but not the best "chick-lit" that I've read lately.

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