ChickLit for Valentine’s Day
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to review one of my all time favorite chick lit novels: “Boy Meets Girl” by Meg Cabot. It is possibly the first novel that got me into the genre. Aside from my obvious story adoration, I love Cabot’s style of carrying the novel through emails, instant messages, letters and transcripts. The hilarity that ensues through the main character’s communications with everyone has resulted in several re-reads. You know it’s good when… you can re-read it.
Alas! When I went to my book shelves to read it again so I could revisit the story and give it a decent review, it wasn’t there. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I had lent it out. Lesson of the story: stop lending out books. In my eagerness to push books onto friends and family, my library has diminished. At one point, I had every single book written by Alice Hoffman, now my collection is sadly depleted. I don’t even have my copy of my favorite Hoffman novel: “Practical Magic.”
But this is not a rant or a review. Instead, here’s a list of my top five favorite chicklit novels to date. I am willing to take recommendations, however, as I’m behind on my chicklit reading.
1. Boy Meets Girl — Meg Cabot: I just love it, I do. I laugh so hard every time I read it. It’s truly good for the soul.
2. Can You Keep a Secret?– Sophie Kinsella: I actually cried reading this. It was seriously that funny. The quirks and intimacies uttered from Emma Corrigan’s mouth as she confesses all her secrets to the handsome man sitting next to her on the plane, which she thinks is going to crash, border on the mundane to the ludicrous. But they were all relatable. Who out of us doesn’t have some quirky thoughts of our own knocking around in our heads? Meanwhile, the romantic tension caused as a result of these confessions made this a great read.
3. Just the Way You Are — Christina Dodd: You always remember your firsts, and this was one of the first chicklit novels I ever read. Plus, a wealthy bachelor posing as a butler makes for an interesting read.
4. The Nanny — Melissa Nathan: Also worthy of a re-read. A good build-up can make or break a story, and there was plenty of tensions between love birds Jo and Josh.
5. Faking It — Jennifer Crusie: Sneaking into an art gallery to steal your own painting? Mixing danger with romance = I will eat. it. up.
Notable Mention — Something Blue by Emily Giffin: I actually like this one better than the first in the series, “Something Borrowed.” The character development of the self-centered and pregnant Darcy and her adventures in London kept the pages turning.