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Queen of Babble in the big city
Cabot, Meg
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Midway though Cabot's latest novel, Chaz (the boyfriend of protagonist Lizzie Nichols's best friend) tells Lizzie, "Someday you're really going to have to describe to me in more detail what life is like on the planet you live on. Because it sounds really great, and I'd like to visit there one day." Ultimately, this is what is both problematic and enormously appealing about the work of Cabot, the woman who shot to fame selling the idea that fairy tales really do come true. Lizzie is the fairy tale heroine. She is the fat, awkward girl in all of us, profoundly Midwestern, from the Spanks (modern Spandex girdles) she wears to her indignation at subway rudeness to her insistence on paying her wealthy boyfriend rent for living in his mother's Fifth Avenue apartment. As the book opens, Lizzie has just moved to New York City with her best friend, Shari, and their boyfriends, Luke and Chaz. Lizzie is determined not to become like her acquaintance Kathy Pennebaker, the prototypical smalltown girl who fails in Manhattan and returns home to wander the aisles of the local grocery store loading up on cough syrup for a weekend meth-making session. Things quickly become perfect for Lizzie. Luke asks her to move into his mother's apartment. She finds an amusing though nonpaying job working as a wedding dress restorer with an insane French couple. Lizzie also takes a paying job as a receptionist at Chaz's father's law firm. There are slight problems in paradise: the wedding store where Lizzie works has fallen on hard times and is involved in a rivalry with another wedding dress restorer. Luckily, Lizzie stumbles on a wedding dress gold mine when she befriends a woman who takes cares of seals at the zoo. It turns out that the seal-keeper is about to marry into one of Manhattan's most prominent families; suddenly, the smart crowd is coming to Lizzie's store. But Lizzie's quest to become successful is sidetracked by Shari's relationship problems and Lizzie's conviction that Luke's mother is having an affair and her obsession with the idea that Luke will never marry her. There is something oddly affirming about Cabot's writing. After sitting down with Queen of Babble in the Big City, it is totally clear to me why her books are huge bestsellers. Meg Cabot is nice. She sees the world as a wonderful place, and you want to live in her world and be her best friend. Her characters are charming. There is a school of thought that says reading should be entertaining, and this is exactly what Meg Cabot produces for us: fun. She is the master of her genre; she is the George Bernard Shaw if not the George Eliot of chick lit. Molly Jong-Fast's third book, The Social Climbe's Handbook, will be published by Villard in 2009. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this follow-up to Queen of Babble, Cabot (The Princess Diaries) continues the story of Lizzie Nichols, who has just moved to New York with best friend Shari. Unable to find an apartment they can afford, the girls move in with their respective boyfriends. While Shari soon falls in love with someone else, Lizzie has visions of marriage with Luke. Lizzie has big plans for her life in the big city, and things start to fall into place when she lands her dream job refurbishing bridal gowns. Unfortunately, the job doesn't pay, so she gets an additional job as a receptionist at a swanky law firm. But she struggles with the firm's confidentiality requirements and ends up getting fired. By then, she's become indispensable at the bridal shop and parlays her firing into getting the pay she deserves at the job she loves. But her love life isn't going quite so well, and she may have to acknowledge that Luke isn't ready for marriage. A surprise ending leaves the reader eagerly awaiting the sure-to-come third book in this series. A fun and fast-paced novel with a likable heroine who is refreshingly passionate about her career choice as well as her boyfriend; recommended for all public libraries.-Karen Core, Detroit P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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