Review: The Undomestic Goddess


Seriously? Sophie Kinsella is one of my FAVORITE AUTHORS ever. After five stellar novels by her, you could definitely say that I am a fan. She has a wonderful way of creating vivid, endearing characters that get into all sorts of mishaps. Her latest offering, The Undomestic Goddess, however, sort of disappointed me.

Meet Samantha Sweeting. A highly intelligent and workaholic attorney for a prestigious law firm, she is over-stressed and high-strung. Even during a spa treatment for her 29th birthday, she can’t bear to tear herself away from her blackberry or cell phone. About to be made partner at the firm, she is known for her competence and brains.

However, on the day she is supposed to have her partnership announced, she discovers she has made a huge error Continue reading Review: The Undomestic Goddess

Review: Bollywood Confidential

I absolutely love chick lit that feature Indian characters, so I was glad when I learned Sonia Singh had a second novel out entitled “Bollywood Confidential”. Although her first novel was average at best in my opinion, this latest book was a great read.

Raveena is a struggling Indian actress currently living in Los Angeles. She is tired of not getting anywhere in her acting career. After much deliberation, she decides to accept her agent’s latest offer: the lead in a Bollywood film – that takes place and shoots in Bombay, India. Despite her misgivings about living in another country for six months, she figures it would be worth it; after all, she is playing the leading role! Continue reading Review: Bollywood Confidential

Review: The Perfect Manhattan


The Perfect Manhattan
by Leanne Shear & Tracey Toomey
Broadway Books, June 28th 2005
reviewed by Rian Montgomery

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bartend in New York City or the Hamptons? I know I have! The Perfect Manhattan will take you behind the bartending scenes and show you both the good and bad.

Meet Cassie, a fresh graduate from Columbia University who wants to be a writer but knows she needs to support herself in the meantime. No corporate slave-driven job for her! Instead she decides to become a bartender, telling herself it will only be temporary. After long hours of schmoozing customers and her boss, she ends up with a great opportunity to work in a bar in the Hamptons for the summer. Continue reading Review: The Perfect Manhattan

Review: Pounding The Pavement


There have been a slew of “working girl in the city” chick lit novels this summer so far, much to my delight. This latest debut novel by Jennifer van der Kwast features Sarah, a young woman who has been unemployed for over six months. Luckily she is scraping by with the odd freelance under-the-table manuscript-reading job (for her previous boss who had laid her off) and a string of unfortunate temp positions. However, at one such position she meets Jake – a gorgeous guy who had recently dumped his girlfriend after catching her cheating.

Sarah and Jake really hit it off and are very attracted to each other and share the same passion for movies, but Sara can’t help but wonder if Jake is merely on the rebound. After all, the break-up with his stunning ex girlfriend seems to have devastated him.

Continue reading Review: Pounding The Pavement

Review: How To Kill A Rock Star

The first book by this author, “God Shaped Hole”, was a wonderfully touching story with plenty of sadness along the way. This one is no different, except for being even more so.

Eliza, our complicated and interesting main heroine, manages to meet and interview the famous Doug Blackman. Fed up with Cleveland and her go-nowhere job, she scores a great job and apartment in New York City and decides to start over. She has many insecurities and fears, mainly being of flying, because of the fact that her parents died on an airplane when she was young.

She settles into an apartment with her new roommate Paul, who happens to be: 1. Very attractive. 2. In the same band as her brother. 3. Someone who goes through women like water, but deep down wants one special woman to call his own. The two of them manage to get together after some time passes, and they fall deeply, deeply in love with each other. Around the same time, Paul’s band gets “discovered”. What more could they ask for? They are in love, they now have money from his new contract, and they trust each other. Continue reading Review: How To Kill A Rock Star

Review: Chalking It Up

Working Girl Chick Lit is fast becoming one of my favorite sub-genres of chick lit. These novels usually feature women struggling to find their right career path, and in the process, go over a lot of bumps or end up having to claw their way up the ladder of success. This book is a wonderful example of such a novel.

Heather Hall, the main character, is what you would call a “corporate rebel”. She has been working for a large corporation called Commerce World, and along with her friend Regan, is testing just how far she could go without getting “laid off” or fired. Since the company had been doing layoffs for some time, she fears her turn is coming up soon. Sneaking away on two hour lunches, watching movies during company time, and coming in late every day, Heather knows her number will be up soon. And sure enough, it is one day. Continue reading Review: Chalking It Up

Review: The Twins Of Tribeca

There is nothing like a breathtakingly good book that simply will not let you put it down, regardless of what time you have to get up the next morning. Even better is when it is a debut novel. I found The Twins of Tribeca by Rachel Pine to be such a novel. It was so good, so gossipy, so dishy, and so well-written that I simply had no choice but to finish the book in one read.

Bored with her job at CNN, Karen Jacobs (our main heroine) jumps at the chance to work in the publicity department for Glorious Productions. Despite having heard terrible rumors about the working conditions there, she manages to get hired on as a junior publicist – assistant to the infamous Allegra Orecchi. Continue reading Review: The Twins Of Tribeca

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