Review: I’m So Happy For You: A Novel About Best Friends

I’m So Happy For You: A Novel About Best Friends

By Lucinda Rosenfeld

Reviewed by Jill

 

Synopsis- What if your best friend, whom you’ve always counted on to flounder in life and love (making your own modest accomplishments look not so bad), suddenly starts to surpass you in every way? 
Wendy’s best friend, Daphne, has always been dependably prone to catastrophe.  And Wendy has always been there to help.  If Daphne veers from suicidal to madly in love, Wendy offers encouragement.  But when Daphne is suddenly engaged, pregnant, and decorating a fabulous town house in no time at all, Wendy is…not so happy for her.  Caught between wanting to be the best friend she prides herself on being and crippling jealousy of flighty Daphne, Wendy takes things to the extreme, waging a full-scale attack on her best friend-all the while wearing her best, I’m-so-happy-for-you smile-and ends up in way over her head. 
Rosenfeld has a knack for exposing the not-always-pretty side of being best friends–in writing that is glittering and diamond-sharp. I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU is a smart, darkly humorous, and uncannily dead-on novel about female friendship.6164083

Review-

I originally read this book because I thought it would be a cute/ funny story about the complex relationship between ”frienemies”.  Not that all Chick-lit books have to be about Macarons and Manolo’s, but the book was described as an “uncannily dead-on novel about female friendship”. So I assumed some actual friendship would be involved.

Overall, the book seemed hollow and empty. I’m So Happy For You didn’t seem as if it was about friendship at all. In fact, it seemed like Wendy hated Daphne. It didn’t make sense to me why, if she felt so insecure and miserable by this person, Wendy would have continued to be friends with Daphne at all. At one point in the novel she genuinely believed that Daphne was sleeping with her husband, and continues to passive aggressively be cordial with her. Even though at the end, it turned out to be a misunderstanding (of course).

The one thing that the book did get right, is how some friendships in NYC can be either one-sided, or make it through the years strictly out of convenience, but I am sure that can happen anywhere you live.

I felt it lacked any depth or real emotion behind the characters. The book is described as “darkly-humorous”. I can agree with the first part, it definitely was dark.

 

2 stars.

Giveaway

Hey everyone! Jill here- I am hosting a giveaway of my novel, Chase on Goodreads.com for 5 lucky winners. If you are in the U.S, U.K, or Canada you are eligible to enter!

If you love Chick-lit, NYC, single girl life, love triangles, and best friends then you should enter!

Here’s the link- Good luck!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18478999-chase

Review: The Shiksa Syndrome

The Shiksa Syndrome

By Laurie Graff

Reviewed by Jill

Synopsis- Manhattan publicist Aimee Albert knows a good spin, but she’s the one who winds up reeling when her gorgeous, goyishe boyfriend breaks up with her—on Christmas! For a stand-up comedian, you’d think he would have better timing. But Aimee’s not about to let a man who doesn’t even have a real job get her down. She dusts herself off and decides to seek companionship with a member of her own tribe. There’s just one problem: all the shiksas are snapping them up!

So when the very cute, Jewish, and gainfully employed Josh Hirsch catches Aimee’s eye at a kosher wine tasting and mistakes her for a shiksa, what’s a girl to do? Hey, her heart was broken, not her head! Unfortunately, the charade goes on longer than Aimee planned, and her life becomes more co

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mplicated than a Bergman film. To make matters worse, Josh and Aimee aren’t exactly on the same page as far as their attitudes toward Judaism go, creating tension in the relationship. But as Aimee begins to discover that her identity isn’t as easily traded as a pair of Jimmy Choos, she must decide if having the man of her dreams is worth the price of giving up so much of who she is. 

Review-

Oy, it’s so hard to find a nice Jewish boy in New York, right? At least that’s what your mother keeps saying (if you’re Jewish that is). If you’re not Jewish, I think you’ll still get a kick out of this book.

I had a great time reading this book. It was well written, funny, and at times extremely relatable. For those of you who may not know, a shiksa is a non-jewish woman. In the novel, the main character Aimee gets an impromptu make over- which includes making her hair a little lighter, and getting green contact lenses. She meets a well-to-do attractive Jewish man who mistakes her for a non-Jewish woman. The Jewish guy, wants a shiksa girl. She goes on pretending for a little bit too long until she gets herself into a situation where the truth come out. 

So I have to say, I loved this book… up until the end. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I feel like through out the entire book, the character was fun, smart, and independent. At the end, she makes a choice that I do not agree with, and I felt like it erased any progress she made through out the novel. She appeared weak and needy to me, and I felt like the book really could have used a sequel to tie some loose ends up.

My over-all assessment, is that this book is a fun read, I wouldn’t skip it just because the ending could be better.

 

3 stars

The Lying Game

Hey everyone!

Jill here, giving you my first book review as the new administrator of this site. The first book I am going to be reviewing is the first installment of a series called The Lying Game, by Sara Shepard. Firstly, here’s the synopsis from the book-

The Lying Game

 

I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does–an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me–to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, care-free daughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.
Let the lying game begin

 

 

 

My review-

This book is nothing like the television show, so even if you were a fan of the show while it was on, you can still enjoy this book series.

The first thing I really liked about this book, is that know Sutton is dead immediately. That fact alone reminded me briefly of the show Twin Peaks which aired a long time ago, but had a cult following. Although the two stories are very much unalike, finding out a pivotal character is dead immediately always makes for an interesting introduction. At least for me.

This book was a quick and easy read, I finished it in two days. Whenever I wasn’t doing my own writing, or out of the house, this book was glued to my side.

The book is told from two perspectives. One, is dead Sutton Mercer. Is she a ghost? We don’t know. She can see, hear, feel and think about everything her twin sister can, but she can’t be seen or heard herself. Oh, and she also has no memory of what happened to her, including why or how she died.

The second perspective is from her twin sister, Emma. Emma is, for all intents and purposes, the main character of the book. However, he character is told in the third person from her sister’s experiences with her. Emma is from Nevada and was abandoned by her birth mother at an early age. After being bounced around the foster system for years, she is finally thrown out of her latest foster mother’s care after her foster brother accuses her of stealing. Before she leaves, her foster brother makes accusations about Emma not being who she says she is, and shows her an internet video of another girl who looks identical to her.

After leaving her foster mother’s home Emma is led to Arizona under the false pretense that Sutton is still alive. After seeing the video of Sutton on the internet, Emma tracks her down on Facebook and sends her a private message, asking her vague questions about her life. “Sutton” writes back, explaining she was adopted that it’s very possible the two were separated at birth. The next thing you know, Emma hops  on a bus to Arizona to find her long lost twin only to discover she died before ever sending the message. Only no one knows she’s dead, and now everyone is assuming that she is Sutton.

It’s a classic prince and pauper story. Emma gets to see what she missed out on by living in foster care, while Sutton had been fortunate enough to be adopted into a well-off family.

Crazy-ness ensues when Emma finds out more information about her friends and sister Laurel, and most importantly The Lying Game.

I was very happy with this book and would highly recommend it!

4 stars.

 

A new start for Chicklitbooks.com!

Hey everyone! While’s it’s true I’m retiring from Chicklitbooks.com, a new owner will be taking over. Everyone meet Jill Knapp-Zitron, author of Chase and blogger for Huffington Post! She will officially be taking over the site from here on out. In addition to adult Women’s Fiction, she will also be blogging about New Adult, and Teen. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Here’s a little bit about Jill- she’s a native New Yorker, and the author of the Chase series (New Adult/ Women’s Fiction). A regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Knapp-Zitron reports on entertainment, relationships and the differences between city and suburban lifestyles. She received a Masters Degree  in Psychology while living in Manhattan. She currently lives in the south with her husband and two dogs.

Here’s a synopsis of her novel, Chase-

The question that 23-year old Amalia Hastings wants the answer to is: What happens to men when they move to Manhattan?
Life in the big city gives Amalia a ride she is not expecting. As she tries to find her way on the little island that never sleeps, she discovers she has a harder time navigating through life then she does the streets of Greenwich Village and finds herself truly lost in the complex world of men, graduate school, money, family, and friendship.

She thought she had everything she wanted – a new apartment in Manhattan, a first-rate education at NYU, a group of trusted friends and Nicholas, a boyfriend who she once believed was her soul-mate. But somehow, it isn’t enough.

Stumbling through her relationships, Amalia encounters Michael. An attractive classmate who quickly moves from being one of her close friends, to an inconsistent friend-with-benefits. After all, the only thing consistent about New York is its beauty.

After getting terribly lost searching for love in all the wrong places, Amalia finds herself torn between the possibility of a relationship, and an adventure she’s been planning all along.

She eventually realizes that solely chasing love closes her off to all of the other good things life has to offer. Now she must decide – what is worth the chase?

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Now the site will remain up and running, with a new administrator. Thanks for everything!

Review: Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns
by Lauren Weisberger
reviewed by Kelly Smith

The long anticipated sequel to The Devil Wears Prada is here and revisits Andy, Emily and Miranda ten years after Andy gave Miranda and the job “a million girls would die for” a righteous send off. Andy and Emily are now best friends who have joined forces and launched “The Plunge,” a highly successful bridal magazine. Emily is married and Andy is about to marry the love of her life in a grand wedding that will, of course, be featured in “The Plunge.”

The magazine is so successful that it catches the eye of the Devil herself, Miranda Priestly, Continue reading Review: Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

Review: Looking For La La

Looking For La La by Ellie Campbell Looking For La La
by Ellie Campbell
reviewed by Kelly Smith

Cathy is a stay-at-home mom (or mum since the book is set in the outskirts of London), who, like many before her and scores more to come after, is utterly bored with getting the kids off to school, cleaning the house before the housekeeper gets there, doing the shopping and all the other assorted mundane chores that encompass a stay-at-home mum’s days. When a mysterious postcard arrives through the mail slot containing a sweet nothing for Cathy’s husband Declan and signed “Love from La La,” Cathy is off and running in her quest to discover just who La La is.

As Cathy tries to find the person behind La La, a myriad of suspects emerge throughout the book. Continue reading Review: Looking For La La

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