Sunday 21 March 2010

Review: Queen of Babble in the big city - Meg Cabot

Queen of Babble in the big city by Meg Cabot

Genre: Chick-lit
Pages: 288
Published: 2007

Lizzie Nichols is back, pounding the New York City pavement and looking for a job, a place to live, and her proper place in the universe (not necessarily in that order).

"Summer Fling" Luke's use of the "L" (Living Together) word has her happily abandoning plans to share a one-room walk-up with best friend Shari in exchange for cohabitation with the love of her life in his mom's ritzy Fifth Avenue pied-à-terre. Lizzie's landed a non-paying gig in her chosen field—vintage wedding gown rehab—and a paying one as a receptionist at Shari's boyfriend's father's posh law firm. So life is good . . . for the moment.

But almost immediately her notoriously big mouth is getting her into trouble. At work she's becoming too chummy with society bride-to-be Jill Higgins, inflaming the ire of Jill's troublesome future mother-in-law. At home she's made the grievous error of bringing up the "M" (Marriage) word to commitment-shy Luke. Once again joblessness and homelessness are looming large for hapless blabbermouth Liz—unless she can figure out some way to babble her way to a happily ever after.

I do like chick-lit, it is always funny, sweet and totally silly, and a girl needs silly now and again.

This is the second book about Lizzie Nichols, in the last book she found her prince charming, and he is really a prince too, if one of many French ones. They are living together on 5th Avenue until she can find something with her friend Shari. She also wants to find a job working with what she loves, wedding dresses. Things do not go as she expected and she ends up living with Luke, working as a receptionist, and working free in a little shop. Not really what she wanted but she is not about to let New York chase her away.

She wasn't really a blabbermouth in this one, perhaps she has learnt her lesson. Still she is too curious and she keep making seeing things that aren't there. It doesn't help that she goes a bit wedding crazy, and she barely knows the guy. But come on, it is chick-lit and the genre needs misunderstandings and embarrassing moments.

I do like Lizzie, yes she is silly, has some wired ideas about little animals and men, and looses it when they talk about marriage. Ok there I didn't see the problem, break up with someone who doesn't want to get married, even though they are the love of your life. One can be in love and not  married. So yes she has some ideas, and she is also only 23, what is the rush? The younger chick-lit books are always so, well you know.

Luke is somewhat grey to be honest, I am not sure any more if I want them together, but since the 3rd book is called getting hitched then I guess they live happily ever after.

What I did like about this book was that it had through out it pages with paintings of different weddings dresses, gloves, what do do during the wedding, after, and a lot for a bride to be to know. All belonging to Lizzie, I guess she is working towards her wedding dress shop goal. So those were really cute.
All in all a cute and funny book that took no time at all to read.

Blodeuedd's Cover Corner: That is the Swedish cover, the book is green and it looks very nice and chich-litish.
Reason for reading: Library book
Final thoughts: Cute chick-lit


  1. Hi B!

    My daughter has read all of these books, and she said the same thing about Luke. LOL Must be universal.

    Great review sweetie!


  2. I often can't read 20-something chick lit because I feel like even though I am 20-something, I cannot relate to what's going on in these girls' lives. I don't worry about the things they do. 23 and ready to get married? Wow. That's not me :-)

  3. This one sounds like a very cute book B. Glad you enjoyed.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


  4. I've only read the "Size ... Isn't Fat" books by Meg Cabot. I did enjoy them.

  5. Dottie,
    She did? Luke really is grey, hm, perhaps I see another man in her future *fingers crossed*

    I know! It is always the same thing with everything. And in this it is marriage, she is obsessed, and come on! 23, met a guy 2 months ago and she wants to be married, and they will start planning in the next for sure. . Ok yes people can marry young. But here it felt like life or death, and her leaving you if you don't want to get married felt very strange.
    Lol, read one book where one was complaining about life being over and being on the glass hill and she was 22...?
    Anyway I do not worry about the things they do either. Still it is cute and fun and dumb and I love it

    Hi Lea
    Cute, oh yes, I have missed reading chick-lit

  6. I've heard good things about these books. I like chick-lit once in a while too and I haven't read a good one in a long time. It's sometimes just nice to lose yourself in that world for a bit.

  7. It sounds like such a fun in-between read Blodeuedd and can i say; "Lurve the new look!"

  8. I so rarely read chick lit anymore, but these do sound good.

  9. Dar,
    I agree, chick-lit is so great now and again. it is so easy, funny and cute. But it has to be a good one for it to work.

    Thanks, I am very happy about it.
    Oh yes a great in-between book

    I do love the genre, as long as it is totally chick-lit like

  10. I agree, a girl needs silly every now and then! :) Loved your review and the Swedish cover looks nice :)

  11. My stepdaughter reads Meg Cabot, and seems to like her a lot. Reading your enjoyment of this book made me smile, especially the part about the differ wedding dresses and accessories. :)

  12. I don't read enough cute and funny chick lit. Your review of this one really makes me want to pick one up just to have fun.

  13. OOOH, chicklit..I need to read some more chicklit. :) This one sounds like fun, thanks for the great review.

  14. You've been lovely. Thank you so very much for calling on me though I've been awful in returning the kindness. I'm grateful and hope to be less busy in a month or so.
    Warm regards,

  15. I love the Swedish title for this book! Sounds like a cute read :)

  16. This sounds so cute!! Meg Cabot sounds really familiar..but I don't think I have read her.

  17. I love chick lit...will never give it up no matter what!! Cabot writes some great stories !

  18. Janna
    Silly is the best and it sure is needed once in a while

    Such cute pics, and who doesn't like to look at pretty different dresses. Never tried her YA books but those most be fun too, she does have a gift for fun

    Sometimes they can be too serious or something like that. Therefore I am happy when I find books like these

  19. Simone
    You have such lovely posts, it is hard to stay away :)
    I know about that, I have only kept up commenting through my busy time cos it takes my mind of things

    Chick-lit is the best sometimes :D

    They did go for a nice title :) Can't say they always do it

    She wrote the princess diaries if I am correct

    Me neither :D I hope I can find more this year

  20. I listened to the Queen of Babble books on audio last year and enjoyed them. You did a great review!

  21. This sounds like a good book for my wedding obsessed soon to be daughter in law. Nice review!

  22. Thanks Yvonne!
    I really must read the next one too

    Lol, this could be the one

  23. This sounds like a fun book. When you said she didn't babble as much and maybe learned a lesson, I thought of my favorite chick lit and how Becky Bloomwood never learns, which is what makes it so funny.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  24. Anna
    Lol I love Becky, she will never learn and yes that is exactly what makes the books so fun

  25. I don't know why, but I rarely read chick-lit. The few I have I just haven't struck by, I guess, so I tend to avoid them.

  26. Carol
    I do think they are not for everyone. I just fell for them cos they made me laugh, and I like books like that now and again :) But they can be very silly and stupid

  27. This does look fun. I haven't read any of Meg Cabot's chick lit books. The only books of hers that I have read are the first few of the Princess Diaries.

  28. Alyce,
    never read those, should have but I had things thing against YA, which was so silly. Glad to be over it

  29. I just love Meg Cabot, so anything she does is good in my book! :) I've not gotten to these yet, but will certainly move them up my tbr list. :) Thanks for the great review, Blodeuedd!

  30. Hi JAD :)
    If you like Cabot then I am sure these would be to your liking, I have not read the other books by her but I am sure her style stays the same



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