Arguably the best chick-lit book ever written, I still remember reading this for the first time when I was on holiday in the Florida Keys. I’ve never laughed out loud so much in my life. It was a dark day when it came to an end. The movie was brilliant, too.
Almost every time I read a Marian Keyes novel, I think, wow, she’s done it again. I rarely think she’ll be able to top her last effort, but with The Brightest Star in the Sky, she topped her entire backlist in my opinion. No one has the ability to make you laugh and cry quite like Marian. She’s a genius.
Another favourite chick-lit author of mine – I’ve enjoyed all of Lisa’s books – there’s something quirky, yet beautiful about her writing – but I think this has to be my favourite. It’s about a woman who can’t remember anything before her ninth birthday. A hypnotist unwittingly unlocks some of her memories – and Melody sets out to discover the truth about her past. Amazing.
I remember when the movie, In Her Shoes, came out. I thought at the time, yep, the Jennifer Weiner book that that was based on was great, but not as great as Good In Bed, the story of plus-sized journalist Cannie who is thrown into the spotlight when her ex boyfriend writes a piece for a national magazine, saying, ‘loving a larger woman is an act of courage’. She’s miserable, but ends up having the most amazing year of her life.
I’m throwing this one in on a whim. It’s Dan Rhodes’ – author of the darkly funny Timoleon Vieta Come Home – cheeky attempt at chick-lit. He wanted a review in heat magazine, as he told me when I worked there as Reviews Editor, and he was successful. It’s very funny and very surprising, but I don’t want to give anything away.
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