May 13, 2011

Throwback Thursday (Chick Lit Edition)

Throwback Thursday is hosted by Jenny from Take Me Away

This week I am focusing on some of my all time favorite chick lit books.  

Meet the residents of the London brownstone on 31 Almanac Road who together weave a tangled web of romance. Ralph, a ne'er-do-well artist, suddenly realizes he's head over heels in love with his new flatmate Jem, the most fun and sensible girl he's ever encountered. Unfortunately, Ralph's best friend, Smith, has already won Jem's affections, although Smith has not entirely given up his passion for the femme fatale, Cheri, who lives upstairs. Across the hall, Karl and Siobhan have been happily unmarried for years, until Karl gets a smashing job as a London rush-hour DJ and momentarily gets tempted into Cheri's cozy lair. These six star-crossed tenants become more enamored, and more confused, as the story progresses-until their true destinies are revealed on one crucial night-the evening of the extravaganza that is . . . Ralph's party. This wonderfully hip new novel was an instant popular success when it was first published in England, and American readers are sure to be captivated by the debut of a talented new writer.

This is one of the first chick lit books I read after being introduced to the chick lit genre.  I loved the characters, as well as the story. I think it is a hip fun novel.

From Goodreads:  

Marian Keyes begins Watermelon with a rather inauspicious romantic opening when the heroine's husband leaves her for Denise from the flat downstairs the day their first child is born. Claire, the deserted wife and mother, returns to her family in Dublin and, after going through the required stages of "Loss, Loneliness, Hopelessness and Humiliation", begins to feel much better--so much better that when James tries to win his way back into her affections, he gets more than he bargained for.

Watermelon is my favorite book in the Walsh Family series.  I laughed so much reading this one.  Claire is one of my favorite characters in the chick lit genre.  

From Goodreads:

For too many years, quiet, unassuming, overweight Charlotte Clapp has let
life slip through her fingers. Holed up in tiny Gorham, New Hampshire, gorging
on bonbons and glued to reruns of Magnum, P.I., she has made a habit of playing
it safe. But Charlotte is about to get a major wake-up call. What was supposed
to be a routine physical turns up shattering news: Her days are numbered. In
fact, she has just one year left.

How can she be dying when she has never truly lived? That's the refrain that
keeps running through her head. Unwilling to waste another second, Charlotte
walks into the First Savings and Loan Bank where she's worked for fifteen years
and quits. Then she does the unthinkable: She robs the place.

Now two million dollars richer, Charlotte-all 253 pounds of her-is going on
the lam to discover what life and love are all about. It's a journey she never
envisioned-one that's bound to be difficult, maybe painful, even lonely. Yet it
will transform her in the most unpredictable and deliciously surprising

Arriving in Hollywood, Charlotte changes her name and buys a luxury
apartment, complete with expansive views, marble foyer, and a blond, built,
bronzed god of a pool boy. She forges new friendships, falls in lust, and, on
nights when she can't bear the weight of her own thoughts, takes moonlit swims.
Soon something magical happens: In the buoyant water of the pool, the pounds
start to slip off, and the real Charlotte begins to emerge.

Then, just when Charlotte believes that the love and happiness she's longed
for are finally within reach, reality intrudes. Back in Gorham, people have
begun to investigate the disappearance of both Charlotte and the two million
dollars. She's a wanted woman. But will she have time to get what she wants
before it's too late?

Night Swimming is not a realistic story, but it is o'so fun.  I remember staying up late with this one.  If you haven't read it I definitely recommend it. 

1 comment:

  1. I've always heard great things about marian keyes's books!


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