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The Year of Living Famously by Laura Caldwell

In General Fiction on July 1, 2010 at 5:47 am

Title: The Year of Living Famously
Author: Laura Caldwell
Genre: Fiction/Chick Lit
Rating: ****/****
ISBN: 0373250754

Delving into another chick lit novel after a long break ended up being one of the best reads I’ve had all summer. The story centers around the life of amateur fashion designer Kyra living in Manhattan. She’s had a bit of success here & again with her designs, but she’s mainly stuck working as a temp. She has friends, but they are mainly concerned with their marital problems or living across country. Kyra is a strong woman, but she’s wondering when it will all change for her.

On a trip to Vegas (Vegas baby!) she meets Irish actor Declan McKenna who strikes up an e-mail relationship with her after their encounter. From e-mails, it turns into a date when he moves into the city for an acting gig & from there, it progresses into a real relationship which causes her to move across country to be with him. The novel could be said to be predictable, but it dealt a lot with the hardship of fame. The stalkers, the overwhelming amount of attention, the malicious gossip, & worse of all, the inability to discern when your partner is acting.

Overall a great book for the genre IMO.

In Her Shoes : A Novel

In General Fiction on May 21, 2010 at 3:23 am

Title:  In Her Shoes : A Novel
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Genre: Fiction/Chick Lit
Rating: ****/****

This book & I have a long history, well not so long anyway now… I remember searching for a new book to read on the internet one day & came across a book site which reviewed chick lit. Now, being an ignorant person that I was (& am still) I had no idea what chick lit was exactly.  Soon, I learned that it included ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ amongst other pastel covered books with shoes & other such things that I generally do not care about.  However, I wasn’t cynical about it despite the fact that I couldn’t relate to the genre’s heroines so I decided to read ‘In Her Shoes’.  I ended up enjoying the book though it didn’t cause me to delve deeper into the chick lit world at all.

So, considering that 2010 is the year that I read anything & it’s the year that I’ve officially started reading romance novels, I felt it was high time for a reread. The basic plot of the novel is that two sisters differing from each other in almost every way aside from their taste in shoes (oh come on, you know it had to relate somehow to the title) both deal with crises in their lives & are deeply affected by a tragedy in their childhood.  Maggie is the younger sister, drop dead gorgeous, unstable, & dyslexic while Rose is older, wiser, smarter, & a successful lawyer at a top firm in Philadelphia. There is sibling rivalry, & a betrayal, each character is faced to deal with their own vulnerabilities that have been growing inside them since they were young.

This is a novel more about healing & the importance of family connections. Also, it’s about how you can’t cover up the past, you can’t pretend it didn’t happen no matter how unpleasant it is.  ‘In Her Shoes’ will make you laugh at times, cry a little, & make you wonder if you’re in the right place in your life or not.