Chick Lit Book List

English as a Second LanguageBet MeDefinitely Not Mr. DarcyThere's Cake in My FutureI've Got Your NumberIf Andy Warhol had a Girlfriend

Alan, Theresa
The girls’ global guide to guys
Fed up with her love life and frustrated with a dead-end job, aspiring travel writer Jadie Peregrine is in a rut. What she wants is to travel the world meeting smart, sexy guys and write fascinating articles. Then it hits her...why not just do it? With her friend Tate, Jadie plans their whirlwind trip to Europe. They'll see the sights, and meet new people. She meets Justin Devlin, a hunky American, in Italy. And what starts out as an innocent springtime fling for Jadie is soon becoming much more. But hold on a sec. Jadie has a "real life" waiting for her back home. What is she thinking?

Ashley, Phillipa
Carrie goes off the map
Carrie lets her best friend talk her into a scenic European road trip as the perfect getaway from a nasty breakup. Unexpectedly along for the ride is the gorgeous Matt Landor, MD, who sorely tests Carrie's determination to give up men altogether. Careening through the English countryside, these two mismatched but perfectly attuned lonely hearts find themselves in hot pursuit of adventure and in entirely uncharted territory.

Crane, Caprice
With a little luck
Los Angeles radio DJ Beryl “Berry” Lambert, whose name means luck, doesn’t much believe in it—although, thanks to her dear old gambling dad, she’s a bit superstitious, certain that everything happens for a reason. She keeps a four-leaf clover in her wallet, never takes off her horseshoe necklace, and won’t tempt fate by walking under a ladder or opening an umbrella indoors. Ever.  When it comes to love, though, she could use a little luck. Two disastrous relationships back-to-back can mean only one thing to a woman who knows that everything good or bad happens in threes: A third Mr. Wrong is imminent. But fellow DJ Ryan Riley goes against the odds. Their on-air battle of the sexes is a hit for the station and sparks some serious heat after hours. Ryan is funny and sexy, and he thinks Berry’s quirkiness is cute. Is their romance doomed by the numbers—or is a girl who leaves nothing to chance finally ready to gamble?

Crane, Megan
English as a second language
A young New York woman exchanges her corporate job for a year of books, blokes, and new friends in graduate school in England. Alexandra Brennan is fed up with her dead end New York City job--and even more fed up with running into her smug exboyfriend.  So when he tells her that she’ll never get into graduate school, that’s precisely what she does. Armed with cigarettes and coffee, Alex crosses the Atlantic to face all that Great Britain has to offer, including ill-considered romantic interludes, a red-headed nemesis with intellectual pretensions and ulterior motives, and more books than she can possibly read in a year.

Crusie, Jennifer
Bet me
Minerva Dobbs knows how to work the odds. Calvin Morrisey always plays to win. But when they face off, neither one is prepared. Because when real life meets true love, all bets are off. . . . Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet, even if he is gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey. Cal knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs, even if she does wear great shoes and keep him on his toes. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But fate has other plans...

Davidson, MaryJanice
Undead and unwed
First Betsy Taylor loses her job, then she's killed in a car accident. But what really bites is that she can't seem to stay dead. Her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious power-hungry vampire in five centuries.

Doornebos, Karen
Definitely not Mr. Darcy
Chloe Parker, a thirty-nine-year-old divorced mother and lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society, auditions for a Jane Austen-inspired reality dating show set in 1812 and competes with eight women to snare Mr. Wrightman, the heir to a gorgeous estate, along with a $100,000 prize.

Edwards, Johanna
The next big thing
Kat Larson figured she had nothing to lose by becoming a contestant on the new reality show From Fat to Fabulous-except maybe a few dozen pounds. Then she'd finally be able to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Nick, the British hunk she met online, who still thinks she's a size four. She'd finally be confident and graceful and thin-and there's that big cash prize, too, to pay for all those slinky new clothes she'd need. She'd finally have the perfect life.

Gruenenfelder-Smith, Kim
There's cake in my future
After listening to her closest friends’ latest travails in love, parenting, and careers, superstitious bride-to-be Nicole (Nic) believes she has the perfect recipe for everyone’s happiness: a bridal shower “cake pull” in which each ribboned silver charm planted in her cake will bring its recipient the magical assistance she needs to change her destiny.  Melissa (Mel), still ringless after dating the same man for six years, deserves the engagement ring charm.  The red hot chili pepper would be perfect for Seema, who is in love with her best male friend Scott, but can’t seem to make their relationship more than platonic.  And recently laid off journalist Nic wants the shovel, which symbolizes hard work, to help her get her career back on track.  Nic does everything she can to control who gets which silver keepsake – as well as the future it represents.  But when the charmed cake is mysteriously shifted from the place settings Nic arranged around it, no one gets the charm she chose for them. And when the other party guests’ fortunes begin coming true, Mel, Seema, and Nic can’t help but wonder…. Is the cake trying to tell them something?

Harding, Robyn
The journal of mortifying moments
The Journal of Mortifying Moments is a hysterically funny glimpse into the quirky, slightly obsessive, and completely lovable mind of Kerry Spence. But somewhere amidst the laugh-out-loud hilarity of Kerry’s exploits emerges the story of a woman who learns to stop trying to be someone she’s not, and start loving the wonderful, quirky person she is.

Kendrick, Beth
Exes and ohs
Child psychologist Gwen Traynor has learned the hard way about "perfect" men. After being dumped the night before her wedding, she's wary of diving back into the dating pool. But when she meets Alex Coughlin, she's convinced her luck is changing. He's smart, handsome, funny -- an ideal rebound guy. She doesn't intend to fall in love with him, but scintillating dates and mind-blowing physical chemistry have a way of winning a girl over.

Kinsella, Sophie
I've got your number
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her happily ever after begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn't agree. He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life. What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other's lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

Messina, Lynn
Mim Warner’s lost her cool
Want to know what'll be hot next season? Just ask Mim Warner, the best coolhunter in the business. But Mim's latest trend predictions ("slut" T-shirts for eight-year-old girls? Samurai swords for ten-year-old boys?) are troubling, to say
the least. Fearing that Mim's about to be out like last season's Capri pants and worried about what she'll say next, her staff implements a Mim surveillance mission. With clients fleeing in droves, Meghan Resnick, Mim's protegee, seems
to be the only one in control of all her faculties. When Mim-watching leads to the scene of a murder-with Mim leaning over the dead body-Meghan wonders if her boss will be forecasting her next trend from Sing Sing.

Pace, Alison
If Andy Warhol had a girlfriend
Jane Laine used to know a lot about art. But that was before she started managing a prominent gallery, and long before she met "it" artist Ian Rhys-Fitzsimmons. Jane can't put a finger on what exactly is so "it" about his work. In fact, she thinks he's a big fraud and his fifteen minutes of fame should be over by now. Which could be a problem-since Jane is the one who has to accompany him on a five-month international tour. Jane plans to keep her critiques to herself.
She starts to understand the connection between art and love-and the fact that in both, perspective is everything.

Papa, Ariella
Bundle of joy?
After a turbulent childhood Voula's content to have alone time in her crowded apartment and drinks with her best friend, Jamie. Voula doesn't see it coming when Jamie tells her she’s pregnant. Voula's tired of sitting on the sidelines of life and has decided she'd better start living it. That's right, she is going to buy a place. There are three and a half million apartments in Manhattan. Finding the right one can't be that hard. Can it?

Patton, Lisa
Yankee doodle dixie
A charmingly funny testament to second chances in life and love. Dixie heroine Leelee Satterfield is never too far from misadventure, calamity... and ultimately, love.  Having watched her life turn into a nor'easter, 34-year-old Leelee Satterfield is back home in the South, ready to pick back up where she left off. But that's a task easier said then done... Leelee's a single mom, still dreaming of the Vermonter who stole her heart, and accompanied by her three best friends who pepper her with advice, nudging and peach daiquiris, Leelee opens another restaurant and learns she has to prove herself yet again.

Porter, Jane
The frog prince
Holly Bishop is the proverbial small-town good girl. Until she marries her Prince Charming, who confesses on their honeymoon that he’s not sexually attracted to her. Determined to start over, she moves to San Francisco, where she navigates the landmines of dating in the big city. In the shadow of the Golden Gate and amid a population of wacky eccentrics, Holly will discover that nice girls don’t always finish last.

Roberts, Wendy
Dating can be deadly
Some gifts are easy to return-like the parrot earrings from Aunt Ruth-but when your gift is clairvoyance, Tabitha Emery finds there is a definite No Refund Policy. Now she's having visions of rituals and dismembered bodies, and she's not sure what to do. She didn't ask for this talent and certainly doesn't want it. But her second sight has turned her life upside down-and now she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation where the only clues are in premonitions-making her not only the key to solving the mystery but a suspect, as well.

Rockland, Kate
150 pounds
Full time bloggers Alexis Allbright, of Skinny Chick fame, and Shoshana Weiner, of Fat and Fabulous stand out in the blogosphere like diamonds. Both have over five million loyal readers. Both are hungry for success.  But their similarities end there as they send out directly opposing messages about women, weight and what is healthy.  After being invited as guests on Oprah Winfrey, Shoshana and Alexis are forced into each other's lives but hope never to see each other again. However the result of two exciting life events means a drastic weight change for both of them, and they are forced to confront the real issue at hand:  What is the best message to give women about their weight? Should they try and shed it, or learn to love their own skin?  These two writers living across the Hudson River from one another in Manhattan, NYC and Hoboken, New Jersey must put their differences aside as they realize there is no perfect number on the scale.  Shoshana and Alexis, once enemies, will discover they have much more in common than they ever thought possible.

Senate, Melissa
The secret of joy
28-year-old New Yorker Rebecca Strand who discovers, via her father's deathbed confession, that she has a 26-year-old half-sister she never knew existed. Off she goes to a small coastal town in Maine to find her. She doesn't exactly receive the warmest welcome–except by the lovable, quirky locals…and a sexy carpenter named Theo.

Snow, Carol
Just like me, only better
Ever since Veronica's husband found the love of his life-not her-she's been a walking zombie with runny mascara. It doesn't help that she keeps getting mistaken for Haley Rush-the Hollywood starlet whose dazzling life is plastered on every magazine.  When Haley's manager offers Veronica a job as a celebrity double, it only takes a moment before she says yes. Veronica gets to drive Haley's car, wear her phenomenal clothes-and have fun with her hot celebrity boyfriend, Brady Ellis. Too bad the job's only part-time, and at the end of the day she has to return to her life as a cash-strapped substitute teacher and cub scout mom.  But when real sparks fly with Brady, is it a fantasy come true or a disaster in disguise?

Weiner, Jennifer
In her shoes
Meet Rose Feller, a thirty-year-old high-powered attorney with a secret passion for romance novels. She has an exercise regime she's going to start next week, and she dreams of a man who will slide off her glasses, gaze into her eyes, and tell her she's beautiful. She also dreams of getting her fantastically screwed-up, semi-employed little sister to straighten up and fly right.  Meet Rose's sister, Maggie. Twenty-eight years old and drop-dead gorgeous. Although her big-screen stardom hasn't progressed past her left hip's appearance in a Will Smith video, Maggie dreams of fame and fortune -- and of getting her big sister on a skin-care regimen.  These two women, who claim to have nothing in common but a childhood tragedy, DNA, and the same size feet, are about to learn that they're more alike than they'd ever imagined. Along the way, they'll encounter a diverse cast of characters -- from a stepmother who's into recreational Botox to a disdainful pug with no name. They'll borrow shoes and clothes and boyfriends, and eventually make peace with their most intimate enemies -- each other.

Yardley, Cathy
Couch world
Ever wonder what it would be like to pack it all in and live the carefree life-- no daily grind, no routine, no one to check in with? P.J. knows how it's done. The most important element? Lots of friends with couches. One night it's Cecil's highend settee, the next it's Sticky's lumpy sofa. P.J.'s even got smarmy Samantha to make sure there's always a hideaway bed from hell. But when a reporter infiltrates her life, P.J. senses real trouble. Could this spell the end of couch world?

Oshkosh Public Library
March 2012