Girly Reads

Many summers ago I read a book—the name of which I have finally managed to forget—and it was, to say the least, depressing. It was a gloomy story about two sisters in which all of the characters were lonely, depressed and incapable of feeling joy. As if that was not miserable enough, the few people in the protagonist’s life die, leaving her lonelier than ever. This book could singlehandedly drive the peppiest person in the world into a funk. Since this dismal experience I have taken to reading chick lit novels. They are funny, not preachy, and they always have a happy ending, and thus are always good for some light reading.

The following is a list of the chick lit novels that I enjoyed reading the most:

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern: This book is worth reading even if you’ve already seen the film version of it. It is the touching and hilarious tale of how Holly tries to start a new life following the death of her husband. Interestingly, she does so with the help of her dead husband, as it turns out he had written her a dozen letters while he was suffering from the brain tumor that took his life, to help her move forward after his death.

Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes: The nameless narrator and her best friend, Julie Bergdorf, live an exaggeratedly glamorous life in New York. Julie is a kleptomaniac who comes from a wealthy family that once owned Bergdorf Goodman. The narrator hails from Britain, and her mother insists that she marry the Earl next door. Everyone around them is engaged, and Julie becomes determined to get engaged, too. The girls are sweet, funny, frivolous and unrealistic. The book gently and humorously mocks how ridiculous society can get without getting too harsh or negative.

Debutante Divorce by Plum Sykes: In this book, a divorcée is the trendiest thing to be. The characters in this one are slightly deeper than those in Bergdorf Blondes, but the overall tone is the same. Newlywed Sylvie Mortimer becomes BFFs with divorced heiress Lauren Blount, whom she meets on her honeymoon after her husband, Hunter, abandons her to attend to his work. Even though Sylvie and Hunter have a great relationship, Sylvie’s confidence in her marriage and Hunter’s fidelity begin to falter as circumstances get suspicious.

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella: Lara gets visited by the ghost of her great aunt Sadie, who was a flapper in the twenties and who demands that Lara look for her missing necklace, without which she cannot rest in peace.

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella: After a car accident, Lexi rises from a coma to discover that she has completely forgotten the past three years, during which time her life has miraculously transformed into everything she ever wanted. Things turn sour for Lexi when she finds her personality had changed, too, and her new life is not as perfect as she had thought, and she desperately tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella: Currently there are six books in this series. It is about the life and shopping addiction of the charming, impulsive and overly optimistic Becky Bloomwood. All the books are hilarious and worth reading but Kinsella loses her touch a little in the last one, Mini Shopaholic, which is not as good as the other books.

Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Emily GiffinSomething Borrowed is narrated by Rachel, who, despite being a “good girl”, ends up sleeping with the love of her life, Dex, who also happens to be the fiancé of Rachel’s lifelong frenemy, Darcy. Its sequel, Something Blue, is narrated by Darcy has been betrayed by her best friend and ex-fiance and has a baby on the way. She flees to London to visit a childhood friend, Ethan, and to attempt to recapture the glamour of the life she had.

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