September 24, 2008Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger
I definitely liked this book better than Everyone Worth Knowing, but as usual, it just can't compare to her first book. I didn't expect it to, however, so I wasn't disappointed.
It was a little hard for me to keep the characters straight until about halfway through the book. I mean, their personalities are all so different, but I just couldn't keep the personalities straight with their names. So when she switches points of view, it would always take me a few pages to figure out which girl this was.
I didn't really get into this book until tonight when I read from about page 70 to the end, first in the bath and then in bed with the television on. Some of the plots veered into "improbability" territory that it is so rampant in this genre (girl gets huge promotion or happens to run into famous person who then connects with awesome job, etc), but the rest of it was fairly grounded, so I forgave it. The ending was not expected at all, so I was pretty excited about that too. Ms. Weisberger will remain on my list of "favorite authors."
September 01, 2008Sleeping Arrangements by Madeleine Wickham
I absolutely loved the last book I read by Madeleine Wickham, so I eagerly picked this book up at Costco in LA last month (it was half price!). I've read all the Sophie Kinsella books, so I was ready to start tackling all the titles under her real name, Madeleine Wickham.
Well, I don't know if it was just the mood I was in over the last month or what, but I was not impressed. The characters were introduced too quickly and I didn't really feel like I got to know any of them well. Or if I did, I didn't really care about them. On the plus side, I didn't really see the ending coming from 100 pages into the book, so that was a nice change.
Though I tagged this as "brit chick lit," it's really not. I mean, it's definitely British, but it's not really fluffy enough to be chick lit. However, I didn't think it really had the heart of Cocktails for Three either. It hasn't put me off my quest to read all things Wickham/Kinsella, but I'm not chomping at the bit like I was before.