Blogger Girl Series, Book 2
By: Meredith Schorr
Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
Release date: 11-21-17
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Feisty New Yorker Kimberly Long runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a published author. At first glance, her life is worthy of five pink champagne flutes. But is there more to the story than meets the eye? After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read The Devil Wears Prada, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.”
As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog, Pastel is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar.
This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will her story have a happily ever after or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone? https://tantor.com/novelista-girl-meredith-schorr.html
As a book blogger, how could I possibly resist NOVELISTA GIRL by Meredith Schorr? NOVELISTA GIRL is the second in the Blogger Girl series but stands alone perfectly well.
I enjoyed the fresh 20-something characters. Additionally, unlike a lot of books where young professionals seem to have an extra 24 hours in each day for partying, reading, and bonking, this presents a more realistic lifestyle for these hard working lawyers, artists and admins. And, [shocker!] they are not all billionaires and CEOs.
The struggle for publication is also pretty well-done, as is the feeling of a rather catty frenemy getting ahead faster than Kim. I recall that pit in the stomach feeling of being faced with more successful friends.
I also found the interpersonal relationships between Kim and her friends, her boyfriend, and her younger, sometimes smug, and seemingly sloth-like sister felt real too.
The boyfriend relationship is interesting as the couple drift into their own work spheres as Nicholas struggles to feel like a success in his [asshat] father’s eyes. He is a very natural and complex character. Real people do get confused and lose track of their priorities. That Kim is blind to her own self-involvement, is also pretty normal for most humans.
The narrator, Rachel Dulude, is fresh and has an age-appropriate voice with little, if any, affectation of the stage. While the book is written in the first-person, it’s reflective – like someone telling me a story rather than the stream of consciousness, go-pro camera p.o.v.s I usually dislike. Dulude’s narration felt like a friend explaining her recent life to me.
I have always enjoyed chick lit, and realize it has fallen off in popularity after, maybe, too much of a good thing. But, if it is making a comeback- Yay! And Yay! for this book which I really enjoyed. I liked the writing, the story the characters and the narrative!
I highly recommend NOVELISTA GIRL!
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