It's been a while since I've checked out the chick lit world. Why, it may have even been a few weeks since I cracked a book with a pastel-colored cover. Finally, though, I'm getting back to my favorite kind of stories - the ones with happy endings.
"I Did (But I Wouldn't Now)" by Cara Lockwood (Downtown Press, $13) is a fine example of chick lit. The novel follows Lily, who is in the process of getting divorced from her rock star husband. Each chapter starts with a one-line "reason to divorce a rock star." The list of reasons was my favorite part of the book.
The story switches between the present and the past, as Lily remembers her relationship with Ted Dayton, the lead singer of the Dayton Five. The couple broke up after Ted cheated on Lily with a movie star. In an effort to get away from the media's constant coverage of Ted's new love, Lily leaves her home in Texas and goes to visit her best friend Carter in London.
"I Did (But I Wouldn't Now)" features celebrity stories and real-life pop culture references - some of the best elements of chick lit - and a London setting. Could I ask for more? Well, possibly, but I still really enjoyed this light read. I'm also a fan of Lockwood's "Pink Slip Party" (Downtown Press, $13) and "Dixieland Sushi" (Downtown Press, $13).
Though no one marries a rock star in "Stupid and Contagious" by Caprice Crane (5 Spot, $12.95), there are plenty of band references throughout the book. The story, which isn't quite like anything else I've read, is told by the two main characters, who both love music.
In real life, we often judge each other according to musical tastes. To me, it's always interesting to see fictional characters doing the same thing.
In "Stupid and Contagious" Brady, who owns an independent record label, has just broken up with his psycho girlfriend. He has to move into a new apartment and ends up with a neighbor he thinks is strange.
Heaven, who is Brady's new neighbor, has just been fired from her job at a public relations firm. She ends up working at a restaurant, a job she really doesn't like. When she meets Brady, she isn't that impressed. But as the story develops, the two find out they have more in common than they originally thought.
I liked the pacing of the book. Every other chapter is from Brady's point of view. I liked those chapters better than the ones told from Heaven's perspective. To me, he was more intriguing and more amusing. The beginning of the book, when Brady is heading to a music conference and he realizes that all the guys on the plane are indie music guys just like him, is particularly funny.
I also liked the quotes from movies that separate the sections of "Stupid and Contagious." What can I say? I'm a sucker for pop culture - and happy endings.
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