Wednesday, May 14, 2014

{Book Review} Queen of Babble Gets Hitched

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched

by Meg Cabot

First Published: 2009

Pages: 336 (I listened to audio version)

ISBN:  978-0060852030

Dates Read: May 7-14, 2014

Reading Challenges this book is part of: 

- 2014 Audiobook Challenge

- 2014 I Love Library Books Challenge

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Big Mouth, Big Heart, Big City . . . Big Problems
Things are looking up at last for Lizzie Nichols. She has a career she loves in the field of her choice (wedding gown restoration), and the love of her life, Jean-Luc, has finally proposed. Life's become a dizzying whirl of wedding gown fittings—not necessarily her own—as Lizzie prepares for her dream wedding at her fiancé's château in the south of France.

But the dream soon becomes a nightmare when the best man—whom Lizzie might once have accidentally slept, really, just slept—announces his total lack of support for the couple, a sentiment seconded by the maid of honor; Lizzie's Midwestern family can't understand why she doesn't want to have her wedding in the family backyard; her future French in-laws are trying to lure the groom back into investment banking; and Lizzie finds herself wondering if her Prince Charming really is as charming as she once believed..

Other works by this author:

  • The Princess Diaries
  • Size 12 is Not Fat
  • The Boy Next Door
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    My thoughts on the book:

    Oh boy where do I start on this one? While I certainly wouldn't say I hated it as I did finish it and it passed the time back and forth to work, there were several times I wondered why I was still hanging in there.

    The biggest pro for this book was I enjoyed the narrator so it was an easy audio book to listen to. That might actually be the only pro the more I think about it. There were, however, so many cons.

    I got annoyed fairly quickly with the main character, Lizzy,  especially whenever she talked about why she "loved" her fiancé Luke- it was all superficial things like his eyes or muscles and things like that. She did like that he was going to be a doctor and talked about his rich family which, to me, made her seem like a bit of a gold digger. I don't think I can remember one example of something her and Luke enjoyed doing together (out of bed) which doesn't bode well for an impeding marriage. And then she went and slept with his best friend (Chaz) to boot! The real kicker came when she accepted Luke's proposal while Chaz was STILL upstairs in her bed and then kicked the poor guy out because her (now) fiancé was going to be back shortly after making a Diet Coke run for her. Who does that???

    The rest of the story is pretty much just a repetitive loop of her friends telling her she really loves Chaz to which Lizzy denies, denies, denies and continually says "but I'm engaged!" (well you sure aren't acting like it Lizzy!) and then her NOT breaking up with her fiancé multiple times when she should have although always worrying she was going to get caught (I was almost hoping she would!).

    I probably could go on a while longer about her friends and both of these guys but I won't. They didn't have any more substance than Lizzy did really. My favorite character might have been her poor old grumpy French boss who insisted on playing pétanque (much to his wife's frustration) all day long after his surgery. At least he was somewhat amusing in his stubborn grouchiness.

    Oh well they can't all be great books. On to the next one! :-)

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