Confessions of a sometime Chick Lit fan…

I normally only read a handful of Chick Lit books over the course of the year, as I usually have to be ‘in the mood’ to read one but every now and then I hear of one that sounds too good not to hunt down immediately! My Librarian friend, Debbie in the UK, is a fantastic source for letting me know of any good ones that she has read. We seem to have very similar tastes and both love books set in or about the 80’s and anything to do with books and book shops. I have fulfilled my annual quota of Chick Lit books this month alone with Ella Kingsley’s ‘Confessions of a Karaoke Queen’ and Lucy Dillon’s ‘The Secret of Happy Ever After.’ I confess to enjoying both muchly!  Thanks, Debbie 🙂

Confessions of a Karaoke Queen is set in a – no surprise – karaoke bar, run by 80’s hit sensation Pineapple Mist. Their daughter, Maddie can’t sing for toffee so isn’t exactly thrilled when her hippy parents up and leave her to run the bar in their absence. She immediately finds the bar is only just keeping its’ head above water and desperately needs a facelift (more like a complete gutting and reno actually) which comes in the form of a fly-on-the-wall reality TV series.  Sparks fly as she butts head with the sleazy Producer, Evan Bergman who wants to fabricate and show much more of life in the bar than Maddie realised she’d signed up for.  She only knows half ofwhat this slimeball has in store for her and her staff.  I liked Maddie but found her staff, especially drag queen Ruby/Robert more likeable and ‘real.’  Not too sure there was any need though for the celebrity guinea pig and the constant slating by the author of bands and songs I grew up with…

“‘Are you a fan?’ he asks, and then I realise he’s talking about the vintage pear-shaped brooch I pilfered from Mum’s collection… about the size of a Creme Egg, made of silvery wire mesh, set on a plain white square.

‘Oh,’ I say, flustered.  Then I’m confused. ‘A fan of what?’

‘M People.’

I’m horrified.  ‘M People?’

‘You must really like them,’ he says, and there’s a twinkle in his eye that suggests he’s trying not to laugh.  I want the ground to open up and swallow me.”

Why??  Is/was being a fan of Heather Small so embarrassing?  I don’t think she thought much of Baltimore either…

“‘Not found any nasty surprises this time, I hope?’

‘Unless you call Baltimora’s ‘Tarzan Boy’ a nasty surprise.”

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.  Jungle life, I’m far away from nowhere…

Lucy Dillon is an author I hadn’t heard of before.  I liked her style and it was a perfect book to soak in the bath with.  Easy-reading and with enough of a storyline to keep those pages turning.  Factor in a cute dalmatian called Pongo (my favourite breed of dog,) a book shop and book quotes at the start of each chapter, and it’s sure fire hit with me!  I still have a couple of chapters to go so full review coming soon…

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jo
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 07:17:18

    I have to confess I do like my chick lit!! Great east comfort reads, not read these but will keep an eye out.


  2. BryOak
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 12:56:09

    I will definitely be reading more Lucy Dillon. Finished it now and loved it. The ‘Karaoke Queen’ book was funny. I think that was the author’s only book so far though.


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