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Product Details

  • Series: Queen of Babble
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060851996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060851996
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cabot, author of the wildly popular Princess Diaries, delivers another charmer, this time taking on the misadventures of a college girl looking for Mr. Right in Europe. Fresh out of the Univ. of Michigan with a B.A. in history of fashion, Lizzie Nichols sets off across the pond to spend the summer with British boyfriend Andrew, whom she barely knows. When Lizzie learns that Andrew isn't the man she imagined, she changes direction and heads for France, where her best friend Shari is working at Château Mirac in the Dordogne wine country. En route, she meets Jean-Luc de Villiers, a French-American hottie whose father owns the château, and who would be so easy to fall in love with if he weren't already taken. Lizzie discovers sixteenth-century wineries, kir royals and vintage Givenchy dresses stored in the attic, while matching wits with Jean-Luc's ambitious girlfriend. Although blunt dialogue about oral sex adds a titillating edge, the book is sweet to the core.
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From Booklist

Lizzie Nichols, a fashion-history major, wants nothing more than to graduate college and then fly off to London to be with her boyfriend, Andy. But at her graduation party, Lizzie finds out that she can't graduate until she writes a senior thesis. And when she lands in London, Andy turns out to be a liar, gambler, and a fashion disaster. Lizzie, stuck in London with a nonchangeable ticket home, escapes Andy via the Chunnel in hopes that her friend Shari, who is catering weddings for the summer at a French chateau, can help. On the train, Lizzie meets a stranger, Jean-Luc, and spills everything that has happened, only to find out that he is the son of the chateau's owner. At the chateau, Lizzie continues to babble when she shouldn't, ticking off Jean-Luc, shocking his mother, and upsetting a bride. Will she ever learn to keep her mouth shut? Cabot, best known for the young adult series The Princess Diaries, writes adult fiction that is just as playful, irreverent, and entertaining. Carolyn Kubisz
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More About the Author

Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg's nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in "her books can be habit forming." She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.

Meg's first ever adult book in the Princess Diaries series, "Royal Wedding", will be available in Summer 2015, along with an installment of the series for younger readers, "From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess". "Remembrance", a new book in the Mediator series will be available in Summer 2015 as well.

Customer Reviews

This book is great for a summery beach read.
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This book was a bit hard to get into as I didn't really like the main character Lizzie until a fair way into the book.
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This was the first book I read on my kindle and I couldn't put it down.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Lizzie Nichols may have worked thirty pounds off of her body, shrinking herself down to a size nine, but this tiny girl still has one very big problem: her mouth. And now, as she boards a flight, heading to London to spend the summer with her boyfriend - Andrew - of three months, even though they've only spent 24-hours with each other so far, she knows that her babbling problem is bound to get her into trouble. However, once she arrives in England, she realizes that Andrew is the one with a big problem: he's a compulsive liar looking to use her for money so he can settle up his gambling fees. So, Lizzie rises to her 5'6 stature, and marches off, heading straight to France, where she will spend the summer with her best friend, Shari, at a vineyard called Mirac. The problem is that Shari has no idea Lizzie is on her way, so Lizzie is basically entering the lion's den. Until she meets Luke - the son of Mirac's owner. Luke's looks alone entice Lizzie, but it's his kindness that wins her over, and makes her forget all about the lying Andrew. Unfortunately, Luke has a girlfriend. One who will do anything to keep Lizzie away from Luke - and her future fortune.

From page one QUEEN OF BABBLE wets the appetite, and keeps the reader enraptured in the trivial, yet laugh-out-loud funny tale that Cabot weaves about the illustrious Lizzie, and her various sidekicks. Lizzie is like an adult version of Cabot's Mia Thermopolis (from THE PRINCESS DIARIES) who shares an equal love for vintage clothes and bread. Her rants and raves about various goings-on in her life are hard to resist, while her babbling tendencies will make her a winner in the hearts of everyone who has a tendency to babble on uncontrollably. Meg Cabot's humor and wit is unmatchable, while her characters are enchanting, and hard to resist.

Erika Sorocco

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Daitch on October 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a big Meg Cabot fan, particularly of her group of books featuring the newspaper employees and written in email form. However, this book was not as strong or as funny as her previous efforts. In fact, it sort of reminded me of Sophia Kinsella's book, Can you keep a secret?

It's a fast read, but i am glad I found it in the library, rather than purchasing it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on July 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Lizzie Nichols, a history of fashion major, has recently graduated from college (well, almost, there's the matter of that 50 page thesis she has to turn in to get her degree) and decides to go to Europe for the summer to stay with her boyfriend who she hasn't seen in three months--and in fact, only met one time before that. Having lost 30 pounds since she last saw Andy (the boyfriend), she thinks that theirs is going to be a match made in heaven. She'll stay with him in England for the summer, then come back to the US with him and return to her job working at a vintage clothing store while he goes back to school to become a teacher.

It bears mentioning that Lizzie is also a gossip queen who makes no apologies for her actions. Sure, she'd like to be able to keep a secret, but she is just physically incapable of keeping her mouth shut. You know you're in for a good story when a woman like that who is expecting all of her dreams to come true travels across the Atlantic with the hopes of finding true love. When things don't work out the way she wants them to, she winds up taking the Chunnel to France to stay with friends at a French chateau. The end result is hilarious chick lit that had me laughing out loud most of the time.

Meg Cabot does a great job of giving Lizzie a distinct voice and putting her in realistic (well, as realistic as running around in a foreign country with a guy you barely know can be) situations. Lizzie's inner dialogue on everything from how you can tell a lot about a person from the way they dress to the pitfalls of oral sex is hilarious. This story isn't sappy or overly dramatic and does a great job of keeping its characters down to earth and likeable. It's also a nice touch that each chapter begins with a segment from the thesis Lizzie has to finish while overseas. This book was fun and the story was cute. I think it'd be the perfect thing to read on a lazy afternoon when you're in the mood for a bit of romance and comedy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Cabot's books are, more or less, always predictable but her female characters always strike me as likable--the kinds of women with whom I'd enjoy hanging out. Her novels are pure entertainment for me and this one was no exception. It was very formulaic but Lizzie was a charming character and the prince meets princess and falls in love simplicity is appealing to the romantic in me. Cabot's characters don't do much more than scratch the surface of the complex creature that is woman but I she does a wonderful job of writing satisfying tales in which the nice girl finishes first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on June 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Just out of college with a degree in fashion history, Lizzie Nichols is off to London to spend summer with her 'boyfriend.' From there, she's got her life mapped out--another semester in Ann Arbor while boyfriend Andy completes his degree, then four children (names picked, of course) while Andy teaches, helping mold young minds. Sure there's a certain appeal to joining her best friend Shari in her move to New York, but Andy did save Lizzie's life--and that English accent is so cute.

Things start going wrong for Lizzie at her graduation party when she learns she didn't actually graduate at all. There's the little matter of the senior thesis she didn't know about. And then there's Andy's London flat--or lack of same. It turns out that Andy has moved back in with his parents. Dreams of a cozy summer together start looking like nightmares living in the converted laundry room. Andy's unemployment fraud is the last straw and Lizzie heads for France, where Shari is spending the summer and has promised Lizzie a job. She babbles everything to the guy next to her on the train--believing she'll never see him again. No such luck. Luke is the son of the chateau owner. Which would be perfect if he didn't already have a perfect girlfriend. As Lizzie notes, guys like that always have girlfriends.

Lizzie manages to keep herself in trouble with what even her friends call the Lizzie Broadcast Network--she can't help babbling. Mostly what she babbles is interesting, and her knowledge and interest in classic and retro fashions is, as Luke's father mentions, a passion, but babbling at the wrong time and then accusing Luke of spilling her secrets is definitely too much of a good thing.

Author Meg Cabot spins a charming tale of growth, true love, and wrong directions.
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