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Queen of Babble Paperback – May 22, 2007
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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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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
It's a fast read, but i am glad I found it in the library, rather than purchasing it.
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.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light hearted romanace.