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Queen of Babble Paperback – Bargain Price, May 22, 2007

3.9 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Queen of Babble Series

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Queen of Babble
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060851996
  • ASIN: B002KE469U
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,492,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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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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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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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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I have to admit that by the time I finished The Queen of Babble, I was more than a little disappointed with it. Sure, I read it with some sense of enthusiasm, because it's a quick, easy, and light read, as I knew it would be, but overall I just didn't feel very invested in this book. There was no need to keep reading to see what would happen -- I pretty much knew exactly how it would end from at least a third of the way in -- but I did want to keep reading to see just exactly what "situations" Lizzie would get herself into.

However, putting the silly-but-readable plot aside for a moment, the book was flawed from the very beginning for me. As a main character, Lizzie didn't seem to have very many redeeming qualities - if any? She very much lacks a backbone and she quite apparently lacks some respect for herself and, due to such, she certainly didn't garner any respect from me. She was too naïve for her own good and at a lot of times her actions were downright annoying. At many times, I wanted to smack Lizzie's character through the pages (though a difficult task it would be) for her silliness, especially her actions regarding her boyfriend Andrew and her actions that led to her not having graduated college. Her bad relationship decisions in many ways reminded me, very unfortunately, of the times I watched some of my friends make the same silly decisions for people who definitely weren't worth it. And it's hard enough to take in real life; I hardly want to read a book with a character that constantly puts herself in similar situations. At times I seriously wondered why the other characters in the book would even continue to put up with her annoying behavior.
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