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Smart Girls Like Me Paperback – November 11, 2008
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“Diane Vadino is an exhilarating talent . . . This is a slight, beautiful novel that makes you wish there were more smart girls like her writing books.” ―Nylon
“Smart Girls Like Me [is] like moving Bridget Jones to New York . . . Betsy's humorous internal monologues keep the reader engaged from first page to last.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“A raw and honest glimpse of single life. The witty, poignant Vadino writes exactly how Smart Girls think.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“[T]o maintain your dignity while giving into your chick lit urge . . .With seriously good writing by this McSweeney's alum, Smart Girls is as fun and relatable as one of those silly pink books . . .” ―Marie Claire
“For many years I have marveled at Diane Vadino’s ability to take the plainest little sentence and extend and twist it into something finer, funnier, revealing, and sad. Like this one from the book you are holding right now and ought to buy immediately: ‘Or maybe this is all a fabrication, a way to soften the fact that she is sashimi at Nobu and I am Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese and that this is less an illuminating metaphor than it is an accurate description of what we both ate for dinner last night.’ That’s just one of the beguiling double helixes that make up the DNA of this book: a zippy-smart, bitter-funny read with a beautiful, accomplished novel hidden in its genetic code, expressing itself like a sudden bright blue eye in a family of brown-eyed children---at the most surprising times.” ―John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise
“Diane Vadino is a writer of enormous gifts, all of which are on display here, in her brilliant debut: a keen intelligence and wit, an amazing imagination, and an incisive understanding of human beings and the dilemmas---fantastical and mundane---in which they entangle themselves. She is that rarity: a young artist able to offer wisdom without pretension, inspiration without inhibition. I have no doubt this is the beginning of a long and wonderful career.” ―Nicholas Christopher, author of The Bestiary and A Trip to the Stars
“Diane Vadino is a warm, funny, and talented young writer. In her terrific first novel she transports us to the roller-coaster ride that is single life in the city---pleasingly paced, perfectly detailed scenes replete with Diane von Furstenberg dresses, meatloaf sandwiches, a job in media, credit card debt thanks to various bridesmaid honors, and crushing heartbreak at a downtown RadioShack. Never again will I reflect on those excruciatingly embarrassing moments of obsessive young love and feel alone.” ―Jenny Minton, author of The Early Birds
“Fabulously entertaining, insightful, and touching in its telling of a young woman finding her own voice, her own path in life. Diane Vadino is an exceptional new discovery in fiction!” ―Kirsten Lobe, author of French Trysts: Secrets of a Courtesan and the bestselling Paris Hangover
Top Customer Reviews
At the same time as 1999 counts down, she fears the end of days will begin on January 1 so she has filled her Manhattan apartment with non perishable food and frets over Y2K shutting down the world. However, the first bright spot occurs when Ryan Wells returns from Japan to work at the same place that bores her since he left. She is attracted to him and him to her. As they begin to see one another and she dreams he will accompany her to Bridget's wedding, she learns he is also sleeping with their boss Eva. Hurt and despondent as she was sure he was the one, she quits her quits her job and moves back to her parents' house in the burbs. Betsy fails Bridget until all hell breaks out between the once best friends in the tropics.
SMART GIRLS LIKE ME is an engaging chick lit tale because of the witty cheeky asides, barbs and skin removing hits tossed like hand grenades by a biting Betsy. Her observations peel away the veneer of polite packaging from her musing that a wedding invitation is actually an overdraft credit card to what happens to best of female friends when a third party nukes the relationship dynamics. Although the plot is thinner than Twiggy ever was, fans will enjoy this intelligent look at the impact of a fiancé on the relationship between best friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sorry but I just hated this book, at least the part I read. I forced myself to get to page 38 and had to stop the agony! Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by Sue
This is a better than average chick lit book, with the main character Betsy being focused on more important issues than Prada shoes. Read morePublished on July 23, 2009 by Stacy Y. Correll
Betsy, the main character in this story of quarter-life-crisis, is an entertaining but familiar mess. Read morePublished on April 2, 2009 by KL
This is a fabulous book - before I even finished it I bought it for three of my friends for Christmas - it's just that kind of book you'll want to share with all your best friends. Read morePublished on December 21, 2007 by Nicholas Smalle
In SMART GIRLS LIKE ME, her debut novel, writer and blogger Diane Vadino turns the typical "chick lit" formula on its head. Read morePublished on November 30, 2007 by Bookreporter
I'm a guy. I don't usually read books like this - ones about relationships from a girl's point of view. Read morePublished on November 17, 2007 by Norin Rad
I'm definitely not a chick lit kind of girl but I loved this book. My best friend gave it to me, and so I was willing to deal with the pink cover - and I am so glad I did, because... Read morePublished on October 16, 2007 by nicole a.