The latest chick lit

June 1, 2004

The latest chick lit

The Second Assistant
Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare
Pan Macmillan
RRP $19.95

No political science degree could ever prepare Elizabeth Miller has decided to make a life change. From a political science graduate with a job as a congressional intern in Washington, she moves to the world of Hollywood. Her role is second assistant at ‘The Agency’. You may no know their clients yet, but you certainly know who they’re sleeping with! This book examines the outrageous world of Tinseltown and what really goes on. If you loved The Nanny Diaries or The Devil Wears Prada, The Second Assistant is a compulsively readable novel. The authors have cred in Hollywood too – at twenty-three years old Mimi Hare was the director of development for a Hollywood production company, where she worked on such feature films as Jerry Maguire and As Good as It Gets. To be read for amusement not for serious career advice as to how to get ahead in Hollywood. Funny yet very telling at the same time.

RRP $19.95 but only $17.96 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

Boy Meets Girl
Meg Cabot
Pan Macmillan
RRP $19.95

Even though Meg Cabot is a New York Times bestseller it is not obviously for this book. Cabot is well known for the historical romances and for penning the popular Princess Diaries series, but in this case she has written about the trials and tribulations of modern day love and life. The book takes the form of a series of emails, phone messages, instant messages, to-do lists and internal memos to tell the story but it quickly wears a little thin. Reminds you of reading through plays in Year 12 cause you had to. This is more of a collection of amusing anecdotes and barbs about corporate life that many of us can relate to, rather than a complete work of fiction. Fun, fluffy and quick is the best way to describe this little story.

RRP $19.95 but only $17.96 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

Lucky Stars
Jane Heller
Pan Macmillan
RRP $16.95

Stacey Reiser is another struggling actor that heads for Hollywood to pursue an acting career oh and for another common reason ? to finally cut those apron strings that have tied her to her lovable but meddlesome mother, Helen. But her plan backfires when the widowed Helen sells her house and follows Stacey to tinsel town, invades every aspect of her daughter?s world and drives her crazy. ?If only Mom would get a life,? Stacey wishes after her mother has called for the zillionth time that day to nag her about her clothes, her hair, her lack of a wedding ring. ?If only she?d get a life and stay out of mine.? But how does Stacey handle it when through a strange twist of fate, Helen lands in a television commercial that catapults her to stardom. Now it?s Helen who?s the media darling and Stacey who?s the meddler. Helen then snares what appears to be the catch of the century but Stacey?s mums new beau isn?t what he seems, and it?s up to Stacey to expose his shady past before it’s too late. But it?ll take the acting job of a lifetime to do it, not to mention a whole lot of heart. This is definitely a fun holiday read especially for all of us in crazy mother and daughter relationships. Jane Heller captures the unique relationship that only exists between mothers and daughters and will have you laughing out loud and sending a copy to your mum just for fun!

RRP $16.95 but only $15.26 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

The Wrong Door
Bunty Avieson
Pan Macmillan
RRP $18.95

It was the talk of the wake. The woman in the red dress. Everyone at the service wondered. Who was that woman? Pete?s dead and Gwennie?s life will never be the same. How could Pete, a young, fit man, leave her now? Their lives together were only just beginning. And pneumonia? It was insane, unthinkable, unbearable. Somehow she struggles through the funeral in a daze, and the mysterious mourner in the tight-fitting red dress barely registers in her consciousness. It?s only later, when spotting a discrepancy in Pete?s tax records, that she begins to wonder. Who was that woman? Clare smoothed the knitted wool dress over her hips. It hugged every curve and she had many, in all the right places. The woman in red is Clare Dalton and she has stumbled into the wrong funeral service. Her brief appearance and signature in the condolence book are all it takes to set in motion a trail of deception, mystery and buried secrets that connects these two strangers in ways they never thought imaginable.

RRP $18.95 but only $17.06 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

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