We all know that books categorized as “chick lit” get a bad rep.
They aren’t taken seriously, written off as fluff or easy reading, relegated to beach totes or justified as guilty pleasures.
But I think these books are great. Often they are about the emotional lives of women, of the struggles to find a partner, or trouble within romantic relationships, how difficult it can be to navigate life at the office, or falling out with a good friend. These books are necessary to showcase these facets of female lives!
Here are some “chick lit” titles I read recently that I really enjoyed.
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Laura and Ryan have been together for over 11 years and are sniping at each other about everything. They decide to take a break for one year, no contact and after that, re-evaluate. Laura stays in their house and starts trying to live her own life, figure out what’s important to her, talk to her friends and family about life and marriage. As time goes on, she finds it difficult to be apart from Ryan and rethinks her ideas about love and marriage.
This book packed an emotional punch I wasn’t expecting. Really quickly, you get caught up in the lives of Laura and her entire family – her sister who is starting up her own business, her younger brother who has catapulted into marriage and family at a dizzying speed, her mother who is in a new relationship. And while all this happens, Laura misses that one person she used to share all this with. After I Do was honest, and funny and when I finished it, I was sad to leave Laura et al behind.
After You by Jojo Moyes
So I wasn’t going to read this follow up to the devastation of Me Before You. I was of the opinion that the story was complete and I wasn’t super interested in what came next. I was wrong. Louisa Clark has taken the money that Will Trainor left her and bought an apartment for herself. But she hasn’t done anything to make it hers, she works in a terrible job at an airport bar, and spends her evenings alone and tipsy, until she has a fairly serious accident of her own. In the aftermath of her own injury, Lou moves home for a bit, where everyone but her seems to be moving forward. And when an unexpected relation of Will’s shows up, Lou’s life is turned upside down again.
Moyes does a great job with this portrait of grief, of a young woman coming to grips with her new reality. Lou is taking baby steps away from Will and the life she imagined she might have, while also taking on complications from that former life. She’s never been someone that’s able to think about herself before others and this new stage in her life is challenging the belief that she doesn’t matter. If you read and loved Me Before You, don’t hesitate in reading After You.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
After a merger brought two competing publishers together, Lucy is forced to work near Joshua. Each is the assistant to the CEO from their respective publisher and spend their days finding ways of tormenting each other. When a new restructuring creates a new role, both of them want it. Their games escalate and suddenly, Lucy starts to see Josh with new eyes.
The Hating Game is a delightful old school romantic comedy. It’s like a book of The Proposal crossed with Ten Things I Hate About You. I loved that it was set in the workplace, that Lucy has ambitions for herself but is also kind of flailing around in her personal life. I didn’t expect this little book to be quite as steamy as it was! Nice little bonus if you ask me! I totally went into The Hating Game with certain expectations and it turned out way better than I thought it would be!
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Nice post! I loved Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “Maybe in Another Life” and have been meaning to check out some of her other novels.
I’ve totally added that to the list because of After I Do!
good for you! These are important books to highlight, regardless of the genre
I agree! I don’t read them a lot, but I think the biggest reason is that it can be hard to find the good ones. So, recommendations for them are valuable!
I know what you mean. Some of them are so sugary or lack any kind of substance. These ones are solid, I promise.
I’ve been so wishy washy on After You – now I do want to read it! Thanks for that push. I’m glad you liked the Hating Game – it was just the right light read for me – and man it was steamier than I expected!
I thought about not reading it for a really long time. I’m glad I went back.
The Hating Game was WAY steamier than I expected! Why did no one let me know!?
No you made me put After You on my list, after I avoided doing it for so long…
The Hating Game sounds a lot like You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Have you seen that movie? I think it’s delightful.
I LOVE that movie. There is totally an element of that to this book. Have you seen the movie that You’ve Got Mail is based on? The Shop Around the Corner? DELIGHTFUL.
I didn’t know The Shop Around The Corner was a movie. I thought it was a book. I’ll look for it!
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