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EW rates the latest in chick lit

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EW rates the latest in chick lit

EVERY BOY’S GOT ONE, Meg Cabot

Cartoonist Jane jets to an Italian villa for her best friend’s wedding.

Source of Angst
Jane and best man Cal take an instant dislike to each other.

Kiddie Corner
A local Italian teen posts a lovesick internet message about Jane: ”She is looking very much like the beautiful vampire warrior Selene in the finest film ever made of all time, Underworld!”

Lowdown
The très clichéd hate-at-first-sight setup annoyingly unfolds entirely in BlackBerry/blog/diary notes. B-

PLAY DATES, Leslie Carroll

Former trophy wife Claire tries to navigate motherhood (and dating) sans nanny, housekeeper, and six-figure income.

Sources of Angst
Her ex left her for a skeletal raw-food guru; members of her old clique drop thousands on kids’ birthday parties.

Kiddie Corner
Daughter Zoe writes in diary: ”Mommy told Mimi she was spoiling me. I don’t know what that means, but spoiled things like milk and meat aren’t good.”

Lowdown
Book Dates for its priceless send-ups of Park Avenue soccer moms. B+

THE GREAT INDOORS, Sabine Durrant

Antiques store owner Martha Bone prefers inanimate objects to messy humans —until her stepdad’s death.

Sources of Angst
Not one, but three men.

Kiddie Corner
After Martha reluctantly takes in a cat, the 6-year-old daughter of one suitor advises: ”He’s nice. His tummy is soft. He gave me a kiss on the nose. And his feet smell like feet.”

Lowdown
A departure from chick-lit formula, Martha is prickly, indecisive, and sometimes maddeningly opaque. But she feels real. B

THE READING GROUP, Elizabeth Noble

Five British women with tangled lives meet monthly to discuss books.

Sources of Angst
Let us count the ways: adultery, infertility, unwanted pregnancies, terminal illness…

Kiddie Corner
Thirtysomething mom Harriet notes of her tots’ private nursery school, ”You paid thousands of pounds for your children to be educated to the point where at eight they thought you were an idiot.”

Lowdown
A hot, soapy bubble bath of a novel. Go ahead and sink in. B+