EW reviews four hot new chick lit titles -- We take a closer look at releases by Rita Ewing, Sophie Kinsella, Jane Moore, and Sharon Krum


EW reviews four hot new chick lit titles

BRICKHOUSE Rita Ewing (Avon, $12.95) Single mom Nona juggles running a fitness club with raising a preteen daughter. Source of Angst Shady political types try to take down her business; she’s attracted to a hunky colleague — who happens to be her best friend’s ex. Identity Crisis When her daughter is diagnosed with an eating disorder, Nona considers ditching her fast-track career. Lowdown Likable but earnest Nona is outshone by the supporting cast: an athlete’s cheating wife, an unstable actress, a scheming reverend. B

LOVE @ FIRST SITE Jane Moore (Broadway, $19.95) Sick of traditional dating, thirtysomething TV producer Jess tries her hand at finding a mate online. Source of Angst Dates turn out to be married, obnoxious, unhygienic, or just interested in shagging. Identity Crisis When her beloved older sister is diagnosed with breast cancer, Jess’ relationship and career issues suddenly seem frivolous. Lowdown What could’ve been an easily digested (and forgettable) chick-lit bonbon gains resonance with a dose of harsh reality. B+

THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS Sophie Kinsella (Dial, $23) Uptight London attorney Samantha is so obsessed with making partner, she’s never even learned how to turn on her oven. Source of Angst She makes one mistake minutes before getting her promotion — and gets fired instead. Identity Crisis Lost in the countryside, she stops at a house to ask for directions, is mistaken for a housekeeping applicant, and ends up taking the job. Lowdown Kinsella’s fizzy wit is more muted than in her Shopaholicseries, but it’s still loads of fun. A-

THE THING ABOUT JANE SPRING Sharon Krum (Viking, $21.95) Prosecutor Jane has a stellar conviction rate but a dismal dating record. Source of Angst Men are scared off by her military-family-bred directness, drive, and discipline. Identity Crisis After watching a Doris Day marathon, she channels the ’50s icon’s ultrafeminine ways, from her pastel suits to her coy flirtations. Lowdown Cute concept — could Doris make it as a modern girl? — with a sweet, if predictable, payoff. B

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