Chick Lit is my guilty pleasure. It is known for being light and airy, a “beach read” if you will, a way to escape from your thoughts. I love this element of Chick Lit — it’s like that mind numbing, feel-good TV show that you binge watch on a weeknight. But I also love Chick Lit because is CAN push boundaries. Prep is one of my all-time favorite chick lit books because, while it is definitely an easy read, it also captures so many unspoken class issues.
Curl up with these below books on Galentine’s Day because Girl Power.
The Regulars by Georgia Clark
My friend gave me this book (hi!). I’ve only just started, but I’m excited to see what happens. I’m not a huge fan of some of the writing or finer details in this book, but I kind of love the idea of it. Basically, a group of average-looking girls all take a potion that makes them gorgeous. THEN WHAT HAPPENS?! We shall see!
This is Not Chick Lit: Original Short Stories by America’s Best Women Writers edited by Elizabeth Merrick
This one is for the Chick Lit haters out there. This book is a wonderful collection of ~deep~ short stories by women writers. I think the editor wants to prove that female writers can be ~deep~ while writing about women. But I don’t need to be convinced. For me, this book’s defiance makes it ALL about the genre. Even staring at the cover makes my mind spin. What are the limits of Chick Lit? If something is hashtag ~deep~ is it no longer chick lit? I don’t know. I took a whole college course based on this question and I still don’t know (this book was part of the course).
The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman by Karen Karbo
Hint: Coco Chanel was a motherfucking badass (and also maybe a pathological liar in my opinion). Watch this video and tell me you don’t want to learn more about her. If you like fashion, or awesome hard-headed people, read this.
Commencement by Courtney J. Sullivan
This is a book about college friendships. This is a book about Smith College. This book was super sappy and brought back a lot of college memories. This book had a weird side-storyline about sex trafficking (?) Read this if you miss college as much as I do.
Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Citizen Girl was the name of my aforementioned college course on Chick Lit. This book is the epitome of Chick Lit, because it is the story of being a Girl. The main character’s name is Girl, and this is a classical tale of a young twenty-something recent college grad trying to find a Job in a Big City who ends up working for My Company and having a tumultuous relationship with a guy named…Guy.
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
I’ll end with a classic. I read this book when I started working full-time. This book is truly wonderful for anyone who has ever paid their dues.