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Queen of Babble

Merry Christmas Eve, everybody!

Queen of Babble is an adult contemporary novel by Meg Cabot.

I know I’m way behind here. This is one of the few Cabot novels/series I got sidetracked on. Happily, though, I’m finally getting caught up!! So, this may just be review for you – but if you’re a bibliophile who, like me, finds that a few gems get lost in the shuffle, join me in taking a look at an older title today!

Lizzie Nichols has just become the first person to graduate college in her family. She’s lost thirty pounds, and she’s taking her first trip outside of the US to join her hot British boyfriend in London.

Life’s good.

Or is it?

First she finds out that her graduation is a farce since she never wrote a thesis. Then she gets herself in an overall terrible situation in London because her biggest flaw is her inability to keep her mouth shut.

Feeling rather deflated, Lizzie decides to join her best friend Shari who is spending her summer at a sixteenth-century chateau in France. Sure, Lizzie’s on her first international trip and the idea of leaving London to go to France all by herself without directions sounds daunting.

But that’s the kind of situation she’s gotten herself into.

Once there, though, Lizzie is head over heels with the utter beauty and charm of the chateau and countryside – not to mention the extremely attractive Luke, son of the chateau’s owner.

As she tries to settle in and enjoy her diverted vacation, Lizzie can’t help but wonder… how long before her blabbermouth syndrome screws it all up?

Lizzie’s first person voice is laugh-out-loud hilarious and very much present-tense. Though she’s naïve and unable to keep a secret, Meg Cabot manages to make her charming and likable.

Queen of Babble was a really fun book to read. As always with Meg Cabot, it felt like a little reading break – getting to just enjoy a bit of giggle-inducing, fast-paced, pure entertainment.

Some of the topics brought up in Queen of Babble are rather crude, and I wouldn’t have minded them not being in the book, but Cabot makes it lighthearted and funny, so it has less of an ick factor.

This book seems to effortlessly tie a vibrant European setting with romantic entanglements and comedy. Crackling chemistry, cinema worth romance, and a hysterical final climax makes for an amusing read. Now, there are a couple of scenes that were more graphic and adult-oriented than I’d prefer, but this was a fun, fluffy read!!!

Next month I’m going to treat myself to book two, Queen of Babble in the Big City!

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