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Queen of Babble in the Big City

Queen of Babble in the Big City is an adult rom-com of a novel by entertainment-reading extraordinaire Meg Cabot.

It’s also the second in a trilogy. Now, I’m going to be honest here – I’m very behind at finally getting to these. I’m diligent about keeping up with Meg Cabot because she’s been one of my favorites ever since I read The Mediator when I was in my early teens – but a few slipped through the cracks. Those that did were this trilogy and How to Be Popular. I’m still trying to grab a copy of the latter, but I’m happy to AT LONG LAST be reading these three books!

You may have already read them. Probably. But if you haven’t, do avoid this review and instead read my review of the first Queen of Babble here. Thanks!

Assuming only Babble-familiar readers are continuing:

Lizzie Nichols is back in the US – in New York City, to be exact. After a summer that started disastrous and ended heavenly, our chatty star finds herself in another pickle.

Her plans to move in with her best friend Shari have been curtailed by insanely high rents, lack of finding a job despite of her (almost completed) degree, and the fact that Luke has invited her to stay with him in his Fifth Avenue ritzy apartment.

Finding it difficult to say no to the love of her life, Lizzie is determined to not fall into her regular trap. She demands the right to pay rent and have a space of her own for her sewing. With Luke’s agreement and a part-time job as a receptionist that allows her time to work (for free, thanks to her big mouth) in her chosen field at a vintage wedding gown shop – things are looking up.

Except that her chumminess and wild imagination isn’t going to let it stay that way for long…

Obviously I didn’t want to say too much – I never do on sequels. I actually said less than the inside jacket cover, so be warned!

Cabot’s exuberant style immediately puts me in a happy place. The light-hearted, romantic, chick-lit vibe is perfect after a long day of working – relaxing.

Lizzie’s work is fun to follow, but I was surprised how my opinion of Luke changed fairly quickly in Queen of Babble in the Big City. At first I kind of felt like it came out of nowhere, but looking back at the first book I started to realize that Meg Cabot was actually just delving deeper into what was our initial impression. Very good.

The great thing is that despite occasionally getting frustrated with Lizzie, I still always felt I was behind her – and when I started to suspect that something awesome was happening below the surface of the story – well, I started to get super excited. Meg really snuck in a surprise here!!

It’s kind of like watching an blockbuster TV show dramedy that leaves you hanging with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger – actually Queen of Babble in the Big City is EXACTLY like that!

I can’t express how much I loved the twists this book took; the growth in Lizzie’s career and personal life was great, and the romance – wow! Without giving anything away, I’ll just say that the whole romantic aspect of the book went to unexpected places. And, of course, the humor! I don’t know if I’d say that aspect was AS strong as Queen of Babble, but it was there!

Personally, I cannot wait to read the conclusion, Queen of Babble Gets Hitched!

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