Synopsis from CLP Blog Tours:
What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to ﬁnd out. A chick lit enthusiast since the ﬁrst time she read “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” Kim, with her
blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law ﬁrm. While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads—and pages—a cross the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox—for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.
About time!! America finally has their own version of Britain’s, Bridget Jones! I absolutely loved this story and it reminded me why I love chick-lit fiction so much. The book has a similar take on Helen Fielding’s, Bridget Jones Diary, however with its own great twists!
In a new age of social media and blogging, Meredith takes the reader into the very demanding, and oh-so comical life of Kim. Kim’s quit wit and snarky sense of humor had me entertained and kept me engaged throughout the story. It’s definitely a homage to Fielding’s own character, Bridget Jones, and will have readers loving the American version of BJ!
Kim is a legal secretary by day, blogger all day. Literally. While Kim works, she has the flexibility to blog at her job, because her “career position” isn’t really challenging. Kim also has a desire to become a writer, and begins to draft a novel that doesn’t get completed fast enough. Her high school arch nemesis, Hannah, has written her own book and Kim not only hears about it from her friends and the blogging world, but has to review it!!
While Blogger Girl isn’t true to plot with Fielding’s book, such as the absence of a love triangle, there is a lot of growing that Kim does with the rally of her ever supportive friends. While I loved Kim’s circle of friends, I didn’t necessarily like the name “Bridget” as one of them. It kept me going back to Fielding’s main character and I really didn’t want to be reminded of that book so much. However, it is a fantastic read!! I loved everything about it, even the cheesy karaoking scene that made me cry!!
Meredith’s writing style is so light, easy to follow, with such great spins, that this book will keep you engaged the whole time. It’s one of those books that you want to hurry up and read, so that you know what happens….but you really don’t want to hurry up, because you know there isn’t a sequel. Yeah, it’s that good! She was also spot on about the life of a book blogger, in the reading world!!
I loved seeing the relationship between Kim and Nicholas develop, too! It’s such a great book that I am hoping Meredith will consider writing a follow-up!!
*Scroll down to read an excerpt of Blogger Girl, then go out and buy the book! It’s only $ .99 on Amazon!
*A huge thanks to CLP Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
“Penny for your thoughts, Blogger Girl.”
I snapped out of my list making and faced Nicholas, silently praying he was not a mind reader. He looked at me expectantly.
I swung my free hand in dismissal and lifted my drink towards him. “Nothing important. Cheers!”
Nicholas clinked his glass against mine, said, “Cheers” and took a sip of his drink.
Following his lead, I took a sip of mine. Nicholas inched closer to me. Speaking in almost a whisper, he said, “Having fun yet?”
Very aware that we’d never stood this close to each other and that these were practically the most words we’d ever exchanged one on one, I replied with faux nonchalance, “Can’t really complain about free drinks. You?” The cuffs of his shirt sleeves had been pushed up to his elbows and I pondered whether the dark hair on his arms was coarse or soft. I wondered what it would feel like to run my fingers up and down his arm. I also wondered if he could hear my heart beating through my chest.
“Definitely can’t complain about that,” Nicholas agreed. “And a break from work is always welcome, especially these days.” He smiled. “Doing anything good this weekend?”
I had practically forgotten it was Thursday night, which was odd for me since I lived for the weekends when my secretarial duties did not get in the way of my reading. “Not sure yet. Probably drinks with friends. And I need to catch up on some reading. For the blog. What about you?” Please don’t mention a girlfriend.
“Oh, this and that.” His eyes glowed, almost like he was holding back a secret.
I bit down on my lip and without thinking, blurted out, “Do This and That have last names?”
Nicholas gave me a once over before shaking his head laughing. “I’ll probably spend most of it at work actually. So, tell me more about this blog.”
I tipped my head to the side. “What do you want to know?” “I don’t know. Like, what made you start it?”
“The condensed version or the truth?”
Nicholas cocked an eyebrow. “How long of a story is the truth?”
“Why? Do you have a date to rush off to?” I swallowed hard. Nice, Kim.
Laughing, he said, “It’s just that your answer was rather mysterious, you know?”
I shuffled my feet. “Well, I usually tell people I started the blog because I’ve always loved to read, blah, blah, blah.”
“Blah blah blah. Gotcha.”
After he said that, he winked at me and when my knees wobbled in response, I grabbed the bar with my free hand. “The truth is that one day I was bored at home surfing the internet and I found all of these blogs dedicated to romance books, like Harlequin stuff, and then I found some more devoted to science fiction, thrillers and so on. But I could barely find anything dedicated to chick lit and it pissed me off because I love it. I figured if I love it, there must be other girls who love it too and maybe if I started this blog, I’d find them and we’d bond.” I paused. “Aren’t you glad you asked?”
As his phone rang, Nicholas distractedly responded, “Yeah, that’s cool,” before bringing it to his ear. He whispered, “Sorry” before answering it.
I wondered if it was from “This” or “That.”
A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to, and was famous among her friends for writing witty birthday cards. After dabbling in children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing “real chick lit for real chicks.” When Meredith is not hard at work on her current work in progress, she spends her days as a trademark paralegal at a law firm in New York City. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. She also loves to read and is always on the lookout for her new favorite author. A State of Jane
is her second novel.