Well it has been a while since my last post, but a lot has happened! I graduated from JMU and snagged a wonderful full-time job so needless to say I’ve been busy! But now that things are settling down and I’m getting used to my new routine, posts should be coming more regularly. But enough about me, back to the books!
Meg Cabot is the author of The Princess Diaries, the tween book series-turned hit movie, as well as a number of other young adult books. But she has also ventured into the world of adult fiction, and has had great success, especially with her Queen of Babble mini-series.
Queen of Babble follows Lizzie, a new college graduate with a degree in fashion history…well, she doesn’t exactly have her degree quite yet. There’s a technical problem standing in the way of getting her diploma, but she doesn’t dare tell her judging family this. She’ll just write her senior thesis while spending the summer in Europe with her new boyfriend, Andrew, and everything will be fine.
Except Lizzie’s new beau doesn’t exactly turn out to be Prince Charming. But by the time Lizzie gets fed up enough and decides to leave him, she’s stuck in Europe with no way to get home. Lizzie’s best friend Shari just happens to be spending the summer working at a Chateau in France and encourages Lizzie to come stay with her at the mansion.
Lizzie quickly finds adventure at Chateau Mirac. Her tendency to speak without thinking, and to not know when to stop puts her in many awkward, yet humorous for the reader, situations. She finds romance with the owner’s son, Jean-Luc, but his girlfriend poses a big obstacle for their budding relationship. And when a bride who has her wedding at the chateau is on the brink of a nervous break-down, Lizzie uses her “useless” fashion history skills to turn an out-dated wedding dress into the dress of her dreams.
But when Andrew unexpectedly shows up at the Chateau, begging for Lizzie’s forgiveness, will she leave the lavish life in the French countryside to be with him once again?
Cabot’s story is a cute, quick read, and while entertaning, it is, at times, too fairy-tale-like to relate to. Cabot seems to have made the transition to adult fiction quite well, but you can still tell that she is used to writing for a younger audience.
Be sure to read her two sequels to this book, Queen of Babble in the Big City and Queen of Babble Gets Hitched.