Queen of Babble [Meg Cabot]

Start Date: 22 April 2020

Finish date: 23 April 2020

Goodreads link.

Source: Amazon India Kindle edition

Goodreads summary:

Lizzie Nichols has a problem: she can’t keep anything to herself. And when she opens her big mouth on a trip to London, her good intentions get her long-distance beau, Andrew, in major hot water. Now she’s stuck in England with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date on her nonrefundable airline ticket. Fortunately, Lizzie’s best friend and college roommate, Shari, is spending her summer catering weddings in a sixteenth-century château in southern France. Who cares if Lizzie’s never traveled alone in her life and only speaks rudimentary French? She’s off to Souillac to lend a helping hand!

One glimpse of gorgeous Château Mirac—and of gorgeous Luke, the son of the château’s owner—and Lizzie’s smitten. But thanks to her chronic inability to keep a secret, before the first cork has been popped Luke hates her, the bride is in tears, and Château Mirac is on the road to becoming a lipo-recovery spa. Add to that the arrival of ex-beau Andrew, who’s looking for “closure” (or at least a loan), and everything—including Lizzie’s shot at true love—is in la toilette . . . unless she can figure out some way to use her big mouth to save the day.

Notes:

  • Back in February or March, I decided to read only light fiction this year because I wasn’t being able to concentrate on anything else anyway. When the lockdown began, I felt that this was a decision well suited to keeping me cheerful through the lockdown. But this is a Meg Cabot book so thoroughly uninspiring and off from her Princess Diaries game that I’ve given the idea up. The lockdown and its lack of work is leaving me more time to read and focus. And if I keep chasing mediocre books in the pursuit of having a laugh, I’m just going to end up with a high number on my reading challenge, but having read nothing memorable.
  • That said, I’m not as annoyed as some of the reviews that come up on the Goodreads page. Yes, this is a very unaware and self-absorbed narrator; but then, she is fresh out of college (for a given value of fresh out of). The thing is, Mia Thermopolis wasn’t even in college, but thanks to her diary and her supportive friends, she managed to gain a whole bunch of self awareness.
  • For all that Lizzie panics about having a big mouth, she never seemed to realise that Dominique was spilling secrets almost as much.
  • That’s it. I have no other intelligent comments to make about this book. On to something better.

 

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