Reviewed: Trade paperback
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Contemporary romance / Chick Lit
Nancy Arant Williams
Notes: Reviewer Nancy Arant Williams is the author of "Coming
Home to Mercy Street," "In the Company of Angels,"
and "In the Shadow of the Cherubim."
By Meg Cabot
MacKenzie is a small town transplant from Kentucky, now living in
New York City. Talk about your fish out of water. Because of her
desire to help people, she trained to be a psychological social
worker and is now working for The New York Journal newspaper in
the Human Resources Department.
problem employee Ida Lopez, baker extraordinaire. Ida's only problem,
which becomes Kate's problem, is that she refuses to serve a requested
dessert, in this case key lime pie, to a person she doesn't like,
and Kate's boss's boyfriend—and soon-to-be-fiancé—is
her current persona non grata.
When the issue
ends up in court, Kate is forced to decide whether to go with her
conscience or be loyal to the company party line, all the while
surrounded by the chaos, humor, and riotous living going on around
her. At this point Kate, who is still a rather traditional soul
in her own right, is without home (bunking in with friends while
apartment-hunting), hearth, and perhaps, soon—job.
Girl, written so cleverly by Meg Cabot, is told via emails,
journal entries, company memos, and directives, in what I would
describe as hip-lit style. As a big fan of The Princess Diaries,
I was anxious to read more of her work. However, this book is unlike
The Princess Diaries in that it is very sexual in nature,
textually graphic, which disappointed me greatly. Perhaps people
live and talk that way in New York City, but where I live, it's
called bad taste.
be noted—the book cover, reminiscent of the game Monopoly,
looks as though it could easily be G-rated.
Meets Girl would be totally charming if its talented author
had declined to use four letter words and R+ rated material. My
hope is that her future endeavors will more closely resemble her
refreshing work in The Princess Diaries. And if such is
the case, I will once again be her biggest fan.