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Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble Series #1)

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

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    Not a great start, but hoping the series gets better

    Lizzie Nichols is about to have the best summer of her life. She has graduated from college (the first in her family to do so) and will spend a month in London visiting Andrew, her boyfriend. Unfortunately things do not go as planned.

    Lizzie discovers she hasn't graduated after all. As part of her independent study, she is to write a thesis-a requirement she claims to know nothing about. Her topic is the history of fashion and it has to be at least fifty pages. The problem is in two days she's traveling to London to visit her boyfriend.

    Her trip to London quickly turns into disaster. Andrew isn't the same as she remembers in college. When Lizzie discovers the truth about him, it sends her scrambling to her best friend, Shari who, along with her boyfriend Chaz, is spending the summer in France. Chaz is friends with Luke, whose father owns the chateau that he is working at with Shari. Their job is to assist with the wedding details of Luke's cousin.

    While on the train traveling to Souillac to meet Shari, Lizzie meets a gorgeous stranger: an American man! Before she knows it, she's telling him everything about not graduating to her breakup with Andrew. Little does she know that this stranger will become a significant part of her life.

    Queen of Babble has been sitting on my shelf unread for awhile now. I adore Meg Cabot and have read nearly half of her collection. At one time, Queen of Babble was on my "must read" list along with the other two books in the series. I wish I could say it was worth the wait. Sadly, it wasn't.

    Early on, I thought Cabot was repetitive with Lizzie's thoughts that it took away from the story. And yes, Queen of Babble is quite predictable. The moment she meets this "stranger", the reader knows who he is and can quickly see where the story is headed. The formula of "girl dates boy only to find out he's not the one for her and then finds her true love" didn't work for me in this novel. Even though the story fell a bit flat for me, I still want to continue with the trilogy. I am curious to know what Lizzie gets herself into while living in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    enjoyable but should be longer

    i enjoyed this book but i wish that it was longer. it spanned, oh, three days. i thought that it needed more character development. normally her books don't last very long but there seems to be more of the characters and development of the relationship. also, i think that the description of the book from the book cover is kind of deceiving. i didn't feel that her mouth got her in that much trouble, really. but otherwise it was a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2006

    3.5 stars

    Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Nichols and her entire family are celebrating her college graduation in Michigan. It is there that Lizzie finds out that she has not really graduated after all. Before it is official, Lizzie must write and turn in a senior thesis on 'The History of Fashion'. That is not a problem though. Lizzie will just write it while she is visiting her boyfriend, Andrew, in England. But from the moment Andrew picks Lizzie up at the airport, Lizzie learns that Andrew is not the dream man she thought he was! The true Andrew is appalling! When Lizzie opens her mouth and gets Andrew in serious hot water, she is totally embarrassed. No one told her that what she told was supposed to be a secret! Besides, everybody knows that Lizzie cannot keep a secret to save her life. Lizzie is stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date on her non-refundable ticket. Luckily, Lizzie's best friend and college roommate, Shari Dennis, is in France. Shari is spending the summer in southern France, catering weddings with her boyfriend, Chaz, in a sixteenth century château. Having an open invitation from Shari, Lizzie hopes on a train to Souillac. .................. Utterly miserable on the train and still hurt by Andrew, Lizzie lets out her grief on the shoulders of the man riding beside her. Jean-Luc de Villiers 'Luke' is a total hottie! Being a stranger, Lizzie told everything. After all, she would never see the guy again after she got off the train. Unfortunately for her, she babbled so much that Luke never got a chance to tell her that Shari is his guest at Château Mirac, his father's vineyard estate. Luke is half American and half French. Shari is catering the wedding of Luke's sister. Yes, the Lizzie Broadcasting System (LBS) has done it again! .............. Dominique, Luke's girlfriend, meets them at the station. It only takes a glance for Lizzie's fashion sense to tell her that Dominique is loaded and believes Lizzie to be beneath her. Not a good omen! As soon as everyone settles in, the LBS strikes again. Now it looks like Luke hates her, the bride is in tears, the future of the vineyard seems to be precarious, and to top it off Andrew shows up! ................... **** Author Meg Cabot has always been able to create mean characters that readers love to hate, such as Dominique. Yet in this novel, I found Lizzie to be the worst. Lizzie's character is just a bit too unbelievable. I understand that people let secrets slip out often however, Lizzie's case is outrageous. I quickly grew tired of hearing Lizzie say the same things over and over and over. Other than that, the plot and other cast of characters are wonderful. Luke, Chaz, and Shari often stole the show. The wedding, when it finally happened, was ... unique. All-in-all, a good read, but wait for the paperback. ****

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