Queen of Babble Gets Hitched (Queen of Babble Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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Big Mouth, Big Heart, Big City . . . Big Problems

Things are looking up at last for Lizzie Nichols. She has a career she loves in the field of her choice (wedding gown restoration), and the love of her life, Jean-Luc, has finally proposed. Life's become a dizzying whirl of wedding gown fittings—not necessarily her own—as Lizzie prepares for her dream wedding at her fiancé's château in the south of France.

But the dream soon becomes a ...

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Overview

Big Mouth, Big Heart, Big City . . . Big Problems

Things are looking up at last for Lizzie Nichols. She has a career she loves in the field of her choice (wedding gown restoration), and the love of her life, Jean-Luc, has finally proposed. Life's become a dizzying whirl of wedding gown fittings—not necessarily her own—as Lizzie prepares for her dream wedding at her fiancé's château in the south of France.

But the dream soon becomes a nightmare when the best man—whom Lizzie might once have accidentally slept with...no, really, just slept—announces his total lack of support for the couple, a sentiment seconded by the maid of honor; Lizzie's Midwestern family can't understand why she doesn't want to have her wedding in the family backyard; her future French in-laws are trying to lure the groom back into investment banking; and Lizzie finds herself wondering if her Prince Charming really is as charming as she once believed.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

When last seen, the irrepressible Lizzie Nichols was canoodling with Chaz after she and Luke, Chaz's best friend, broke up (Queen of Babble in the Big City, 2007). Now-shocker alert-Luke returns to New York and slips a three-carat diamond engagement ring on her finger. Lizzie accepts even though she's still all googly over Chaz, who bluntly warns Lizzie that Luke's all about Luke and couldn't love her the way he does. Lizzie, a wedding dress restorer and budding designer specializing in wedding garb, faces a hives-inducing decision: dump rich Luke, who wants to be an investment banker in Paris, and hook up with Chaz, who wants to teach? Or should she marry Luke and ditch New York for Paris? And then there's the matter of her burgeoning design business, helped along by Ava Geck, a Paris Hilton-like celebrity heiress. Cabot takes full advantage of the material, delivering her trademark wit, sharp banter and lively antics from the first page. Fans of the series have another one to savor. (July)

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Library Journal

This is Cabot's third book (after Queen of Babble and Queen of Babble in the Big City) to feature up-and-coming vintage wedding gown restorer Lizzie Nichols. Having successfully rehabbed a heinous dress into a design called "cunning" by U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Lizzie seems to have a promising career-now she needs to focus on her personal life. Saying yes to Luke's surprise marriage proposal was more of a knee-jerk reaction than a thoughtful acceptance. But Lizzie can repent at her leisure, as Luke is working in Paris for the summer, during which time she finds herself growing increasingly attracted to Luke's best friend, Chaz. You have to hope that, as goofy as Lizzie might seem at times, things will turn out for the best-and they do. Cutesy chapter titles like "A History of Weddings" and quotes distract at first, but you'll stop noticing. Reading about Lizzie and her gang again is like catching up with old friends. Patrons who like humorous, lighthearted stories about personal relationships will appreciate this book, not to mention the series. Essential for all popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ3/15/08.]
—Stacey Hayman

Kirkus Reviews
A young lady obsessed with bridal couture cools her wedding fever for a moment to ponder the possibility that she's engaged to the wrong guy. When we last spent time with our loudmouthed friend Lizzie, she was making a go of it in Manhattan. After finishing up a make-out session with her boyfriend's best friend on New Year's Eve, the boyfriend, a prince (yes, for real), surprised her with a gigantic engagement ring. In this, the third book in the Queen of Babble series (Queen of Babble in the Big City, 2007, etc.), Lizzie is so bedazzled by the sheen of her diamond and by the idea of getting married, she tries to ignore all the warning signs. Like, she's more attracted to Luke's friend Chaz than to Luke, her fiance, who is mysteriously never around anymore. But what is she going to do? She's already in her early 20s-and that's too dang old to not be engaged to someone! So, she banishes Chaz from her mind, fritters away in her employer's dress shop and talks about herself to anyone who will listen-mainly her bizarrely crude grandmother and a trashy Paris Hilton-type. When tragedy strikes, Lizzie realizes she needs to make some hard decisions about her life. Rather insipid romp through well-traveled chick-lit territory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061807558
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Series: Queen of Babble Series , #3
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 59,221
  • File size: 329 KB

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. More than 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Biography

Meg Cabot knows that one of the best cures for feeling gawky and conspicuous is reading about someone who sticks out even more than you do. Her books for young adults invariably feature girls who have extraordinary powers that carry extraordinary burdens. Cabot's Princess Diaries series offers up the secret thoughts of Mia Thermopolis, who discovers at age 14 that she is actually the princess of a small European country. This revelation adds significantly to her extant concerns about crushes, friendships, school, and other matters falling under adolescent scrutiny.

Cabot, a native of Indiana weaned on Judy Blume and Barbara Cartland, was already a successful romance novelist (as Patricia Cabot) before she began writing for young adults; her alter-alter ego, Jenny Carroll, began a new series shortly after The Princess Diaries debuted. The Carroll books are divided between the Mediator series, starring a girl who can communicate with restless ghosts; and the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU books, in which a girl struck by lightning acquires the ability to locate missing people.

Cabot writes her books in a conspiratorial, first-person style that resonates with her readers. She has obviously kept a grip on the vernacular and the key issues of adolescence; but what makes her books so irresistible is the mixing of the mundane with the fantastic. After all, who wouldn't like to wake up and be a princess all of a sudden, or a seer? Cabot takes such offhand notions and roots them firmly in the details of average, middle-class American life. She has also tiptoed into mystery and paranormal suspense with other YA novels and series installments.

Cabot continues to write adult novels under various permutations of her given name (Meggin Patricia Cabot): from 19th-century historical romances to contemporary chick lit. And, as with her books for teens, these romances have earned praise for their lighthearted humor and well drawn characters.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Cabot:

"I am left handed."

"I hate tomatoes of any kind."

"I really wanted to be veterinarian, but I got a 410 on my math SATs."

"Writing used to be my hobby, but now that it's my job, I have no hobby -- except watching TV and laying around the pool reading US Weekly. I have tried many hobbies, such as knitting, Pilates, ballet, yoga, and guitar, but none of them have taken. So I guess I'm stuck with no hobby.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Meggin Patricia Cabot (full name); Patricia Cabot, Jenny Caroll
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991
    2. Website:

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Queen of Babble Gets Hitched

Chapter One

Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same. —Emily Brontë (1818–1848), British novelist and poet

Chaz," I say, poking the man in the tuxedo who lay sprawled across my bed. "You have to get out of here."

Chaz brushes my hand away as if it's annoying him. "Mom," he says. "Stop it. I told you, I already took out the trash."

"Chaz." I poke him some more. "I mean it. Wake up. You have to go."

Chaz wakes up with a start. "Wha— Where am I?" He looks blearily around the room until his unfocused gaze finally comes to rest on me. "Oh. Lizzie. What time is it?"

"Time for you to go," I say, grabbing hold of his arm and pulling on it. "Come on. Get up."

But I might as well be pulling on an elephant. He won't budge.

"What's going on?" Chaz wants to know. I have to admit, it's not easy, being so mean to him. He looks downright adorable in his tuxedo shirt, all stubbly faced and confused, with his dark hair sticking up in tufts all over his head. He squints at me. "Is it morning already? Hey—why do you still have your clothes on?"

"Because nothing happened between us," I say, relieved that it's true. I mean, stuff happened. But my Spanx are still on, so not that much stuff. Thank God. "Come on, get up. You have to go."

"What do you mean, nothing happened between us?" Chaz looks offended. "How can you say that? That's my beard burn you're wearing."

I lift a hand guiltily to my face. "What? Oh my God. You're kidding, right?" "No, I'm not kidding. You're completely chafed." A look ofself-satisfaction spreads across his face as he stretches his arms. "Now come over here and let's continue where we left off before you so rudely fell asleep, which I'm going to try not to hold against you, although I will admit it's going to be difficult, and will probably necessitate punishment in the form of a spanking if I can figure out how to get those things off you. What did you call them again? Oh, yeah. Spanx." Chaz brightens. "Hey, how appropriate."

But I've already dived for the bathroom and am examining my face in the mirror over the sink.

He's totally right. The entire lower half of my face is bright pink from where Chaz's stubble rubbed it as we made out like a couple of teenagers in the back of the taxi on our way home from the wedding last night.

"Oh God!" I cry, staggering back into the bedroom. "Do you think he noticed?" "Do I think who noticed what?" Chaz has seized me by the wrist, pulled me over, and is fumbling with the tiny buttons to my gown.

"Luke!" I cry. "Do you think he noticed I've got beard burn all over my face?" "How would Luke notice that?" Chaz asks. "He's in France. How do you get this thing off, anyway?"

"He's not in France!" I cry, swatting at Chaz's hands. "He was just downstairs. That was him, at the door!"

"The door?" Chaz pauses in his attempt to disrobe me, looking more adorably confused than ever. Not that I have any business noticing how adorable Chaz is. "Luke's at the door?"

"No, not anymore," I say, swatting his hands away once more. "But he's coming back in half an hour. And that's why you have to leave now. He doesn't know you're here. And I want to keep it that way." I wrestle his tuxedo jacket from beneath the knee he's resting on it and hold it out for him. "So if you wouldn't mind putting this on and kindly vacating the premises—"

"Wait a minute." Chaz raises a dark eyebrow. "Wait just a minute here. Are you honestly trying to tell me that you and Mr. Romance are getting back together?"

"Of course we're getting back together," I say, throwing an urgent glance at the clock. Twenty-five minutes! Luke will be back in twenty-five minutes! He only went in search of a Starbucks to grab us coffees and a couple of Danish . . . or whatever it is Starbucks has available on New Year's Day. Which, for all I care, could be rancid pig fat in plastic containers. What does it matter? "Why else do you think I've been standing here asking you to please get up? I don't want him to know you spent the night—or that you gave me beard burn."

"Lizzie." Chaz is shaking his head. But he's putting his tuxedo jacket on. Thank God. "He's not a little boy. You can't protect him forever. He's going to have to find out about us sometime."

Icy tentacles grip my heart. "Us? What us? Chaz . . . there is no us." "What do you mean, there is no us?" He looks up from the inside coat pocket he'd been investigating, evidently in search of his wallet. "Did we, or did we not, just spend the night together?"

"Yes," I say, with another exasperated glance at the clock. Twenty-four minutes! And I have to wash my hair. I'm sure there's confetti in it from the wedding. Not to mention, I probably have raccoon rings of mascara around my eyes. "But I already told you. Nothing happened."

"Nothing?" Chaz looks wounded. "I distinctly remember holding you tenderly in my arms and kissing you beneath a sky full of falling stars. You call that nothing?"

"Those were balloons," I remind him. "Not stars."

"Whatever. I thought we said we were going to work on the physical part of our relationship."

"No. You said that. I said we'd both just come out of painful breakups and needed time to heal."

Chaz reaches up and runs a hand through his hair, causing it to stand even more comically on end. Plus, confetti falls out of it and onto my bedspread. "Then what was all that kissing in the cab about?"

He has a valid point. I'm not sure what all that kissing in the cab was about. Or why I enjoyed it so much, either.

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched. Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    THE PATH OF TRUE LOVE SELDOM RUNS SMOOTH

    Meg Cabot, popular author of The Princess Diaries series has crafted a featherweight plot filled with funny, finely drawn characters - suspend belief in rational thought and enjoy, which you surely will. Lizzie Nichols has hit the big time in the Big Apple. After Vogue's editor called her restoration of an ancestral wedding gown 'cunning,'and that comment appeared on Page Six the phone at Chez Henri has been ringing incessantly. Everybody who is anybody wants Lizzie to do her wedding gown. Regrettably in the midst of this Henri, yes, the Henri immediately following Chez has a heart attack and it's left to Lizzie to take charge. Taking charge isn't such an easy task when one of your clients is Ava Geck, wealthy daughter of the owner of the Walmart-like stores whose motto is 'Get It At Geck's.' Ava is one of the funniest characters to ever grace pages. 'Grace' is not the word to describe Ava - she's a gum chewing gal who is often seen 'on the red carpels of movies in which she is not starring, since she has no actual talent.' While her dad is worth billions Ava has a personal worth of more than $300,000,000, and she's engaged to marry a Greek prince. She's currently in NY to do a guest shot on Celebrity Pit Fight, and she wants Lizzie to do her gown. Being involved with Ava sets the stage for a series of laugh out loud scenes. While Lizzie is a whiz in business her romantic life is currently on a fast road to chaos. She is also engaged to a prince, Jean-Luc, aka Luke. It would seem to be what a girl from Ann Arbor Michigan has always dreamed of - her own Prince Charming ready to take her away to France where she will live at Chateau Mirac. Problem is Luke's best friend is Chaz with whom Lizzie has recently shared a bed (only that), and he's the one who makes her heart do flip-flops. Nonetheless, she knows it is Luke she loves or does she? Meg Cabot is a whiz at creating both fun and fantasy. She does it every which way with Queen of Babble Gets Hitched. A caveat: While some readers of the first two books in this series may have wished for further emphasis on original characters, first-time readers will probably find it a romp. - Gail Cooke

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    Posted January 2, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    OHMIGAWD

    This book was so cute but i wish there were more it kinda saddens me that its over

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    This book was absolutly amazing!!!

    I absolutly loved this book! I could not put it down! You should definatly read it!

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Very entertaining

    I love Meg Cabot as a writer. These books are so fluid and easy to read. I have read the entire series in the past 2 weeks, I just couldn't put them down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Loved it

    Wish there were more books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Great Chick Lit.

    I LOVE this series! It is so easy to read and devour! I think Lizzie represents average women in love, relationships, jobs, and life. I think you will enjoy this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Great

    One of very few series i could not put down.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Wonderful!

    This book is a great end to a wonderful season!

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

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    Very Cute

    Great wrap up in a cute series! You cheer for Lizzie the whole time and hope that she makes good choices!

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  • Posted November 4, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Once Again Meg Cabot Stuffs the Mind With Warm, Yummy, Gooiness!

    This is one of my favorite books. The ending is fabulous! You are going to have ot read this, it is truly one of the most satisfying books I have ever read. Meg Cabot needs to win an award for this book!

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Increidably Quirky

    Expect the unexpected in Queen of Babble. Just when you think that Liz has kissed the right frog it turns out that she has been living with a toad. I love Meg Cabot's books. They are all great but Queen of Babble will get you hitched. I recommend it for good light reading.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    Finally a Happy Ending!

    This final novel takes Lizzie on a completely different road than the first two books led me to believe. At first, I was disappointed by her enegagement to Luke because of the trouble the pair had faced during the previous novel. I found the romance in this book to be the sweetest of the entire series. Also, it was very gratifying and hope-inspiring to see Lizzie finally make it on her own in the career world. Some fun new characters and bigger roles for some old ones really add a lot to the story. Lizzie ends up in the perfect place!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2008

    Read in 1 Day! Outstanding!

    I love Meg Cabot and her series with the Queen of Babble- Lizzie Nichols! This was long awaited for and when I got it I read it in one day, it was too good to put down. Even if you have not read her other books in this series, you will not be disappointed. This book has love, laughter and a wonderful ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    I was addicted to the series!

    I loved how things turned out for Lizzie, Chaz and Luke. I simply couldn't put this book down, I look forward to reading more Queen of Babble novels soon!! Amazing and down to earth series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    I couldn't put it down!!

    I love this series, and when I heard it was coming out, I pre-ordered it!! I read the book in 4 days, I just couldn't put the book down!! I hope that she continues w/ the series!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Great Ending

    I am one of the biggest fans of Meg Cabot and her work is always so entertaining, however I was very surprised how much I loved this book. I do believe 'Gets Hitched' is the best and most well written book in the series. Cabot's writing is easy to follow and suprising with curves in the road in every chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2008

    Great ending to a Great series!

    Lizzie Nichols and her boyfriend Luke have had some complications, but now he's proposed and they're engaged to get married. Lizzie knows that she should be happy and she loves Luke with all her heart, but every time she thinks about the wedding, she feels nauseous and breaks out into hives. And when newly single Chaz comes on the scene, Lizzie becomes even more confused. Is this Queen of Babble going to get hitched, or will she break it off? The thrilling conclusion to Meg's Queen of Babble series is almost here! I was able to read an advance copy of it, and it is just absolutely fantastic. Full of twists and turns, and of course Meg's trademark laugh-out-loud moments, this is one ending you don't want to miss. One great character from Queen of Babble in the Big City 'the second book' returns here: Lizzie's fellow co-worker at Chaz's dad's firm Tiffany is back and absolutely hilarious. Her moment to shine happens in Chapter 7 where I assure all of you will be laughing your butts off throughout the whole chapter. It's just one amazing joke after another. Also, both Lizzie's grandmother and Chaz are also great secondary characters that you'll love to read about. Lizzie's emotional turmoil throughout the novel is believable and keeps the pages turning, making the reader want to know how Lizzie will get through all her problems. If you haven't read this series yet, you definitely need to- another Meg Cabot smash hit! Also, just a quick aside to one of the previous reviewers: How could you have been disappointed with PD9 and Airhead?! Those were phenomenal books, esp. Airhead 'which, in my opinion, is Meg's best book ever'!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    My favorite

    This book was definitely my favorite in the series, and that's saying a lot, considering I thoroughly enjoyed the first two. The witty banter that took place throughout the book made me laugh out loud, causing my husband to give me funny looks. I loved the way the book ended, I was completely satisfied. Another little treasure from Meg Cabot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2008

    At Last!!!!

    after such an abrupt ending to Queen of Babble in the big City I could not wait for this book to come out. I went out and bought it the day it came out and all I can say is I was not disappointed. Finally an ending fit for Lizzie Nichols!

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