Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble Series #1)

Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble Series #1)

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by Meg Cabot
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kadushin is perfect and perfectly adorable in the role of Lizzie, the bubbly, idealistic "History of Fashion" major whose na vet , cluelessness and inability to keep her mouth shut land her in one amusing scrape after another. The book's narrative style is ideal for audio: Lizzie tells her story in an eager, breathless first-person monologue that sounds completely natural and believable when read aloud ("I can not believe I just did that. Why did I open my big mouth, especially about something that has absolutely nothing to do with me? I am such an idiot!") Kadushin plays the role to the hilt and makes the audiobook feel like sitting down with a close friend who can't wait to share her latest gossip and secrets. Kadushin is also hilarious as Andy, Lizzie's one-time boyfriend, whose charming British accent can't hide that he's a deadbeat loser, and Dominique, the snooty French-Canadian girlfriend of Luke, the sweet guy whom Lizzie ends up falling for. This entertaining, breezy and lightweight chick lit romance is perfect for beach listening. Simultaneous release with the Morrow hardcover (Reviews, June 5). (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
After blasting her cheatin' boyfriend, loudmouth Lizzie finds herself stranded in London. So why not help her caterer friend by bartending weddings at a French chateau? With a ten-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Recent college grad (or is she?) sets off on a romantic lark to London and has to quickly readjust her plans. Lizzie Nichols has finally graduated from college, lost weight and snared herself a sexy English beau. Granted, she only met him one night before he moved back to London, but surely Andrew is as sweet as his letters and as sultry as that accent. Turns out, he's neither sweet nor sultry. Andy lives with his parents, has a gambling problem and wears terrible clothes. To make matters worse, he's trying to fleece the government and is demanding Lizzie's financial help. Time to flee! Fortunately, Lizzie's best friend is spending the summer with her boyfriend at a luxurious chateau in the French countryside, where they are setting up for an elaborate wedding in exchange for free lodging. A room is open to Lizzie if she's willing to help with the preparations. Distraught and frazzled, Lizzie finds herself on the Chunnel, unloading all her internal baggage-including intimate details of what she and Andy did in bed together-to a handsome stranger who offered her a seat. But that's what anonymous train rides are for, right? Oh dear. Handsome Stranger Luke disembarks at the same time as Lizzie-and tells her his own secret: His father owns Chateau Mirac. Soon she finds herself in a fairy tale world of sparkling wine and pool parties-and on an emotional roller-coaster ride when she learns that Luke's lithe golden girlfriend plans on turning the glorious chateau into a gruesome liposuction spa. Oh, and while Lizzie clearly has no trouble spilling secrets, there is one she has kept bottled up all summer-and it's about to pop like a bottle of fine champagne. Chipper European romp for adult girlswho have graduated from The Princess Diaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060851989
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/23/2006
Series:
Queen of Babble Series, #1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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Queen of Babble

A Novel
By Meg Cabot

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Meg Cabot
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060851988

Chapter One

Our indiscretion sometime serves us well
When our deep plots do pall

-- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet and playwright

I can't believe this. I can't believe I don't remember what he looks like! How can I not remember what he looks like? I mean, his tongue has been in my mouth. How could I forget what someone whose tongue has been in my mouth looks like? It's not like there've been that many guys who've had their tongues in my mouth. Only, like, three.

And one of those was in high school. And the other one turned out to be gay.

God, that is so depressing. Okay, I'm not going to think about that right now.

It isn't like it's been THAT long since I last saw him. It was just three months ago! You would think I'd remember what someone I've been dating for THREE MONTHS looks like.

Even if, you know, for most of those three months we've been in separate countries.

Still. I have his photo. Well, okay, you can't really see his face in it. Actually, you can't see his face at all, since it's a photo of his -- oh God -- naked ass.

Why would anyone send someone something like that? I didn't ask for a photo of his naked ass. Was it supposed tobe erotic? Because it so wasn't.

Maybe that's just me, though. Shari's right, I've got to stop being so inhibited.

It was just so shocking to find it in my in-box, a big photo of my boyfriend's naked ass.

And okay, I know they were just goofing around, he and his friends. And I know Shari says it's a cultural thing, and that the British are much less sensitive about nudity than most Americans, and that we should strive as a culture to be more open and carefree, like they are.

Also that he probably thought, like most men do, that his ass is his best feature.

But still.

Okay, I'm not going to think about that right now. Stop thinking about my boyfriend's ass. Instead, I'm going to look for him. He has to be here somewhere, he swore he'd be here to pick me up --

Oh my God, that can't be him, can it? No, of course it's not. Why would he be wearing a jacket like that? Why would ANYONE be wearing a jacket like that? Unless they're being ironic. Or Michael Jackson, of course. He is the only man I could think of who would wear red leather with epaulets. Who isn't a professional break-dancer.

That CAN'T be him. Oh, please God, don't let that be him . . .

Oh no, he's looking this way . . . he's looking this way! Look down, look down, don't make eye contact with the guy in the red leather jacket with the epaulets. I'm sure he's a very nice man; it's a shame about his having to shop for coats from the 1980s at the Salvation Army.

But I don't want him to know I was looking at him, he might think I like him or something.

And it's not that I'm prejudiced against homeless people, I'm not, I know all about how many of us are really only a few paychecks away from being homeless ourselves. Some of us, in fact, are less than a paycheck away from being homeless. Some of us, in fact, are so broke that we still live with our parents.

But I'm not going to think about all that right now.

The thing is, I just don't want Andrew to get here and find me talking to some homeless guy in a red leather break-dancing jacket. I mean, that is so not the first impression I want to give. Not that, you know, it will be his FIRST impression of me, since we've been dating for three months and all. But it will be the first impression he'll have of the New Me, the me he hasn't met yet . . .

Okay. Okay, it's safe, he's not looking anymore.

Oh God, this is awful, I can't believe this is how they welcome people to their country. Herding us down this walkway with all these people LOOKING at us . . . I feel like I'm personally disappointing each and every one of them by not being the person they're waiting for. This is a very unkind thing to do to people who just sat on a plane for six hours, eight in my case if you count the flight from Ann Arbor to New York. Ten if you count the two-hour layover at JFK --

Wait. Was Red Break-dancing Jacket just checking me out?

Oh my God, he WAS! Red leather jacket with the epaulets totally checked me out!

Oh God, this is so embarrassing. It's my underwear, I KNOW it. How could he tell? That I'm not wearing any, I mean? It's true I don't have any visible panty lines, but for all he knows, I could be wearing a thong. I SHOULD have worn a thong. Shari was right.

But it's so uncomfortable when they go up your --

I KNEW I shouldn't have picked a dress this tight to get off the plane in -- even if I did personally modify it by hemming the skirt to above the knee so I'm not hobbled by it.

But for one thing, I'm freezing -- how can it be this cold in AUGUST?

And for another, this silk is particularly clingy, so there's the whole panty line thing.

Still, everyone back at the shop said I look great in it . . . though I wouldn't have thought a mandarin dress -- even a vintage one -- would actually work on me, seeing as how I'm Caucasian and all.

But I want to look good, since he hasn't seen me in so long, and I did lose those thirty pounds, and you wouldn't be able to tell I'd lost all that weight if I got off the plane in sweats. Isn't that always what celebrities are wearing . . .

Continues...


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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 The Princess Diaries and The Mediator series. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
Education:
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991
Website:
http://www.megcabot.com

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is by far, my favorite series of meg cabot. i got the first book at Wal Mart because it was like $4.00 and i didnt really expect much but BOY was i wrong! i feel like i personally know Lizzie and all her friends and i have to keep reading to find out what she is going to get herself into next. i HIGHLY recommend this book. the only thing is that it is not to appropriate for anyone under the age of maybe 15? the characters are in their twenties and there is drinking and sexual parts but other than that, it is fabulous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a cute story!
SpunkyRead22 More than 1 year ago
Part of my reveiw might be bias because I am a HUGE fan of Meg Cabot. I've been reading her since I was 13 years old and 10 years later, I'm still a huge fan of her's. This was a great read. You really learn to like Lizzie and its a real page turner to find out what kind of mishap she's going to have next. I would recommend this book highly. It was a real laugh-out-loud kind of book. I had a hard time putting it down.
KareninFLorida More than 1 year ago
Perfect for the beach. Very entertaining and humorous. And with the requisite happy ending it is a feel good book.
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The story was neither sexy nor funny. I put it down in the middle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a really funny good book, but definetky not cabots best. It wasnt very deep or adveturous like the mediator or princess diaries, but was relatable with very good personities in chatactors. It was different from her othe books though, less hight stress (cabot fans might be dissapointed if expecting more drama or action), but still has the amazing writing that makes you become the main charactor, lizzie. Overall it was a very good book, just not as fanominal as some of her other books. I would reccomend getting it from a library though; $10 is kinda pricy for it not being cabots best. Its a great read for summer vacation though!
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Kristin08 More than 1 year ago
A fluffy chick lit story. No real deep though involved but a good time none the less. I was perfect to take on a beach vacation.
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Cute quick story. I brought this book with me on vacation and I found it perfect for the occasion. Nothing too serious and an easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im only 14 so i would say this bk waz a little too inappropriate for me at certain parts but other than that i would say this bk waz great it waz humorous nd a little sad it had romance mayb a little too detailed though but other thn that i would recommend this bk
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Lizzie makes me laugh and I adore her Grandma. I stayed up until the wee hours to finish all three in the series. ( Love my nook!) I laughed a lot and cried some too. Highly recomend.
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jbaugh More than 1 year ago
LOVE!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
READ READ READ ANF IT WILL INTEREST YOU
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Great characters and some fun laughs. I can't wait to read the rest in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started a little slow but picked up quickly. Fun read. Perfect for the beach.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cabot shows that hysterically funny writing can also be insightful and smart. Her references to feminism, developed through the strong female friendship and the climactic (pun intended) ending, are clever, deep, and sweet. Her characters are ironically both relatable and admirable. I am so glad I spent a whole afternoon reading this novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All 3 books are great! While sometimes its predictable, its a good read on a rainy day! I reccomend these.