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What's an American girl with a big mouth, but an equally big heart, to do?
Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn't that she doesn't have the slightest idea what she's going to do with her life, or that she's blowing what should be her down payment on a cute little Manhattan apartment on a trip to London to visit her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew. What's the point of planning for the future when she's done it again? See, Lizzie can't keep her mouth shut. And it's not just ...
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What's an American girl with a big mouth, but an equally big heart, to do?
Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn't that she doesn't have the slightest idea what she's going to do with her life, or that she's blowing what should be her down payment on a cute little Manhattan apartment on a trip to London to visit her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew. What's the point of planning for the future when she's done it again? See, Lizzie can't keep her mouth shut. And it's not just that she can't keep her own secrets, she can't keep anything to herself.
This time when she opens her big mouth, her good intentions get Andrew in major hot water. Now Lizzie's stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date written on her non-changeable airline ticket.
Fortunately, Lizzie's best friend and college roommate is spending her summer in the south of France, catering weddings in a chateau. One call and Lizzie's on a train to Paris. Who cares if she speaks only rudimentary French? One glimpse of gorgeous Chateau Mirac — not to mention gorgeous Luke, Chateau Mirac's owner — and she's smitten.
But while most caterers can be trusted to keep a secret, Lizzie's the exception. And no sooner has the first cork been popped than Luke hates her, the bride is in tears, and it looks like Chateau Mirac is in danger of becoming a lipo-recovery spa. As if things aren't bad enough, ex-boyfriend Andy shows up looking for "closure" (or at least a loan), threatening to ruin everything, especially Lizzie's chance at ever finding real love — unless she can figure out a way to use that big mouth of hers to save the day.
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.
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 . . .
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Posted May 2, 2009
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!
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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.
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Posted March 30, 2009
To my good fortune, I managed to get my hands on Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, the final book in the Queen of Babble trilogy by Meg Cabot. This series is one of my favourites by Cabot--I simply love Lizzie Nicholls and her spontaneous personality.<BR/>The Queen of Babble is Lizzie Nicholls, a 23-year-old with a passion for wedding gowns and vintage clothes (her dream job is wedding gown restorer) who can't seem to keep her mouth shut. In the first book of the series, Lizzie meets and falls in love with Luke de Villiers, a French prince (nonetheless) with a lot of money but not a lot of heart. In the second book of the series, Quen of Babble in New York, Lizzie moves in with Luke in his New York apartment in order to pursue her dreams of becoming a certified wedding gown specialist. She finds a job a Chez Henri, a wedding gown shop, but things with Luke get worse. As a matter of fact, they break up, because he "can't see her in his future", while Lizzie wants to get married.<BR/>At the beginning of Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, Lizzie wakes up next to her ex-boyfriend's best friend (not to mention best friend's ex boyfriend) Chaz, while Luke comes back to her with a marriage proposal. Lizzie's dream has become true. Why, then, the idea of getting married makes her break out in hives? And why does she feel all flustered when she sees Chaz, who is totally against her marrying Luke?<BR/>Of course, all will turn out right in the end, and our Lizzie will have her happy ending, together with a much-deserved success in her career. Queen of Babble Gets Hitched is pure chick-lit at its best. With Meg Cabot's irony and gift in telling Lizzie's story, you are guaranteed for a light, fun reading.<BR/>I loved this book. I'd recommend it to all Cabot fans, and to all the lovers of the chick-lit genre. You will not be disappointed
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Posted January 23, 2014
The end has a lot of sex in it. I mean, at the end Lizzie was like "and I realize that we just had sex on a wine casket" and at the beginning andrew made her give him a blow job. Wow.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 2, 2012
Posted August 9, 2012
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 21, 2012
Posted March 18, 2012
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 bkWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 20, 2011
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 14, 2010
This is the first book in the Queen of Babble series and I have every faith that if you're a fan of Meg Cabot and a fan of Contemporary Young Adult fiction that you'll enjoy this book.
There's much to recommend this book from the laugh out loud moments that are all over the place, to the charming cast of characters, a hot stud of a hero in Luke (who is totally dream worthy) and a perky heroine in Lizzie. You'll love Shari and Chaz and you'll definitely want to rush out and buy the next book so if you haven't read this series, I think you should.