Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble Series #1)

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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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Overview

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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060851996
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Series: Queen of Babble Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 275,612
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot

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

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...


Excerpted from Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot Copyright © 2006 by Meg Cabot. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    one of my favorite series

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Love!

    Such a cute story!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Another Hit from Cabot

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    A quick easy read

    Perfect for the beach. Very entertaining and humorous. And with the requisite happy ending it is a feel good book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2008

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    TOTAL BABBLE FAN!

    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

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Warning!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    not good

    The story was neither sexy nor funny. I put it down in the middle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Funny and relatable!

    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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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    A fluffy chick lit story. No real deep though involved but a go

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Quick fun read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Funny Read

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Fun!

    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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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    LOVE!!!

    LOVE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    MUST READ

    READ READ READ ANF IT WILL INTEREST YOU

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Fun read

    Really enjoyed this book. Great characters and some fun laughs. I can't wait to read the rest in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Fun read

    Started a little slow but picked up quickly. Fun read. Perfect for the beach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Quirky and sharp!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    So good!!!

    All 3 books are great! While sometimes its predictable, its a good read on a rainy day! I reccomend these.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Love it!

    This entire series is amazing!!!

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

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    Loved it!

    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.

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