This Week in Chick Lit

~ By Melina Kantor

Well, hello everyone!

How’s your week been? Full of reading and writing, I hope!

It’s Friday, which means it time to take a look at what’s been happening in the world of our favorite genre.

1. Jennifer Weiner’s new book, Then Came You, was released on July 12th. I downloaded the audio version and have been listening to it on the beach (I’m still in Crete visiting family). It’s a bit intense, considering I’m using it as a beach book, but I’m definitely hooked.

Is anyone else reading it? What do you think?

2. A group of professors at Rutgers are taking a look at the chick lit genre, and drawing some interesting conclusions.

For example, according to Annie Papreck King, an assistant professor:

“It’s the same plot we have seen from Shakespeare to Austen to 99 percent of the romantic comedies that Hollywood churns out: Guy and girl meet, complications and misunderstandings develop, complications and misunderstandings are resolved, guy and girl wind up together in the end,” King says.

“But I don’t mean to come across in a denigrating tone at all,” she adds: “We all know how it’s going to end, but we still love to see how we’re going to get there.”

3. Here’s a must read article, by author Louise Mensch: “Chick-lit doesn’t damage its readers, it just makes them raise their standards


4. And, finally, I liked this list of summer reads.

If you’ve got any links to add or books to recommend, be sure to leave a comment.

Have a great weekend! 🙂

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. By day, she is an elementary school computer teacher. You can visit her at