Monday, September 9, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: Blogger Girl

By Melissa Amster

**Giveaway is now closed**

Most women in chick lit novels have careers in culinary arts (especially baking), public relations, law, journalism or even cosmetology. So it's nice to come across a novel about a chick lit book blogger (even if it's not actually her career...it just seems that way). Thanks to Meredith Schorr, I've finally met my literary match.


Kimberly Long is a legal secretary by day and a chick lit book blogger by night (and usually day too, given that her boss lets her get away with blogging on the job). Her blog, "Pastel is the New Black," has become well-known, especially for the pink champagne flute rating system. So it's no surprise that her nemesis from high school would contact her, seeing that she wrote a hot new chick lit novel and is looking for reviews from popular blogs. Adding to this is anxiety over her upcoming high school reunion and stress about a guy she likes at work, who seems to have a new girl with him every day. Soon, various factors cause Kimberly to question whether running a book blog is really the high point in her professional life.


It's nice to know that someone "gets" me. This someone is Meredith Schorr, through the voice of Kimberly. This is because Meredith is not only a writer, but she also has a blog. She usually features books and authors there, especially of the indie variety. Blogger Girl is like a celebration of book bloggers. Kimberly addresses the time and effort that goes into maintaining a book blog and also the feelings of inadequacy over just being a book blogger and not even getting paid for it. Kimberly is modest about her blog the same way I am, especially around people who don't read as much. (I get that way when my husband tells people about CLC. I'm fine telling people about it if they read chick lit, but get embarrassed when people ask about it and they've never picked up a chick lit novel.) She'd have to field snarky comments about chick lit that would belittle it in some way or another and have to defend it. It's hard to explain this phenomenon, but if you get into Kimberly's head, you'll know what I'm talking about! I actually did an experiment to get into Kimberly's head in a different way. While I haven't been given a book written by a nemesis or even thought of attending my high school reunion (*sigh of relief* over both), I recently came across a video on YouTube from my senior class party. Oh, the anxiety it provoked! It allowed me to really understand how Kimberly was feeling about having to attend her reunion and face her nemesis, Hannah Marshak, again. Especially since her own sister was suddenly friends with Hannah on Facebook and telling Kimberly to read her book already.

Blogger Girl is snarky, humorous and comforting all at the same time. I love the characters (well, not the evil ones, but they're written well enough to make me want to dislike them with a passion). Kimberly's camaraderie with her closest friends is great and I enjoyed "watching" them interact. I felt like I could easily fit in with her group. I just wish that they didn't smoke pot. It didn't fit that well with the story and I don't feel all that comfortable with drug use in books (nor do I ever really appreciate when a main character smokes cigarettes). I think they could have relaxed just by drinking wine and it would have fit better with the story too. The only other concern I had was over proofreading, as I found a bunch of typos throughout the book. To balance out those issues, the story never becomes predictable. Even when I thought I had everything figured out, Meredith managed to throw in a few twists to keep me guessing.

I loved Blogger Girl and it has become another top favorite of 2013! I consider it the Girls Just Want to Have Fun of books. I love that movie and it never fails to make me smile anytime I watch it. I watched it after finishing Blogger Girl and was making comparisons between the characters and also the way I felt after watching the movie vs. reading this book. Kimberly would be Janey, Bridget would be Lynn, and Hannah would be Natalie (I could even see the actress who played Natalie in that role, had this taken place in the 1980s...which wouldn't make sense considering it's about a blog!) Having said that, I have a few movie casting suggestions for Blogger Girl.

Kimberly: Amanda Seyfried
Bridget: Ari Graynor
Nicholas: Ron Livingston
Hannah: Leighton Meester

Thanks to Meredith Schorr for the book in exchange for an honest review. She has one e-book for a lucky reader anywhere in the world!

How to win:
Tell us about your favorite book blog (aside from CLC, not that we're assuming anything here... ;) ) Share the link too!

One entry per person.

Please leave your e-mail address or a way to reach you if you win. Entries without contact information will NOT be counted.

Open worldwide. Giveaway ends September 15th at midnight EST.

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26 comments:

Melanie Backus said...

This book sounds great! Blogging is so informative and fun. I love to follow Pioneer Woman's blog. Thank you for the review and giveway!

mauback55 at gmail dot com

Nova said...

One of my favorites is: Thre chicks and their books...

http://www.threechicksandtheirbooks.com

sparkle40175 AT hotmail DOT com

Meredith said...

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Blogger Girl! So glad you enjoyed it. And I love the comparison to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun :)

Sheena said...

There's a couple different sites I like to visit, but the one I usually check out everyday is chicklitclub.com:)

wapneski@yahoo.com

Allie Smith said...

The book sounds wonderful! I love CLC & Chick Lit Plus & Chick Lit Is Not Dead:)!

http://chicklitplus.com/

http://www.chicklitisnotdead.com/

Janine said...

This sounds like such a fun book. My other favorite book blog (other then your's) is Book Mama. You already have the link, but I'll post it for others that may not have it.
http://bookmama2.blogspot.com/

Janine
kinini01@hotmail.com

Suzanne said...

You mean there are other blogs?? lol! I also follow and like Book Mama!

Based on Melissa's reviews, this one looks great!!

suzannefine @ yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a really fun read. Would love to win a copy.

Ann Ellison
abilene_nana@yahoo.com

Lea said...

This sounds really funny! I am definitely going to add it to my TBR pile.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Other book blogs I follow/like:
Smart Bi***es, Trashy Books
That Artsy Reader Girl
The Broke and the Bookish
The Perpetual Page-Turner

Lea said...

Sorry I forgot my email address :/

leaasman AT yahoo DOT com

Mary Jo Burke said...

Dear Author is a great review blog.

maryjo(at)maryjoburke(dot)com

Kristen said...

TECHNICALLY, it's not a book blog, but a blog for an author - jennsylvania.com. :)

kly(dot)327(at)gmail.com

Jessica said...

Of course I love CLC but I also love Chick Lit is Not Dead.

http://www.chicklitisnotdead.com/

Thanks!
-Jessica M
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Kim Pinch said...

One of my other favorite blogs is Read Your Writes Book Reviews. I really like the reviews and find I agree with most.
http://readyourwrites.blogspot.com/

kumquat8 at hotmail dot com

jodi marinich said...

the romance cover
theromancecover.com

Sue G. said...

This sounds like a fun entertaining book.

Some of my favorite blogs are:
- Kindles & Wine
- Harlequin Junkie Romance Reviews
- The Book Tart
- Three Chicks and Their Books
- Shh Mom's Reading
_ Under the Covers

I'm sure I am missing some other favorites but here is my list.

suegaluska (at) yahoo (dot) com

Linda Kish said...
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Linda Kish said...

There are so many that I like.
Bookin' with Bingo and I'm a Reader not a writer are two of my favorites

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Jilleen said...

This book looks so great! My favorite book blog is Bookworm with a View - Mari is so wonderful. She is the reason I started book blogging!

http://www.maripartyka.com

Jill at Seaside Book Nook

seasidebooknook at yahoo dot com

bn100 said...

like I'm a reader not a writer

http://www.iamareader.com/

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Kerry Ann @Vinobaby's Voice said...

This book sounds like fun! I'd have to vote for my own blog -- I'm certainly not a F/T book blogger, but I am a heavy dabbler.

Thanks for putting this book on my radar!

Mary Preston said...

I like a few book blogs. One of my favorites is I AM A READER NOT A WRITER.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Bridget O'Neill said...

Besides CLC, I like Book Mama and Chick Lit is Not Dead :)

Bjoneill@hotmail.com

This Chick Reads said...

I absolutely LOVE your blog, I visit it every day and stalk you everywhere LOL
I also love chicklitclub and bestchicklit.com

Thank you for the awesome giveaway, would love to read Blogger Girl. Sounds fab!

love2slim(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Bonnie K. said...

I can't help but say that CLC is my favorite; next would be chick lit is not dead.

bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

Melissa said...

Thanks for participating and telling us about your favorite book blogs. We'll have to check out the ones we didn't know of before.

Thanks to Meredith for sharing her book with our winner.

Random.org chose one winner from all entries with contact info (one entry per person).

Congrats to bn100!