In 2013, Meredith Schorr's Blogger Girl made it to my list of favorite books for the year. The same will hold true for 2016 with Novelista Girl, even though I read it a few months ago. I just felt bad taking away from books that were actually published in 2015. All I can say is that I loved it as much as, if not more than, Blogger Girl.
Please keep in mind that if you haven't read Blogger Girl yet, there will be spoilers in this review. It's really hard to avoid them, so I suggest you read it first and then come back here.
Spoilers for Blogger Girl ahead. Proceed with caution.
Kim runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream to become a published author. At first glance, her life is five-pink-champagne-flutes worthy.
But is there more to the story than meets the eye?
After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read Bridget Jones's Diary, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.” As if Kim doesn't have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog Pastel Is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn't see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar.
This is the year when all of Kim's dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will the story have a happily ever after, or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)
Meredith Schorr shows once again how she gets what it's like to be a book blogger. Even though Novelista Girl is more focused on Kim having her novel published, there are still a lot of parts about book blogging and trying to balance between being a blogger and being a potential novelist. I really want to read Kim's novel, as well as the other idea she had. (Maybe Meredith can do something like what Rainbow Rowell did with Carry On...write a fictional novel that was created within another novel.) The characters felt so real that they practically jumped off the pages, and I felt like I was sitting with them and having a conversation (with a pink drink in my hand, of course). I especially loved reading about Kim and Bridget's friendship this time around. It reminded me of myself and my best friend. There were some great comedic moments and I even got teary-eyed at times.
There was nothing I didn't like about Novelista Girl and I can't wait to read the prequel to Blogger Girl that Meredith has in the works. I also hope there will be a follow-up to this one.
Thanks to Meredith Schorr for the book in exchange for an honest review. She has one e-book of Blogger Girl and one e-book of Novelista Girl to give to two separate readers anywhere in the world.
*Check out Hello...Chick Lit's review, as well.
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