Top four favourite chick-lits

I love a good chick-lit. My favourite are the ones that have a strong, career-oriented female protagonist who happens to find love on the side while chasing her dreams. I devour many, many of these on a regular basis. Belinda Jones, Jane Costello, Sophie Kinsella and Meg Cabot are some of my favourite authors. 

Out of all the thousands of chick-lits I've read over the years, these are four that have left an imprint on my mind.

A Valentine's Kiss by Lucie Hart
This Valentine's day Imogen is going to meet the man of her dreams, if only she can discover who he is.  At a gloriously over-the-top house party in the balmy South of France, trainee chef Imogen finds herself playing blind man's buff with a host of impossibly handsome men, when one of them kisses her. It's the most perfect kiss she's ever experienced in her short—and frankly, to date romantically disappointing—life. But by the time she recovers her wits sufficiently to remove her blindfold, her mystery kisser has disappeared. Could her Prince Charming be one of her fellow-chefs, Dimitri or Bastien? Both are clearly interested in her. But there are also enigmatic Latino hunk Enzo, good-times-guy DJ Cheyenne, aristocratic Amaury, and the American visitors—Archer and Everett. So many men, so little time. Imogen can't just keep kissing men until she finds the right one—can she?

I love this book not only because of the unique plot, but because the author references real paintings and photos in the story. I was constantly googling them while reading this book. Plus, the mystery is maintained until the end. The author will have you guessing until the end and finally when the mystery man is revealed it's a real {but pleasant} surprise. Oh and of course- the book is set in South of France, which just makes it so much more interesting.

What's your Number by Karyn Bosnak
How many men does it take to find true love?
When Delilah Darling reads a survey revealing that most people have 10.5 sexual partners in their lifetime, she begins to feel like a tramp. She’s slept with nineteen men so far—–almost twice the national average. During a self-help moment, she vows to cap her “number” at twenty, swearing she’ll save her last spot for the right guy. But after losing her job and having a wild night on the town, she falls into bed with Mr. Wrong. Unwilling to up her number, but also unable to imagine a life of celibacy, Delilah does the only thing a girl in her situation can do: she tracks down every man she’s ever slept with in a last-ditch effort to make it work with one of them.
A hilarious romp through Delilah’s past loves, What’s Your Number? shines a spotlight on every woman’s dirty little secret and proves that, when it comes to matters of the heart, sometimes numbers tell only a fraction of the story.

Trust me, if you've watched the movie first and liked it even a little bit, read the book. It's very different from the movie but runs along the same lines. This is one of those books that seems very light, but manages to teach you quite a bit. Funny but very intriguing, it'll have you hooked from start to end.

All I Ever Wanted by Kristin Higgins
One Happily-Ever-After Rocking Chair... 
and no sign of any forthcoming babies to rock in ol' Georgebury, Vermont. For Callie Grey, turning thirty means coming to grips with the fact that her boss (and five-week fling) is way overdue in his marriage proposal. And way off track because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company's new Miss Perfect. If that isn't bad enough, her mom decides to throw her a three-oh birthday bash in the family funeral home. 
Bad goes to worse when she stirs up a crazy relationship with the town's not so warm and fuzzy veterinarian, Ian McFarland, in order to flag Mark's attention. So Ian is more comfortable with animals.... So he's formal, orderly and just a bit tense. The ever-friendly, fun-loving and spontaneous Callie decides it's time for Ian to get a personality makeover. But dang, if he doesn't shock the heck out of her, she might actually fall for Vermont's unlikeliest eligible bachelor....

The most outstanding thing about this book is that the author manages to really make you feel the emotions the protagonist Callie Grey is going through.  P.S: She'll make you cry. But don't worry, it's still got a happy ending. This book left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling that stayed with me for days after I finished it.

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend by Jenny Colgan
What does an It girl do if she loses all her money?
Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town – she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But deep down she suspects that her best friends are actually rather nasty, and that her lifestyle doesn't really amount to much. Her father wants her to make her own way in the world. to make him proud. But after one shocking evening her life is changed for ever.
Scraping a living as an assistant to a ‘glamour’ photographer; living in a hovel on the Old Kent Road with four smelly boys; eating baked beans from the can – this is one spectacular fall from grace. Sophie is desperate to get her life back – but does a girl really need diamonds to be happy?

Again, a book which has a unique story. It's heartwarming and inspiring to see how Sophie adjusts to being penniless after living in the lap of luxury. Not only is this book hilarious, it manages to leave you with food for thought while also having a surprise ending.

Except for What's Your Number, I picked up all these books by chance, absolutely oblivious to how they'd become my favourite pieces of fluff fiction. So really, don't judge a book by it's cover.
Happy reading!
Shabana Feroze

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