Staff Note: We know the wait for brand-new books can seem endless. Can't Wait? is a new series where we feature a list of readalikes to help you take your mind off a newly published book until it becomes available.
This round of Can't Wait suggestions features Sophie Kinsella's latest novel, My (Not So) Perfect Life. Kinsella's works fall into the genre of "Chick Lit," in which 20- to 30-somethings grapple with problems in their love and career lives, often with humorous outcomes. Other famous works in the genre include Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding. But we have plenty of books that fall in this genre from authors you might not have discovered yet.
In My (Not So) Perfect Life, Katie Brenner is fired from her dream job in advertising in London. She is desperate to get away from the apparent perfect lives of her mad boss Demeter, and her crush, Alex, who she thought shared her feelings of adoration but didn't.
Seeking refuge, she goes home to her father's farm in Somerset to help make her stepmother's dream of turning their land into a glamping retreat come true. Applying her savvy marketing smarts, Katie masterminds a glamorous upscale resort. But when Demeter shows up unannounced, with Alex not far behind, Katie is forced to rethink her revenge fantasies and her assumptions about family, love, and office politics and realize how much she may have misjudged everyone—and everything—around her.
Check out our online catalog or request one of these titles to tide your over until Kinsella's novel becomes available. And head into the library to get a peep at our chick lit display for even more reading options.
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne — For Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, executive assistants to the CEOs of newly merged Bexley-Gamin Publishing, it's hate-at-first-sight. So begins a series of daily passive-aggressive maneuvers. When they are both put up for the same position, the high-stakes games begin. When Joshua expresses interest in her after a long day at work, Lucy begins to wonder if she really does hate Joshua after all, or if this is yet another game.
- On the Rocks by Erin Duffy — When Abby Wilkes' longtime boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Ben, unceremoniously dumps her—changing his status to single on Facebook—Abby's best friend must step in to stop her downward spiral with a vacation. The two of them are going to escape sweltering Boston and its reminders of Ben and head to Newport for the summer. As the summer winds down to Labor Day, Abby will make some surprising discoveries—about love, men, friendship, and, most important, herself.
- The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot — A viral scandal draws notorious celebrity golfer Reed Stewart back to his tiny Indiana hometown, where he reunites with small business owner Becky Flowers in ways that challenge their perceptions about each other.
- Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold by Anne Tyler — Look no further than Shakespeare to tell a tale of complicated love, choices and identity. Anne Tyler's retelling of The Taming of the Shrew brings new interest to this classic tale. For those who are looking for a little more classic literature in their chick-lit novels.