SMART GIRLS LIKE ME by Diane Vadino

SMART GIRLS LIKE ME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Bright yet anxious 24-year-old has a personality crisis just in time for her childhood best friend’s lavish wedding.

For Betsy Nilssen, the news that her longtime BFF Bridget is marrying a handsome doctor on a private South Pacific island should be cause for celebration, especially since she is the maid of honor. But for Betsy, the imminent loss of her closest confidante is just one more setback of what is shaping up to be a lousy year. A quirky style-averse would-be writer stuck in a silly job at a pointless fashion website, she is fixated on the upcoming millennium, for which she has stockpiled dehydrated food just in case the world ends. Dreading the Y2K bug almost as much as she dreads showing up solo for Bridget’s big day, her fortunes change dramatically with the sudden reappearance of Ryan Wells, who has come back to work at her company after a Japanese sojourn. The newly single hunk crushes on her almost as much as she does on him, and they start a passionate relationship that certainly feels like the real thing. Her hope that he might be her “plus one” for the wedding is cruelly dashed, though, when she finds out that he has also been sleeping with her stunning, shallow boss Eva. Devastated and confused, she quits her job, moves out of her Manhattan apartment and into her parent’s house in the suburbs and tries to figure out who she really is. She also neglects her responsibilities to Bridget, and their pent-up animosity all comes to a head in the tropics when Betsy realizes that Bridget’s perfect wedding plan (and life) might not be so perfect. Full of sharp observations and deadpan wit, style blogger Vadino’s debut makes up somewhat for its average plot by showing how breaking up with a friend can hurt just as much as being dumped by a guy.

Slightly twisted chick lit bound to hit home with irreverent young women.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-312-37475-4
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Dunne/St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2007