Heart, of course—were you thinking about the other thing? You big silly! This is a Meg Cabot book (the YA Princess Diaries series; The Boy Next Door, 2002, etc.). Turn on your Blackberries and follow along as four supercute—and supposedly adult—characters eschew conversation in favor of all-electronic communication, even when they’re sitting in the same car! Jane Harris, creator of a popular cartoon kitty named Wondercat, is invited along when her best friend Holly Caputo decides to elope with Mark Levine. See Jane board the plane and find her seat without adult assistance. She is <\I>soooooo excited! She’s never been out of the country and now she’s going to Italy! She’ll have to stop mispronouncing “spaghetti” as “spisgetti,” especially since her friends also invited Cal Langdon, a sophisticated, brilliant international correspondent with a million-dollar book deal, so Jane would have somebody to play with and not get bored. But Cal is <\I>soooooo grumpy. Maybe he shouldn’t write books about grisly wars and oil politics in the Middle East. Who cares about that stuff anyway? Anyway, Jane has a million-dollar deal pending with a cartoon network—nyah, nyah! There are other conflicts. Mark’s Jewish family and Holly’s Catholic family disapprove of this wedding and get their two cents in via e-mail, like everyone else. Gee whiskers, Wondercat—maybe this book is for grown-ups: Holly and Jane gossip about Mark, and Jane is given to understand that he’s the fortunate possessor of something referred to as a Large Appendage. Will he show it to her? Not yet. Uh-oh! There’s a long wait for the special form to get married in Italy and Jane gets restless. She needs to go to the bathroom! And Holly and Mark come down with—hee-hee—diarrhea! That is so not good. . . .
Chick lit sinks to a new low.