5 Chick Lit Books You Need to Read This Summer
Chick lit is the most unfairly criticised genre. Especially since they’re just so damn good. Ideal for a day at the beach, on the couch ‒ or in bed. No doubt you will flick right through them. (Then send me a raving email about how much you loved them.)
1. What Alice Forgot
By Liane Moriarty
I love Liane Moriarty. She’s Australian and she's amazing. You may have heard of Big Little Lies, her novel which became a TV show (featuring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman). I love all Moriarty's books ‒ and I have read them all ‒ but this is my favourite. It’s about Alice, who loses her memory and thinks it is 10 years earlier. Her life is not only very different from then, but very different from how she imagined it would be, demonstrating how we can sometimes lose ourselves and forget what matters.
2. The Last Letter from Your Lover
By Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes is well known for me before you but I actually prefer her other books, in particular, this one. Journalist Ellie finds an old love letter, from a man begging his lover to leave her husband. Ellie happens to be sleeping with a married man and becomes attached to the story. Meanwhile, in 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident to find she can’t remember a thing ‒ until she discovers a hidden letter. If you’re a hopeless romantic (or even a hopeful one) you’ll fall in love with this book.
3. November 9
By Colleen Hoover
Warning: you may end up on a Colleen Hoover binge. I did. I read all her books, plus her entire Wikipedia page and every interview she’s ever done. November 9 tells the story of Fallon and aspiring-novelist Ben, who meet one November 9. They end up spending the day together and start an unusual relationship. If I say anymore, it might spoil this book. But while it’s 'chick lit', there are so many twists, turns and surprises you don’t see coming. I read it in a day (and I’d do it again).
4. This Charming Man
By Marian Keyes
Don’t be deterred by this books size. It’s an easy read. You’re guaranteed to find a least one character, moment or scene in this book that makes you think “been there, sister.” It’s about the hold a charismatic man can have over a woman (or four), and the obvious and hidden consequences. Keyes has a knack for turning serious themes into a relatable story, with a touch of comedy. It’s chick lit at its absolute finest.
5. The Day We Disappeared
By Lucy Robinson
Lucy Robinson creates brilliant characters and surprising plots. The Day We Disappeared is no different. Telling the story of Annie, who’s let a tragic past affect her relationships, and Kate, who’s run away from hers. It’s the perfect blend of chick lit and mystery ‒ keeping you hooked, cover to cover.