Sunday, October 22, 2006

"The Cinderella Pact," by Sarah Strohmeyer

Nola Devlin works at a fashion magazine as an editor, and as all lead female characters are wont to do in chick lit, she wants to be a writer. But since she is overweight and slightly less than fabulous, she is discriminated against. To prove a point, apparently just to herself, she alters a photo of herself from her thinner days, and creates a new persona, Belinda Apple, who is beautiful and British...and instantly hired.

Nola writes advice columns as Belinda Apple, and even her best friends don't know her little secret. In fact, her friends decide to use Belinda's weight loss plan (something purely invented by Nola) as the basis for their own weight loss goals. And, of course, they rope Nola into shedding some pouds, also.

You see where this is going, right? The weight loss. The secrets. And, you guessed it, a handsome mystery man.

Okay, so it's a little predictable. But it was written pretty well, made me laugh several times, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Give it a shot.

4 stars


metamorphose said...

Look at you! Reading so many books!

This sounds similiar to Jemima J. Fun stuff.

April said...

I'm constantly reading. It's just that I got lazy about updating the book blog. :)

Yeah, I also noticed a Jemima J similarity. Oh, well. It's chick lit, not the great American novel.

atsirk said...

Dude, that's totally my kind of reading!! I'm glad you find books like these.

Great American novel. Ha! As if I'd read literature!!