The Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
Publisher: Harper Collins (October 2009)
Source: Personal Copy
Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audio
Format Read: kindle
My thoughts: The second title to be featured in the Meg Cabot Read Along, Queen of Babble introduces us to Lizzie Nichols. A recent college graduate heading out to spend the summer with her sweetheart in London. Of course the trip does not go as Lizzie expects it to…
Questions for Discussion (from Book Club Girl)
1. Lizzie tends to get herself into trouble because she can’t keep her mouth shut. I found this personality trait completely endearing and often, quite hilarious. What did you think was the funniest situation in the book when she couldn’t keep a secret? Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation?
Lizzie has a big heart and can’t stand to see anyone hurting. On more than one occasion she shares information that is probably better kept to herself. She spills the beans with the intent of helping and ends up creating bigger problems for herself. There was one particular situation in which she shared a bit too much information that I found completely hilarious.
Personally, I am terrible at keeping secrets from my husband. Whenever I try to plan a surprise for him, I always end up telling him about it. It’s not even that he asks, I just can’t seem to keep it to myself.
2. Lizzie’s visit with Andy in England does not go according to plan. Were you surprised he wasn’t what she expected? Do you think Lizzie was too easy on him in the end?
The fact that her trip doesn’t go as planned was pretty predictable, as was the rest of the story. This does not detract from the entertainment value of the story at all. You can tell going in that Queen of Babble isn’t intended to be a great work of literature. It is meant to entertain, and entertain it does. I think the way that Lizzie responded to Andy in the end was a sign of her maturity that seemed to develop throughout the story.
3. How did you like the chapter openings from Lizzie’s senior thesis on the history of fashion? Did you learn anything new about fashion from them?
Some of the tidbits about the history of fashion were interesting, I found myself wondering about their relevance and trying to tie them to what was happening in that chapter.
The Queen of Babble is the first installment in a trilogy featuring Lizzie Nichols. While I found the story to be predictable, I also found it to be highly entertaining. I look forward to reading Queen of Babble in the Big City (Queen of Babble, #2) in which Lizzie has moved to New York City.
The next discussion is scheduled for July 3rd when we discuss Size 12 is Not Fat.
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