Author Guest Post
Why The Chick Lit Genre Is Alive
When I explain to people that my new novel, Life in Plan B, falls into the "chick lit” genre, more often than not I get looks of confusion or judgment (especially from men!). I’ve heard people claim that chick lit lacks substance and I’ve read countless articles in which people describe chick lit as ‘dumb’ or ‘predictable’ and complain that the stories in these ‘subpar’ novels are wrapped up too conveniently with a pretty little bow.
When I read or hear these things, I can only smile and shake my head. Like most forms of art, books elicit a wide range of opinions. To see a great example of this, one must simply go to Goodreads or Amazon and gloss over the reviews of my book. Since its publication in late July 2013, Life in Plan B has received raving 5-star reviews, while also sustaining an occasional scathing 1-star review. I’d like to think that it’s for those who enjoyed my book that the chick lit genre remains very much alive.
Chick lit has always called to me, not only as an aspiring author, but as an avid reader. I enjoy reading a wide range of fiction genres - from Stephen King thrillers to Harry Potter - but have always found a soft spot for chick lit. The reason this wonderful genre is alive for me is simple: real life is crazy. Although filled with good times, life can be stressful and full of heartache, disappointment, struggle, and pain. Chick lit provides, at least for me, a way to escape these harsh realities and delve into a world of lighthearted romance and fun. When I need an escape, I want to be able to sit down and read a good book that leaves me with a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. I don’t want to read about death or destruction, and I certainly don’t want to end the book feeling more depressed than when I started.
Chick lit is my guilty pleasure, my de-stressor, my feel-good therapy - and it’s with this in mind that I wrote Life in Plan B. I not only want the reader to enjoy the journey, but at the end of the book, I want the reader to be happy and satisfied. As long as authors continue to write chick lit, I will continue to read it. And as long as people continue to read chick lit, I will continue to write it. Despite what the critics say, the chick lit genre continues to thrive. And in my opinion, the genre’s heartwarming and occasionally cheeky stories will always have a place in the literary world.
About The Author
Passionate about women's fiction and children's chapter books, Ms. Vessells plans to enjoy a long writing career. Keep your eye out for more exciting publications from this author in the future!
Life In Plan B by Jennifer Vessells
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing - Vessells Publishing
Publication Date: July 24, 2013
Format: Paperback - 282 pages / Kindle - 568 KB / Nook - 509 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: Life In Plan B
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Jennifer Vessells's debut novel, LIFE IN PLAN B, encompasses everything classic chick lit should: the dynamics of friendship, the nuances of high-reaching career aspirations, and the struggles – both usual and unique – presented by romantic and familial relationships. An entertaining story at every turn, LIFE IN PLAN B is identifiable for readers of any age. In short, Ms. Vessells hits her debut novel out of the park!
My Book Review:
What's a girl to do when her Life Plan A hopes, dreams and aspirations doesn't work out? Switch gears, pull up her big girl panties, wear fabulous clothes and shoes, and live Life In Plan B!
After unsuccessfully chasing her dream and aspiration to break into the elusive world of fashion design in New York City for two years, twenty-eight year old Haley Simpson returns to her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, to help her best friend Alex, a talented up-and-coming fashion designer who has started De Alexia, an upscale men's boutique. As the boutique's sales account representative, Haley is responsible for marketing the boutique and Alex's line of fashion designs to New York City's variety of exclusive boutiques and fashion designers. While Haley is ecstatic that Alex is living out his dream with the boutique's success, she can't help but feel like she has been riding his coattails, while her own dreams have become a forgotten thing in the past.
While on a business trip to NYC, Haley hooks up with Keegan Matthews, a talented shoe designer who Alex is courting as a prospective business partner. Mixing business with pleasure leads Haley down the slippery slope of deception and lies that could affect her life-long friendship with Alex when she keeps her affair with Keegan a secret. And if that isn't enough, she meets Nick Matthews, a nice divorced guy from Columbus on the flight home, and she finds herself in a complicated romantic bind when she is attracted to the two men simultaneously! Oh and did I mention that she also has engaged in a long-held rift with her mother since her father's unexpected passing fifteen years ago?
Whew ... so what's a girl to do when she alienates everyone she loves, and has so many struggles to overcome while living her Life In Plan B?
In her debut novel, author Jennifer Vessells weaves an entertaining tale written in the first person narrative that follows the career, family, and romantic trials and tribulations in Haley Simpson's life. This fun chick lit story covers the full gamut of real life issues that Haley faces from career aspiration struggles, bonds of friendship, to family dynamic and romance relationship drama. The reader can't help but get drawn into Haley's life, it is easy to connect with the characters (especially Nick and Haley's endearing and supportive friends Alex, Patrick and Lindsay), and relate to Haley's aspirations and disappointments in life. The story is full of drama, ups and downs, twist and turns, and richly detailed descriptions from the fashion world that easily keeps the reader turning the pages.
Life In Plan B is a poignant and lighthearted chick lit story about a young woman whose struggles in life has her learning valuable life lessons, and in the process she grows and changes as she figures out the importance of true friendship and what's really important in life.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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