Thursday, September 12, 2013

Chick Lit Done Right: Love Rehab

Love Rehab Jo Piazza

My appreciation for chick lit is well documented. I get frustrated when people make fun of it. It's a genre, just like sci-fi or detective novels. And like any other kind of book, there are good examples of it and bad ones.

Chick lit, or women's fiction as it prefers to be called, has evolved quite a bit since The Devil Wears Prada came out. It's smarter, less fluffy, and God help you if your protagonist works at a magazine. (Yet they can't seem to update the covers beyond pastels. Pourquoi?)

Love Rehab, by Jo Piazza, is an example of great chick lit. (It was sent over to me by the folks over at Dot Complicated.) It's the story of Sophie, who after being dumped by her boyfriend creates a 12-step program to help woman get rid of bad behaviors that are holding them back in their love lives. It's one of the funniest books I've read in a long time.

So funny, that throughout the book I actually started underlining the best lines. Below is a Top 10 list of the best ones.

Grandma's entire block was like a line up of discarded ex-girlfriend who had once been adored when they were shiny and new, and then turned in for something sleeker with more reliable plumbing.

Annie was stomping through the station like a rhinoceros on Red Bull.

That's what I was. I was addicted to love. (#RobertPalmerWinning.)

Babies and adventure vacations always fix a bad marriage.

You know what Duckie Dale is doing right now? Coding for Facebook and shitting gold bricks.

A sad truth is that at three in the morning many a man will choose greasy food over sex that he likely can't see through to completion.

The instructor at the Yardville pool had always smelled a little like pedophile.

When a bat shit Brit asks you to put on your finest outfit at midnight, you should never include a pair of Jimmy Choos.

Nothing is more chaotic than a Mexican-Jewish wedding.

All relationships end badly, until, hopefully, the one that never ends at all.