But of course I don’t really want to jump off a bridge, not even with a bungee cord. So in lieu of taking a trip off the Golden Gate I’ve decided to escape into a bit of fun commercial fiction (that I don’t have to write myself). I just ordered Diane Peterfreund’s book, Secret Society Girl. I always enjoy Peterfreund’s blog so I figured that her book would be worth looking into. It’s about a female Ivy league college student who is invited to join a previously all male secret society. Based on what the critics are saying it sounds like the protagonist is very down to earth, the kind of gal who is easy for most of us to relate to. Everyone from Booklist to The New York Observer have had wonderful things to say about it (even Kirkus admits that “the plot is a winner” ) but my favorite review quote is the following:
“Think the Da Vinci Code meets Bridget Jones."
Well I did enjoy Bridget Jones and I loved the Da Vinci Code so this idea appeals to me and it takes Chick Lit into one of the few arenas that the genre has yet to explore.
Once again it puts a chink in the all-chick-lit-books-are-about-dating/dieting/shoe-shopping theory. But I’m going to get off that particular soapbox for a while. Right now I have to worry about educating my kid, writing my books and keeping my sanity. Hopefully Peterfreund can help me with the latter.
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