Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chick Flick Lit

If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now
by Claire LaZebnik

It takes almost as long to type the title of If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now as it did to read it. Light and fun, with a sprinkling of touching moments and keen observations, it is the story of a young, single mother living at home with her parents in L.A. Rickie is navigating motherhood surrounded by women wearing stilettos while picking up their kids at the expensive private school her son attends (on her parents' dime). Her son, tenderly referred to as a runt, struggles to make friends and keep up with the other kids. Mother and son both come out of their shells thanks to a considerate teacher.

If You Lived Here is the literary equivalent of a chick flick. I say that in a good way. I enjoyed reading it and it gave me the same satisfaction as a Sunday afternoon Lifetime movie. It's not powerful, or earth-shattering, but it is warm and heartfelt, despite being a little cliche and predictable. But we watch chick flicks because we want to see everyone happy in the end, right?

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