10 Best Chick Lit Books for the Strong and Modern Girl

What better way to learn about the lives of women than by reading amazing books written by women themselves! Every modern and strong woman needs to read these ten books that deal with very realistic predicaments that they will relate to. To escape into a world woven through some fabulous stories about life, times and everything in between, read the following 10 best chick lit books:

10. The Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsella

First Published: 2005

What It’s About:

The book revolves around Samantha Sweeting, a lawyer living in London who makes a mess of her high profile job. This leads to Samantha having a mini breakdown and escaping in the middle of nowhere. In a life-changing mix-up, Samantha somehow ends up interviewing for the position of Housekeeper at a beautiful countryside home. Unfortunately, Samantha has no idea how to run a home, bake bread or any other domestic knowledge. Somehow, she manages to cope, while her employers remain clueless about her real profession. Will Samantha make a success of her new job and find love in the process?

Why You Should Read It:

This book will appeal to anyone who has ever thought about giving up and wanting to turn their life around. The way in which Samantha finds herself in unchartered territory and navigates her way to success will inspire every modern woman who refuses to give up when life throws a curveball at her. The right mix of adventure and romance, this is an unmissable page-turner.

Best Quote:

“There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.”

9. The Nanny Diaries, by Emma McLaughlin

First Published: 2002

What It’s About:

A struggling college student takes on a side job as a nanny to a 4-year-old boy in a wealthy Park Avenue family’s home. The job is a nightmare with a hard-to-please boss, who barely lifts a finger in her own home. While working with the family, her employer’s marriage begins to fall apart and it’s up to the nanny to keep everything together, including the mental health of the little boy she is taking care of. The Nanny Diaries describes the life of a harangued nanny who works for nine months at this home.

Why You Should Read It:

This book was written by two former nannies who worked with Manhattan’s upper class. It takes readers behind the scenes to show the truth behind the glamorous lives led by Manhattan’s elite. Read it to see what working for an entitled employer feels like and how children are impacted by family troubles.

Best Quote:

“If you’re going to do something, darling, then do it all the way.”

8. In Her Shoes, by Jennifer Weiner

First Published: 2002

What It’s About:

The story revolves around two sisters, Rose Feller and Maggie Feller, who are polar opposites of each other. Rose is a successful lawyer who has her life in order and thinks she has found her Mr. Right. Meanwhile, Maggie is a drop dead gorgeous, but unemployed, yet hopeful TV presenter who finds Rose boring and unattractive. Both sisters think they have nothing in common and feel they are better than each other. They soon find that they are more alike than they think.

Why You Should Read It:

This book will appeal to those who have siblings. We often feel as though we have nothing in common with them apart from the shared DNA. Fortunately or unfortunately, Rose and Maggie are very much alike whether they like it or not. Both women refuse to give up when obstacles continue to block their path to success. Rose finds trouble in her love life and Maggie has a disability that stops her from taking on employment for long periods. How they conquer their fears is what makes this book a delightful read.

Best Quote:

“People are like that. They can only give you what they have inside.”

7. Size 12 is Not Fatby Meg Cabot

First Published: 2005

What It’s About:

Heather is an ex-pop star who, after gaining a few pounds, sees her popularity plunge. Also, her boyfriend cheats on her, she loses her recording contract, and her mother runs off with her life savings! With nowhere to go, Heather takes on the role of assistant dorm director at a college in New York. When a female student’s body is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft, everyone but Heather thinks it was an accident. Soon, more dead students start appearing in what seem to be accidents, but Heather suspects foul play. With no one believing her, Heather starts some detective work on her own, which is fraught with danger, especially when faced with a potential serial killer.

Why You Should Read It:

This book brings to light the unhealthy obsession with weight loss in today’s society. Secondly, Heather’s perseverance in finding the killer is a perfect example of self-confidence and determination even when no one else is on your side.

Best Quote:

“Nice girls finish last.”

6. Chasing Harry Winston, by Lauren Weisberger

First Published: 2008

What It’s About:

Three best friends living in New York City seem to have it all, great jobs, great boyfriends, great lives. Or do they? When Emma’s dream of becoming the perfect wife is shattered after her boyfriend leaves her, she finds herself wondering how to turn her life around. Leigh has a successful publishing career and a dream guy on her side. When she meets author Jesse Chapman, however, she suddenly finds her life to be less than perfect. Adriana is the daughter of a supermodel who is fast approaching thirty and facing pressure from her mother to find a husband before her looks fade. The three best friends make a pact that within a year each will turn their lives around.

Why You Should Read It:

From the author of Devil Wears Prada, this book will appeal to those who believe in having a life plan, but also know that life doesn’t always go according to that plan and it’s how you handle those bumps along the way that define you.

Best Quote:

“Focus on yourself – do what you want, when you want, without having to consider anyone else’s agenda.”

5. Jemima J, by Jane Green

First Published: 2001

What It’s About:

Jemima is an overweight girl who finds it difficult to get along with the thin and waspy girls she lives with while secretly pining for her handsome colleague, Ben. She is a talented writer, but feels she is underpaid because of the way she looks. Jemima meets Brad, a gorgeous guy who lives in California, on the Internet. To him she is JJ a slim, gym-obsessed glamorous girl. Unfortunately, when Brad wants to meet JJ, Jemima must lose the weight and become the model she claims to be.

Why You Should Read It:

The book is a must-read for understanding how shallow modern society is and how most people do judge a book by its cover. Whether or not you have tried losing weight at some point in your life, you will be able to relate to how, in her bid to lose weight, Jemima finds herself and realizes the truth about attraction, self-esteem and the meaning of love.

Best Quote:

“I think relationships are very difficult. It’s very easy to get swept away with excitement, glamour, and passion. I think the trick is to look for friendship rather than passion.”

4. High Maintenance, by Jennifer Belle

First Published: 2001

What It’s About:

Liv Kellerman leaves her husband and along with him she leaves behind her beautiful penthouse overlooking the Empire State Building in New York. After moving to a much less fabulous part of the city, Liv is alone for the first time in her life and soon decides to follow her passion of selling real estate. Follow Liv’s journey as she faces intense competition while working with crazy bosses and frustrating clients, all in a bid to find them their perfect home.

Why You Should Read It:

This book will appeal to those who have ever decided to turn their life around, whether it’s through the end of a relationship, a new career, or relocating to an unknown part of the country. The way in which Liv navigates the complexities of her new life will inspire you to make the change you need to in order to get the life you always wanted.

Best Quote:

“The question was who would be forced to leave the apartment – me or Jack?”

3. Sex and The City, by Candace Bushnell

First Published: 1996

What It’s About:

Meet Carrie Bradshaw, a writer in New York looking for love. Through a column that the author Candace Bushnell wrote for the New York Observer, we learn about the young and the beautiful who live in this thriving city that never sleeps. Carrie and her girlfriends come across all types of frogs before finding their Prince Charming hidden somewhere in this city. The book was adapted into one of the most watched TV shows and the book is no less addictive.

Why You Should Read It:

This will be a great book for anyone who has tried to find love in this crazy world. From bad dates, to worse relationships, the book explores it all. Dealing with heartbreak, catty women and philandering men, it gives readers a no-holds-barred look into the love lives of these friends that modern women will absolutely relate to.

Best Quote:

“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.”

2. Are You There Vodka, It’s me Chelsea, by Chelsea Handler

First Published: 2008

What It’s About:

Written by Chelsea Handler, the famous comedian on television known for her candor, this hilarious book is a collection of tales from Chelsea’s past. From relationship dilemmas, to embarrassing family matters, Chelsea covers them all. She doesn’t sugar coat even when revealing the most cringe-worthy experiences that have made her the person she is today. It’s a laugh-out-loud collection of stories that deal hilariously with the meaning of life.

Why You Should Read It:

If you enjoy witty, crass and sarcastic tales with a dash of outrageousness, then look no further. This book will prove why Chelsea Handler is one of the strongest comedians in the industry. If you enjoy her standup routines, then this book is an added bonus. The book will especially appeal to those with a dark sense of humor, who can handle some crazy stories with plenty of vodka.

Best Quote:

“I went out with a guy who once told me I didn’t need to drink to make myself more fun to be around. I told him, I’m drinking so that you’re more fun to be around.”

1. Bossypants, by Tina Fey

First Published: 2011

What It’s About:

An autobiographical tale by American comedian Tina Fey, who has starred in such hit TV shows as Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, Bossypants is Fey’s life story and how she reached the pinnacle of success in her career as a comedian. She discusses her dream of being a comedian on TV as a young girl. Every woman will find her heartfelt stories to be relatable. Her accounts include her pursuit of attaining the unrealistic physical beauty that the television industry demands, her experience of motherhood, and even tales from her disastrous honeymoon.

Why You Should Read It:

If you have ever been called bossy or if you are simply a fan of this wonderful comedian, then this book will be a delight for you. Even if neither of the above apply to you, Fey’s story about her rise to fame will inspire women who feel they can’t follow their dreams.

Best Quote:

“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”

Conclusion

These 10 chick lit books are a combination of relatable, sometimes escapist, heartfelt and realistic stories that every modern woman will enjoy reading. Not only do they bring to light the very real plight that women face in all walks of life today, but they do so with plenty of wit, humor and gusto.

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