Author: Cynthia Langston
Publisher: NAL Trade
Publish Date: June 6, 2006
Source: I received a copy from the PR; however, this did not affect my review.
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a fiction fan.
- You're a chick-lit fan.
- You're an armchair traveler.
From Goodreads.com: "A stylish debut novel that asks: How many frequent flyer miles does it take to land Mr. Right?
Not exactly what you'd call a goddess of cutting edge culture, Lindsey Miller is shocked when she's offered the über-hip job of writing "The Pulse," a newsletter that tracks white-hot trends in everything from fashion to cosmetics to entertainment. Before long, Lindsey finds herself on a whirlwind bicoastal romp as she jet-sets between New York and Los Angeles, fumbling to uncover what's cool today-and what will be the next big thing tomorrow.
The grit and glamour of Manhattan is electrifying -and so is Victor Ragsdale, the slick Wall Street broker who charms her with his street-smart savvy manner. But the warmth and sunshine of L.A. is bliss-and so is Danny Wynn, the dreamy blonde surfer who sweeps her into his strong, suntanned arms.
Lindsey's two lives are both so exciting-and both so different. But disaster strikes when her evil trend-spotting partner begins to expose Lindsey for what she really is: tragically un-hip and only one dirty martini away from being found out and fired."
My Two Cents:
"Bicoastal Babe" is the type of book that you want to read when you're ready for a mental vacation. It's a fairly fast read but is still super engaging and oh so much fun! I was ready for a little book vacation and this book was just perfect to that end!
In "Bicoastal Babe," Lindsey Miller lands a dream job, which sounds pretty darn good to me. She basically gets to make a living checking out the hottest restaurants and openings to find the next big thing. She gets to spend half a month in NYC and half the month in L.A. It sounds like it could be a really fun job for at least awhile. It's a chance for Lindsey to get away from her old life and to create a new one or two new ones as it were.
Lindsey is a very well written character. Ms. Langston succeeded in making her both likeable and real. She doesn't always make the best decisions (the parts where she skips out on the new job to hang out with the stockbroker in NYC made me want to shake her. Why would you do that with a brand new job or any job really? Seriously?). On the other hand, you want to root for her because of some of the other things that happen in the book (some of the work things that happen to her would be pretty tough to deal with). I think it had to have been pretty hard to write a character like that! Lindsey's character was definitely a stand out for me in this book!
Bottom line: This book will appeal to readers who like interesting characters, a little bit of armchair traveling, and are looking for a fun, light read.