With so many gifted Chick Lit writers in our midst, there are a plethora of really fun female characters to follow. But, what if you could actually choose to trade places with one (or FIVE) for a week? How much fun would that be? I thought long and hard about it and chose five very special characters to trade identities with. Although, I feel a little badly about sticking them with my rambunctious boys for a week, but that which does not kill you makes you stronger!
Here are my picks:
Julia Dorning– Thirty-Two Going On Spinster by Becky Monson
Poor Julia is stuck in a rut – she hates her job, lives with her parents and thinks that she is going to be alone for the rest of her life. But she is sweet, funny and after a little floundering, she figures out that she was meant to be a baker extraordinaire. I totally want to bake for a living! The descriptions of her creations were mouthwatering and I found myself wondering about her recipes and ingredients. Not to mention that I would own a thriving bakery, have a really fun supporting staff and one of the cutest regular customers in the world. It is an added bonus that the delicious Jared would also be my boyfriend.
Lisa Flyte– She Likes It Rough by GVR Corcillo
Lisa was the victim of a horrific accident (involving the collapse of a fast food drive through on her car!!!), but she came out of her coma with a large sum of money and the resolve to conquer her myriad of fears. She has the best of intentions and pursues a number of hair brained schemes at warp speed. How much fun would it be to be that impetuous? And to have all kinds of crazy adventures? I am a total scaredy-cat, so I need the same kind of training that she had. I want to be BRAVE! And to have my teacher be the smoldering Jack makes it that much better!
Laurel Hastings– Blame it on The Fame by Tracie Banister
Laurel had a successful career as an actress, but fell victim to the pressure of Hollywood and her life was suddenly taken over by panic attacks. After years spent raising her family, she heals and is able to return to the game. Yes, it was a tough ride, but she recovers well. I would be a classic beauty, with a good heart and tremendous talent as an actress! Unfortunately, I would then find out that my best friend has been having an affair with my seemingly devoted husband and have a minor relapse. My life would definitely be troubled, but I would have the satisfaction of telling off my ex-best friend, dumping off my weak husband and then the world would be my oyster! I would get to have three wonderful kids, make fabulous movies and hang out with glamorous movie stars. Maybe I could even meet George Clooney!
Cate Sanders– What Would Oprah Do? by Erin Emerson
Admittedly, Cate is a little lost. She is let go from her marketing job and realizes that she hasn’t been happy with her professional life in years. She then spends the next few months watching her savings dwindle while she tries to start a series of business, which are all dismal failures. But, if I were Cate, I would also have a network of supportive friends, including my fabulous sister and the new addition a gorgeous gay man who inspires me. I would also have a treasured friendship with Vivian, a lovely woman in her eighties who would take me under her wing and teach me the wonders of gardening. I most definitely have a BROWN thumb and kill all plants that come into contact with me. Seriously, I cannot even look at them without their leaves going a little limp. I would love to be able to spend my days in a big beautiful garden, with the sun shining down on me as I contemplate the meaning of life. Because even though I am as old as I am, sometimes I feel like I still need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
Roxy Rule– Breaking the Rules by Cat LavoieRoxy’s life is a little bit…complicated. She has a less than ideal relationship with her fiancé, is bored with her professional life and has to put up with the extremely bitchy girlfriend of her life-long best friend, Ollie. But there are still a ton of things that I would enjoy about being Roxy! First of all, I would have the coolest name EVER. I would get to share a very steamy kiss with Ollie, on whom I have a MAJOR crush. (Can you hear my heart palpitations???) I would also have a group of devoted and hilarious friends. And eventually, I would part ways with my lackluster fiancé, finally fall in love with my gorgeous best friend and find my way to a fabulous new career as a successful chef. What more could I ask for?