Zoe Foster’s latest book, The Wrong Girl, may possibly be her best yet. Sure, I’ve only read one of her other books, but The Wrong Girl was definitely better than The Younger Man. Same sort of concept, light and fluff chick lit, but with a lot more soul. Which is a lot more than I could about other girly books I’ve read recently.
Plus, I have to be a little bit biased. Not only is Zoe Foster Australian, but she’s married to (and expecting a baby with) the delightfully funny Hamish Blake. So I just assume if she’s with him then she has to be a nice person.
Lily is a 29 year old woman who isn’t having much luck with men. Basically, she thinks they’re all dogs and she doesn’t want to have anything to do with them. So she decides to have a man break – no men for three months. No flirting, texting, dating or sleeping with men. No way.
Luckily for her, her beautiful model roommate, Simone, goes in on the pact with her to stop dating men. Unfortunately for Lily, a hot new chef Jack has started at her work, and not only can he cook, but he’s a nice guy too. Uh-oh. So not only is Lily struggling to get a promotion at her work, but she’s also struggling against her feelings for her co-worker. Double uh-oh. Simone breaks the pact…to start dating Jack.
Damn, can a girl just catch a break?
The Wrong Girl has all the ingredients for a light-hearted chick lit and Zoe Foster nails all of them. Sure, it is absolutely ridiculous that Simone and Jack would randomly meet in a city the size of Sydney, but hey! It’s a chick lit, let’s go with it. And really, would Lily be quite so cavalier about her best friend dating her crush – particularly since her best friend is a model, which already has to hit at the self-esteem.
And sure, every reader knows how the book will finish from the third chapter onwards, and Lily gets everything nice and tidy in her life with about two pages to spare, but so what? We’re in chick lit universe, where all the men are cute, all our girlfriends are the best, and we wear fashionable clothes. Politics? Pffftt! World news? Pah! Financial woes or anything that couldn’t fit into a 20 minute sitcom? Get outta here!
Foster has written a book that is essentially fun. And even better, I loved Lily’s character. Sure the novel essentially revolves around her mooning over a man, but she’s still a strong, independent woman whose interested in her career. So take THAT 90% of all chick flicks floating around out there.
Foster’s writing is witty, sharp and has a strong pace. I wouldn’t say she is my favourite writer, and there are areas that she needs to improve (mostly chunks of Lily’s life seem to be pushed to the side when convenient), but she essentially captures the style and essence of a great, fun read.
As long as you go into reading The Wrong Girl completely understanding that you won’t strain a single brain cell, then you’re in for a fun time. And honestly, the cover is of a girl holding pink balloons, so if you expect anything else, then you’re an idiot.
Also, I may add that the ‘literary masterpiece’ Heart of Darkness took me over a week to read (it was less than a hundred pages), while The Wrong Girl took two days. Which really says a lot more than a review ever could.
Have you read anything by Zoe Foster? Have you read The Wrong Girl? Are you a fan of chick literature? Let me know!