Confessions of a chick lit fanatic

» Current shelf: Guy lit


Zen and Sex

The protagonist of Dermot Davis’s Zen and Sex (a Comedy Romance) is a bumbling idiot when it comes to dealing with the opposite sex. He starts dating for the sole purpose of finding a hot date to take to his ex’s wedding (very mature), and goes on three ridiculous first dates. Then he meets an […]


Village Books

Village Books, by Craig McLay, is about a guy who works in a bookstore. He talks about books, he meets a woman, he drinks a rare brand of hard cider – and that’s pretty much it. There’s not a whole lot of plot to this book, it’s really just about his day to day life, […]


The Food of Love

The story of Cyrano de Bergerac’s love for Roxane has been retold and retooled umpteen times on stage, in film, and in writing, yet The Food of Love, by Anthony Capella, still manages to bring a unique spin to the well-known tale. In this case, Roxane is Laura, an American 20-something visiting Italy for the […]


High Fidelity

Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity was not only the first guy lit book I ever read, it also preceded my discovery of chick lit by a couple of years. I was living in Paris in the summer of 96 and reading my way through the bookshelf of the British woman whose studio I was subletting. I […]


Guy Lit

Chick lit-like books written by guys deserve a more manly name, so I’ve come up with guy lit. (Incredibly inspired, I know.) I’ve also see “lad lit,” which I find too British, and “dick lit,” which offers a nice rhyme but is rather vulgar. So guy lit it is. I’ll soon be adding reviews of […]