October 3, 2014

recycled reads: cheeky chick lit


Oops! I totally meant to offer up these Recycled Reads last week, but I forgot. I blame society (and my recent TV addiction). Forgive me.

Here's what you stand to win this week:

Fatal Distraction: Or How I Conquered My Addiction to Celebrities and Got a Life
By Emmi Fredericks
"My name is Eliza H., and I am a celebraholic." 
So begins this cautionary tale of how celebraholism can ruin one's life-- or at least one's twenties. 
Once, Eliza dreamed of walking down the aisle (at the Oscars) and having a meaningful existence (every minute of which would be chronicled by People magazine). But by her twenties, her soaring ambitions have been reduced to friendships with two people who have some small chance at fame: Danny, a gorgeous and sadly untalented actor, and the unscrupulous Dinah, who has no attribute she will not exploit. 
Oh, and not to mention a lot of E! True Hollywood Stories and The National Enquirer.
But when her boyfriend dumps her because she has no life, Eliza resolves to try to kick her celebraholism once and for all. Consulting a sham shrink and going cold turkey on People, Eliza seems to be on the rough road to recovery when the unexpected happens: Dinah's boyfriend, white rapper Lylo, is involved in a hit-and-run accident that claims the life of a beloved citizen-- bringing Dinah tantalizingly close to fame...and jail.
Can Eliza get Danny his big break as a cute but expendable sidekick in action flicks? 
Will she save Dinah from taking the fall? Or will this finally be the opportunity for the Barbara Walters interview she's waited for her whole life? Hip, humorous, and self-aware, Emmi Fredericks's sublimely witty novel, Fatal Distraction, parodies today's cult of celebrity with hilarity and sympathy.

Big Boned
By Meg Cabot
Life is reasonably rosy for plus-size ex-pop star turned Assistant Dormitory Director and sometime sleuth Heather Wells. Her freeloading ex-con dad is finally moving out. She still yearns for her hot landlord, Cooper Cartwright, but her relationship with "rebound beau," vigorous vegan math professor Tad Tocco, is more than satisfactory. Best of all, nobody has died lately in "Death Dorm," the aptly nicknamed student residence that Heather assistant-directs. Of course every silver lining ultimately has some black cloud attached. And when the latest murdered corpse to clutter up her jurisdiction turns out to be her exceedingly unlovable boss, Heather finds herself on the shortlist of prime suspects—along with the rabble-rousing boyfriend of her high-strung student assistant and an indecently handsome young campus minister who's been accused of taking liberties with certain girls' choir members. 
With fame beckoning her back into show business (as the star of a new kids' show!) it's a really bad time to get wrapped up in another homicide. Plus Tad's been working himself up to ask her a Big Question, which Heather's not sure she has an answer for . . .

I invite readers in the U.S. and Canada to enter to win these gently used (but completely loved) books from my home library. I snapped up both books in college and adored them. (I just need to downsize!)

Winning is easy! Just leave a comment below by next Friday (Oct. 10) and check my Facebook page (have you liked it yet?) to discover if you won.

Good luck!


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