I’ll admit it. The first time I read this title I thought, “Hmm, like Mr. Big? Like in Sex and the

And then I started reading, and yes, it gets even more like Sex and the City.

The leading lady, Alison Hopkins, is a weekly columnist writing about – you guessed it – relationships. Just like Carrie.

And, the clincher: the quote on the cover of the book describes it as, “Perfect…. It’s like a highlights reel from Sex and the City. It’s that funny.” –Time

So, if you follow, this book was a little hard to get through at first. I love Sex and the City, but it’s a little hard for me not to judge books that only seem like they’re copying other books.

But there’s one more catch in this book that does differentiate Alison from Carrie: she’s Christian, and that seems to come up a lot. I think this alone differentiates it from other chicklit.
It was interesting to read a book that tries to bring to light a religious perspective on issues. It’s not that the main character is a full-on holier-than-though goddess, but her religion does affect her life and the way she acts.

It was am okay read, but I hate to break it to Time…. It wasn’t as funny as Sex and the City.

Now, that may be an unfair standard to hold it to, but give me a break! It’s begging to be

I’m a little surprised that it won the “Back Bay Readers’ Pick.” Parts of it were obvious, parts of it were hard to get through, and all in all I didn’t laugh all that much.

But, if you want a chicklit book from a slightly different perspective, this is your book. It has love, romance, cheating, drama, and a sprinkling of Christianity. The Philadelphia Inquirer described it as a summer read, and I think I agree. It’s breezy, it’s charming and it’s a quick read.
I recommend pairing this book with a nice, homemade summer wine drink – my favorite – white sangria. It might be cold outside in many parts of the world, but there’s nothing wrong with whipping up some sangria, turning up the heat, stretching out in your bikini on the couch, and having a good, old-fashioned “sip and read” as a nod to the coming summer months.