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Monday, July 17, 2006

CONSIDER LILY by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt

Today, my (Camy's) lovely friend Georgiana is giving her review of CONSIDER LILY by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt

Back cover:

Lily Traywick thinks she must have been adopted. It’s easier than believing she’s actually related to Joan and Roland Traywick, her power-couple parents, who own Traywick’s of San Francisco, the most chichi department store on the West Coast. While her parents party with Miuccia in Milan and Gabbana in Paris ,Lily hangs out at home in ratty jeans and an old T-shirt. She loves softball, guys, and Jesus, and she’s eager to make her own way in the world. Feeling that her life is on hold, she turns to her best friend, Reagan Axness. Reagan, a fashionista who has it all, offers just the solution: a major life makeover.

Lily is soon dressing in the latest must-have fashions and pursuing a writing career. She’s even dating the “perfect” guy. But does he love her for who she really is? And will he be able to resist the tempting seductress who has her eye on him? As Lily’s old friends question her new way of life, and public scandal, family drama, and technological disasters add to her confusion, she is forced to consider whether her quest to have it all will cause her to lose everything that matters.

Hot off their debut success, Emily Ever After, “good-girl” chick-lit trailblazers Dayton and Vanderbilt return with a witty, refreshingly real story of a young woman’s adventures in the high-powered world of San Francisco haute couture.


Do you see the bags under my eyes? It’s because I couldn’t put this book down for something as mundane as sleep. If only I could tell you how many times I had to clap my hand over my mouth to muffle the laughter late at night.

I love the way the authors explore the theme of transformation and all that it entails. Following a character from tomboy to head-turner is a refreshing break from the stereotypical chick-lit character, and made Lily identifiable as “the girl next door,” despite her wealth. I was sucked into Lily’s world from the first page, rooting for her to get that first date, cheering for her to snag the surfer dude, and agonizing with her when said surfer dude wasn’t playing nice.

From Lily’s quirky grandmother to Lily’s nudist roommate, the flawed characters are believable. The fact that not everyone in Lily’s world is a Christian, including those closest to her, adds a layer of realism often missing in Christian fiction today. Even her Christian friends face real-life problems without easy solutions. I wasn’t crazy about the numerous references to drinking, but hey, that’s realistic too.

The writing is fun and snappy, and the use of present tense in this book is outstanding. Lily’s blog entries are especially enjoyable as she chronicles her new life, and I loved being privy to her thoughts, which so often matched my own.

If you like to laugh, get this book and move it to the top of your TBR pile. Before you start reading, close the shades and set out the TV dinners, because you’re not going to want any interruptions.


At 11:53 AM, July 17, 2006, Blogger GeorgianaD said...

Thank you for allowing me to be a guest reviewer!

At 10:36 AM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Heather Diane Tipton said...

great review Georgiana!

At 1:43 PM, July 20, 2006, Anonymous Alison Strobel Morrow said...

I wrote a review for "Emily Ever After" ages ago--I'd forgotten about that book, but I loved it! I'm so glad to hear they have another one out--and I'm excited to hear it's as funny and fun to read as their first one was. Thanks for your review!



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