28 February 2010

Daring Chloe | Book Review

Series: Getaway Girls #1
Genre: Christian Chick Lit
Available formats: Paperback, Kindle

My summary: The night before her wedding, Chloe's fiancé calls off their wedding via text message! Right then and there Chloe could have stopped living and become depressed. But Chloe's ending is really just her beginning. With the help of her book club (The Paperback Girls) Chloe learns to live, stop being afraid, and enjoy life.

My say: This book hooked me right from the start. Before I knew it I was scrambling for a pen to take notes and scribble down quotes. The Paperback Girls decide each month to take an adventure and try something new based on the book club selection for that month. Soon they are going on blind dates, sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge, and preparing to take cooking lessons in Paris.

My verdict: This is a book about Chloe daring to try the things she has only read about. I really really loved it.

My recommendation: Read this when you are in the mood to hang out with other bookworms and visit Paris.

My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My cautionary note: Don't read this looking for a love story. Chloe doesn't kiss Mr. Right under the Eiffel Tower. On the contrary Chloe learns to love her self. Now that is the most beautiful love story of all, don't ya think?

My meter readings:
My kiddie-o-meter: Any issues are skimmed and handled very tastefully making this one safe for even tweens.
My adult-o-meter: Adults will love this one too. The characters range in age from early twenties to mid-fifties and all types of women are represented in this book.

Why you should try this book:
  • The main character is a bookworm who loves Rosemary Clooney. The retrophile in me squealed at every Rosemary Clooney reference.
  • Each chapter begins with fantastic quotes from works of literature like Little Women and Emma.
  • What booklover doesn't LOVE reading about another booklover's adventures?
  • Best pick-up line ever! While reading Little Women, Chloe is approached by a gorgeous surfer who says to her, "I'm Ben. Would you like to get together later and debate whether Meg should have married Mr. Brooke or held out for a rich guy?"
My final say: Please don't let the Christian label on this one scare you away. Chloe is a Christian, she goes to church on Sundays, and she believes in saving her self for marriage but that is where the references end. This novel is about finding your self and stepping out of your box. I can not wait to read the next one.

36 comments :

  1. yup i'm one of those people who stay away from christian romances but this sounds like a lovely book! and non-romance... might need a book like this one of these days. awesome review juju! :)

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  2. Ooohh.. you just found me a book I will love!! yay! nice review!! :)

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  3. That's really cruel (right before the wedding and in text form)--how much crueler can one guy get?

    This sounds amazing and since you seemed to like it, I'll defiantly check it out!

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  4. Wow I love this review! It sounds like a really good read, I'll have to check it out :)

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  5. Wow awesome review Juju! I'm totally hooked
    already hehe. Sounds really great and I
    love the cover! I will be looking out for this one =)

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  6. This sounds like an interesting read. Great review!

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  7. About LOST - AAHHHH you mean the black smoke, right? So you think that even if you die, if the black smoke gets you, you are not really dead anymore, just "not the same". Am I gettin you? You might be right.
    And yeah, i am totally confused about jack, his son, and the mom! I was like "wait a minute, he has a son?" hmmm lets see, what else am I confused about...

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  8. Breaking up via texting? That's terrible! It sort of reminds me of Carrie from Sex & the City--she had a guy dump her via post-it note, LOL. Although if I think about it, a post-it note sounds worse...

    Anyhoo, this sounds really cute! I don't usually read Christian fiction but for this book I'll make an exception. Fantabulous review, Juju! <3

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  9. Wendy: I'll email you ;)

    Pirate: I forgot about Carrie! SO true :)

    Thanks for visiting Spellboundbybooks Melissa :)

    Yah Aths :)

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  10. OMG I would have kicked that guys behind for canceling a wedding via Text Message! This sounds like a book I would really enjoy thank you JuJu for the wonderful review! I love your reviews so simple yet informative :) Great job.

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  11. Great review for I believe a wonderful book. She doesn't kiss Mr. Right? Wait, it's not a romance story. Damn... Just kiddin it sounds really good!

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  12. Great review!! It sounds totally awesome!, now I'll have to check it out.

    :D

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  13. I've read this book. It was a fun read. There are several more in the Getaway Girls Novels series. I enjoyed them all.
    I like your site, I will be back to check it out.

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  14. Thanks for visiting Diane :)

    Krista: I know I've said this already but I sure have missed you in blogland. Welcome back :)

    Nina: I'm hoping that in the next book in the series (Turning the Paige) mentions Chloe getting her man :)

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  15. I'm totally picking this one up! If you loved it I know I will too. I LOVE ROSEMARY CLOONEY!! This sounds right up my alley. I'm buying it tonight.

    Thanks JuJu!

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  16. looking into this one--great review

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  17. A fiance calling off a wedding via text message?! Now that sounds REALLY interesting. Its a book that I am sure I would enjoy. And I love the cover. Great review!

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  18. Awww I love this review...so sweet and so great! I like the sound of this one :)

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  19. Great review, I never heard of this one, adding it to my list, thanks :)

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  20. Ooh, your summary got me intrigued! I love chick lit, so I'll try this one out, although I've never read a Christian book. I LOVE how a book club helps her get through and move on. :)

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  21. Great review! I'll definitely have to try to find this one.

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  22. sounds good and that is an awesome pickup line.

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  23. I definitely think this one is going to be a good one. I am adding it to my TBR list

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  24. 5 out of 5, always a good sign! Sometimes I'd rather read a book where the main character learns to love herself rather than falls in love with her dream guy. I'll have to pick this one up.

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  25. Wow, awesome review! I'm definitely adding this to my tbr list :)

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  26. Agh!~ what a horrible thing to have happen to you!
    I wish I had a book club like the Paperback Girls!

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  27. Aww, this looks really cute!! Something I would like, I think :)

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  28. What a creep, but it sounds like it makes a great story! Awesome review! I especially like the "why you should try this book" comments. I'm going to be looking for this one!

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  29. I'm off to purchase this one as soon as I leave this comment. Great review!

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  30. I've been wanting to read these books but haven't been able to find them anywhere. Actually, the only place I looked was my library, and I guess I shouldn't be surprised they don't have them ;) I need to turn my search up a notch and track them down. This book sounds super cute!

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  31. Great review! This one is still sitting in my TBR pile...hopefully it will make its way to the top soon. :)

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  32. I'm so happy other people are talking about this book! I actually stumbled onto your blog while searching to see if the next book was out yet!

    I kind of loved that it was about loving yourself. Even without the Mr. Right "kiss moment" I felt totally satisfied after reading it. Book #2 (Turning the Paige)is excellent as well and features Scotland, no less :)

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  33. Ruth: I hope you love it as much as I do.

    NAB: Welcome :) I'm SO glad you stopped by.

    I couldn't agree with you more. I love that she finally loves her self. I can't wait to try Turning the Paige or Becca by the Book :)

    Alita: Thanks for visiting!
    Please keep trying :) I know they're on Amazon.

    Book Junkie: YAH! I hope you love it.

    Mary Campbell: I think you would love this one.

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