The Greatest Chick Lit of 2008

The best chick lit of 2008!

Betty’s New Year’s Countdown

The Best Chick Lit of 2008

Use this list to stock your nightstand

-Stephanie Elliot

Driving Sideways by Jess RileyWhen the Bettys got together ‘round the old cyber conference table to come up with a list of chick lit we all read in the past year, there was a lot of “ums” and “Does Eat, Pray, Love count?” (Um no, it doesn’t — it came out in 2007.) There were a couple shout-outs for Kay Penman’s Devil’s Brood, and of course, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, and Toni Morrison’s A Mercy, which was proclaimed “stupendous” by a Betty, but other than that, our list didn’t get very far. I had to pound the gavel once or twice and say, “People! FOCUS!” I think everyone was thinking about their favorite movies during this cyber pow-wow!

So, in order to bring you dear readers SOMETHING to celebrate the Betty love of books, I give you … drumroll please … MY NIGHTSTAND, a quick look:

1. The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox
A teenage couple sneak away from a high school party to make love for the first time and the worst imaginable happens.

2. Driving Sideways by Jess Riley
When Leigh gets a new shot at life with a kidney transplant, she goes on an unforgettable road trip to discover more than she could have hoped for!

3. Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
The long-awaited follow-up to Jen Weiner’s debut, Good in Bed continues the story 13 years later from Joy’s and Cannie’s perspectives as they prepare for Joy’s bat mitzvah. I wasn’t expecting the real-shocker surprise in this one!

4. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
I really liked this YA novel, but I can’t really remember what happened in it.

5. The Mistress’s Daughter by A.M. Homes
I’ve been a fan of A.M. Homes since I read her jarring fiction The End of Alice. The Mistress’s Daughter is Homes’ discovery of her adoption when she was a grown woman and the story of what happens when her biological parents find her.

6. The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum
Absolute Must-Read! Just as her boyfriend is about to propose, Emily gets cold feet and dumps him for no apparent reason.

7. Unpredictable by Eileen Cook
When Sophie gets dumped, she pretends to be a psychic to drive her ex back into her arms, and starts predicting the truth!

8. London Is the Best City in America by Laura Dave
I’ll admit, I was totally skeptical on this one by title alone, but a dear friend convinced me to pick it up. FABULOUS. Has NOTHING to do with London. A great family story; a great love story. A great, all-around story – one that stays with you well after you’ve turned the last page. Read this one. And then thank me later.

9. Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin
I can’t forget this one by my all-time favorite author, whom I love and adore, and know in real life! When the ex pops back into Ellen’s life as “just a friend,” she wonders what it would have been like to have taken the other road and cuts dangerously close to doing so.

10. Wife in the North by Judith O’Reilly
Writer mom with three kids is uprooted from all she knows to live in the remote countryside far away from her city dwelling of London. Total fish-out-of-water story!


The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
It’s on my nightstand, but it’s so massive I haven’t gotten to it yet! I’ve been a fan ever since his debut, She’s Come Undone, and I can’t wait to break into this 734-paged TREAT!

Stephanie Elliot is Betty’s Lit Lounge and Parenting editor, and she also answers your parenting questions at Just Another Manic Mommy. Visit her at or

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0 thoughts on “The Greatest Chick Lit of 2008

  1. Does Toni Morrison write chick lit?

    I couldn’t finish Driving Sideways; cultural reference on every page, fake eccentric characters, about 12 Lifetime movie plots in one book ….

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