First up is the book Waitlisted by Lauren Gans!
AUTHOR: Laurel Gans
GENRE: Chick Lit (!!!!!)
RATING: 4 Stars
I got my Kindle a few months ago and have been roaming through Kindle books. Interestingly enough, I had seen this one on Amazon.com, but, was hesitant to download it as I am a bit skeptical of books that are only available as ebooks. My experience, for the most part, has been that the books are not usually good.
Waitlisted is the exception to this rule. I loved, loved this book. As soon as I started reading it, I found myself completely entertained by the storyline. Kacey, the main character is a brain - in fact, she has gotten early placement in the coveted dentistry program! now, all she has to do is coast along - except that things backfire when she learns that her average is no longer good enough to get her into school. She can't tell her parents and it takes a few twists and turns before she can even admit it to her best friend, but eventually, she let's the cat out of the bag.
What follows is a hugely entertaining, hilarious and, at times, touching story about Kacey and self-discovery (or, should I say, everyone else figures their lives out, while Kacey still goes around, for the most part, clueless about who she is and where she fits in, although, for the most part, she is too clueless to even figure this out!).
At times, I found myself hating Kacey - I mean if she was my BFF, I would have strangled her. I haver never seem someone so self-centered. But, at the same time, she was not mean or cruel, she simply has absolutely no self-awareness and this, of course, made for some completely comic situations.
I also loved the relationship between Kacey and her roommate, who arguably, is the exact opposite of Kacey in absolutely every way and turned out to be a very interesting character of her own.
One of the things I liked about Gans is that she fleshed out some of the secondary characters very well - which is not something you normally see in Chick lit.
Sure, some of the situations where a tad too "perfect" and, at times, I really did wonder how Kacey could remotely live on this planet and be so clueless, but I found this book so darn entertaining and fun, fun, fun that these were very, very minor glitches in an otherwise wonderful storyline.
I hope that Gans writes a second book in this series as I am dying to see how Kacey does in "dentistry" school.