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EW looks at the latest in chick lit

We review new books by Adele Parks, Lani Diane Rich, and more

EW looks at the latest in chick lit

LUST FOR LIFE
Adele Parks (Downtown, $14)
Martha, a serious, married mom of two, and sister Eliza, a video editor with a live-in musician boyfriend, watch their relationships go kaput. Source of Angst Martha finds fun (but no commitment) with new beau Jack, while Eliza goes on a gaggle of ho-hum dates. Bad-Boy Line Under Jack’s ”naked friends” theory, he’s allowed to sleep with other women as long as he’s honest about it. Lowdown Breakup woes are hardly new, but well-drawn characters and believable emotions elevate Lust. B+Clarissa Cruz

THE VOW
Denene Millner, Angela Burt-Murray & Mitzi Miller (Amistad, $23.95)
Three type A, African-American career girls in L.A. — journalist, agent, actress — make a pact to be married within a year. Source of Angst If only eligible black men were as easy to acquire as closets full of Prada. Bad-Boy Line ”You and your girls have set some arbitrary timetable to rope a brother…and you’re wondering why brothers are afraid of commitment?” Lowdown Lots of insidery dirt, but too much man-juggling becomes a circus act. B-Nina Willdorf

EX AND THE SINGLE GIRL
Lani Diane Rich (5 Spot, $12.95)
Syracuse grad student Portia is duped by her loopy Southern family into a post-breakup sabbatical at home. Source of Angst A dreamy Brit author is a tempting distraction, but her ex still looms. Bad-Boy Line A thundering ”…” follows Portia’s audaciously raw profession of love to one suitor. In this case, the strong, silent type is overrated. Lowdown Besides a minor overdose of Steel Magnolias Southern quirk and an obvious ending, Ex is still sweetly engaging. B+Leah Greenblatt

THE MAKEUP GIRL
Andrea Semple (Strapless, $12.95)
Sexy Faith has a hot PR job and a hotter boyfriend — or so her family and friends think. Source of Angst In truth, Faith works at a makeup counter, lives in a decrepit flat, and barely tolerates Frank, the alcoholic, possibly suicidal yeti living downstairs. Bad-Boy Line After trying to seduce Faith in the stockroom and getting her fired, sex buddy Adam tells her: ”You’ll get another [job]. No problem, babe.” Lowdown The loose ends tie up almost ridiculously tight, but that provides some simple satisfaction. BLG

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