Karen Leigh
May 09, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Little Stalker

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jennifer Belle
publisher
Riverhead
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

Faced with an emotionally absent father, a stalled writing career, and the lingering effects of a traumatic sexual encounter, neurotic Manhattan girl Rebekah Kettle has little to sustain her but the films of Woody Allen-esque auteur Arthur Weeman. So when she discovers that her hero is the neighborhood pedophile, Rebekah is torn. Will she sell Weeman out by giving the dirty scoop to her new paparazzo boyfriend, or remain faithful to a man whose work has been her greatest love? Using a pedophilia plot in fluffy chick lit is brave, though several of Little Stalker‘s characters (a testy gossip columnist) and scenarios (Rebekah’s doctor dad is hiding an office affair) are so clichéd they barely register. B

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