In Meg Cabot’s Queen of Babble in the Big City, Chatterbox Lizzie moves to NYC to be with her boyfriend and to pursue dreams of refurbishing vintage wedding gowns. She takes a mind-deadening job as a receptionist while interning at a bridal shop for free.
''Just let yourself get pregnant,'' says Lizzie's sister. ''Once he knows there's a bun in the oven, he commits fast enough.''
Cabot grounds Lizzie's screwball effervescence with an honest depiction of financial stress. B+