I finally started reading your book. I recommend it highly, but read who I recommend it for in a long-winded review, at http://bookmakingblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/this-is-long-winded-reco...
Oh, come on, Linda. Lighten up.
I seldom call women "chicks," and certainly not all women.
My 88-year old mother is not a chick now, but was one 70 years ago. My father may have considered her a "babe" or a "honey" or a "doll" or some other term that was in fashion prior to World War II.
"Chick" is a lighthearted and complimentary term for an attractive young woman, and far nicer than other terms that have been applied to women (and to men).
In the 1960s and 70s, I dated several young women who described themselves as "hippie chicks." I married one. One whom I did not marry is now a grandmother and calls herself an "old hippie chick." I know a female computer programmer who calls herself a "geek chick."
I didn't invent the term "chick lit," and the term is certainly used by women who dont hate the term.
www.chicklitbooks.com is a woman-operated website and says "chick lit is a genre comprised of books that are mainly written by women for women.
"See Jane Write: a Girl's Guide to Writing Chick Lit" was written by two women.
"Will Write for Shoes: How to write a Chick Lit Novel" was written by a woman.
"Chick lit" is a convenient alternative to "bodice-ripping romance novel written for women, with a large-breasted woman and a Fabio lookalike on the cover and a castle in the background."
Susan Bell's book has none of that. By the usual standards, it is certainly NOT chick lit.
However, the presence of the sentence "Jim still had the bearing of the college athlete he'd once been. His expensive cotton shirt, boldly striped in sapphire blue, fit snugly, accentuating what good shape he was in." made it seem like the book was aimed at other women (even unconsciously), so I felt justified in using the chick lit label.
The description of Jim made me a bit uncomfortable. It made me feel that I was in the wrong place -- like when I unknowingly went into a biker bar to use a pay phone. The bar may have had excellent drinks and food, but it was just not for me. Similarly, an excellent book may not appeal to all readers.
"86 _Broads_" is an organization for women, founded by women who worked at 86 Broad Street in Manhattan, and I'm sure the members are aware of the other meaning of "broad" and used the term for irony and humor.
A female motorcycle club is named "Dykes on Bikes," and the name does not offend its members.
Just as the "n-word" is used by some black people, and "fag" is used bysome gay people, I know women who use the "cu-word" to describe themselves. (but I won't).
My message up above is certainly on-topic, and part of a dialog with Susan Bell that started here in October.
If you meant that my blog posting was off-topic, that's silly. The post clearly dealt with the topic it established in its title.
Yes, my blog posting is meandering. So what? The meandering was a humorous literary device I chose to use to make the point that I had deficiencies that made me unsuitable to apprecuiate a particular well-regarded book -- which I wanted to recommend to others.
If you "learned little" about the book in my review, I have no apology. I told what the book is about and that it was well written. I provided a link to the book's page on Amazon that has more details and ten five-star reviews. I also provided a link to a YouTube interview with the author. That's more info than many reviews provide.
And as for "unprofessional" -- I never thought blogging was a profession. For me, it's recreation.
Are you still upset with me because I refused to adopt your favored "publishing writer" label last spring?
Hey, it's my two cents. Stick to your convictions and I'll stick to mine. Upset with our discussion of last spring? Unfortunately no. The reaction to your review stands alone. Too much about you, too little about the book. But like you said, it's your world (blog) and I'm just living in it (reading it). BTW, if you indeed highly recommend the book, put a review on Amazon where it counts.