Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot is the second book in the Queen of Babble series and Lizzie Nichols is back and recently arrived in NYC while trying to make her dream of becoming a wedding gown specialist come true. She is up to her usual antics and desperately trying to defy her moniker of blabbermouth by keeping a multitude of secrets to herself. Although at times predictable, the book is successful because Lizzie endears herself to readers with her optimism and unyielding faith in love.
I read Queen of Babble a year ago and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it - yes, it can be superficial but it is a light novel well done and I looked forward to the next in the series. In that first novel, we are introduced to Lizzie Nichols as she triumphantly saves the day at a wedding in the South of France when she re-makes the bride's wedding gown into a piece of fashion art. In the process, she also gets the guy, Luke. In the second book, she has followed Luke to NYC where he is pursuing a pre-med post-bacc so he can follow his dream of becoming a doctor while Lizzie is jobless but excited to be living with Luke. She is not satisfied, however, just to mooch off her wealthy boyfriend and ends up working two jobs - as a receptionist for a law firm to earn some cash and as wedding gown specialist in a high end shop for free to hone her craft.
In between her two jobs, she gets herself into a few jams with her best friend and her boyfriend's parents but she continues on despite these obstacles. Of course, things work out surprisingly well in each of these scenarios but Lizzie's optimism and dedication to her dream of becoming a wedding gown specialist are admirable and endearing. I thought I had the ending figured out but one element of it surprised me and has me looking forward to reading the next installment in the series - Queen of Babble Gets Hitched. If you are looking for a light, fun read and a heroine you can love, I recommend Lizzie, aka Queen of Babble!