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Subject: Laura Jensen Walker
Date Posted: 8/23/2008 6:33 PM ET
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Having now read all her fiction but her newest book, which won't release until next February, I can honestly say she has got to be my absolute favorite writer of Christian chick lit. I find that I can hardly put her books down. I highly recommend you wish list all her fiction if you like this particular genre.

In fact I like her enough I'm going to go order a couple of her non-fiction (women's humor) books.

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 6:45 PM ET
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i love her book, i'm reading dreaming in technicolor right now and i love it. i agree she's one of the best chick lit authors out there, Christian or secular.

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 7:09 PM ET
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I've read Miss Invisible and it was one of the best books I've ever read.  I'm definitely going to read her other books!



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Date Posted: 8/23/2008 10:19 PM ET
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Bren,

From what you & I said in the Kristin Billerbeck thread we are kind of on the same page, so I'm assuming this author is a little different?...Are the main characters the normal chick lit type where they are just starting out etc?  I guess basically can you tell me more about her books & why you liked them?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 7:58 AM ET
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Shayla I think part of what makes her books a little better is that her characters are a little older (late rather than early 20s) and for me, the biggest thing is that they aren't your typical chick lit "ditzes". I find it very hard to like a lot of chick lit because the characters come across as so silly and dumb and they just bring all their problems on themselves. Also, her books don't have the major focus on the romance element which is a huge change - the focus in her books is more about the main character "finding herself." Maybe more than chick lit I would call her books "girlfriend" lit. Most of her stories are about 20-something girlfriends with one character narrating the story but all of them being important to it.

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 8:10 AM ET
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Thanks Bren that is good to know!  Sounds like something I may like, I'll have to look into her books.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 8:34 AM ET
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I really liked Reconstructing Natalie, although I am not sure I would consider it chicklit since it deals with such a heavy topic. She is a great writer!

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 2:28 PM ET
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I loved Daring Chloe!  I can't wait for the next in the series.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 3:47 PM ET
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I posted Daring Chloe 3 days ago and it's already on it's 3rd wisher! I'm really surprised.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 10:02 PM ET
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i have daring chloe on my wl. i loved reconstructing natalie. it really touched on some deep subjects

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 10:03 PM ET
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ah bren those first two people are missing out, one of my favorite books that i read this year. i want to go to paris!!!!!

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 11:34 PM ET
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It really does make you want to go to Paris, huh?  I've been to Paris with my husband a couple of years ago, but I really want to go back.  It's a beautiful city!

Date Posted: 9/3/2008 4:59 AM ET
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I've read 2 of hers and have 2 mor ein my TBR pile. I started with Miss Invisible because of the plus size charaacter and I'd either overlooked or forgotten that the person recommending it had said it was Christian f iction..I usually avoid anything religious-based because I can't stand preachy writing that doesn't seem 'real'(thankfully I've found several really good books from recs here!) and I loved the book. the friend who recommended it is jewish so go figure! then I read Reconstructing Natalie and realized it was a muchmore serious read but couldnt' put the book down. She did an awesome job with both of those books and the characters seemed real and down to earth.

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 6:43 PM ET
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I don't think that a heavy topic excludes Reconstructing Natalie from the chick lit genre.  There is a certain humor with which Laura Jensen Walker deals with these tough situtations that is still completely appropriate for being chick lit.  Because it is a topic that so many women deal with, not only the breast cancer itself, but also the fears that go with it like fear of rejection from the men in her life.  Not only that but there is also the way she deals with the different preconceived ideas that she has about other people.  Just because something's chick lit doesn't mean that it only deals with "light" issues like fashion.