Chick Lit Genre Analysis

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A protagonist in a chick lit book is typically a self-critical female with unreasonably high expectations. In “24-Karat Kids”, a novel by Dr. Judy Goldstein and Sebastian Stuart, Shelley is hired as a pediatrician at a ritzy Upper East Side office. She quickly realizes that she doesn’t look like the other women that work, or visit the office everyday. She’s very critical of her own appearance, “Staring back at me was a plain, tubby young woman with an absurdly garish scarf around her neck” (Goldstein 12). Shelly isn’t built like the other females and wasn’t raised wealthy. She is unreasonable to expect herself to look exactly like the others and fit in instantly. She critiques her body in every mirror she passes and quickly adopts a strict diet: “I’d been on the only diet that worked for me: starvation” (Goldstein 30). In order to fit her unreasonably high expectation of achieving the “perfect” body, she goes to extreme lengths. Shelley has been in a serious relationship for over two years with a man named Arthur. He has a secure job, is kind and compassionate and has recently proposed. The two begin apartment hunting and stumble upon a nice unit in Brooklyn. Shelly used to love Brooklyn before she started her new job. When Arthur pressures her to share her opinion on the apartment she wonders, “Why did my mind keep racing back to the Upper East Side, to Dr. Marge and Amanda Walker and Christina Allen, to a world filled with wealth, excitement and glamour” (Goldstein 53). Her current lifestyle just isn’t good enough for her anymore. She wants the luxury her clients and coworkers experience. Although she has a fiancé many dream of having and the chance to move in to a comfortable apartment, she can’t settle for anything less than the best.

Chick lit books are typically written in first person to allow the protagonist to analyze and share her opinions on all matters. Shelley and her fiancé Arthur go apartment hunting a week after Arthur’s proposal. They have...
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