Oh Kristin Billerbeck, this novel is just too cliché for words, unless there’s some cliché that could be used to describe it. What you have written for me to read is like something (or many things) I’ve read before. In the second half of She’s All That, our main character Lilly Jacobs, is torn between three men: Nate, her neighbor that kissed her by surprise and then completely friend zoned her afterwords, Stuart, the dashingly charming Brit that she met at a church meeting, and Max, her grandmother’s helper, who watches TV for a living. This story is full of redundancy, from Lilly’s obsession Lysol to the stench of Nate’s dog’s infected ear. We get the point!! End rant. In all seriousness, this book is entirely lackadaisical. There could of been so many aspects to the story that if worked on, could have flourished but I read this book feeling relieved to put it down every time I had to take a break. Nothing got me excited, like a book should, nothing toyed with my emotions. Lilly does end up getting her fashion business up and running but with Morgan’s fiancé dying and fashion week to prepare for, she is pressed for time. This all happens in less than a week which makes the ending feel very rushed. Morgan ends up running away during the middle if the fashion show with her ‘long-lost’ love, Andy. Lilly ends up with Max, who loves her crazy hair just the way it is, and probably her obsession with Lysol, too. Overall, not my favorite book. It was too cliché and it was one of those stories you’ve read a million times. However, I would recommend this book to those who like stories that are similar to this one.
Above: She’s All That by Kristin Billerbeck, Goodreads
The spa is a retreat for most women. A time to get away from the rush of daily life and to just forget it all. This is exactly what Lilly Jacobs and her friends do when times get tough for them in She’s All That by Kristin Billerbeck. This is the first book in the trilogy, following three best friends and their surprisingly different lives. Lilly Jacobs happens to be an aspiring fashion designer, working for Sara Lang. She lives in a rundown apartment with her roommate Kim and dreams of making it big in fashion, even though her major was in finance at Stanford. She has trouble with getting dates, each one turning out to be disastrous and she has a mop of a hairdo. Her best friend Poppy is a holistic healer who is very earthy and could almost be described as a hippie. Her other best friend Morgan is the daughter of a renowned politician, who is used in political agreements more than she would like to. In the part of the story that I’ve read up to, Morgan has just told her best friends that she is marrying Marcus, a man who is as old as dirt. Her friends are stunned and tell her she is not going through with the wedding. At the same time, Lilly has been fired from her job at Sara Lang Couture and is going through with her dreams of owning her own line. Near the beginning of the story, Lilly found her boyfriend of 3 months, Robert, with a woman named Katrina. Lilly is asked by Robert to design Katrina’s wedding dress, along with the one that she has to design for Morgan. Sara Lang, her ex-employer, has also given her money for a capital to start her own business. Overall, it is the typical book you would expect from a middle-aged woman. It is kind of cliché, with so many other novels before it being the same sort of plot line. I can already tell you, without skipping to the end, that Lilly’s fashion line magically works out and she gets Prince Charming. We’ve all read something like this. What I do like about this book is the Christian aspects that are speckled throughout the text. Being a Christian myself, it is refreshing to read a book that has a slightly different character point of view that is similar to mine. I still have to finish the book so maybe I will be surprised by the ending and it won’t be as cliché as I thought.