Warner, Sep 2003, 21.95, 251 pp.
At the Los Angeles based Filly magazine, twenty seven years old Benjamina Franklin works as the advice columnist on dating. Ironically, her own love life has flushed down the toilet since she finally accepted advice from her live-in lover Jack to just go, which Ben did. Embarrassingly she needs a date to escort her to her younger sister's wedding, but has no prospects.
At a party attended by real VIPs, some PIPs (phony important people) and a horde of wannabes, Ben meets Max, owner of the Super Very Good T-shirt company. They hit if off immediately, but Ben panics when she learns that she is robbing the cradle as Max is not yet legal drinking age being only twenty-one. Encouraged by her boss at Filly, Ben hunts Max, but as she catches her prey, he escapes, suffering from commitment phobia. Ben reassesses her needs as she realizes she was cradle snatching.
HOW TO MEET CUTE BOYS is a cute (in spite of profanities), humorous chick lit tale starring a precocious lead protagonist. The tale contains Ben's amusing advice column intermingled throughout the story line. That technique leads to plenty of laughter, but also disrupts the prime plot. Fans who enjoy asides (the columns) will find Deanna Kizis' novel extra fun although the ending seems out of character for Ben.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner