by Liz Maverick

March 2004
ISBN: 0-451-21114-6
Reviewer Graphic Button New American Library
Trade Paperback

Liz Maverick's first full-length book is a touching, spot-on and offbeat romp of a contemporary novel featuring the trials and triumphs of finding out what one truly wants.

When Hayley Jane Smithís coworker is found dead in the cubicle next to hers, and she starts groping the investigating detective she knows things need to change. So what does this girl want? Good question and one that needs careful consideration. Not something a girl would want to decide without the valuable input from her best and closest friends. Nothing conventional is tried, though. A porn movie is brought forth to analyze the therapeutic possibilities of adult films. Not a bad idea and it does result in an epiphany. A long deserved and promised raise would be nice as well as a steady, straight boyfriend.

Setting out with the help of her friends to achieve both of her goals, Hayley suddenly finds herself in need of a new job and putting on inflatable bras. Both life-changing moments lead her to an appointment with a personal coach to the stars, hanging out at funerals, being under close scrutiny for her friendís Human Sexuality paper and to having mind-blowing sex with the very sexy Lt. Grant Hutchinson. What more could a girl want?

What about a sequel, featuring one of Hayleyís three friends? Iím sure it would be just as delightful and insightful as What a Girl Wants. Itís Sex and the City in San Francisco. Itís twenty-somethings wanting to take on the world, while still struggling to pay off the student loan. Itís IKEA, expensive shoes and Sunday brunch sessions. Itís fun, funny and sexy (Liz Maverick is known for her contribution to the Secrets anthologies).

For fans of chick lit, written in a fresh new voice with laugh-out-loud dialogue, What a Girl Wants should be on their wish list. Iím definitely placing Liz Maverickís upcoming releases on my list.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Kris Alice.

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