Top 12 Best Chick Lit Books for 2021
You do not necessarily need to be a feminist to enjoy a good book focused around a heroine and her actions. Every now and then, you want to switch from the classic guy who kills everyone and rescues the girl of his dreams. Moreover, girls often transpose themselves in their favorite heroines' shoes and explore the adventure in a completely different manner. All in all, here are some of the best chick lit books for 2021, as well as their plots.
If I Never Met You, by Mhairi McFarlane
Faking love is quite easy to a certain point, but then, how do you know when it is actually real? Laurie is in a relationship for over 10 years, but her boyfriend decides to end it. They work in the same company though. Furthermore, he gets a new girl and she gets pregnant straight away.
Laurie needs someone to show that she is moving on. She is still hurting, but she wants to show that she is back on her feet. Things could work in two different directions when she ends up in a broken elevator with one of the playboys at work.
He needs a respectable girlfriend, yet he does not believe in love. She knows that, but she needs someone good to look like she has moved on. It sounds like a good plan and the two decide to come up with a decent relationship. Will it work?
Love Your Life, by Sophie Kinsella
Ava is a romantic. She does not believe in apps or physical standards, but actual love in real life. After an ugly breakup, she decides to leave her love life behind and she focuses on writing – not before moving to a beautiful coastal place in Italy.
She is not allowed to use her actual name at this writers' retreat, so she goes by Aria. She meets a man who seems perfect, yet she knows his name is not real either. The two end up spending time together and visiting the Italian coast, but things do not always go in the right direction.
When they need to return to the real world in London, they realize that they are not who they thought they would be. Two completely personalities from two different words. Are they even compatible? Will it actually work?
Beach Read, by Emily Henry
Two writers with two different visions and ideas – this is what this book is about. Augustus loves happy endings, while January is all about atrocities and sad plots. They are completely different, but they have one thing in common.
The two must spend their next three months in neighboring houses. They are both suffering from blockages and none of them is doing too good. Until one day, when they decide to come up with some challenges.
Augustus has to write a black story, while January must come up with a happy novel. They both finish their books, but not before developing an interesting relationship. With time, January realizes her life could be different, so things take an unusual turn.
You Deserve Each Other, by Sarah Bogle
This is one of the best chick lit books for 2021 if you are after dark comedies. Naomi and Nicholas are together for ages and they come from well ranked families. They get ready for a lavish wedding – only three months away.
However, she soon realizes that she is sick of him and she would not want to get married. Feeling miserable, she finds out that whoever gets out of the engagement will have to pay a hefty wedding bill. Nicholas is, however, in the exact same situation.
The two end up in a battle of pranks and sabotage stories, only to convince the other to quit the engagement. None of them has anything to lose, apart from the wedding bill, so they decide to finally be themselves.
Love Her Or Lose Her: A Novel, by Tessa Bailey
This is the kind of book that would make an excellent Netflix romantic comedy – and it probably will at some point. It follows the story of Rosie and Dominic – high school sweethearts and well in love. However, things do not seem to go in the right direction and Rosie feels a bit miserable about it.
Her ex-soldier partner is no longer who he used to be a decade ago. Her friends know it and they encourage her to demand more from her life. She decides to pursue her dream and open a restaurant, but she also goes for a marriage boot camp to rejuvenate the marriage.
The couple ends up in an exotic place, stuck with a pothead hippie. Never did Rosie believe her partner would change, but he ends up talking about his feelings, chilling on a pillow and interacting with nature. Their relationship is back on track, but Rosie finds out that Dominic has a secret.
The Two Lives Of Lydia Bird: A Novel, by Josie Silver
This is the type of book that will answer a million questions in a warm and comfy manner. Everyone ends up with what-ifs out of nowhere, but especially in critical life situations. Well, this book is likely to provide good answer to most of these issues.
Lydia and Freddie have been together for ages. Things seem to be perfect, until Lydia turns 28. Freddie dies in a car accident and basically ruins her life. All she wants now is to hide inside the house and stay away from everyone, but she knows that Freddie would love her to enjoy her life.
What would have happened if Freddie was alive? Life takes an unusual turn, a bit of magic kicks in and Lydia ends up with Freddie – right before the accident. She gets a second chance at life and while she can travel between the two worlds, she finds it impossible to settle.
The Heir Affair, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Rebecca Porter is getting ready for the wedding of a lifetime. Her partner Prince Nicholas is madly in love too, but things go wild when a secret comes out. The wedding becomes a nightmare – a disaster that affects not only the couple, but also most of the guests involved.
The Queen goes bananas, as well as the public. The two decide to leave the public life and hide for a while, but sooner or later, they know they will have to get back to London. Eventually, they do. While they patched their relationship pretty well, the past comes back at them.
Things seem to be even worse this time, as more family secrets are about to come out and ruin her new royal life. The relationship is not the only thing the couple has to save, but the two partners also have to face a series of other conflicts.
How Lulu Lost Her Mind, by Rachel Gibson
Lou Ann Hunter's mother is a figure. She has been married five times, but also kicked out of three care homes due to insisting too much by male patients. She also suffers from Alzheimer's, which makes her life even more challenging. All she wants is spent her last years in her family home in Louisiana.
On the other hand, Lou Ann is a love guru and has built a financial empire teaching others about love and sex. Despite being exposed to her mother's dramatic and failed relationships, she has succeeded. But these days, her mother needs a full time caretaker and Lou Ann decides to help.
Upon reuniting, Lou Ann finds out that nothing really works. She gets help from a nurse who lives in, as well as a local handyman. However, challenges keep pouring one after another. Will she manage to pull it out?
The Jetsetters: A Novel, by Amanda Ward
It all starts with a Jetsetter competition and 70 years old Charlotte Perkins decides to join. She comes up with a sexy essay and impresses everyone. All she wants is to get reunited with her long lost children – a famous actress, a venture capitalist and a harried mother. None of them seems to have the life they asked for though.
All in all, Charlotte wants to bring back the years when she looked after them. She was a single mother and meant everything to her kids. She wins the contest and her family packs everything up for the adventure of a lifetime – from sunny Greece to beautiful Italy and exotic Spain. However, the trip does not go according to the plan.
Old secrets come back to life, as well as memories from the past. The family has to confront all the demons that set its members apart. Bottom line, you end up with four adults who have no idea where their lives are about to take them.
Last Tang Standing, by Lauren Ho
Nothing seems to go wrong for Andrea Tang. Her career is flawless and she keeps going up. She lives in a beautiful modern condo and she has a bunch of great friends who she always hangs out with in the hottest nightclubs around Singapore. She is about to become the first unmarried member of her conservative family, but she does not really need a man to make her life better.
Love kicks in when least expected though and Andrea discovers it the right way. She ends up connecting with a charming entrepreneur who seems to share a similar lifestyle. Eric Deng shows her what her life with him would be like, so she decides to give him a chance – the ideal person to match her future plans, as well as her family's acceptance.
Things do not really go in the right direction though, especially as there is someone else out there who has different plans. Her office rival Suresh Aditparan keeps sabotaging her relationship. He is not the type of person her family would approve, but he would do anything to get to her. Who is going to win in the long run?
How To Save A Life, by Lisa Steinke and Liz Fenton
The story is not new at all – you might have seen a few movies that follow it. However, it could be one of the best chick lit books for 2021 if you are after a love story. Dom is single – about 10 years after breaking up with Mia. He may believe he is over her, but he is not. Until one day, when he bumps into her.
Believing he has a second chance, he asks her out and she accepts. The two decide to start all over again and see whether or not it will work this time. The first date is dramatic though – Mia ends up dead. Dom is desperate and makes a wish – he wants the chance to save her life. The next morning, he wakes up to realize that she is alive.
The same day keeps repeating and no matter what he changes about it, she meets a tragic fate. Dom has to figure out a way to get Mia to live. He knows he might have to watch her die thousands of time before he can see her live, but he is willing to do anything he can to make it work.
The Love Square, by Laura Jane Williams
This is a cosmopolitan book that will give you good vibes. It follows Penny Bridge's story. She is not the luckiest when it comes to love and she only ends up scumbags. Until one day, when she runs into a great man.
She then meets another one and a third player comes in too. There are three remarkable men and each of them wants to be with her. It looks like everything has changed to 180 degrees, but which one of them is her soul mate?
This book will take you through a bunch of hilarious, unusual, cheering and sad stories as it follows Penny's exploration of romance and love. What does it take to fall in love and how can you tell if you go in the right direction?
Bottom line, these are some of the best chick lit books for 2021, whether you are after romance, action, unusual events or a bit of fiction. Any of these books can give you some good vibes, whether you are after a quiet Sunday read or something appealing for your commuting ride.