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Consider Lily    by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt order for
Consider Lily
by Anne Dayton
Order:  USA  Can
WaterBrook Press, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

Lily Traywick has never really connected with her parents. They are fashion-conscious and own the most prestigious department store in San Francisco. Although Lily enjoys the perks of their success, she has never been a fashion maven - in fact, if her clothes match she calls it a good day. Lily loves her friends and loves Jesus, but has never had a date, much less a boyfriend. In desperation, she asks her best friend Reagan for help. Reagan is a fashion diva who knows exactly what clothes will make the woman.

Lily submits to Reagan's makeover, and she finds that this appearance improvement also gives her a confidence boost. She writes about all of these new experiences in her online blog, and through this medium she gets connected with a newspaper editor who offers her a freelance job. The guys start to notice her new look and attitude, and before she knows it, Lily has a date. Her life is looking up, but is everything as it appears on the surface?

Consider Lily is the second book by the chick lit writing team of Dayton and Vanderbilt. They have a wonderful way of capturing the life of a true Christian - not a watered down preachy version that some people may aspire to, yet never achieve, but a flaws-exposed look at Christianity in the real world. This makes the book refreshing and one that both Christian and non-Christian readers will be able to enjoy.

Lily's character is a bit unbelievable in that she is so incredibly na´ve. She lives in San Francisco, she's been to college, but she doesn't seem to understand the world. She posts people's real names in her blog. She believes pretty much anything anyone tells her. The doormat attitude tends to grate on the nerves after a while.

The easy writing style takes this a cut above most chick lit. It's emotionally in-depth, yet still provides a great deal of humor, lightness, and fun. The pacing is excellent and flows extremely well. Even with Lily's shortcomings, Consider Lily is an enjoyable and pleasant read.

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