Like many young girls, Nola Devlin always dreamed of being Cinderella ... perhaps that's how she ended up living in Princeton, N.J., and creating the Cinderella pact with her friends Deb and Nancy. Or maybe the pact, a last-ditch effort to lose weight and transform their lives, was Belinda Apple's fault.

Belinda is the exact opposite of Nola: British, trendy, thin, sassy and the hottest columnist at Sass!, the edgy celebrity magazine where Nola edits freelancer Belinda's column. Everyone loves Belinda. Nola's own Bon Jovi-loving sister, Eileen, even asks Belinda to be the maid of honor at her upcoming wedding. But Belinda has a huge secret ... she's actually the frumpy and often overlooked Nola Devlin!

Nola believes she has all of her bases covered in keeping Belinda's identity a secret, but can something this big really stay hidden, especially when David Stanton, the magazine's publisher, demands a meeting with Belinda?

Comedy abounds in Strohmeyer's latest. It's a well-told tale of friendship, tied in with everyday, relatable issues like job satisfaction, weight issues, divorce and love. The secondary characters and subplots add to the enjoyment of this engrossing novel. (Jun., 352 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Leslie L. McKee