What happens when you take a PowerPuff Girl with Martha Stewart tendencies and place her smack-dab in the middle of LA? Subtract her lackluster live-in fiancé (for whom she moved to be with), her dead-end job, and her nonsupportive friends. Now add drinks, dancing and a new roommate with a pet project—HER! Sarah Walker hasn't had a great month. After her boyfriend decides not to show up for their big move, she is forced to rent out half of her apartment to Martika, a roommate who enjoys drinking, dancing and men…in large quantities.

L.A. Woman is a fun read—cute, contemporary, and loaded with pop-culture references. The characters have real chemistry; their dialogue moves the plotline along and draws readers into the underlying emotion behind the plot. (Jun., 288 pp., $12.95)

Reviewed by: 
Carey Applegate