In Defence of Reading Chick-Lit: Techbitch


I feel quite ashamed to say that the place where I most often buy books these days is the supermarket. Especially those big Tescos, they have such a great selection and their deals are usually very good. I’ve bought Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru and The Bone Clocks. Both excellent books, almost undeserving of sitting on a shelf in Tescos, opposite the iceberg lettuce and tomatoes.

Most of the deals will involve me buying a number of books, like 3 for £10 or something, so I have a couple of “filler” books that were my extras when buying the real juicy ones. Techbitch was one of them.

Techbitch is also known as The Knockoff (I think they changed the name to the latter to avoid using bad words…) and is, in every way, a chick-lit novel. Imogen, editor in chief of Glossy, a high fashion magazine, comes back to work after 6 months fighting breast cancer to find Eve, her former assistant, ruling the roost. Queue Devil Wears Prada shenanigans.

I started reading the book as a kind of palate cleanser. I wanting something fun and easy to read. Also, reading the blurb and seeing that there are two authors, I assumed that we’d see the story from both ladies’ points of view; Imogen, the older, wiser veteran of fashion with a high salary and Eve, the millennial kid who really wants to make it in the world of tech. I expected to side with Eve, as I felt I would relate to her, but the writing was mainly from Imogen, with a few bits from other characters.

I found I felt deeply sorry for Imogen (though I guess when I step back and think about it, it’s people like her with the massive salaries while people like Eve – and me – are left being paid close to minimum wage) and that Eve was a horrid little brat, bully and bitch. I found that I loved hating her and couldn’t stop reading to find out what other outrageous things she’d done – from naming a little dinosaur toy after Imogen to inviting everyone except Imogen to parties.

When I was a teen, I stayed reading YA novels way longer than my friends. I always felt ashamed of it, that I was somehow stupid. However, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with choosing “easy” books. I actually think it takes a lot more to write YA than adult books as you have to think about what you’re teaching and introducing to the young readers. As for chicklit, sure, there’s absolutely nothing profound about this book, but it’s a bit of fun, a world similar to my own but with ridiculous OTT characters. It’s like a little bit of escapism every day.

Are there any other fans of chicklit out there? I’d love to hear from you! (and also get more recommendations!)



  1. There’s nothing wrong with chicklit! You can’t always be reading things that are taxing on the old brain 😉 Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors, even though “P.S., I Love You” makes me sob like a baby. I also like “The Ice Cream Girls” and “Marshmallows for Breakfast” by Dorothy Koomson, “The House We Grew Up in” by Lisa Jewell and “The Last To Know” by Melissa Hill.
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  2. Kathryn Barnes says:

    Mhairi McFarlane has written some great chick lit – I binged on her books recently…

  3. Sounds like a fun read! I used to think reading chicklit books was bad and that somehow the books themselves were bad, but most of them are wonderful and funny and realistic! I don’t read them all the time, but they’re so enjoyable! I started reading a few Sophie Kinsella books and I love the snarky humor!
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