Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot Pan Macmillan, HK$94 This week's second Meg can hardly be more different to the first. Where Rosoff's writing is intimate but makes no attempt to please, Cabot's is generic but leaps to lick your face like an over-eager puppy. Cabot is best known for The Princess Diaries, novels of the fun-packed fantasies of a young girl who suddenly discovers she is a princess. Well, so did Lady Diana Spencer and look what happened to her. Nevertheless, that series proved enormously popular, especially with younger readers. The Queen of Babble books are aimed at a slightly older audience. Our heroine is Lizzie Nichols, a younger version of Carrie Bradshaw but with fewer bags under the eyes. When we join her, she is 'waking up in NEW YORK CITY'. Lizzie does quite a lot of squealing in caps lock, most often about NEW YORK CITY. But she also purrs in italics, frequently about her live-in boyfriend LUKE! Like, WOW! Lizzie needs a job and, while font design seems perfect, she ends up at a law firm and a wedding-gown shop, where she is so EXCITED she works for nothing. If you can wade through this guff you are a better human than I. But that, of course, goes without saying.