Book Review Rating: I give it 5 Stars, 3 Unicorns, and 10 County Fair Funnel cakes
If I didn’t like her so much, I’d have to hate her. I’ve used that statement on more than one occasion when I admire and envy someone in the same breath. No one fits that description more than the brilliant comedian/author, Jen Lancaster. If you haven’t read her, I double dog dare you to do so!
Although she’s written one fiction novel, the rest have been her memoirs. The latest is called Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult’s Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development, or Why it’s Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner. See, even her titles are freaking hysterical! Let’s just put it this way: Her writing is the kind that makes you sit in an airport terminal wiping tears with an over-used, crumpled, nasty-wet Kleenex because you are laughing so freaking hard that people are staring, but you’re completely okay with it because you simply can’t not keep reading even though there’s a wafting scent from the Cinnabon less than 100 feet from your current location. Need I say more? If that’s not a testament to her brilliance, I do not know what is.
Basically, Lancaster uses her books to document her life from her college days to her dot.com plunge into unemployment to the best seller’s list. She’s a Midwestern girl made good (and made damn funny if you ask me)! What makes her books different than everyone else’s? Simply put: nobody describes the universal plight of all of us “girls” (as she calls all twenty to eighty-somethings) surviving the daily grind of life like she does.
What I love most is that she has a keen sense of nostalgia that surfaces in her references to Barbies, 70’s TV ala Bewitched’s Gladys Kravitz, and 80’s John Hughes movies. In fact, she refers to her/my era of adults as “a beeper generation in a smartphone world” which often leads to mishaps in her home-life, in the business world, and when she’s out on the town. Her current book focuses on how she has fought the battles of adulthood and won, more or less, thanks to follow-through, stubbornness, a great sense of humor, and having the right people around her. With lively recounts of all her daily drama, you have to giggle at her woes over shopping in Whole Foods, her pets going on Rumspringa, her spying-on-the-neighbors technique, and wearing the proper nail polish to refinance her home.
If you’re in need of a good laugh or a little empathy over life’s challenges, I can only recommend that you pick up one of her brightly-colored covers, throw on a one-piece (per her suggestion), plant yourself on a lounger in the sun with a drink in hand, and enjoy the ride.
Bio: Bolton Carley is a blogger, writer, teacher, and farmer’s daughter. Her humorous life lessons blog can be found at www.boltoncarley.wordpress.com and her e-vice at http://boltoncarleysbottomline.blogspot.com/, and her young adult verse novel, Hello, Summer Vacay! can be purchased at www.amazon.com.