Tuesday, May 15, 2012

(67)Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster

Jeneration X
@altgeldshrugged

Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Pages: 368

Buy it here!!

After working in/around the book industry for over five years now (almost seven, actually) you get to notice the cycle that is the book industry.  It has gotten to the point that I start checking off the months of the year by which of my favorite authors have books releasing.  You can always count on Nicholas Sparks books in August. New health/exercise books are released in January.   Elin Hilderbrand is always in the Summer, usually June. And Jen Lancaster books are almost ALWAYS published in May.

So the month of April just dragged by at a snails pace and I impatiently waited for May 1st.  The wait was well worth it, make no mistake. Her new book, 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, is her best one so far, in my opinion.  In this book, Jen (she is my imaginary BFF, so I get to call her Jen)  details her bumpy , yet reluctant ride, to becoming an ADULT.  (*gasp*)

In her typical hysterical fashion Jen (my imaginary BFF) uses the self deprecating humor that she has perfected to tell us some stories that have helped her realize that she is becoming an adult.  Like buying her first home in the suburbs of Chicago.   Or hosting her first holiday dinner.  Or when she returned to her Alma Mater to receive a distinguished award.  (I nearly wet myself laughing so hard at her adventures after the fancy shin-dig).  She teaches us some of the very useful life lessons that she learned along the way, but she also teaches that it is still okay at the age of forty-something to still own barbie dolls.  No matter what anyone else says.

As always Jen (my imaginary BFF) entertains in ways that I wish every author could learn.  She is funny, loyal, witty, and willing to call herself a jackass.  The best qualities a girl could ever need in a BFF, real or imaginary.  If you are looking for a good laugh and are over the age of thirty, this book is for you.  You will recognize your self in at least one of Jen's essays.  I promise.  And you will laugh out loud because you have soooooooooo been in those shoes at some point in your life.  Under 30?  -- Read it anyway.  You will learn what NOT to do as you move through life.  Either way.  I promise that you will laugh.


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