Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster

 4.5 Star

Jen Lancaster has compiled a series of short stories and emails to her friends to make up a snapshot of her life as a writer during a period where she and her husband are trying out a new, less affluent, lifestyle due to some unfortunate circumstances. In between spying and reporting on her neighbours, she tells us how life in the big city isn't all parties and stilettos in this hilarious compilation. 

Lydia - 4.5 Star

I laughed my ass off throughout much of Jen Lancaster’s most recent book. It was the first we read by her and we’ve got another one already in the pile next to my bed to read!  I wasn’t sure I would appreciate her style which can be sarcastic and occasionally condescending and completely narcissistic, which she fully admits, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is not a novel, but a compilation of short stories about her life.  There are stories, letters and emails to her friends, all equally hilarious and I could not put this book down and chuckled out loud often while reading, irritating my husband to no end while he tried to read his serious ‘dragon-themed’ fantasy novels. 

My only annoyance with this book and the only reason I rated it just shy of 5 stars is because of the foot notes.  They jerked me out of her stories multiple times and I wasn’t sure why they weren’t just included in parentheses so I didn’t have to stop reading, scroll down, and then back up again. 

Other than that, I’m really looking forward to reading more of her books and I’ve learned from following her on twitter that she’s started her first work of fiction so I can’t wait to read that too.

Kathryn - 4.5 Star

I have to admit that at first I wasn’t sure about this one- probably because it wasn’t a novel (and I’ve been reading so many of those) so it took me a few minutes to get into it. But this book is hilarious!  

I laughed out loud reading about her animals and her quirky relationship with her husband and there’s one chapter about her getting back into the gym which made me giggle through the whole thing.  Don’t want to give too much away as each chapter is unique.

She’s snarky and funny but I didn’t find her bitter at all so if you’ve read reviews that say she’s too moody just read this for yourself.  My only criticism was the use of footnotes which I found distracting throughout and it’s the only reason it didn’t get a full 5 star review.


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