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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

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In Such a Pretty Fat, Jen Lancaster learned how to come to terms with her body. In My Fair Lazy, she expanded her mind. Now the New York Times bestselling author gives herself—and her generation—a kick in the X, by facing her greatest challenge to date: acting her age.

Jen is finally ready to put away childish things (except her Barbie Styling Head, of course) and embrace t...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by NAL Hardcover
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Kyra Richter
This book received mixed reviews. Notably one snarky, verging on "personal vendetta" professional review.
And for the first time ever, I was moved to comment on that reviewer's site in defense of Jen Lancaster and thus join the fray.
This? Is the ONLY author I have bookmarked sections, or even an entire chapter, so I can share it with my husband. She makes me laugh out loud. Not LOL, but truly, loudly, snort and chortle. What's more, she makes my husband laugh too.
The negative review made us go...more
Brooke
Based on the other comments on this book I am probably the outlier here...but I am REALLY disappointed with this book. The whole time I was reading I had the feeling of "been there done that". The biggest issue I had was that most of the material had already been posted to her blog or addressed in her column. I was really looking forward to this one after the disappointment of her novel, but this one is leading me to believe she might have lost her touch...which makes me sad.
Kathleen
So disappointed. Not only did the book feel like a tired retread, but I was fed-fucking-up with hearing how "entitled" my generation is. As someone who didn't take nearly a decade to finish college (Lancaster did), who has a Ph.D. (don't recall Lancaster having an advanced degree), who hasn't ran up a ton of debt from selfish and self- indulgent purchases (natch), whose parents didn't pay for a car and a wedding (you know where this is going), I'm just not entirely sure where it is that MY gener...more
Trish Henry
Jen Lancaster and I were separated at birth...or at least we lived down the block from each other. How else would she know every freaking thing that has happened to me in my life? Seriously, I have never read an author that gave me such serious belly laughs that I had to put the book down because I was afraid I would lose my page.

I do believe I have a special affinity for Jen's writing (and yes, I call her Jen) because we live in the same area and I've been to many of the same places she's refer...more
Kelly
I really wanted to like this book. I was an early Jen Lancaster adopter, reading her books and snorting and laughing, even in public. The problem with this book? It's almost all recycled material. Many of the chapters are slight expansions of some of her blog posts, especially the stuff about buying a house and the dog training. And the rest of it was material she used in her fiction debut published last year. Add in that the chapters are disjointed and out of order -- hard to read a memoir wher...more
Natasha
I got 100 pages into it and just couldn't continue. I have read a couple of blog entries from this author that I found hilarious. However, I did not find this book funny. It seems that the author thinks very highly of herself, is self-involved, and strongly evokes an "I'm better than you" vibe. She even goes so far to describe a moment where she is thinking "do you know who I am?" She describes her monster SUV, her valet parking nightmares, her volunteer work that she doesn't want to do because...more
Vicki
I seriously think Jen lost her way. I no longer find her funny. I feel like she isn't even telling a story anymore its just a mish-mosh of random crap. This book does not even compare to the genius wit of her first three books. Her last book left me disappointed and unable to finish as is this one. Gone are her laugh-out-loud-so-funny-I-snorted writings and I'm left extremely underwhelmed. I'm really really struggling with finishing this book so much I've decided to put it down and move on to th...more
Bonnie
3.5 stars
Incredibly enjoyable and had me busting a gut, but...
I could have done without the constant feeling of déjà vu since I read about half the stories on her blog already. She did expand on the stories in her book, but still, needed more new stories.
Amy
Dec 03, 2013 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: memoirs
Jen Lancaster. People either love her books or hate them. OK. I'm just gonna say it. I love Jen , and if we knew each other I know we'd be friends. LOL. But really, I do feel as if I know her. I've read all of her other books except My Fair Lazy, which I hope to get a hold of soon.

If you've read her other books you can see how much she's matured in this latest memoir, both in her life and in her writing style. And, that's is why I love it even more. Jen can be judgmental, rude, crude and social...more
Georgette
Jen Lancaster is almost always going to get 5 stars with me. Almost. I couldn't get into My Fair Lazy and I didn't attempt the fiction book she did last year(maybe that's next). This is full of trying to grow up wisdom. How to move out of the apartment you've been in with your hubby for many years, how to "boycott" Thanksgiving with your insane family(My favorite chapter, I think-and yes, I will be putting that into practice this year) and have a Thanksgiving with your friends instead, how to tr...more
Deb
May 06, 2012 Deb added it
I'm on page 137 - nearly halfway through this book on the first night. First, I'll say I'm enjoying it quite a bit. I'm not "braying like a jackass," but I'm certainly entertained. However, I'm not thrilled to report that so far 4 chapters contain material recycled from the author's blog. Now, I do thoroughly enjoy her blog, and don't mind re-visiting some stories, but when previous books have been more strongly original, I have to say I'm disappointed. I'm just not sure if I should be disappoin...more
Ciara
this lady's books are really starting to grow on me. every now & again, she drops in a little tidbit that makes it difficult to overlook the fact that she is a gun-toting republican former sorority girl, but if you can just get past that, she really can be pretty funny. maybe as she becomes more invested in her career as a serial memoirist, her authorial voice is maturing a bit? becoming a little more accessible or something? she's still snarky as all get out, which i like, but the bitter ed...more
Bridget
I felt like I was re-reading rejects from her blog. I also was on my toes waiting for the infamous Landsend bathing suit and bought used car debacle incidents (you can read about those on her blog, and actually respond to some of those topics - or you could at the time - on her FB page). I've gone from LOVING, ADORING this author to being weary after her thinly veiled "fictional" book about new home buyers.

I knew about this book when I went to see JL speak at B&N after her Pretty in Plaid me...more
Nicole
Judging by the title, I thought this book would provide laughter and first-hand wisdom into adult life all rolled into one, but I quickly realized I made a mistake with that hope. While it IS a very funny read and the author does provide a one or two sentence life lesson at the end of each chapter, she doesn't provide any profound lessons that I feel the general public hasn't already heard, read or figured out on their own. The lessons themselves may not have been new to me but her humorous anec...more
Autumn
Unlike many of the other reviewers, I'd never heard of Jen Lancaster before I picked up this book in the public library (no disappointed, "That was already on her blog" from me). The cover looked interesting, so I sat down to take a look while the kids were finishing up their bookhunts. A half hour later I was rocking from side to side in my chair, holding my belly while tears of laughter ran down my cheeks; my completely embarrassed thirteen year old tugged the book out of my hands and hurried...more
Laurie
I picked this book up off the library ‘new books’ shelf on a whim. I don’t often read humor books, but the description sounded fun- a late coming of age story. I figured I’d read the book a little at a time, in between bouts with a history of China book. Instead, I found myself addicted, ignored the serious book, and read this straight through.

Each of the 27 chapters describes events – some pivotal, some simply ludicrous- as the author is dragged, kicking and screaming, into late onset adulthoo...more
Nikki
This was seriously painful to read. I read Bitter is the New Black years ago and was entertained. This time, not so much. I wanted to poke my eyes out when she continuously plugged her previous books AND her friends book. No, I did not want to read a commercial. I don't watch them on TV and most certainly don't want them in a book. I also think once you have multiple books out at some point you'd progress a little and your writing would improve beyond being a self important blogger.
Karie {Girl Going Country}
LOVED this book! I laughed out loud so many times - due to a combination of Jen's hilarious self-deprecating humor and the fact that I personally related to MANY of the chapters, which means I was really laughing at myself. Combine that with the fact that it was the perfect escape to a particularly busy and stresful time at work, and it was a home run!
Rachael Quinn
If you were feeling disappointed with Jen's last couple of books and you were considering giving up on her, don't! She's back again with a new memoir that is possibly one of her funniest.

Jen and Fletch have decided to move to the suburbs and buy their first house. It's quite a change from living in the city (No gunshots.) and paying rent (but your landlord not paying the water bill). Now they have privacy and enough property for the dogs to run. (So it's only natural that they would add another...more
Corey
Jen's books are my happy place. They never fail to make me laugh and I love seeing that someone else has crazy stuff happen to them and not just me. They are always good for a light and fun read.

I understand the griping about the blog posts but eh, they don't bother me much at all. I like rereading things she already posted and if she had to come up with 100% new material I highly doubt that she'd be able to come out with a book + a year. So if more books = a few posts lifted from the blog I'm...more
Musiquedevie


Reader beware that if you read this book (or any of Jen Lancaster's books for that matter), be prepared to put on notice any friends, family, co-workers and others in your life that when you're reading this, you will be laughing out loud, snorting, giggling and often than not, stifling your laughter (so as to not appear completely like you've lost your mind), to the point where you seem to be wheezing from a form of an asthma attack.

In other words?

This crazy chica is HILARIOUS.

Jeneration X, wh...more
Mrs. Dicker-Deutsch Dicker-Deutsch
This is Jen Lancaster's fifth memoir. In this book she has focused the content around "Reluctant Adult Lessons Learned," which is really just a way for her tell her stories and add a moral at the end of it. Jen writes about her life, obviously as it's a memoir, but recently, she moved from being a renter in the city of Chicago to buying a home in the North Suburbs. Logically, many of her stories deal with this transition in her life as well as the humorous capers her pets have committed since he...more
Shea
I know this goes against pretty much every review out there, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. It was ok, and I will admit that Jen Lancaster is funny at times (she uses some hilarious slang, I’ll give her that), but the book didn’t make me laugh as much as I thought it would. The only other Lancaster book I’ve (tried) reading was her fiction If You Were Here and I couldn’t get over the footnotes enough to finish reading. While I didn’t mind them as much in here (I kind of expect it with non...more
Charlotte
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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 so...more
Nancy Alperson
I love Jen Lancaster's books! Really I would give it a 4.5. She is my favorite humor author. When I'm having a bad day I love pulling out when of her books because they are seriously laugh out loud books. My husband knows if I'm laughing when reading it's a Jen Lancaster book. I did enjoy this book. As someone who grew up in Wilmette, IL and swam at Lake Forest Swim Club I really enjoyed her descriptions of the North Shore. Particularly now that I've been in MA for so long and thus am more remov...more
Nicole
I feel like this book was Jen Lancaster's comeback. My Fair Lazy and Pretty in Plaid were entertaining, but I haven't enjoyed reading one of her memoirs this much since Such a Pretty Fat.

I read more than half of the book the first night I got it, and I felt myself comforted by her snarky tone. I was amused by many of the stories; I was giggling while reading. I didn't want to put it down. I rushed home from work Wednesday through Friday and the first thing I did was grab my copy. I was into it;...more
Jenny
I felt she phoned in this book. Of course the gold standard is Bitter in the New Black, where she's telling one story in the book. This is kind of all over the place, especially in the first 2/3. I thought the last 1/3 was actually true Lancaster (funny without being over-the-top or abrasive) and I actually laughed out loud at parts. Why couldn't she have written a book about moving to a new house or being in the 'burbs? I feel like that would have been a better theme. As it was I thought the wh...more
Rebecca
I am a huge fan of the written word, and I mean on actual pages. I have never been a fan of audio books, and I have been leery of e-readers, because I am a person who interacts with her books. I write in the margins, bend the pages and crease the bindings. I got an e-reader as my first mothers day present and this was my first Kindle book. I flew through it much faster than I thought I would. The set up was not annoying at all, and I found it to be quite easy to navigate. This, however, is not a...more
Kristin
I love reading these books because it's like you're reading a letter/email from one of your best friends. I especially liked this one (not as much as Bright Lights Big Ass) because I'm in the Chicago area too...so the storms she talked about...I got to experience, too. I wanted to shake her while she was pouting about not having Internets or electricity to charge her phone and tell her to go to the public library. Also the chapter about the Thundercats tasting freedom hit home b/c as another pro...more
Sarah
I loved this book. I love ALL Jen Lancaster's books. However I found it a bit repetitive since I had already read "If you were here" which was essentially the factionalized version of this book. The two books were too similar and therefore there wasn't any surprise when something happened. It didn't feel original. But this book was much better than the novel and I think for the future I will stick with Jen's memoirs and give her novels a miss. Regardless her writing is funny as always, especiall...more
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Jen Lancaster is the author of her own memoirs including: as Bitter is the New Black, Bright Lights, Big Ass, Such A Pretty Fat, Pretty in Plaid, My Fair Lazy, and the newest: Jeneration X.

She has also dabbled with fiction in her first book, If You Were Here.
More about Jen Lancaster...
Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why It Often Sucks in the City, or Who Are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me? Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the Answer Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomanical, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black, or, a Culture-Up Manifesto

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