Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Bitter is the New Black + Make it a Gift

Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster

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Review by Lauren

bought my copy; all opinions are my own. I'm an affiliate with The Book Depository, so purchase through there if you wish!

Official Summary: Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb.

She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life-and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.

This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she's gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she'd never have to answer for when times were good.

Review: I've known about Jen Lancaster for awhile now, and I even own two of her books (including this one) but when you review things, it's often difficult to find time to read the things you buy yourself. These days, though, I've decided it's important to mix up what I read and review - for my own sake and to hopefully make my blog a bit more interesting. Therefore, I grabbed Jen's first memoir, Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a condescending, egomaniacal, self-centered smart-ass, or why you should never carry a Prada bag to the unemployment office. Wow, that's one long title!

However, based on the aforementioned title, I think it's clear that this is one amusing memoir! While Jen is certainly someone who lived the high life and took that for granted, she does get knocked down quite a few pegs throughout Bitter is the New Black. Experiencing money troubles, depression in her husband, two charity dogs she just couldn't give up, her inability to find a job (on any level!!), and yes, even more, certainly changes Jen. Does she become Mother Theresa? No. But that's asking a bit much of anyone, isn't it? And besides, humor really can be the best medicine and it seems to be Jen's saving grace in the end.

I loved how atypical Jen was, even when it meant her proposing to her boyfriend in order to receive money from friends and family. She's not always doing what you might think is right, but regardless, she does have a heart. She loves her boyfriend-  turned husband - Fletch a lot and will do almost anything to take care of him when things begin to go down hill in his career as well. Fletch is a welcome addition to Jen's life when reading this memoir too because he's the calm to Jen's manic, the reasonable to Jen's crazy, and in the end, it shows that sometimes opposites really do attract.

Basically, I really enjoyed this one. I wouldn't say I laughed out loud the entire time...but that's also because this is a memoir of hardships. It's mixed with some great humor and crazy scenarios, but it's still about being knocked down and getting right back up. It's also about chasing your dreams, and who wouldn't root for that? I'll definitely be reading more by Jen (including her novel!) in the future.

Make it a Gift

As should be obvious by now, Jen is one sarcastic lady! Therefore, if you're going to gift Bitter is the New Black (or any of Jen's other memoirs) you should think about adding this Sarcastic Ball. As it says, "Ask a simple question, get a sarcastic answer." I think Jen would approve!

Site Description: Some of us need a little abuse now and then. If no one is around to dish it out, the Sarcastic Ball will do nicely. Lines like, "ask me if I care" and "yeah right" will taunt you. The Sarcastic Ball has 20 different messages to keep you in stitches. Just ask it a question, turn it over and read its answer in the little blue window.

Buy it from Office Playground for $7.99


Erika said...

I've been wanting to read this book for ages! :)

Glass said...

Looks like fun book to read.
Thanks for sharing.

Glass @ Way Too Hot Books

Brandi Kosiner said...

Jen being an atypical main character sounds great to me

Liviania said...

I like the sarcastic ball.

Synchronized Reading said...

I completely agree about finding time to read the books you buy nowadays. But I've never heard of this author before. Great review!

Janina @ Synchronized Reading

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I have heard good things about Jen Lancaster. I need to try one of her books. I love sarcasm. A sarcastic ball that is too funny!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I freaking LOVE Jen Lancaster, that woman is HYSTERICAL.

Giselle said...

Oha Jen Lancaster book! I have never read oene but I hear she's a great writer. Dude that sarcastic ball looks like something I must have asap!!

And great review It looks like a really fun read with amusing characters! Jen sounds like someone I'd click with!

GABY said...

I like the cover and I think I would enjoy the atypical Jen!

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

This does seem like an amusing read. I need a sarcasm ball myself! Thanks for sharing!

Candace said...

That is a great combo for a gift! I have heard great things about Jen!

Tanja - Tanychy said...

I have never heard of this one but it seems like a fun read. I'm not big on chick-lit so I'll probably skip this one. Anyhow I'm glad you enjoyed it. Great review :)

Melanie said...

Hah! I like that sarcastic ball, we'd come great friends. The title of this book is really eye catching so I'l glad the story inside was also very promising!

Great review, hon! <33

Erika said...

Just to let you know, I have a new name and URL.

Please update bookmarks to Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans .


Medeia Sharif said...

This sounds like a great read.

Between ARCs and contest wins, it's not easy reading books I've actually bought.

I love the idea of the sarcastic ball.

Rachel said...

I do agree, when you review books, sometimes it's hard to read book you want to or ones you've bought yourself. This sounds like a funny sort of read. Glad to see you enjoyed it, Lauren. Great review. :)

Jasprit said...

I've had this book by Jen on my to read list for sometime too, I know how hard it can be to switch it up between a review book and your own book, but I'm glad that you gave this book a try and enjoyed it! Also that sarcastic ball is so cool, I think my sister would totally dislike it, as she thinks I'm far too sarcastic as it is!

Aneeqah said...

Aww, this seems like such an adorable book! I'm actually pretty surprised this is a memoir, actually. I think that would add a lot of depth to the story as a whole, since it's all based on truth. I also love this sarcastic ball!! Being a sarcastic kid, I think this would be perfect for me, haha. ;)

Lovely review, and love the gift! <3

....Petty Witter said...

Just in the mood for a read that makes me laugh even if it isn't out loud.

Great review, thanks for the recommendation.

Allie @ Little Birdie Books said...

I haven't read many books lately that have made me laugh much, so I'm glad that this one had some great humour mixed in (even if you didn't literally LOL).

Sounds like a really inspiring feel-good read :)

- Allie @ Little Birdie Books

Aylee said...

Haha, what a title!! I love books with long titles as a rule! And this sounds fun, even if it's not laugh-out-loud funny. And a sarcastic ball?! Bahaha, that's kind of brilliant!!