Thursday, April 30, 2009

Review: Pretty in Plaid, by Jen Lancaster


In Bitter is the New Black, Jen Lancaster gave us the brief details of her bio before she was famously fired from her high-powered job. In Pretty in Plaid, Lancaster illustrates some of those moments, from growing up in Cow Town, Indiana, to her life as a sorority girl during her eleven years of college, to her first job post-college. Like her previous books, Pretty in Plaid is written as a series of essays, all of which are connected by the theme of clothing. From her Girl Scout uniform—covered in (il)legally earned patches—to her first job interview suit, Jen illustrates how clothes shaped the way she views the world.

I was extremely entertained by this book. It’s a fast read—I read it in less than two days—and it’s just as funny, if not funnier, than some of her other books. Jen Lancaster definitely has a unique voice that’s very witty, and her thoughts, as usual, are uncensored—good for the reader, since it meant that I was belly laughing all the way through. In fact, in places, I had to put the book down, I was laughing so hard. No matter what situation Jen finds herself in, she’s always got a positive attitude about it. Although the present-tense narration got a little irritating in some places, I simply couldn’t stop turning the pages. It’s a nice, light read that’s perfect for spring.

Also reviewed by: Bookopolis

7 comments:

Sheri S. said...

Jen Lancaster is HILARIOUS! Glad that you liked Pretty in Plaid because I can't wait to read it :)

Kristie said...

I love Jen Lancaster! I totally forgot that she had a new one coming out. Great review! I am going to be on the lookout for this one.

Angie said...

This sounds like an interesting book. I'll have to add it to my to-read stack. I think I have one of the author's other books in my to-read stack, but I have so many books in the to-read stack that I can't remember for sure :)

S. Krishna said...

Can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the review!

thewrittenword said...

I just finished her weight lose memoir Such a Pretty Fat the other day and really loved it! - Stephanie

Skywalker said...

Well I'm definitely glad you like it! I'm getting it Friday and having it signed by the author herself. She does have a funny voice and I can't wait to see if there will be a movie. Maybe Paul Rudd will be Fletch.

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Great review - I've had Bitter is the New Black recommended to me, so I guess I'd better get on with it so I can read this one, too. I'm always up for lots of laughing!

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