Sunday, August 9, 2009

Pretty in Plaid - Jen Lancaster

pretty in plaid
jen lancaster 
c. 2009
384 pages
completed 8/3/2009

*may contain spoilers*

Memoirs of Jen Lancaster.

I will be the first to admit that this is so not a book I would ever have picked out for myself to read. I don't normally enjoy too much chick-lit, especially when the heroine's (it's hard for me to use that word in this context) most noted characteristic is her love of SHOPPING. I don't mean to offend (seeing as I'm basically cutting out an entire genre), but I prefer reading about people with slightly more substance. However I was given this book as a gift from a friend at my office's going away party for me. She knew I liked to read and she knew I liked outrageously colorful/tacky/ugly things and so these socks looked right up my alley (for the record I would totally wear them). I had packed pretty much all my other books so this got to be read during the drive from Mexico to Canada.

I will also be the first to admit that I thought this book was hilarious. Some of the scrapes Jen found herself in reminded me of myself. I most enjoyed her stories from her childhood, brownie days and lobster birthdays. As she got older, the stories were still funny, but it was that child perspective I liked the best.



Anonymous said...

You might like "protagonist", rather than "heroine". Implies main character without implying heroism.

I tend to use that one, also, for people who are undoubtedly main characters but that I don't particularly like. 8)

Anonymous said...

i love love love jen lancaster. i find her writing hilarious! she has a real knack for telling a story.

but then again, i adore memoirs like hers and bill bryson's and david sedaris's...