Thursday, June 18, 2009

Book Review: Bitter is the New Black

I requested this book a while ago from my library and was more than excited when it finally arrived. I had only heard great things about the famous blogger Jen Lancaster and her hilarious books so I was more than intrigued to read Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomanical, Self-Centered, Smartass, or why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office.

The story chronicles Jen, a haughty former sorority girl (as she mentions multiple times), as she goes from earning half a million dollars a year and living in designer heaven to almost being evicted from an apartment in the ghetto.

I think reading Jen's story now is even more amazing as so many people are experiencing similar occurrences in light of this awful economy. Jen was laid off right after 9/11 when so many companies were freaking out so to read her memoir was almost like reading it as if it was happening to her now. And as much as I am not a designer girl I still felt bad for. Yeah I laughed my ass off, but part of me thought "what would happen to me if I got laid off?" and it wasn't pretty.

However, Jen's story doesn't solely focus on her losing and trying to find a job it also focuses on her every day life with her boyfriend turned husband Fletch and her blog (well her first blog and then jennsylvania came next) and how it developed and helped lead to her writing career. I love Fletch. Seriously by the way she describes him, Fletch is perfect for Jen and she is perfect for him. For some of the stuff they go through together it's no wonder they're together. I especially loved his proposal to her, one of the funniest parts in the book I thought, so cute and too funny. Aside from Fletch, of course I loved the blog entries and emails Jen received, I'm a blogger how could I not? Seriously her responses were so witty and hilarious, I really wish I could even begin to be that funny sometimes.

Not only was the story itself hilarious, but the footnotes oh the footnotes. Every other page had at least one if not more footnotes that had me laughing out loud (or chuckling to myself, whatever). Jen can you write my next paper? Wait I don't write papers anymore, nevermind that then. But yes, the footnotes made the book even funnier and Jen seem even more real (and sarcastic, which I love) to me.

All in all I thought this book was great and I'm pretty positive I'll be picking up another one of Jen's books as soon as my library can send it to me (apparently there's a waiting list or something, pish posh!) and I recommend you do the same.


Tipp said...

My fav part in that book, as wrong as it is (but let's be real- it's Jen!) was the part where she trades her wasabi peas for the homeless guys Coach bag, cause he thinks they are crack rocks.


Read her next two!!

cavy said...

i am SO getting that book! stellar review!

Vanessa said...

I LOVED this book. I just love Jen Lancaster period though!

Alicia McAuley said...

I loved this one, too! Of the four, I think it might be my fave. I love the part about adopting Maisy and Loki... And the footnotes are just plain hilarious.

Great review! :)

thatShortChick said...

yay! I'm so glad you liked it! I was a little nervous because you never know how it can go when everyone's like "read this book!" and then you up hating it.

so I'm glad that you actually did like the book :)

The emails and letters crack me up!

She just came out with Pretty in Plaid which is so funny!

Classy in Philadelphia said...

I loved this's my fav. one out of all the ones she has written so far!