Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Review: "My Fair Lazy" by Jen Lancaster

I feel like I have come late to the Jen Lancaster party. She has prolifically been churning out great books since before 2006. Yet, I just now found her. And boy, do I regret the wait!

My Fair Lazy, as well as most of Lancaster's books (complete collection in my mailbox today!), are technically non-fiction. Before you let that freak you out, fiction-lovers, they read like a great blog or revisiting your hilarious best friend's ranting emails. More on that later...

The Scoop: (Goodreads)

Readers have followed Jen Lancaster through job loss, sucky city living, weight loss attempts, and 1980s nostalgia. Now Jen chronicles her efforts to achieve cultural enlightenment, with some hilarious missteps and genuine moments of inspiration along the way.

And she does so by any means necessary: reading canonical literature, viewing classic films, attending the opera, researching artisan cheeses, and even enrolling in etiquette classes to improve her social graces.

In Jen's corner is a crack team of experts, including Page Six socialites, gourmet chefs, an opera aficionado, and a master sommelier. She may discover that well-regarded, high-priced stinky cheese tastes exactly as bad as it smells, and that her love for Kraft American Singles is forever.

But one thing's for certain: Eliza Doolittle's got nothing on Jen Lancaster-and failure is an option.

Great for Fans of: Bridget Jones, The Shopaholic series and laughing until you pee your pants (optional).

Just in case...

My Take:

I have yet to read the rest of Lancaster's many books, but My Fair Lazy was enough to get me straight on Amazon and buy them all!

Jen Lancaster knows how to spin a tale and despite her many protests to the contrary in this book, I would bet she's fabulous to sit next to at a dinner party!

The premise of My Fair Lazy is that Jen (can I call her that now? I feel like were BFF's), after filling her time and brain with mindless (some would say) reality TV, feels the need for a Jen-aissance and endeavours to learn some of the cultural intricacies one can't come across on Flavor of Love.

A Jen-aissance doesn't involve doublets, but it does involve goblets of wine...

As you can guess hi-jinks ensue, but the best part is it's real and told in such a way that you have to root for her from beginning to end.

It takes a strong person to be able to look at themselves in the mirror with such honesty and hilarity, but Lancaster does exactly that. If I can't convince her to be my pen pal and give me a daily dose of laughs, at least I have five more books to read to get my fix.

No driving while reading this book
Final Verdict: Good Wine (or boxed if you're on a budget)

It'll make you laugh, it can make you cry and is always best when shared with good friends.

1 comment:

  1. Love your reviews- and your comments are hilarious. Love the Depends!

    I found you through Book Blogs and signed up to follow you. When you have a chance- please stop by the blog for my middle grade novel that I am hoping to get published. http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

    Take care-
    Jess- although I may show up as Fairday, the main character from my novel. I can't figure out why that happens sometimes and I can't fix it. :)



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