Jen Lancaster is finally ready to put away childish things (except her Barbie Styling Head, of course) and embrace the investment-making, mortgage-carrying, life-insurance-having adult she’s become. From getting a mammogram to volunteering at a halfway house, she tackles the grown-up activities she’s resisted for years, and with each rite of passage she completes, she’ll uncover a valuable—and probably humiliating—life lesson that will ease her path to full-fledged, if reluctant, adulthood. (Summary courtesy of Goodreads.)
See what Amy and Gail thought of "Jeneration X" and then enter to win it for yourself. Thanks to Penguin, we have THREE copies for some lucky US readers!
So if any of you haven't heard of Jen Lancaster, or read any of her novels, you are definitely missing out. She is one of the most hilarious writers that I've also had the pleasure of meeting a couple of years ago at a New York City book signing. Speaking of meeting Jen, she is going to be doing an event with Jennifer Weiner at Bryant Park in New York City on Wednesday June 6th. Stay tuned for more details as the date gets closer.
"Jeneration X" is Jen's 6th memoir where she "gives herself and her generation - a kick in the X by facing her greatest challenge to date: acting her age."
I loved Jen's description and hilarious times she has when she's in Whole Foods. Just like Jen, I LOVE Whole Foods and man, would I love to visit the Lincoln Park store in Chicago. None of the stores near me have as many do-it-yourself food bars as this Chicago one does. I've never had the pleasure (nor do I want to) to stand behind a spoiled and picky kid ordering sushi, or deal with the crazies who come to shop after work...I'd rather shoot myself in the head.
All I know is if Jen Lancaster can go make an appointment to get a mammogram, and actually go through with it, then so can I. Now do I want to? Um no... I hear your boobs get crushed...several times. However because both my sides of the family have breast cancer, I think it's time.
You have to admit that a lot of grown-up activities, like writing and executing a will or refinancing a mortgage, can be pretty scary. Who wants to think about who should get all of their possessions when they die? And no, Jen, you can't just sign a cocktail napkin saying your dog gets all of your things...I wish life was that easy.
Jen recently appeared on New Day in Seattle to talk about "Jeneration X." You can see the video here.
Jen Lancaster is bar-none hilarious, which is why I’m an avid follower of her blog, her twitter feed, and her facebook page. (See my tribute to her from earlier this month.) That being said, I was a little sad to see that a couple of the stories she relays in “Jeneration X” were lifted straight out of the blog and plunked into this book. Now, don’t take this to mean the book wasn’t enjoyable. It absolutely was, and I spent a few nights waking up my husband with badly-muffled snorts and wheezes as I tried to laugh more quietly while reading about Jen and Fletch’s misadventures. I also really liked that this book had a couple of serious moments. I’m a big believer in the power of snark, but every now and again a girl’s got to be real about things. I’m personally a fan of her memoirs more than her foray into fiction, so I was super excited when I got my copy of "Jeneration X" (thanks for the mega-fast shipping, amazon.ca!). I had been pining for this book for months...ever since I pre-ordered it, in fact. I’ll definitely put this one on my re-read shelf, right there alongside the rest of Jen’s memoirs.
Special thanks to Penguin for the book (for Amy) in exchange for an honest review and for sharing it with our readers.
How to win "Jeneration X":
Tell us about the first time you truly realized you were an adult. (One entry per person.) Please include your e-mail address or another way to reach you if you win.
US only. Giveaway ends May 29th at midnight EST.
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