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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book Review: Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult's Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It's Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner by Jen Lancaster

Jen's back, with her usual snark and over-the-top ridiculousness brilliantly culled from everyday life. After her last book I was worried that she might not have more material or might become more boring, but like David Sedaris, her life magically continues to be hilariously inappropriate, no matter how old and not-broke she gets!

In this book she is documenting how she and Fletch are gradually growing up, in a very Generation X fashion, and of course kicking and screaming as we all know there's nothing Jen wants to do less. So at the end of each chapter, she tells us what lesson she's learned and how it makes her more grown-up now (such as after a possum dies in their yard, the lesson Jen learns is never to hire the cheapest assistant you can find, even if you are married to him. And to buy a good shovel.

My favorite stories in the book are when her cats escape (if you've ever tried to call a cat and dealt with the frustration of knowing they can hear you, could even see you if they bothered to turn their head--which they won't-- and are just flat-out ignoring you because, they're cats, you will so identify with this) and of course the story of the monkey jockeys racing on horse-dogs (dogs wearing saddles). Who doesn't want to read about that? Meanwhile, Jen and Fletch buy a house and move to the suburbs where Jen has a pool and can truly perfect her tan. She starts to volunteer more, gets life insurance, and stops eating food that is bad for her so I guess she really is growing up! Miracles happen!

Reliably hilarious fun, if you're even remotely a Jen Lancaster fan or just want a good laugh, this is the perfect beach read.

I bought this book at Subterranean Books, an independent bookstore in St. Louis, MO.

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