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Title: Bitter is the New Black : Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office
Author: Jen Lancaster
Page Count: 416
Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir

My Review:
I desperately want to give this book 5 stars. I'll explain why I didn't.

This book is a memoir about a stuck-up bitch who went from being on top of the world one day to not being able to afford an apartment in the ghetto the next. The adventure is superb to read about - a woman who once looked down on everyone and went everywhere in expensive everything, obsessed to the point of insanity over her hair and nails. She lives in a fantastic Chicago apartment that she pays way too much a month for. Then 9/11 happens and ... lay-offs.

As much as I want to give this book a 5 because it is hilarious, its writing style is a bit busted up and I'm holding a grudge because she slams vegans [ouch] in it on several occasions. The writing style is somewhat amusing, though at first I wasn't sure how I felt about the footnotes. Since it is a memoir, I wasn't expecting perfectly formed anything, neither any stroke of literary genius. I was told this book is very funny and I have to say that for what I hoped of it - it delivered.

I found this book to be an incredibly easy read, something that I just bullied right through without even noticing until I burned into the Epilogue. It's easy to relate to and it's a great, uplifting and amusing read. This book is perfect for someone who is looking for something that they don't have to take seriously, but just laugh at uncontrollably.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 28th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
This sounds like an interesting read. I may have to check it out sometime. Thanks for the review! :D
Nov. 28th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
It will have you rolling. You're welcome - it was too funny not to share!
Nov. 28th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
This is such a fun read. It reminds me a lot of The Broke Diaries, another memoir about being money-less.
Nov. 28th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Oohh - I will put this other on my list. I'll be reading her other books she wrote as well. I've decided to read them in order. She is definitely funny.
Nov. 28th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the book is hilarious! I haven't read this one, might have to. The part about underwear in the BROKE DIARIES had me literally rofl-ing. Unfortunately I've been there.
Nov. 28th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
I started with Such A Pretty Fat and then made my way through this book. I loved it. I love her personality and the fact that she's unapologetic about who she is.
Nov. 28th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great book, the kind of reading I've been thinking about for some time now. Thanks for the review, I may just pick it up!
Nov. 28th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
The plot description sounds like every Tom Cruise movie. :)
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