If you’re a fan of New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster, you’re a fan. Whether you know her from her blog Jennsylvania or have been following her since her fab first book Bitter is the New Black, it was love at first sight.
If the first thing you read of hers was her novel If You Were Here, I’m guessing you’re going back now to read her memoirs. I couldn’t pick a favorite, I’ve read all seven of her books and I love them all. Here’s a list of all Jen’s books.
A coupla books of hers ago, I was beyond fortunate to get to meet and interview Jen, and the thing I love about her the most is that she is who she is in real life in the same way she is who she is as a writer. (I think that sentence makes sense if you read it very slowly…)
Jen. Is. As. Real. As. It. Gets.
For her new book 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, it’s back to her home playing field of memoir versus her recent success on the fiction ‘away’ field, and Jen decides to do a little experiment in dogoodery. Here’s Jen in the book’s trailer:
Jeneration X is about our generation (Gen X) being assholes and how we should be nicer. Ok, that’s a vast oversimplification, but it’s one of the general ideas. Jen decides she is going to do some volunteer work. Nothing in a remote jungle or even in a local establishment that might ruin her manicure, but she admits to her hang-ups and genuinely looks for volunteer work in a place where she feels like she can contribute. Hilarity, as it does in all her books, shall ensue.
Jen’s books are about her stream-of-consciousness; her ability to capture her inner thoughts in her writing makes her books so deliciously readable that once you start one, you can’t put it down because it’s so much fun to devour every last bite.
What’s fantastic about reading Jen’s books (other than the literal 80’s Trivial Pursuit goodness) is that she’s taking us on a journey. And a journey in Jen style? Is a sarcastic, oft deliciously condescending, and always hilariously fun ride.
So if you haven’t already, you should definitely hop on the Jeneration X-press because her books are a trip you’ll always remember.