If you’ve ever asked me who was one of my favorite authors, chances are I’ve mentioned Jen Lancaster. I don’t remember exactly when I discovered this HILARIOUS writer, but I have read every last one of her memoirs to date. If I were to write a book, I think it would have a very similar sense of humor. Before I get into my review for this book, can I just say that this cover wins major brownie points. When have you ever seen Fruit Loops on the cover of a book?
Jeneration X is about Lancaster putting away childish things (except for her Barbie Styling Head), and figuring out how to be a real grown up. Each chapter is an individual story of an event in her life, and at the end of the chapter is a “Reluctant Adult Lesson Learned.” She covers everything from getting a mammogram to eBay auctions to spying on her neighbors to Wii Fit to her attempts to adopt a pit bull, and more. She talks about every day situations in a really funny and snarky tone, and it’s as if she was telling you all of this while you were having coffee together. No one’s life is perfect, and I think that makes her book really easy to relate to.
One of the parts which I found especially hilarious was when she was talking about waxing facial hair. I also especially loved when she talked about this six-year-old who told her mom to ask the deli clerk what type of sushi they have today. Can you imagine a six-year-old asking about sushi? When I was six I’m not sure if I even knew what sushi was.
The way Lancaster writes really sucks you into things. You might be thinking eBay auctions and mammograms might not make for an exciting read, but you would be wrong. She has a very sharp sense of humor, and before I forget, there are footnotes throughout the book. They are just as witty and funny as the main part of the story, so you don’t want to miss reading them.
Some of the other memoirs of hers that I really enjoyed were Bitter is the New Black, Bright Lights Big A**, and Pretty in Plaid. But honestly speaking, you can’t go wrong with any of her memoirs. If I was going to be stuck on a deserted island, I’d bring all of her books with me.
My rating: 5 Hilarious Stars