I’ve reviewed some Jen Lancaster books before (review of four of them here), right around this time last year, ironically enough.
I happen to be re-reading Bitter is the New Blackfor a book club I joined and am once again being reminded how clever and wonderful Lancaster is. She’s better than any reality TV personality and, at the same time, more likable. You find yourself rooting for her as you wait for her to be knocked down a couple levels. It’s a nice tension for the reader.
I’ll admit she is not for everyone, my friend Krissy can’t stand to read her stuff. I, on the other hand, love her sarcasm, complete disregard for others, and self-righteous tone. And it makes her fall so much better (and relatable).
I still love Lancaster and follow her on Twitter and on Facebook. It sounds stalker-ish, but I prefer super-fan. She updates her blog often also so readers can get little doses of her as they wait for her next novel.
Since my original review, she’s published (I think) two more books. She’s also crossed over to the fiction side with a few. I haven’t read any of those, I think I wore myself out reading nothing but Lancaster for a while, but I’m back with renewed energy and will pick up another one of her books soon.
Lancaster is highly entertaining in the I-can’t-turn-away-from-the-car-crash sense with a dash of hey-that’s-me thrown in to keep the reader engaged and loving her character.
If you’re just starting with Lancaster, I’d suggest Bitter is the New Blackfor a great introduction. But really, any book will do.
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