This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she's gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she'd never have to answer for when times were good. Filled with caustic wit and unusual insight, it's a rollicking listen as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon.
©2006 Jen Lancaster; (P)2009 Penguin
This book me to tears. I had a 24 hour drive and thought I couldn't be bored listening to a book, but this was terrible. She is not an intersting character, her life is less than intersting and the guy was a humdrum.
Any woman who has climbed the corporate ladder in the 80’s & 90’s will LOVE this book! It’s a Must Read for you. I have even purchased this book as Christmas gifts for dear friends. I giggled out loud throughout the book. In reading the negative reviews prior to my purchase, all I can say is, “you all just don’t get it and never will.”
Too many to list, but the relationship between Jen and Fletch is very special. I think Jen is a very lucky lady.
Yes, any woman who has worked very hard for her place in the business world will love this book. And for those bad reviews of this book, I bet you have never worked in a competitive market in your life.
Looking forward to reading all of Jen Lancaster's books.
Sorry. I don't want to use my valuable reading time listening or reading such snarky content. The world is cynical enough. To be fair, I didn't listen to the full book. I had to bail out. I found it too objectionable. I like biting sarcasm and wit as much as the next person - that's why the title caught my eye - but I didn't find this to be anything but annoying.
Post-9/11 Layoff Memoir
The character learns and grows a lot. She realizes her failings and grows up.
When someone said
Yes, if I could have.
The narrator is great. I thought it was the author narrating. The voice and inflection are just right. The job market is even worse now than it was when this was written.
If I had not already read
I am not as brave as Jen and would have had to preface the story with a hint that I was no longer the class conscious
She talks a bit about growing up in the mid-west. I'd like to hear more about that.
I'm very happy that Jen is a successful writer and hope she continues to write more books that make us laugh.
Yes, right at first I was not sure I was going to like this book. Jen described herself as the type of person I might have little in common with, but someone I would be really good at imitating to amuse my friends. However, once I got a bit into the book and really started getting to know Jen, well, she's just hysterical and brutally honest. I laughed right out loud (and no, I will NOT use LOL here lest she read this!) and even listened to it twice. What a humbling path she traveled...and she's better for the journey.
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