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
I keep reading about Lancasters "Sharp wit"
I didn't hear it, she sounds like the teen queens on every rich kid high school series since 2000
She laughs about stealing a bag from a "smelly" homeless man.
After that I wanted her to fall, and hard. She really didn't suffer much, and seemed temporarily chastened but when things looked up became almost as obnoxious as she was before. Revolting on all levels.
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.
I enjoyed listening to this book! The main character evolved into a wonderful mature person by the end!
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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