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
it took my a while to really get into it as I thought she was even more arrogant than I could have imagined but then it got great and I found myself telling my husband random stories of Jen's that related to whatever we were talking about. Loved it. will definitely be listening to more of her books.
Just the story itself , just reminds me of my life... I like the sassiness and how she got through it.
Her voice and they way she narrated it, is just very entertaining
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.
Chances are you know someone like JEN. She's on top of the world and savoring all the perks that come with it. She doesn't mind rubbing her success (and her designer handbag) in your face. Even though her own life is great, don't think she won't scream at the barista for not retrieving her latte fast enough. JEN is more important than you and it's time that you realize it.
Until she's not. Here comes sweet revenge. It's hard not to enjoy JEN's inevitable slide from bad to worse to as she tries to hang on to the smallest trappings of her old life while everything goes wrong. And then a strange thing happens. You kind of root for her. She is a survivor and manages to pull herself up from the very bottom. Like a parasitic worm, JEN has burrowed into your skin with her sharp stinging barbs which are actually quite funny (when not directed at you). You can tolerate her and even like those comments that are far from political correctness that you would never say out loud.
While her Grinch heart has not grown 2 sizes, she's no longer that toxic bitch you avoided in the restroom.
Until she is again(???)
Jen is very funny and while I don't agree with her point of view on many (or any) things, she puts her experiences and her voice out there, even if it means ridicule for the actions of JEN before the fall. You can feel her personality strongly in her writing. Narrator Jamie Heinlein does an excellent job channeling Jen and making you feel like she's right there with you.
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.
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.
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.
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