New York Times best-selling author Jen Lancaster has lived a life based on reinvention and self-improvement. From Bitter Is the New Black to The Tao of Martha, she's managed to document her (and her generation's) attempts to shape up, grow up, and have it all - sometimes with disastrous results....
Sure, Jen has made mistakes. She spent all her money from a high-paying job on shoes, clothes, and spa treatments. She then carried a Prada bag to the unemployment office. She wrote a whole memoir about dieting...but didn't lose weight. She embarked on a quest for cultural enlightenment that only cemented her love for John Hughes movies and Kraft American Singles. She tried to embrace everything Martha Stewart while living with a menagerie of rescue cats and dogs. (Glitter...everywhere.)
Mistakes are one thing; regrets are another.
After a girls' weekend in Savannah makes her realize that she is - yikes! - middle-aged (binge watching is so the new binge drinking), Jen decides to make a bucket list and seize the day, even if that means having her tattoo removed at 100 times the cost of putting it on.
From attempting a juice cleanse to studying Italian, from learning to ride a bike to starting a new business, and from sampling pasta in Rome to training for a 5K, Jen is turning a midlife crisis into a midlife opportunity, sharing her sometimes bumpy - but always hilarious - attempts to better her life...again.
©2015 Jen Lancaster (P)2015 Penguin Audio
I love Jen's other memoirs. I would put this one way above Jeneration X. I have really loved all of her other memoirs, so I guess I'm only disappointed because it didn't live up to those. I still enjoyed it, and finished it in two days. She says "sidebar" way too much in this book. At first, I thought it was just going to be in the opening chapter, but it was constant sidebaring through the entire book.
I listened to this twice, and maybe that was my mistake. I enjoyed it the first time, but the second time there were things about it that weren't satisfying. Jen's matured a lot, and her writing has gotten a bit stuffy and formal. Or maybe that's just the over-enunciating/stuffy way she reads it. She learns lots of lessons about herself and is so damn pleased about it, that after awhile I found myself rolling my eyes and getting twitchy. She has FINALLY stumbled upon the key to her losing weight, but decides that sharing the details of it aren't appropriate for a "funny memoir" - NO! I want to know! There's just a whole lot of smug judging that made me feel less and less that Jen's someone I'd want to hang out with (the way I USED to feel$. Couple that with snooze-worthy stories, stilted dialogue, and constant apologizing any time she has an opinion that might be the slightest bit controversial and it's a wash. The only thing I regret is going back for the second reading!
By the time I was coming to the end of this book, I could not wait to be done. Her stories are mostly about complaining about other people's behavior. Not to their faces, mind you. She waits till they're gone then complains to anyone who has the misfortune of standing around her, or her very put upon husband, who has no choice but to go with the flow as she is the bread winner, and most definitely drive the bus in their relationship. Most of the book plods through her life where she very clearly sees herself as the star, and center of attention of all those around her. Narcissism much?
Probably not, I found her narrating her own book over the top, and tiring.
She buys way too heavily in to her own humor, and thinks her stories are much more interesting and funny than they are.
A lot of her trip overseas. She fancies herself quite the upper class, well traveled, "famous" author.
Jen Lancaster has a very terse, mean spirited sense of humor where it feels she is looking down her nose at everyone else. No one else can quite match her self felt hilarious wit.
It was super funny and I could relate!
Had me laughing from the begining
I laughed out loud the whole time!
I had to get used to her narration style. Otherwise was a great listen!!
I love her humor. I just love how after all the books we feel so connected with her, her husband, and all her animals.
She really showed a different side of herself while discussing her facebook critics. Jen is someone I've always thought of as a bad ass. I was heartbroken for her when some lady was rude to her.
Like I said, it shows the down side of fame. I have listened to every one of Jen's books. This was really the first one she showed some of the down sides of being a writer.
I loved the whole book. It's hard to read any of her books and not enjoy them.
With fame, always comes assholes Jen. We love you, and will always read anything you write. You deserve everything you have, and worked like a demon to get it. Never let horrible people take that away from you even for a second! I like you, lost everything in the 2008 bust, and have clawed up from nothing to better than I was (at least mentally) to where I am now. Head up, you're awesome, and you know it. :)
Spanish Norman Horses
I Regret Nothing is a return to the Jen Lancaster of the Bitter days in some respects...her humor and sarcasm is back as well as a few (well deserved) snarky rants directed at the self proclaimed righteous police of social media. She's stepping forward with a bit of the introspection from Such a Pretty Fat and growing up and moving outward. One of the things I love about Jen's books is her ability to touch base with our generation of women from a specific set of reference points most of us are going through - millennials and our Mothers don't relate so well because Jen's experiences aren't theirs. And that's ok...they have their own voices to reflect their coming of age trajectories, we have Jen and Fletcher.
Her recap of the basement flood had me laughing out loud in my car, eliciting a stare from the barista at the Starbucks drive through window. And I admit, I looked up three wheel bikes online which in turn set off a string of laughter punctuated by curse laden threats from my own husband. I'll stick to walking the dogs through our neighborhood with my audio books thanks and planning our next overseas trip that does not involve backpacking...because it's ok to say "that doesn't work for me". Thanks Jen
This was my first introduction to this author. While in the end I enjoyed the book, it took me some time to warm up to it and finish the book. The author during most times would go into explicit details about events which made the story longer than it needed to be. However, there were times when those details were so spot on, you could almost smell/taste it.
I would recommend this book for those looking for a good book to listen to while multitasking.
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