Friday, June 4, 2010

Review: Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster

Book Info:
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade; (May 1, 2007)
ISBN-13: 9780451221254
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: My Shelves

Jen Lancaster hates to burst your happy little bubble, but life in the big city isn't all it's cracked up to be. Contrary to what you see on TV and in the movies, most urbanites aren't party-hopping in slinky dresses and strappy stilettos. But lucky for us, Lancaster knows how to make the life of the lower crust mercilessly funny and infinitely entertaining.

Picking a book right before your baby has open heart surgery is a tough thing.  I didn't want anything too serious, or with too complex a plot.  I also wanted something I could set aside and not lose my place in the story, and really wanted something to lighten my mood.  Jen Lancaster was the perfect choice.

Lancaster has the same sarcastic, biting sense of humor that she did in Bitter is the New Black, and she often had me laughing out loud.  She is not at all politically correct, and while she favors a word I hate, I am a little more forgiving considering it was likely she would use it, and I read the book anyways.  I love that Lancaster is able to laugh at herself, and I she made me wonder why I waited so long to read another one of her books.  4 stars


PeachyTO said...

I can imagine how choosing a book and then finding the focus to retain what you've read would be hard considering what you're going through.

Kudos to you for finding a healthy coping mechanism. It's amazing how laughter can lift our spirits.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and your beautiful little girl. ;-)

Zibilee said...

My prayers are with you and your family, and I hope that all went well with the surgery. I am also glad that you found s good read to carry you through all the waiting and nervousness. I like the sound of this book and will have to give it a try!

Literary Feline said...

What a title! LOL This does sound like the kind of book that would be good under stressful circumstances--light and entertaining.

I am so sorry for all you've been going through, Melissa. My prayers are with you and your family.

Becky W. said...

Hope this is headed home w/ me! Save it before you ship it off!


Jamie said...

I have this book sitting on my shelf so your review just bumped it up a few spots!

My prayers are with you and your family!

-Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish