Author: Jen Lancaster
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Reviewer: 20's/30's Book Group
The following review is a summary of what the 20's/30's Book Group thought of their April title Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster. The next 20's/30's book choice is Gone Girl and will be discussed on May 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Panera Bread in Round Lake Beach.
Book Description (from amazon): In Such a Pretty Fat, Jen Lancaster learned how to come to terms with her body. In My Fair Lazy, she expanded her mind. Now the New York Times bestselling author gives herself—and her generation—a kick in the X, by facing her greatest challenge to date: acting her age.
Jen is finally ready to put away childish things (except her Barbie Styling Head, of course) and embrace the investment-making, mortgage-carrying, life-insurance-having adult she’s become. From getting a mammogram to volunteering at a halfway house, she tackles the grown-up activities she’s resisted for years, and with each rite of passage she completes, she’ll uncover a valuable—if probably humiliating—life lesson that will ease her path to full-fledged, if reluctant, adulthood.
Book Club's Review: The reviews on this book were somewhat mixed. A few people really enjoyed and a few others were more neutral towards it. We all thought it had laugh out loud funny moments to it.
- It's somewhat hard to relate to her at times given her current wealth and status as a full time writer (she has a lot of time and money that the rest of us aren't lucky enough to have!)
- Reading a memoir that takes place in Chicago and Lake County is really neat. There were a lot of moments of "Hey! I've been there!"
- Read Chapter 24 titled "Generator X". It's one of the funniest parts of the book.
- Chapter 2 and 7 are also really good.
- Some of us felt her criticisms of generations Y and the millennials were unjust.