Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bright Lights, Big Ass Book Review

A few months ago I posted about the book Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster and how much I loved her style of writing.  When my brother gave me a $50 gift card to Amazon for Christmas, I knew exactly what I was going to do with the gift card: BUY MORE BOOKS!

Since I loved her first book so much, I decided that my next read would be Bright Lights, Big Ass: 

A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?

Brief Overview

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.

Whether she's reporting rude neighbors to Homeland Security, harboring a crush on her grocery store clerk, or fighting-and losing-the Battle of the Stairmaster- Lancaster explores how silly, strange, and not-so-fabulous real city living can be. And if anyone doesn't like it, they can kiss her big, fat, pink, puffy down parka. (Overview from Amazon)

My Review

Just like her first book, Lancaster was able to get my to laugh out loud within the first five pages of her book.  Lancaster is able to take something that would otherwise be a mundane day-to-day task and make it seem hilarious.  From the stories of the evil squirrel on the back porch to the stories of her four pets, I found myself laughing with every chapter.  

As I mentioned before, I appreciate that Lancaster is not afraid to say things exactly as they are, even if that requires a slew of curse words to tell you the story.  I often felt, while reading the book, that I was sitting right in the room with her and we were having a conversation about the happenings of our day.  She does an excellent job of painting you a vivid picture without going into the tiniest of details.  

If you are looking for a lighthearted read, then look this way.  She is sure to not disappoint!

Additional Reviews:
Make sure to check out the rest of Jen Lancaster's books as well!

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