Saturday, May 19, 2007
31. "Bitter is the New Black" - Jen Lancaster
Based on her blog, "Jennsylvania," this book covers a spoiled, snobby ex-sorority chick's fall from grace after losing her high-paying job during the dot-com bust.
Though Jen is self-deprecating, a lot of her ego is wrapped up in her work. Pretty normal, but after she is unemployed for close to two years, it begins to gnaw at her a bit. However, the book seems to leave out some of the important decisions that led to the reactions (which are the written essays). For example, she's clipping coupons for cat food, but she still goes out and buys unbelievably expensive boots. Later, there is regret, but there is no real story beneath the surface.
Bitter, yes. I would be, too. But without more substance, it was hard to feel sorry for Jen; in fact, there's little to like in this written portrayal.
2.0 out of 5.0 White Russians.