Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review: Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster

Title: Bright Lights, Big Ass
Author: Jen Lancaster
Publisher: NAL Trade
Publish Date: 2007
Source: Library

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You want tons of laughs.
What's the Story?:

From "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."

My Two Cents:

Full disclosure: I'm a huge Jen Lancaster fan. This woman makes me laugh and make a fool of myself while reading in public places. She is awesome. In a lot of ways, Jen Lancaster reminds me a lot of myself. We have some key differences but I think we'd be good friends. She's always getting herself into really funny and strange situations and telling the stories of the situations in such a funny way that you find yourself laughing out loud and having to read a couple pages to your husband to show him what you're laughing about.

I can relate to this book on so many levels. My husband and I both grew up in the suburbs and both dreamt of living in the city. We're in the city now living our dream but unfortunately city living, as Ms. Lancaster, points out is not really as glamorous as Sex and the City would have us believe. I love my city but I've gotta say something happens every once in awhile that makes me think, "Gee, let's go back to Suburbia right now." I found myself nodding my head along with Jen throughout the book.

Bottom line: If you're looking for a laugh, both suburbanites and city mice will find something to love about this book!


  1. I love a book that can make me laugh. I was laughing as soon as I saw the title! Putting this one on my TBR list. Thanks for the review!

  2. Lol! Like Anne, I even laughed reading the title! Definitely adding this to the TBR :)

    PS - I just saw in your sidebar you've read 180 books this year!! Holy moly lady you're a reading machine :)

  3. @Anne Jen Lancaster will definitely make you laugh. Next I'm looking forward to reading the fiction book that she wrote that came out this year!

  4. @Kat @ NoPageLeftBehind Haha, if nothing else, college and grad school made me a super fast reader!


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