Well I think the title says it allâ€¦ Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office.
Really. This funny novel by Jen Lancaster does actually live up to it’s witty sub title.
I found the book refreshing and real, though sometimes I wanted to reach in the book and slap Jen for being such a smart ass. The book takes you on a rather unpredictable journey where you follow Jen around her high paying finance job, to being jobless post 9/11 (and of course going into the unemployment office carrying a Prada bag). As hard as she tries she canâ€™t get a job, so she gets married, then her husband loses his job. Things donâ€™t look up when they have to move out of their swish apartment. And of course Jen gets kicked while sheâ€™s down, so much so you almost feel sorry for her as the character starts to warm to you.
And like most chick lit stories, there is a happy ending (because what good novel would end on a horrible note?).
A fun novel, that towards the end starts talking about her ups and downs in the world of web logs. Or as we now know them â€“ Blogs. And boy can I relate to some of her comments â€“ especially the ones about blogging and mundane things you have to do in the work placeâ€¦
Definitely pick up this book for a fun light read.
Now that I’ve finished reading this bookâ€¦ itâ€™s on to The Debutante Divorcee by Plum Sykes. Or one of the zillion mags Iâ€™ve got piled up next to my bed!