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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jen Lancaster has lived a life based on reinvention and self-improvement. From Bitter Is the New Black to The Tao of Martha, she's managed to document her (and her generation's) attempts to shape up, grow up, and have it all - sometimes with disastrous results....
Sure, Jen has made mistakes. She spent all her money from a high-paying job on shoes, clothes, and spa treatments. She then carried a Prada bag to the unemployment office. She wrote a whole memoir about dieting...but didn't lose weight. She embarked on a quest for cultural enlightenment that only cemented her love for John Hughes movies and Kraft American Singles. She tried to embrace everything Martha Stewart while living with a menagerie of rescue cats and dogs. (Glitter...everywhere.)
Mistakes are one thing; regrets are another.
After a girls' weekend in Savannah makes her realize that she is - yikes! - middle-aged (binge watching is so the new binge drinking), Jen decides to make a bucket list and seize the day, even if that means having her tattoo removed at 100 times the cost of putting it on.
From attempting a juice cleanse to studying Italian, from learning to ride a bike to starting a new business, and from sampling pasta in Rome to training for a 5K, Jen is turning a midlife crisis into a midlife opportunity, sharing her sometimes bumpy - but always hilarious - attempts to better her life...again.
©2015 Jen Lancaster (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Julie Cohenour on 05-07-15

Good, not the best

I love Jen's other memoirs. I would put this one way above Jeneration X. I have really loved all of her other memoirs, so I guess I'm only disappointed because it didn't live up to those. I still enjoyed it, and finished it in two days. She says "sidebar" way too much in this book. At first, I thought it was just going to be in the opening chapter, but it was constant sidebaring through the entire book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By T. Filowitz on 05-24-15

The Smug Is Strong With This One

I listened to this twice, and maybe that was my mistake. I enjoyed it the first time, but the second time there were things about it that weren't satisfying. Jen's matured a lot, and her writing has gotten a bit stuffy and formal. Or maybe that's just the over-enunciating/stuffy way she reads it. She learns lots of lessons about herself and is so damn pleased about it, that after awhile I found myself rolling my eyes and getting twitchy. She has FINALLY stumbled upon the key to her losing weight, but decides that sharing the details of it aren't appropriate for a "funny memoir" - NO! I want to know! There's just a whole lot of smug judging that made me feel less and less that Jen's someone I'd want to hang out with (the way I USED to feel$. Couple that with snooze-worthy stories, stilted dialogue, and constant apologizing any time she has an opinion that might be the slightest bit controversial and it's a wash. The only thing I regret is going back for the second reading!

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