Thursday, October 25, 2012

Audiobook Review: Pretty In Plaid by Jen Lancaster


I've had this book on my shelf forever and had kind of been holding off on reading it because I didn't want my Jen Lancaster experience to be over.  But when I saw it available on the library website I decided it was past time for me to read it, especially since she recently released another that I can look forward to.  This one is the prequel to her memoirs (Bitter Is The New Black, Bright Lights, Big Ass, and Such A Pretty Fat) and tells about her childhood, teen years, and her time in college and as a young professional.  It's written in the same tone as her other books and delivered exactly what I hoped it would.

Writing
If you've read Lancaster before, you know what to expect with her writing.  She writes conversationally and tells hilarious stories with herself as the butt of most of the jokes.  She has a dry, self-deprecating sense of humor and isn't afraid to laugh at herself, which is my favorite thing about her books.  I love a person who doesn't take themselves too seriously and can look back and laugh.  Lancaster is the master of this type of humor. 

Entertainment Value
If you like her brand of humor, you'll like the book.  It's not that her life is particularly fascinating (I found many of her experiences in this book to be pretty mundane) but the way she tells a story is hilarious.  If you are easily offended, however, this probably won't appeal to you.  She can be crass and off-color and definitely uses harsh language.  However, I love her style and think this book totally reflected her personality in a way I could relate to, even if I didn't always find her likable.  Basically it comes down to whether or not you find Lancaster funny.  If you do, you'll like the book.  If you think she's shallow and vulgar in her other books, you won't enjoy this one either.

Narration
On the one hand, it totally lined up with what I was looking for in an audiobook.  It's a light summer (yeah it was still summer when I listened to it) and it was simple enough to follow that I could listen while cleaning or cooking or driving.  I can't do anything too difficult (classics, for example) on audio because I need to be able to do other things while I listen.  So this was perfect subject matter.  On the other hand, I find the bad language a lot less easy to hear than I do to read.  I can skim over those things more easilty than I can hear them, so that was a drawback for me.  In the end, I still enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it to those who like Lancaster and her sense of humor.

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