My Fair Lazy

Friday, April 30, 2010

Title: My Fair Lazy
Author: Jen Lancaster
Pages: 366
Publisher: NAL (Penguin Group)
Release Date: May 4, 2010

In My Fair Lazy, Jen Lancaster returns with the same wit, humor, hilarious self-reflections, and tangential footnotes that made her so popular with her first books Bitter is the New Black and Bright Lights Big Ass. Now, I have to admit that, for me, those first couple books were definitely her best and funniest books. While I enjoyed Such a Pretty Fat and Pretty In Plaid, I found them not quite as full of the laugh-out-loud humor I found in the first ones. But in this one, I thought Jen Lancaster brought back the same hilarity I was used to.

My Fair Lazy chronicles Jen Lancaster's attempts to sophisticate herself by turning off all the reality television she's addicted to and going to wine and cheese tastings, reading classics, watching opera, etc. This all started for her when, in an attempt to impress and befriend Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City), she pretended to know what/who Baudelaire is.

I was able to relate to all her reality show references -- some because I, too, had watched that show, or because I could relate to being addicted to a similar show. (Jen professes that the only reality show she doesn't watch is Keeping up with the Kardashians which I can't understand because that show is sooo entertaining, lol. I managed to stay away from it for a while but got caught up in some marathons... that's besides the point though). Jen is honest and doesn't pretend to be someone she's not (well, except for when she's being interviewed by Candace Bushnell, lol) so I was able to put myself in her shoes when she had these experiences and laugh along with her.

Jen Lancaster's humor is so funny specifically because she says what she thinks without worrying how others will respond. The things she says are often the things that I know people are thinking and just can't say! But her humor is also intelligent and witty which is why I think she's so well liked by readers. She's also gutsy and will do things or talk to people that I'd be scared to. There were a couple parts in My Fair Lazy that I remember her posting from her blog... other parts she mentioned on her blog but elaborated on in the book. I was disappointed in two specific incidences because she wrote about something she had written in previous books; one of these things I specifically remembered because I thought it was so outright hilarious when I read it the first time. But those are literally the only ones I could remember.

In all, this was another great and hilarious book by Jen Lancaster. If you've never read anything by her, though, I recommend starting with her first two books, Bitter is the New Black and Bright Lights Big Ass, because those are the funniest and they will introduce you to who Jen is and how she got to where she is now. These things are all sort of assumed by the time you read this book and those who haven't "gotten to know" her yet may not appreciate the book as much as they otherwise would.


Kelly McDermott-Bay said...

love this book title, I will have to get this book to read.
Kelly Bookend Diaries

Juju at Tales of said...

Fab review. I LOVE the shoes/slippers.

Miel Abeille said...

Everyone is reading this book! Except me. Hm, I think I need to do something about that!

Jenny said...

Melissa -- LOL. Have you read her first ones?

Juju -- I love the cover too!

Kelly -- I like the title too... she's so clever, hehe.

Emidy said...

This sounds like a great series! I really enjoy books that make me laugh. I guess I'll need to start with the first book, though!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I haven't read these books, but they sound hilarious!

It's funny, though...I've always thought that reality shows were boring and that I would never watch one—because I didn't watch Survivors or The Amazing Race, etc.—but then I found myself captivated, even as I scorned parts of it, by Tori and Dean's show. LOL

And I absolutely LOVE Kirstie Alley's Big Life. So I guess you could say I'm hooked on a couple of reality shows!

Booksnyc said...

I can't wait to read this! I read Bitter is the New Black poolside while on vacation in Jan and laughed out loud all throughout - I think people thought I was crazy!

I look forward to reading this one too!

Miel Abeille said...

Jenny, I have an award for you at Reminder List.

Miel Abeille said...


Re: My Fair Lazy -- No, I haven't read her other books. Am I missing out?

Zibilee said...

I really could use a few funny reads right about now, so I might have to try one of her earlier books. I am glad you had such fun with this one and I am going to have to come back and compare notes after I've finished one. Great review!!

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