Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending,Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart Ass Phase

by Jen Lancaster | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 9780451226808 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tempestsans of Canton, Georgia USA on 5/14/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by tempestsans from Canton, Georgia USA on Thursday, May 14, 2009
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Journal Entry 2 by tempestsans from Canton, Georgia USA on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The hardcover debut from the New York Times bestselling author— the prequel to Bitter is the New Black.

In Pretty in Plaid, Jen Lancaster reveals how she developed the hubris that perpetually gets her into trouble. Using fashion icons of her youth to tell her hilarious and insightful stories, readers will meet the girl she used to be.

Think Jen Lancaster was always “like David Sedaris with pearls and a super-cute handbag?” (Jennifer Coburn) Think again. She was a badge-hungry Junior Girl Scout with a knack for extortion, an aspiring sorority girl who didn’t know her Coach from her Louis Vuitton, and a budding executive who found herself bewildered by her first encounter with a fax machine. In this humorous and touching memoir, Jen Lancaster looks back on her life—and wardrobe—before bitter was the new black and shows us a young woman not so very different than the rest of us.

The author who showed us what it was like to wait in line at the unemployment office with a Prada bag, how living in the city can actually suck, and that losing weight can be fun with a trainer named Barbie and enough Ambien is ready to take you on a hilarious and heartwarming trip down memory lane in her shoes (and very pretty ones at that).

Journal Entry 3 by tempestsans from Canton, Georgia USA on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
was really enjoying the movement of the book through her childhood with the landmarks of fashion and hairstyle along the way - but she seemed to jerk into high school and then crash into having graduated from college without segway to help the reader understand the movement - made the story a bit choppy for me. still entertaining and her wry humor makes it an enjoyable enough read.

now that i'm done i'll be offering this one up as an international bookray.

and the order of the ray is...

dvg (cuz her PM sounded like she could use a giggle or two)

Released 9 yrs ago (7/20/2009 UTC) at Controlled Release, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases



putting this one in the mail to dvg tomorrow along with a wish fulfilling surprise book that i just finished. wasn't able to get a response from jennyc1230 so i've moved her to the end of the list. sorry to have to adjust but sometimes it goes that way!


Journal Entry 5 by dvg from Toms River, New Jersey USA on Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Received this today along with a wishlist book tucked inside - will comment in that JE. =)
What a wonderful surprise to find it in my mailbox! Jen Lancaster is a fairly new author to me having discovered her in the past few months and I am quickly reading her books! Jen is someone any woman can understand. She can be a little, um, out there and it really makes me laugh out loud.
Thank you for sharing this with me tempestsans! While I'm reading another bookray at the moment, I know I will have this read and moving by the weekend. Marking reserved as I do the happy dance!

Journal Entry 6 by dvg from Toms River, New Jersey USA on Thursday, August 06, 2009
Thank you tempestsans for sharing this with me. I was in need of a few laughs.
Jen Lancaster has done it again! I'm laughing out loud making people look at me! If you think you can sit and read this any place quietly, think again. Out of nowhere, you will be laughing out loud, you can't help it! I double-dog dare ya not to laugh. This author has quickly made it to my fairly short list of favorite authors.
I don't want to give away any of the fun. Jen takes a look at the early years and there is something for everyone to relate to in this book. Girl Scouts, high school, new kid in town, college, jobs and even Gucci. I think everyone who reads this will find a little bit of themselves in least I did. Thanks Jen for sharing yourself with us...its a fun ride to take along with you.
I have PM'd awakeagain for her addy. Should be on its way tomorrow.

Journal Entry 7 by dvg at a bookray, to the next reader -- Controlled Releases on Friday, August 07, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (8/7/2009 UTC) at a bookray, to the next reader -- Controlled Releases


Sending to awakeagain who is the next reader in this bookray. I know you will be laughing out loud!

Journal Entry 8 by awakeagain from Port Murray, New Jersey USA on Saturday, August 08, 2009
Rec'd this bookray today and already started reading it. PMing sunfi for an address.

Journal Entry 9 by awakeagain from Port Murray, New Jersey USA on Thursday, August 13, 2009
This book sounded good and I completely forgot my reaction to the Bitter is the New Black. The bottom line is that I don't like Jen Lancaster. There's something mean to me in her style of humor. I detect a definite sense that she feels superior to everyone else and I just don't care for her. Her long-suffering husband Fletch is only a minor part of this book but I still wonder about the dynamics of their relationship.

Sending to Sunfi.

Journal Entry 10 by sunfi from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Monday, August 17, 2009
Arrived safe and sound in Ohio, I have a number of other rings/rays ahead of this but I'll get them on my way as soon as I can. I keep my profile updated (weekly) so you can always see how close they are to the top. Thanks tempestsans for including me and awakeagain for mailing this to me.

Journal Entry 11 by sunfi from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Friday, August 28, 2009
Just finished this one, I liked this one better than her other three books. I really enjoyed the epilogue it seemed to be more "real" than other parts of the book. I'm hoping to mail this out today. I'll JE when I'm able to do that.

Journal Entry 12 by sunfi at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Ohio USA on Friday, August 28, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (8/28/2009 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Ohio USA



On its way to the next reader, it should arrive in the next few weeks. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 13 by easterngirl71 from Alton, Illinois USA on Saturday, September 05, 2009
Thanks for sending this book my way! Also thanks for the understanding that it is going to take me a bit longer than others to read it. I appreciate your kindness! Thanks again:)

Journal Entry 14 by easterngirl71 from Alton, Illinois USA on Sunday, November 15, 2009
I really enjoyed reading this book! I was brought up in a Navy town so I had the feeling that I kind of knew how Jen felt as she moved alot when she was a kid. I loved her story. She mad me laugh, which of course I really need to do right now! I appreciate your letting me read this book!!! I will be sending it off to the next person in line the middle of next week:)

Journal Entry 15 by easterngirl71 at Alton, Illinois USA on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (11/19/2009 UTC) at Alton, Illinois USA



Sending to the next person on the ring! 2of3Rs this book is on it's way to you!! Enjoy:)

Journal Entry 16 by 2of3Rs from Hillsboro, Oregon USA on Saturday, November 28, 2009
Just received on the next leg of the ring...thank you for tempestans for including me! I have been eying Jen Lacaster books for several years. I did pick up one of her books and read the first few pages (don't remember which one) and did have the same thought as awakeagain, that she seemed mean. I'm kind of glad I'm starting with this one as it's supposed to be the prequel to the others...and funny sounds good to me.

Journal Entry 17 by 2of3Rs from Hillsboro, Oregon USA on Tuesday, December 01, 2009
I'd like to give this book a 6.5. I read the whole thing and did enjoy it. She's a funny writer and there were moments I laughed (well, maybe snickered) out loud. That said, I didn't feel very connected to the author...she wrote the whole book around what she was wearing (or should have been wearing) during certain important, life-shaping events, some of which were shaped, she felt, BY her clothes and attendant accessories. I so could not relate, that has not been my reality. Which is FINE, it just felt so foreign to me. And superficial. (Ah, would that be me being judgmental?) She redeemed herself a little in the epilogue where she talks about success and kind of the meaning of life.
As for her being 'mean'...I think she's sharp and sarcastic and not always 'nice'. That doesn't (always) translate to mean, but does sometimes.
I'll be sending this to solskinn...

Journal Entry 18 by wolkenklang on Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Jen is now in Austria!

Journal Entry 19 by wolkenklang at an einen bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (2/3/2010 UTC) at an einen bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases



Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 20 by JennyC1230 from Woodstock, Georgia USA on Thursday, March 04, 2010
The book is here! I am going to read it soon and send it to the next person. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 21 by JennyC1230 from Woodstock, Georgia USA on Monday, March 22, 2010
I enjoyed reading this book, but I don't think it was quite as funny as her other books.

My favorite quotes from the book:

"I double-check everything in my Always Prepared bag--keys to this apartment plus the one I still have at school because I couldn't get out of the lease, two shades of lipstick, extra sunglasses, pressed powder, tube of concealer, a book, a magazine in case I finish the book, a bagged lunch, salt and pepper in case there isn't any in the breakroom, pepper spray, peppermints, a train schedule, a second train schedule, a third train schedule in case anything unfortunate happens to the first two train schedules, cream and black and neutral pantyhose, clear nail polish in case I run all three extra pairs, an umbrella, mittens in case of a cold snap, socks in case I lose the mittens, a sewing kit, Band-aids, tampons, a pen, a pencil, and a legal pad in case they don't have any in the office, a framed picture of my parent's dog Nixon because I love him, and one extra brass anchor button in case anything pops off of my navy suit." -- In this part she's nervous about her first day of work and going over everything she has in her bag.

I'm glad I am not the only weirdo who packs everything but the kitchen sink in my purse.

Can I be honest here? I kind of don't understand sushi. Like, what's the draw of raw fish? Especially raw fish wrapped in seaweed? And, really? Seaweed? Who came up with the idea to eat this? Was someone all, "Hey, you know that disgusting green algae? I'm talking about the crap that gets stuck to our oars when we row the boat and ruins our nets and makes our hair all slimy when we dive in? And that washes up on the sand and reeks like an ocean full of dead fish? Yeah, we should totally have that with dinner."

I don't plan on ever trying sushi because it has no appeal for me whatsoever. If I order seafood, it had better arrive to the table cooked thoroughly!

I went in for my first professional bra fitting. I found out I was six inches and two cup sizes off! (Who knew everything up there was rolling around like a couple of honeydew melons in the trunk?) I didn't care for the fitting itself because it entailed a stranger moving my b-r-e-a-s-t-s around like a shell game for thirty minutes."

I do remember some of my favorite outfits from when I was a kid, but I don't always remember what I was doing at the time. She might have taken some license with that, or maybe she had pictures or a diary to help her remember.

I feel sorry for her, because she is a bit materialistic, she feels like she has to prove she is better than some people by buying purses, shoes, clothes with a certain name brand when she is not really rich to begin with. I have never been that way, if someone doesn't like me for who I am, I don't care. It's always nice to be liked, but I would rather be liked for myself than what brand of purse or shoes I own. I am NOT a name brand shopper.

Someone said in their journal entry that they thought her sense of humor was mean, I don't think she is trying to be mean, but in fact she is being honest, which to me is real and more interesting. She writes her book with no filter and that can be a change of pace from what we are used to reading.

I am waiting for Jayebirck to send me their address. Not sure if my PM's are getting through to them. If anyone has an e-mail address for them, please send it to me. I will keep trying.

Thanks for sharing tempestsans!

Journal Entry 22 by JennyC1230 from Woodstock, Georgia USA on Wednesday, April 07, 2010
I have sent a few PM's to Jayebirck, but I am still waiting for an address to send the book to them.

Journal Entry 23 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Sunday, June 27, 2010
I couldn't find the last person on the bookray, so tempestsans said I could do what I want with the book.

I am putting this book into Nattabee's First Bookbox. Enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 24 by wingk00kaburrawing at San Jose, California USA on Thursday, July 29, 2010
This book enjoyed a brief stop in San Jose, California before continuing its travels in NattyBee's First Book Box!

Journal Entry 25 by wingheartthumperwing at Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Friday, August 13, 2010
Grabbed from Nattabee's First Book Box. I have heard about this book and can't wait to read it.

Journal Entry 26 by wingheartthumperwing at Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Sunday, September 18, 2011
Book got a little slow in the middle, but loved the ending. I thought most of it was extremely funny! Looking for another reader.

Released 7 yrs ago (2/18/2012 UTC) at BOOK BOX in -- wild in the usa, -- Wild Released somewhere in USA -- USA


Added to the Making New Friends Book Box.

Journal Entry 28 by wingbookstogivewing at Springville, Tennessee USA on Monday, February 27, 2012
This great book returned in the Traveling and Making Friends Bookbox, thanks for including it! I have not read this one before so onto MTR it goes.

Journal Entry 29 by wingbookstogivewing at Cordova, Tennessee USA on Thursday, September 06, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (9/6/2012 UTC) at Cordova, Tennessee USA


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Journal Entry 30 by dancing-dog at Cordova, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Received in the bookpatch-dancing-dog trade-sized paperback bookbox - thank you!

Journal Entry 31 by dancing-dog at Cordova, Tennessee USA on Sunday, December 16, 2012
My favorite part of this book was part I, The Seventies, which was fairly amusing. I could not relate to the college-sorority part ( part 2 ) much although I did better with part 3 when she enters the working world. A quick humorous read.

Released 6 yrs ago (12/13/2012 UTC) at Celebrity Refelections in -- Lakes, ports, waterways, ships, Florida USA


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