Friday, August 1, 2014

Julie's Review: Here I Go Again

Author: Jen Lancaster
Series: None
Publication Date: January 31, 2014
Publisher: New American Library
Pages: 352
Obtained: purchased
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3.75/5
Bottom Line: Quick and good fun
Grab, Just get it at the library, or Remove from your TBR list? Library
Summary: Twenty years after ruling the halls of her suburban Chicago high school, Lissy Ryder doesnt understand why her glory days ended. Back then, she was worshipped…beloved…feared. Present day, not so much. Shes been pink-slipped from her high-paying job, dumped by her husband, and kicked out of her condo. Now, at thirty-seven, shes struggling to start a business from her parents garage and sleeping under the hair-band posters in her old bedroom. Lissy finally realizes karma is the only bitch bigger than she was. Her present is miserable because of her past. But its not like she can go back in time and change who she was...or can she?

Review: Lissy Ryder is a bitch. She's spiteful and thinks only of herself, so what she needs is a little education on how hideous she really is. So, she gets sent back in time to her senior year to fix things. Except by now everyone know that if you change one little thing in the past, it totally screws up the future. Plus Lissy is so full of herself she doesn't quite get that it isn't really about making herself look or feel better. She is pretty damn self-absorbed.

Can I just say that I laughed pretty regularly through this one? It might not have been one of her memoirs but it has her same bawdy humor. It's definitely the same style of writing as her memoirs. Is it earth shaking literature, nope but it's fun. Especially for those in the same generation as Ms. Lancaster I appreciated all the hairband references and the ode to WhiteSnake.

Lissy is a lost cause for most of the book. It takes a pretty big loss to get her head screwed on straight. It's pretty obvious to this reader that Lissy is headed down the road to being her mother. That alone should scare the crap out of her.  While life might not be exactly what she thinks in the end, she's pretty much where she should be. 

Here I Go Again is a perfect summer poolside read. It's also a little fun to think about how you might change things you did in the past as well.



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