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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2012
I received this book on Librarything in exchange for an honest review.

Let me tell you first it PAINS me not to give this book five stars. Let me start with the MANY pros of this book. I started reading this book as I was waiting for my boss to finish talking to one of my fellow co-workers to help pass the time. I was really anxious about our meeting. Usually, this sort of gesture fails miserably and I end up just nervously jiggling my leg and feeling like I want to vomit. But after about two pages, something miraculous happened. I LAUGHED OUT LOUD. Yes, it's that hilarious. There are very few books that I have ever done that with. In fact, I believe the last time that happened was when I read Elna Baker's novel a year or two ago. And I read a lot of books. I could tell you a synopsis of what this book was about, but it wouldn't do the it justice. The first 30% of the book is close to perfect. I was laughing so much, I had to go to a different room so I wouldn't embarrass myself.

Then things change. What I think happened is that Lulu doesn't trust herself enough. What she doesn't realize is that the FUNNIEST parts are her own story. I could care less about how different people view one weird incident or a graduation speech given by another random character. The real, blastingly hilarious moments are all about her. She's that great. And I want to read about her, not someone else.

So my recommendation for the next book, which I will DEFINTIELY be reading... Lulu, trust yourself. You've got a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2012
Having my own experiences with unemployment and watching family and friends deal with unemployment this was something I could relate to. Lulu Dean's Does This Pink Slip Make Me Look Fat? is a collection of essay dealing with her experiences when she was let go from her job and spent months searching for a new job to no avail. Lulu Dean takes a subject that is facing many people nowadays and finds the humor in her experiences with it. The book will having you laughing all the way through. I only wish it would have been longer. I am looking forward to reading more from Lulu Dean. I would recommend this to everyone, especially to those who have found themselves in the same situation Lulu Dean was in.

*I won this ebook from a Member's Giveaway on Librarything, that in no way affects the content of my review.*
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on February 1, 2015
Enjoying this book.
I ordered it because, I am a Voice-over artist and was interested in producing this as the narrator. My only qualm with this book is that the person in charge of that process never bothered to return my messages/inquiries or acknowledge my audition. It is definitely a fun read, and I would have LOVED bringing it to life! very funny. too bad about the other. I think they would have liked my work!
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on April 7, 2012
I found this collection of essays by Lulu Dean to be laugh out loud funny! The stories of her job loss and search for new employment coupled with her food obsession are told with comic insight. I read through them so fast that I was hoping for more!
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on January 25, 2012
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

OK - you know how it is. You get a book with high hopes only to be let down or frustrated because the story just doesn't deliver. This book is NOT one of those!

Lulu is hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud. Her writing is very personable and she has a no holds back approach. I really enjoyed her true stories. I could have done without the little fictional stories she puts in...but goodness....even those had me laughing!

Some of her stories were a little risque for me. But she is honest and up front - from her kitchen to her "Frisky Fridays" at the Holiday Inn.

I look forward to more of her writings and definitely recommend this book.
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on January 25, 2012
I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for reading and reviewing it.

I laughed myself silly through the majority of this book. This is a collection composed of a mixture of the author's personal experiences after having lost her job, searching for a new one and compensation eating in the process. It also contains a fictional piece broken up into vignettes throughout the book.

On the whole, the true-to-life essays worked much better than the fictional pieces. While the fiction was funny, it suffered from the format used - breaking it up into short bits. It didn't really allow for much development of, or identification with, the characters. That didn't mean I wasn't laughing though ... just that I don't think it had such a great impact as the rest of the book.

When Ms. Dean is talking about her job/life experiences, in addition to the humor, I found myself sympathizing with the things she described, especially the battles with finding a job and overeating. The author makes those two things feel like the only stops on a single unending journey, yet she does it with humor and equanimity - not an easy feat by any means.

I had some difficulty with some of the grammar and formatting in the book, but fortunately the material was so compelling and the errors minor enough that I was able to overlook them. Some careful editing would definitely improve the reader experience however.

If you've ever been on the wrong end of the job search, or if you just want a collection of readable, accessible essays to dip into when you have a moment, you cannot go wrong with this book. I will be looking into more of this author's offerings.
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VINE VOICEon January 15, 2012
This collection is comprised of Dean's thoughts on losing her job and the hopelessness (and overeating) that followed. There are two different types of writing in this collection, Dean's autobiographical tales about her efforts to get a new job, and some short fiction based on her experiences.

In general I found the autobiographical essays to be the strongest part of the book. Dean is funniest when writing about her own life. The fictional parts are so short that there's no real chance for character development, and this is really one of those cases in which the truth is more bizarre (and funnier) than fiction.

The strongest message that I took away from this book was a sense of the absurdity of what people will go through merely to get a decent job. The reminder of all of the ridiculous machinations job candidates go through (aside from the normal things like being competent and qualified) is really surreal. This book is not meant to be serious social criticism, but it's hard to leave the text and not be stuck by the demeaning foolishness that is so much a part of job-seeking.
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on January 11, 2012
I was a bit ambivalent about this book. I didn't like the style it was written in. Lulu's story was funny, but it is interlaced with interviews and affidavits. If the book would have been just Lulu's story, I probably would have liked it much better. Lulu's story was hilarious! Her journey through unemployment is written with a great sense of humour. She writes in the first person point of view, including her thoughts in the narrative. I would have loved to read the rest of her story, but without the extraneous filler.
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