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Here I Go Again: A Novel by [Lancaster, Jen]
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“This is the only book in twenty years that made me wipe my eyes. Jen Lancaster’s like a modern-day, bawdy Erma Bombeck....I couldn’t put it down!”—Lisa Lampanelli, New York Post

“Entertaining, humorous, and well-written, and the characters are perfection; those of you who grew up in the eighties will be transported back there as if it was only yesterday.”—Examiner.com

Mean Girls meets Back to the Future…scathingly witty and lots of fun.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A whimsical twist on the Back to the Future scenario…a fitting and none too treacly close. Quantum physics was never funnier. A great read.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A charming comedy in the vein of movies like Big and 13 Going on 30….Readers will find it easy to root for the frank and funny heroine of this winsome, whimsical tale...downright fun.”—Booklist (starred review)

 

About the Author

Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of ten books: Twisted Sisters, The Tao of Martha, Here I Go Again, Jeneration X, If You Were Here, My Fair Lazy, Pretty in Plaid, Such a Pretty Fat, Bright Lights, Big Ass, and Bitter is the New Black. She has appeared on Today, The Joy Behar Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their ever-expanding menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

Product Details

  • File Size: 857 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451236726
  • Publisher: NAL (January 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R8GXLS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I usually love everything Jen Lancaster writes, to the point I avoid reading them in public as her writing has always had me quite literally laughing out loud. Like, tears rolling down my face, can't catch my breath laughing. More so with her memoirs than her first novel, but even that novel was really very funny and clever.

Slight spoiler below......

Here I Go Again, about the high school mean girl and her attempts to right wrongs and improve lives (her own and others) through a series of time travel episodes where she tried to be nicer, then meaner, then hitting the right tone to arrive at her 'perfect life' was boring, not a bit funny, and honestly - quite odd. This was not done in a clever enough manner to provide a suspension of disbelief that would have the reader saying - yeah, a magic potion could TOTALLY do that. And, remembering the mean girls of my past, could changing how one behaved in a period of a few weeks really undo all the cruelty that came before?

Usually a Jen Lancaster read provides a welcome reading vacation - making you laugh along and nod your head. This one just misses the mark. While I highly recommend reading all her great memoirs, this one I would sadly give a pass on.
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I guess I have outgrown Jen Lancaster.I have read all of her books but one. Enjoyed her last work of fiction, but this one was boring and unoriginal. Really, going back to high school to correct the present, where have a heard that one before? Let me count the books and movies. It's been done!! She still can write an amusing / sarcastic line, but the plot was not there.
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I have LOVED everything Jen Lancaster has done since I devoured her first, and most hilarious book, "Bitter is the New Black." Even though her first fiction book wasn't nearly as entertaining as her non-memoir books, I loyally stood by her b/c I think she is a comedic genius. But her new novel, "Here I Go Again" is one of the worst pieces of fiction I have ever forced myself to read all the way through. The characters are boring, the story line is a copycat on all those Freaky Friday copycats, there is so much body dismorphia and celebrating anorexia in this book that it should be banned for any impressionable woman under the age of 22, and chapter after chapter is just a repeat/re-wording of the one before, making this the longest, most drawn out chick-lit book (which is typically characterized as a "quick read") I have ever read. Save yourself some time and read the description of the book. That basically sums up the whole story without having to read any of it. Jen, please go back to your pee-your-pants hilarious memoirs b/c fiction is not your forte.
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EDIT: I want to add, because I found it so unbelievable that there would be so many 5 star reviews, I looked at each pretty carefully. This can't be real because so many of the reviews are the same: praise without any specifics or WHY they love the book. This is really annoying because it is also unfair to readers who want an accurate view of what they are buying. Many of the 5 star reviews are from people who sound exactly the same (Jen herself?) and making it more suspicious, they only have 1 review on Amazon.

But here's my HONEST take: I have to say from the start that this book would _never_ be published if Jenn were a new novelist. This is one of the worst books I have ever read--and I'm glad I used our library and spared the expense.

I first want to say that I have been a huge Jen Lancaster fan in the past, although my enthusiasm for her writing is diminishing rapidly. This one slid her further down my readability chart.

First, there's nothing original or new in this novel. She reached into her used writing bin and carted out bits of her previous memoirs: recycle, recycle, recycle.

The story reads like a VERY young reader novel with a completely unbelievable plot--there is no way a reasonably intelligent person could suspend disbelief.

The writing is recycled and the storyline is unbelievable. She should go back to memoirs because novels aren't her forte.
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Jen. Please. Stop. Publishing. Fiction.

This is the second time I've anxiously awaited the arrival of Jen Lancaster's new book only to be completely disappointed.

Her characters, relationships, plots and sub-plots are not fully developed. I end up hating her main characters and wanting to B-slap the men for not standing up to these horrific women. These weak characters haphazardly bump into each other trying to figure out how they got there or why they even exist.

She says she loves writing fiction. Great. Write it, don't publish it.

There's not an original thought, plot or character in this entire story. It's a mish mash of the film Peggy Sue Got Married, along with every John Hughes film, and too much wine at a young adult fiction writer's weekend workshop. The main character, Lissy Rider is beyond mean; not clever or fun, just completely narcissistic and unlikable. Believe it or not, the mother character is worse!

I have read everything Jen Lancaster has published. Her early biographical work is her best. I had to be careful where I read it because I'd laugh out loud. I still get a chuckle or two from her newer works but they too are beginning to seem contrived.

Bottom line; I wish I had the money I spent, as well as the time I wasted reading it, back. I also won't be sharing it, discussing it, or encouraging anyone else to read it.
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