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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,586 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jen Lancaster Narrator: Jamie Heinlein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781101053034
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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, listeners 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 is ready to take you on a hilarious and heartwarming trip down memory lane in her shoes (and very pretty ones at that).

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacey Niford | 2/17/2014

    " Just picked up my reserved copy from the library, will start this weekend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 2/16/2014

    " Well, she warns you the author is egomanical and self-centered, though there were no wonder years before that. She's always self-centered. In the stories about her childhood, the first few chapters, it was funny. After the first few chapters, it got old. Don't be fooled by the title, the book is barely about clothing. In fact, aside from shallow, brand name dropping shopping expeditions, Lancaster didn't include too much about her fashion, just insisting that she was fashionable. Her clothing memories seems to serve as chapter names, nothing else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/15/2014

    " Funny and a quick page-turner... Great summer reading fluff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 2/10/2014

    " Cute & funny - I really enjoyed and felt like I related to much of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dierdre | 1/28/2014

    " She is hilarious! Love her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Schumacher | 1/26/2014

    " I just LOVE Jen Lancaster. I think she is hilarious, snarky, and the second I finish one of her books, I am ready for another. Bitter is the New Black is still my favorite, but I loved Pretty in Plaid too! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mindy | 1/11/2014

    " This book is completely annoying. I don't know why I listened to the whole thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Kirkwood blair | 1/3/2014

    " Love the way this one is told through the stories that match each outfit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Bembry | 12/31/2013

    " I can't help liking Jen's memoirs. Although we are probably poles apart from each other in many many ways, I can relate to her smart-alecky, irony laden humor. I'd like to hear a memoir of her and Fletch about how they got hooked up - with his side in there too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 12/6/2013

    " I LOVE Jen Lancaster! She is my favorite author, however, Pretty in Plaid was disappointing. It isn't laugh-out-loud-in-public funny like her previous offerings. It is worth a read, but don't expect Bitter Is the New Black. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 11/28/2013

    " For what she does, and that is write funny books about her life, she does it very very well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Hillard | 11/23/2013

    " Love Jen! And I say that like we're friends because that's how you feel after reading her books. Such a Pretty Fat is still my favorite but this one did in fact make me chuckle out loud. Simply ADORE the footnotes. I find myself reading other books and thinking, "Damn this needs a footnote" :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Rorie | 11/4/2013

    " Very funny...brought back a lot of memories. I was laughing out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 8/26/2013

    " Probably 3 1/2 more so than 4 stars. The book was funny and I like Jen Lancaster as an author but not so much as a person. I don't think we would like each other if we met in person. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hendo | 7/20/2013

    " Loved it. Could have done without the soul searching epilogue, but otherwise highly entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty Sweeney | 6/26/2013

    " Sometimes a little overdone, but I'd still read anything Lancaster puts out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimzee | 5/25/2013

    " If you love clothes and lived through the Izod-wearing, wooden pocketbook carrying days of the late-70's and early-80's, then this book is for you. If not, then you just might not relate to this one. Cute and great concept though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garityann | 3/6/2013

    " Laughed so hard throughout the entire book. Not a book you should read if you want to avoid caustic language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/23/2012

    " Of all the Jen Lancaster memoirs, this has been my favorite. Really enjoyed re-living all the pop-culture from the 70's on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 4/11/2012

    " I thought this was one of her better memoirs. It describes her past and how she got to be the way she is/was. Humanizing and funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonie | 9/29/2011

    " I listened to this book and found it easier than reading it (with all of the footnotes). Very funny... typical Jen Lancaster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessi Brown | 7/28/2011

    " It's Jen Lancaster... You can never go wrong with her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 6/9/2011

    " Once again, Jen Lancaster does not disappoint! I constantly found myself laughing so hard I was snorting as I read her latest. She is truly a God! Love her - can soooo relate to her and she is NOT afraid to say all the things you know your thinking!!!! Bravo, Jen!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 5/20/2011

    " Very good; I always enkoy Jen Lancaster's books and this is possibly my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 5/8/2011

    " I just think she's funny. What can I say? It's another guilty pleasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 5/4/2011

    " Memoir tied to favorite outfits and trend as author was growing up. Very funny and readable. Fills in background of first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 4/26/2011

    " Jen Lancaster never fails to crack me up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Val | 4/22/2011

    " Another great, funny book by Jen Lancaster! I love that all the goofy stuff I was embarrassed about when I was young was experienced ten-fold by Jen. Through her quirkiness, I am reminded that life is funny and fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liliana | 4/18/2011

    " Great memoir, again. In my opinion NOT as fun as "Such a Pretty Fat" but just as entertaining. This is realizty (TV... uh, book?!) at its best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/16/2011

    " Fun easy read for a weekend. She's just so good at poking fun at herself! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 4/7/2011

    " She is so funny! I thought it was really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiki | 3/27/2011

    " The book was hysterical. I think because I was listening on CD it made it THAT much funnier, but nonetheless a GREAT read.

    I want to be friends with Jen Lancaster. She's incredibly funny and fearless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/24/2011

    " Laugh-out-loud funny. Need to read her other books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 3/20/2011

    " Fun read. Probably a good beach book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 3/19/2011

    " I've read Jen Lancaster's blog for over a year. I figured it was time to try one of her books. This book was FUN. I loved the narrator. It was nice to have a fun fluffy book for once. On to another! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 3/17/2011

    " I love Jen Lancaster! Such funny observations ~ what you think and never say! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 3/14/2011

    " Definitely laughed out loud at parts, but liked the others better. "

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