Book Review: Such A Pretty Fat

suchapretty_smallAuthor:      Jen Lancaster

Publisher:  New American Library, The Penguin Group.


ISBN #:    978-0-451-22389-0

Type:        Biography: Comedy/Chick Lit

Pages:     379 Paperback

Purchase: $10.78 from Amazon.Com (HERE)


The Review

jen-post-sizeFirst off, let me start by sharing that the only possible thing that could make this book any more PERFECT for me is a great bottle glass of Chardonnay.  Jen is my sister from anotha’ motha’… and, I think I’m glad that I had mine based on what shares about her mom’s inability to cook anything decent during her childhood.   Her book was another Walmart “impulse buy” despite the looming stack of books that await my eyes and review. 

After reading Hypocrite In A White Pouffy Dress and The Makedown,  I think that I’m hooked on writer chics with a great sense of humor and even better sense of self.  Jen is the Queen of them!  Now, I have yet to read Amy Sedaris… and, believe me you, she’s on my list to books to get my hands on… but, so far out of all the “make me laugh aloud” authors, she takes the cake (not, Birthday Cake… no discussion of that is allowed!).   What makes Jen so great?  Besides the fact that she’s probably the most REAL person I’ve read, I can totally relate to her.  I get it when she has “people rage” against the stupidest of the stupidest.  I can relate to her recipe for the best mashed potatoes (after all, what are good mashed potatoes without a stick of butter, gobs of cheese, and fantastic spices?).  I, too, have recently lost an executive job and would rather do anything that work temp jobs serving coffee.  I’m a mommy of two doggies (although, mine only weigh about 120 lbs combined – Jen’s 170 lbs combined… see her babies below).  I’ve worked out with that “perfect body” trainer, and thank GOD her name wasn’t Barbie because then murder would have definitely been an option.  I can understand the pride in finding exercise to be in better health for you and not to become a size 4.   The art of the mani/pedi is one that should never be taken for granted (Jen:  if you read this… so sorry about the toe gouging incident that day before your trip… that sucks!  I would have refused to pay… or, insisted on a significant discount!)  I don’t think that anybody loves the Key Lime Martini as much as Jen and I!  And, the art of reality TV (most specifically, So You Think You Can Dance) never goes unwasted.  I only wish we could sip key lime martinis, throw down a few cupcakes, and watch Family Guy together…. that would be the BEST!  Jen… move to Cali!

jenn-and-fletchHow are Jen & I different?  I’ve never worn Crocs… heard of them, though!  I haven’t written my book… YET!  She has an AWESOME husband (mine is still lurking out there in the dark).  She coordinates her workout outfits, while I could care less.   She doesn’t have the BALLS to merge lanes and be an aggressive driver (again… move to Cali and you can’t survive without learning how!).  I have one more cat than her.  I can say the word “naked” aloud (as I can with “intercourse” and other such taboo words).  My ipod work out list is WAY BETTER than hers!  Jen, how can you miss Mary J. Blige’s Fine?  Jen, FYI:  For a good run, I know this sounds insane, but Eminence Front sets a good pace.  Oooh… and, It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls.. yep!

Oh, for those of you out there interested in the review of the book, as opposed to my wanna-be relationship with Jen, I am sure you will find no surprise in hearing that I LOVED IT!  Now, I have to get my hands on MORE!  I heard that she wrote a book called Pretty in Plaid  that’s coming out very soon.  The chick is a writing MACHINE!  She wrote Bright Lights Big Ass and Bitter is the New Black.   I will treat myself soon.  This book is her memoir of trying to lose 50 pounds.  She first attempts Atkins, shifts to Jenny Craig, and ends up with Weight Watchers.  But, more than the type of diet, what the readers can take from this hysterical memoir, is that it is more important to love thy self and to be healthy than it is to be consumed with ultra-skinniness.  She finds successes in being able to dash up stairs, swim 25 laps, and running on a treadmill.  It is about being healthy, NOT BEING THIN!  Jen gets that and she shows her readers how not to be afraid to walk away from the “ding dong.”  She is the epitome of how a woman should love herself!

jenns-dogs-post-sizeNow, for all those out there who have amazing figures and who aren’t “foodies,” I’m forever jealous and could only wish to have your metabolism.  But, being a size 10-12 (depending on the day and time of the month), my fight with my back fat is never quite ever won.   However, I can run, lift, and play soccer with my kids.  I may not look perfect naked, I may have a double chin (or, triple), and perpetually look 2 months pregnant… but, I rock!  And, Jen reminded me of that!  All women should be blessed with her self-esteem… we are all beautiful creations, goddesses to be cherished!

My girls are always focused on what I’m reading, any why I’m not reading the Twilight Series yet.  When they hear me laughing aloud when I’m reading, they always ask me what I’m reading.  With Such a Pretty Fat, they told me, “Mom, you really like this one, don’t you?” 

“Uhh… yeah!”

If you’ve ever dieted, had pedestrian rage, or have “pre-cleaned” before your cleaning lady arrives, this book is a MUST pick-up!

On Sher’s “Out of Ten Scale:”

Now… not that it’s a literary masterpiece ready for nomination for the Pulitzer Prize (sorry, Jen)… it’s just a freakin’ fantastic read to escape my own sh*t!  I LOVED IT!  It’s going to my sis-in-law, pronto!  What else can I give it but a 10 out of 10*?   This is my kind of book!  

* Genre: Biography/Chick Lit… and, BTW, the footnotes in this book ROCK!

my favorite quotes…

“But, let me be crystal clear here so there’s no misunderstanding: I am not about to have my inability to stop eating Ding Dongs documented for eternity in the Library of Congress.

“Perhaps I’m not making myself clear.  I’m going to be in a couple of huge cities, staying in hotels, and going out for meals.  One of the places I’m eating is a Mario Batali restaurant.  Pretty sure he’d have my ankles broken if I whipped out a plate of Jenny Craig fettuccini.”

“I have nine thousand key lime martinis with a group of fans after my book event at the Astor Place Barnes & Noble.**”

** – “I don’t mean to get all religious here, but I’m pretty sure key lime martinis (with a graham-cracker-and-sugar-rim) are proof that Jesus loves us.” (AMEN!)  


GREAT CLIPS From Jen Lancaster:

This video gives you a great “peek” into Jen’s personality: 


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13 Responses

  1. Molly

    February 7th, 2009 at 5:04 am

    WOW – I have never heard of her books and now I feel I have to go out and obtain each and every one :)

    While I am unfamiliar with the key lime martini, I absolutely love key lime pie. Maybe I should try the alcoholic version?

    Molly’s last blog post..Thrifty Thursday

  2. Menagerie

    February 7th, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Here’s my recipe…. If it doesn’t cut and paste right, email me at and I’ll email it to you.

    “I don’t know what is available in the U.K….. but, you’d want use something lighter than heaving whipping cream yet something heavier than milk.

    This is the liqueur that I use. It’s very sweet and sweetens up the drink. (Ke Ke Beach Lime Liquor)

    Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice is what I use

    So… you put into a martini shaker:

    2 parts vodka
    1 park key lime liqueur
    .25 parts key lime juice (like a squirt or teaspoon… you have to do it to taste)
    1 part half & half
    Lots of ice
    A little sugar/sweetener

    Shake the whole thing up

    Your martini glasses: dampen the rim with a lime wedge
    On a plate, have broken graham cracker crumbs
    Dip the dampened rim of the martini glass into the graham cracker crumbs to get a crust effect for your pie drink

    Pour the martini into the glass
    Top with Whipped Cream


  3. Erika Lynn

    February 7th, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Her books are brilliant. I have read them all and I am counting the minutes until the next one. In the meantime I stalk her blog waiting for an update.

    Erika Lynn’s last blog post..The Hot Flash Club

  4. Kathy

    February 7th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    What a great review. I really want to read this book after your review!

    Kathy’s last blog post..Little Pink House Giveaway

  5. Literate Housewife

    February 7th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Sheri, I have Bitter is the New Black, but haven’t read it. Care to make an exchange when I’m done? I think I would love this book. If you’re interested in making an exchange, I’ll read BITB ASAP. :)

    Literate Housewife’s last blog post..Great Review of Nineteenth St., NW

  6. Alyce

    February 7th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I haven’t heard of her books either, but they sound like so much fun! I love the cover of this book, and it sounds like the content completely lives up to the cover. :)

    Alyce’s last blog post..Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolff – Review

  7. Meg @ Literary Menagerie

    February 7th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I enjoyed reading about your “sista’ from another mista’,” very funny! I also wanted to let you know I’m going to post your guest post on Wednesday

    Meg @ Literary Menagerie’s last blog post..January Reads Roundup

  8. Stephanie S.

    February 7th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Ok. Ok. This is hard for me. I will give Jen another chance. Ok. I read Bitter is the New Black. I really struggled with it. If it hadn’t been for bookclub, I would NOT have finished it.
    I. did. not. like. it. I did not like Jen.
    My friend Amy, my real friend, not the blogger, loves Jen like you do.
    It is because of you two that I will give her another chance.

    Stephanie S.’s last blog post..It’s all the rage on facebook, 25 Random Things

  9. Petunia

    February 9th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    This book sounds like so much fun. I’ll have to squeeze it into my reading sometime soon. They also sound like books I need to buy for my Mom and a couple of friends. Thanks for the inticing review.

    Petunia’s last blog post..I Am Ingrid

  10. A Tullrer

    February 22nd, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I love you blog !!!!!

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    November 23rd, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I was very happy to find this website. I sought to thank you for your calculate representing this outstanding post!!

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