Title: Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult’s Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It’s Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner
Author: Jen Lancaster
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: NAL Hardcover
Rating: 4 out of 5
Jen Lancaster, acclaimed (and hilarious) memoirist, has always had a certain reluctance to grow up and actually acknowledge that she is an adult. But now, she may finally be ready to act her age – from buying a new home to getting her first mammogram, Jen is entering the adult world, as frightening and entertaining as that may be.
Whether you’re just entering adulthood or have been in its throes for some time, there comes the moment when you ask yourself, “When did I become an adult?? I’m not ready for this!” It’s the question Jen Lancaster must face in her latest memoir Jeneration X. Now, if you haven’t read any of Jen Lancaster’s memoirs and you enjoy snarky wit, then I have to ask you what you’ve been waiting for. Not only is Jen hilarious, but her memoirs are actually quite thoughtful and have a real wisdom underneath the sass.
Jeneration X is no exception. While this memoir is funny, it also will leave the reader pondering. The current generation in their twenties and thirties is more reluctant to grow up than those that came previously. We are waiting longer to buy houses, have kids, and make those other adult decisions. Jen is finally facing the reality that she has to start acting her age, and it’s definitely a funny ride. Jen agonizes over issues like volunteering and being a responsible citizen, while, as always, railing at the stupid people of the world.
One issue I did have with Jeneration X is Jen’s generalizations about the generation that comes after her (of which I happen to be a member). Now, my generation has its issues, and I’m not saying our reputation is undeserved. But I don’t believe I’m an entitled, lazy person who makes little contribution to society. Of course, Jen does say that the description doesn’t apply to all members of Generation Y, but I couldn’t help but feel a bit insulted as to how often she referred to the spoiled, entitled nature of my generation. This may be petty, and of course the author is completely allowed to feel how she wishes (and after the encounters she describes, I can’t really blame her, though I’m not sure the reason for people acting that way is generational), but I will say it lessened my enjoyment of the book.
That being said, I still highly recommend Jeneration X if you aren’t overly familiar with Jen’s work. If you are, much of the material might feel repetitive, as it’s already been posted in some form on her blog. It’s understandable because, after all, how many ridiculous things can really happen to one person? But it may leave some readers feeling a bit disappointed.
If you’ve only read Jen’s previous memoirs, or aren’t familiar with her at all, Jen’s snark will have you wishing she was in your group of best friends, because that’s what you’ll feel like she is after reading one of her memoirs. She has a unique ability to relate a story in a hilarious way, and her books are worth reading just for that. The depth behind her wit is just an added bonus, and it will leave you thinking about how to improve yourself days after the last pages are turned.
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