Thursday, July 7, 2011
If You Were Here, by Jen Lancaster
For those who read my blog (anyone?), you'll know that I am a big fan of Jen's. I'll read pretty much anything she writes, from her memoirs, to her blog, to her Twitter feed. I jumped right into If You Were Here, right after it was released (I'm just late with the review). This is Jen's first novel and it is just a ton of fun.
Mac and Mia buy a house. Not just any house, Jake Ryan's house. If you are around my age and female, your heart gave a little thump at the mention of Jake's name. Right? Mac and Mia buy the house used in the movie Sixteen Candles. Unfortunately the house has seen better days and can use some help. It does have a panic room so that's a bonus.
The story is about a couple, a house, and their attempts to make it a home. Anyone who has done construction on a home knows the things that can go wrong and in this book, it all goes wrong. If You Were Here, is not a literary masterpiece but it's a hilarious look at real people and real situations. It's typical Jen and if you love her, you'll love this. It will make you laugh.