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Overview

The fiction debut of the New York Times bestselling author of My Fair Lazy.

Told in the uproariously entertaining voice readers have come to expect from Jen Lancaster, If You Were Here follows Amish-zombie-teen- romance author Mia and her husband Mac (and their pets) through the alternately frustrating, exciting, terrifying-but always funny-process of buying and renovating their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John hughes's movies made famous. Along their harrowing renovation journey, Mia and Mac get caught up in various wars with the homeowners' association, meet some less-than-friendly neighbors, and are joined by a hilarious cast of supporting characters, including a celebutard ex- landlady. As they struggle to adapt to their new surroundings- with Mac taking on the renovations himself- Mia and Mac will discover if their marriage is strong enough to survive months of DIY renovations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451234384
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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INTRODUCTION

Told in the uproariously entertaining voice readers have come to expect from Jen Lancaster, If You Were Here follows Amish-zombie-teen-romance author Mia and her husband Mac (and their pets) through the alternately frustrating, exciting, terrifying—but always funny—process of buying and renovating their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John hughes's movies made famous. Along their harrowing renovation journey, Mia and Mac get caught up in various wars with the homeowners' association, meet some less-than-friendly neighbors, and are joined by a hilarious cast of supporting characters, including a celebutard ex-landlady. As they struggle to adapt to their new surroundings—with Mac taking on the renovations himself—Mia and Mac will discover if their marriage is strong enough to survive months of DIY renovations.

ABOUT JEN LANCASTER

Jen Lancaster is the author of Bitter is the New Black. She has lived in Chicago for ten years with her husband and pets, and has yet to get the hang of the subway or returning library books in a timely manner.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • What scene was the easiest to visualize or was the most memorable?
  • Discuss the significance of why it was so important to Mia to buy that specific home. Did she make the right choice? Why or why not?
  • What are Mia's strengths and weaknesses, and with which do you most identify?
  • How did Mia and Mac's relationship change as they faced adversity? What advice would you give them as a couple going forward?
  • How would you describe Mia's relationship with her grandmother?
  • Who was you favorite character? And given the choice, which one would you most like to meet?
  • Mia's life was profoundly influenced by John Hughes. Who has had a similar influence in your own life?
  • If you've read Jen Lancaster's memoirs, what similarities and differences do you see between Jen and Mia?
  • Mia relies heavily on support and advice from her friends. How do you relate to your own circle of friends?
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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    Love it!

    Anyone who likes Jen's other books will like this as well. Even though this one is fiction, you can totally see Jen all through out the book. I had to keep reminding myself that these characters were not Jen & Fletch. I loved it but I also think she could have done a great memoir with this too. I love, love, love her memoirs! The footnotes on the nook version do kind of suck but it does not take away from the book itself.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    AWESOME!!!

    I have never read a Jen Lancaster book ( and I'm not gonna lie and say I have even heard her name before, sorry :-() but I flipped thru this book at B&N and was curious about these footnotes so I bought the book. Needless to say, I read in 2 days!!! I have even been on a mad hunt to find her previous books ( Shame on you B&N for not having) and managed to find My Fair Lazy in paperback at Target. That one is even funnier!!! Ms. Lancaster is hilarious and witty and I have gladly added her to my fav authors list.Gotta go and order the other ones....

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

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    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!

    I have long been a fan of Jen Lancaster and so enjoy her humor and wit. Her first fiction book is a HOME RUN! It is a quick read and not terribly deep. It is a great beach or vaca read.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

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    I wish I was THERE!

    I loved this book. I am not allowed to read at my desk at work but this book was so good I hid my nook behind my purse and tried to supress my laughter. I sit over in a corner, let me tell you a person gets strange looks when they sit alone and keep snorting with laughter.
    Mia and Mac remind me of my sister and brother-in-law. And they remindc me of my parents. The home improvements and the runs to Home Depot. I can't tell you how funny and awesome this book is. It made me watch all the John Hughes movies I could Netflix. It's like The Money Pit but with a 2011 twist!!!

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    MUST READ!!!

    This is a new kind of book from Jen Lancaster. She is a very Witty and Funny writer. Just right for anybody especially the 1980's John Hughes lover. I cannot wait for MORE!!

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Funny and Entertaining

    Jen Lancaster has done it again....Her first try at fiction was a SUCCESS! I can only hope that she continues.
    I loved her other books and this one did not disappoint. I found myself laughing aloud while I was reading it, much to the dismay of my husband.
    If you haven't read her other books, you must! Her sarcasm makes the book.

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