If You Were Here

If You Were Here

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by Jen Lancaster
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451236685
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
608,756
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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. Visit www.jennsylvania.com

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If You Were Here 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you read Jen Lancaster's books, then you will know that her footnotes are one of the funnest parts. But in the noon format? Yeah, they aren't at the bottom of each page. So unless you want to constantly scroll to the very back of the book every couple of sentences, you are going to miss out on her extra little funny insights. The book itself is a fun read. Not her best, but still entertaining.
Jennifer Kassel More than 1 year ago
I love Jen and all her books. This was a great read. Easy, quick and fun. Footnotes are great and i got used to tapping on the footnote that brought me to the back of the book then i just hit it again and i was back to reading. Really no big deal. I Can't wait for the next book and in the meantime I enjoy her website and facebook posts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Jen Lancaster and have read her blogs and follow her on twitter, then you have already read this book. Like another reviewer said, I was hoping for a fiction book from Jen Lancaster, but instead got 'the best of her blog' and the names were changed. Example - the main characters have two rescue dogs and one is a pit bull named Daisy. Come on! Couldn't she be a little more creative? (Jen Lancaster had two dogs while writing this book, one is a pit bull named Maisy). If she can't come up with new material to write about, she should stick to just blogging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Jen Lancaster. Looking forward to next release.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Hughes - excellent memories.
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catgurrrl More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I also loved the references to John Hughes. It was an enertaining read and I was sad when I finished the book.
Esme1952 More than 1 year ago
Lancaster goes for the juggler with satire, comedy, and downhome honesty. I laughed and was in awe of the situations that unfold in this story. It's a wonderful weekend read, or take it to the beach curled up in a blanket, it will keep you warm. Terrific story and wonderful characters.
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At first I didn't think I would like this book. After forcing myself to get into it, (even became a fan of the hysterical foot notes) it was very funny and an easy read. I finished it in two days and would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not a bad read for her first try at fiction!
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Jodi_Ann_Hanson More than 1 year ago
This book had me actually laughing out loud, as Jen Lancaster entertains her reader with the antics of her protagonist Mia and her hubby Mac. Mia is an author of a series of “Amish Zombie” novels who—along with her husband—lives in a rental home with their menagerie of pets. The home is in a less than desirable section of town but the rent won out over their better judgment. Thus, they find themselves in the middle of a throw down with a thug who tags everything in the neighborhood, including a church across from their home. After the thug “ORNESTEGA” retaliates against the couple by throwing a firebomb at the house, they finally throw in the towel and start the search to buy a home in the outskirts of Chicago, Illinois. During the search for a new property, the owner of the rental house, Vienna Hyatt has taken any opportunity available to make the MacNamara’s lives miserable, threatening to sue them for a window broken by the firebomb and the video leaked by a team of packers who observed the celebrity go off on them. Eventually the MacNamara’s find the perfect home and put an offer on it. The place was featured in “The Breakfast Club” which happens to be the couple’s favorite movie. The house is in deplorable condition and turns out to be a money pit. Through many failed attempts at DIY home renovations, the couple resorts to hiring a contractor, which proves to be easier said than done. With her fifth book, Jen Lancaster has created a hilarious romp through the hazard stricken lives of Mia and Mac. Jen incorporates little tidbits that are added commentary Mia adds in the telling of her story. Her characters are definitely the “Laurel and Hardy” of the renovation circuit, leaving the reader thinking of the mishaps they have experienced in their DIY foray. If you want to find yourself laughing at the end of a long day this is the book you should be picking up. Reviewed for Suspense Magazine
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
I normally love Jen's books. This one I started twice and it just couldn't hold my attention. Also, I find the footnote distracting and irritating. I will buy other books and hope they're better!!!!!
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