If You Were Here

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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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451236685
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 394,915
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    Nook Format for this book stinks!

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2011

    Great as usual

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    Disappointing

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

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    A Must Must Read

    I have read all of her books and have loved them all. This was my first Nook book. I love the footnotes but did not love the scrolling back and forth. Either way it is a great read and sarcastically funny. Cant wait for the next book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Fantastic!

    Love Jen Lancaster. Looking forward to next release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    If you were here

    John Hughes - excellent memories.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

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    This book is awesome!!

    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.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Satire at its best

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    At first I didn't think I would like this book. After forcing my

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    cute!

    not a bad read for her first try at fiction!

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    A funny and entertaining book! I couldn't put it down

    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

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

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    I normally love Jen's books. This one I started twice and it ju

    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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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Meh.

    Love Jen, she hilarious with sticky, sharp wit. Unfortunately, this book just couldn't hold my attention, so I didn't finish it. I relished every other book she's written and will buy her next book, but was disappointed by this one. I couldn't sink my teeth into the plot and prefer her memoir style over the thinly veiled characters in this fiction piece. I loved reading her blog of her actual home-buying experience, and would rather have read more of that than read this attempt to make the real thing more interesting. Still love ya, Jen. Can't win 'em all.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Her other books are way better!!!

    This being her first fiction book, I really didn't like it. It sounded like her and her husband but the names were changed. I love her other books so I gave it 4 stars!!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011

    Worth reading, but not as good as her memoirs

    I am a HUGE fan of Jen Lancaster and her nonfiction hilarity! I get why she's trying her hand at fiction, its a natural progression. And seriously, how many wacky and heart-felt adventures can one person really get into. Jen Lancaster's voice comes through loud, clear, and funny in her first foray into fiction. But her characters are slightly altered versions of herself and her husband, a loud funny writer and her husband with his dry wit and a love of expensive tools. Even her friends seem like real-life friends we've read about in her non-fiction (even their names are only slightly changed both the couple and their friends). So I was constantly wondering where the line was between fiction and nonfiction.

    But it's a great story of a couple and their money-pit of a house and if you are already a Jen Lancaster fan, it's a must have. If you haven't read Jen before then start at the beginning and you'll end up here, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Love her sassy style! Reading her books is like talking with your best girlfriend. It does wonders for the soul.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Loved it

    I am a great fan of Jen Lancaster's books and blog. I have to admit I was a little concerned about her first journey into fiction. I ended up loving the book and if she writes another fiction book, I will gladly pick it up.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2011

    Disappointed.

    I'm a huge fan of Jen Lancaster's blog and memoirs. I recommend her work to friends frequently, noting how much I love her unique, humorous, and sarcastic voice. So I was very excited to hear she was writing her first work of fiction. I pre-ordered and eagerly awaited its release. Unfortunately, it failed to hold my interest-I struggled through 65 pages before finally giving up on it. I felt I was simply rereading her old blog posts mixed with bits of her memoirs. Been there, done that. With her fantastic writing ability, I guess I expected more than the literary equivalent of a flashback episode. Having said that, present still was that bold voice that made her a best-selling author in the first place, and I look forward to her next work. I just hope that if she attempts another fiction, she's a little less self-indulgent and challenges herself more.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Ehhhhhhh

    I am a huge fan of Jen Lancaster, and have loved all of her previous books. "Bitter is the new black" and "My fair Lazy" are my two favorites. I was not wild about "If you were here", largely because I was distracted by the fact that I knew her "characters", her and her husband, and they just did not fit in the over the top story of the house from hell. I also thought that the book missed some of her trademark flow, and was a little to choppy. I appreciate the book for a quick read, although I am looking forward to more of her witty essays.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Prefer the memoirs

    Although enjoyable, it did not have quite the flare as her previous books.

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