If You Were Here

If You Were Here

Book - 2011
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Watch a video 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.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2011
ISBN: 9780451234384
0451234383
Branch Call Number: FIC Lanca 3564
Characteristics: 306 p

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emvokspl
Jul 30, 2012

I like the heart and humor of her memoirs, but wasn't especially fond of this first fiction novel. Pervasive good humor and the friendly Jen Lancaster vibe bubbled throughout, but many humor moments were a bit of a stretch. For a better appreciation, I might suggest you know much more about pop culture, teen and contemporary media trends, and John Hughes films than I do. Do you watch home repair reality TV? I don't and I drew a mental blank on some of the plot elements. When lost by movie and culture references, I was not rescued by the writing, which felt incomplete, and sadly basic, without knowing the inside jokes.

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bookpusher
Aug 29, 2011

Although this book is fiction, its basically Jen & Fletch, but their names have been changed to protect the innocent! ;) It was funny, but it got to the point where she was going overboard with the disasters. I liked it, but not as much as her amazing memoirs!

NZaleske Jun 23, 2011

I put this on the completed shelf, but, I couldn't even get started reading this.

debwalker Jun 12, 2011

"Tired of waging war with wannabe gangstas, Chicagoans Mia and Mac decide to move. But not to just any burb: Mia's obsessed with Abington Cambs, the setting of many a John Hughes film, and more important, Sixteen Candles heartthrob Jake Ryan's house-which she promptly buys, despite its major flaws. Witty and hilarious even for non Hughes fanatics."
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LocketLibrarian Jun 06, 2011

I love this. This might be even funnier than her memoirs because we also get a glimpse into a more compassionate side of our Jen. Mia's conversations with John Hughes are touching and relatable.

I love Jen Lancaster.

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LocketLibrarian Jun 06, 2011

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