Tuesday, June 2, 2015

"I Regret Nothing" by Jen Lancaster

The always funny Jen Lancaster is back with yet another hilarious and starkly honest memoir, and this time she's making sure that she has no regrets! After going on a girls weekend and realizing that she's *gasp* middle-aged, Jen decides to create a bucket list of all the things that she may regret doing if she doesn't get around to doing them soon. From learning how to ride a bicycle to running a marathon to having her tattoo removed, nothing is off limits. The road to having no regrets isn't often smooth, but in this case it's almost always hilarious!

I have yet to meet a book by Jen Lancaster that I didn't love, and I Regret Nothing is not an exception! Witty, bitingly funny, and even thought-provoking at times, I regret not one minute that I spent reading this book. What I loved about this book is that it presents to us the newer, grown-up Jen. She's come a long way from her first books, baby! Although her sense of humour is present throughout, Jen also reflects on more serious topics like the death of her precious dog and losing weight for her health this time! It feels to me like in this book Jen finally started to find herself. She tried new things, with varying degrees of success, and she came to realize who the real Jen is at the end of it all.

I'm a fan of Jen's on social media and one thing that struck me from her Facebook page was a post that she wrote a little while ago. Jen has lost weight since writing I Regret Nothing and her fans have been asking her how she did it. Jen opened up on her Facebook page and told people that she was determined to not give up. She did it one slow, painful step at a time despite some health challenges. I love her even more for that. She's human and she never pretends that what she does is easy, nor does she pretend that her life is perfect. She's the kind of person that I wish I could be BFF's with- her genuine spirit reflects in her words.

It's not a surprise that I loved I Regret Nothing. Funny, enlightening, and even touching at times, it's a book that I couldn't put down. I won't hesitate to pick up anything that Jen writes in the future, even if it's a grocery list! I highly recommend this book and I give my thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy.