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Subject: Bitter is the New Black
Date Posted: 4/10/2008 4:14 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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Okay, for those of you who managed to make it through this book...does it get any better??  I am around page 30 and am having difficulty putting up with this self-centered brat.  I get that she's trying to be cute and funny, but that's not coming across AT ALL to me.  I just really want to smack her over to Africa or the Middle East or someplace where her petty complaints would be laughed at.  So, is this book worth sticking it out?  Please tell me she gets a big wake-up call or a reality check of some kind.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 4:44 PM ET
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I haven't read Bitter, but I have read her second book. I found it a trial after the first few chapters for the reasons you mentioned.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 8:54 PM ET
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I'm glad I'm not the only one that couldn't get through the first few pages.  Drivel.  I gave both of those books away in games a few months ago.

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 8:23 PM ET
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Yeah, okay, I'm officially OVER IT.  I think I was partially tainted because the book I read right before Bitter was a book about teenage girls sold into prostution (overseas).  So, when I started reading this self-important person's "tragedy" of *gasp* losing her job and not being able to buy Prada anymore, I just really couldn't take it.  I gave up about 70 pages in and I suggest everyone else do the same.  This was one of the worst memoirs I've ever read (or, more accurately, tried to read).

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 3:59 PM ET
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My advice: read the second one first - you won't miss enough to de-rail the story, and can catch up with Bitter later. Folks here have given up before the author "comes to her senses".



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Date Posted: 7/11/2008 11:27 AM ET
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I have yet to start the 2nd one because I found her character to be so unlikeable I don't care what happens to her.

Date Posted: 7/25/2008 12:47 PM ET
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Awwww, I loved those books! (Both 1 and 2.) I think there's some sort of preface where she blatantly says how self-centered she is. Obviously, someone's reading her stuff because I think I'm about 300th in line for her newest book, "Such a Pretty Fat." I want it soooooooooooo bad, but I know I've got to wait. The only thing I found annoying were all the footnotes. I thought they were HILARIOUS, but it was annoying to have to keep breaking off from the paragraphs to look at the bottom of the page.

Date Posted: 7/25/2008 10:32 PM ET
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I just finished Bright Lights, Big Ass and found it just okay. Some parts were humorous but other parts just did not appeal to me. I'm not compelled to read any more of her books so I took Bitter if the New Black off my wish list.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 1:45 PM ET
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I read most of Bright Lights Big Ass and found it the worst whiny drivel I have ever read!  I won't read the second one if she doesn't change.  Ugh!  Not a person I would like to know in real life!

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 12:07 AM ET
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Whiny?! Try sarcastic. :)

Subject: Such a Pretty Fat
Date Posted: 11/15/2008 8:41 PM ET
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The first half was kind of rough going, but Jen got into her humor groove as she actually began implementing a weight loss plan, rather than talking about it.