If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster
A Novel

80%

8 Critic Reviews

Lancaster keeps the action fast and funny with a big, rollicking cast...
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.
 

About Jen Lancaster

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Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books. She has appeared on the Today show, The Joy Behar Show, and NPR's All Things Considered. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their ever-expanding menagerie of ill-behaved pets. Author websites: jennsylvania.com; facebook.com/AuthorJenLancaster; twitter.com/altgeldshrugged.
 
Published May 3, 2011 by NAL. 352 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for If You Were Here
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Good
on Mar 28 2011

Lancaster keeps the action fast and funny with a big, rollicking cast...

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on May 01 2011

Fans of Jen Lancaster will love this book. New readers will become fans after reading this book. It’s a win-win situation all around.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on May 12 2011

Although it bears many of Lancaster’s stylistic thumbprints, If You Were Here doesn’t have the same power...

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by B. Nakia Garner on Apr 08 2013

The situations and characters will keep readers in stitches and make this book a hard one to put down.

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Bestsellersworld

Good
on May 03 2011

Told in the uproariously entertaining voice readers have come to expect from Jen Lancaster...

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Book Buzz

Excellent
Reviewed by Teresa Cook on Mar 15 2012

This is a quick, entertaining read that keeps you moving along to see what crazy thing happens next.

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The Roanoke Times

Good
Reviewed by Nona Nelson on May 01 2011

“If You Were Here” will not disappoint Lancaster’s fans, is a great choice for anyone who wants an entertaining read...

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Chicklit Club

Good
on Apr 08 2013

Fans of Lancaster will not be disappointed with her first foray into fiction.

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