Review: Bitter is the New Black
Publisher: NAL Trade
From the cover:
This is the story of how a haughty former sorority gal went from having a household income of almost a quarter-million dollars to being evicted from a ghetto apartment in less than two years. It’s a modern Greek tragedy, as defined by Roger Dunkle in The Classical Origins of Western Culture: a story in which “the central character, called a tragic protagonist or hero, suffers some serious misfortune which is not accidental and therefore meaningless, but is significant in that the misfortune is logically connected.”
In other words?
The bitch had it coming.
Bitter is the New Black : Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office, along with having one of the longest titles I’ve ever seen, was pure entertainment.
The book was everything the title promised it to be as well as being full of snarky and witty remarks. I’ll admit I was a little worried at first about how much I’ll enjoy this book because the beginning felt like watching a car accident. It was terrifying to read about the way she was screaming and yelling at people. I was cringing while she was making a scene at the airport, but at the same time I just couldn’t tear my eyes away from it. And as fun as it is to watch drama unfold right before your eyes (as long as you’re not on the receiving end of it), I was hoping that there was going to be more depth to the book. But the more I read the more I realized that her actions were pretty justified. As much as I hate to say this, some of the people on the receiving end of her snide remarks deserved it.
And before I knew it I was rooting for our tragic heroine. We follow Jen on a humorous and laugh out loud journey as she tries to keep a roof over her head and food on her table. After many lessons learned the hard way, she goes through quite a transformation as her values and wants quickly changes. Let’s just say what seemed like a must-die-for $7000 couch doesn’t seem worth it when you have to e-bay your shoes and purses to make rental payments.
After finishing the book, the first thing I wanted to do was pass it onto my cousin who recently graduated with a business degree, but is currently unemployed. But I’m not sure if the book would make him feel better or worse about his current situation. (hey, at least he has a roof over his head right?) Maybe it’ll encourage him to follow his dreams and do something he likes…. Let’s face it; we all know he doesn’t want a corporate job.