#BookReview: I Regret Nothing by Jen Lancaster

Reviewer: Samantha

i regret nothingI received a review copy


New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster has lived a life based on re-invention and self-improvement. From Bitter Is the New Black to The Tao of Martha, she’s managed to document her (and her generation’s) attempts to shape up, grow up, and have it all—sometimes with disastrous results…

Sure Jen has made mistakes. She spent all her money from a high-paying job on shoes, clothes, and spa treatments. She then carried a Prada bag to the unemployment office. She wrote a whole memoir about dieting…but didn’t lose weight. She embarked on a quest for cultural enlightenment that only cemented her love for John Hughes movies and Kraft American Singles. She tried to embrace everything Martha Stewart, while living with a menagerie of rescue cats and dogs. (Glitter…everywhere.)

Mistakes are one thing; regrets are another.

After a girls’ weekend in Savannah makes her realize that she is—yikes!—middle-aged (binge watching is so the new binge drinking), Jen decides to make a bucket list and seize the day, even if that means having her tattoo removed at one hundred times the cost of putting it on.

From attempting a juice cleanse to studying Italian, from learning to ride a bike to starting a new business, and from sampling pasta in Rome to training for a 5K, Jen is turning a mid-life crisis into a mid-life opportunity, sharing her sometimes bumpy—but always hilarious—attempts to better her life…again.


I have been waiting anxiously to get this book and I won’t keep you in suspense – I thought it was terrific! I’m such a fan of Jen Lancaster and enjoy her writing so much. I Regret Nothing had the same wit and humor and bit of snark that I’ve come to expect with her memoirs, but this one I felt was a bit deeper. There is a lot of self-reflection and self-improvement here, and Jen makes a bucket list of items she wants to complete, and a lot of the book is about just that. I was totally with her as she tried to make changes to better herself or enrich her life. Her trip to Italy I found completely fascinating, and I wish there had been more. Toward the end she talks about her goal of weight loss, and how she sets out to achieve this. In all, I found this book not only fun and funny to read, but also inspiring. It made me pull out my bucket list and look over the items I still have to check off. If you haven’t read Jen yet I highly suggest you do, and put this one on your list too!

5 stars

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