I love Jen Lancaster... when she is writing non-fiction. She writes true stories that are quick-witted, filled with pop-culture references and ones that feel like they are being told over a bottle of wine with a best friend.
I'm not so enamored with Lancaster's fiction efforts, in particular, her latest novel, Twisted Sisters. It's a clunker. It wasn't bad enough to stop reading, but it came close. The real problem is the lack of connection to the main character, Reagan Bishop.
If there is something more extreme than a type-A personality, that would describe Reagan Bishop. She is extremely driven and cannot understand anyone else who does not hold themselves to her set of standards. She is exceedingly condescending and judgmental to practically everyone in her life, but she reserves a special dose of it for her two sisters, Geri and Mary Mac.
The primary problem with the story is the flat, one-dimensional character that is the protagonist. I just didn't like her at all. I've really come to like Lancaster's narrative voice in non-fiction and I could often see glimpses of it in Reagan, although it was none of the self-deprecating humor, just nasty, mean-spirited jabs.
Reagan Bishop may be my least favorite character in literature. Blah. Naturally, she does go through a series of events that lead her to change her ways, but it's too little/ too late to root for her. Additionally, the events that lead to the change are supernatural. Admittedly, the book did go places that I didn't anticipate or find predictable, but that doesn't mean that it was good. The supernatural parts of the story were a snooze-fest and they were a distraction from the heart of the story, the sisterly bond.
I highly recommend Lancaster's non-fiction books, which there are several, but I can't recommend Twisted Sisters.