Exes and Ohs
A Downtown Girl's (Mostly Awkward) Tales of Love, Lust, Revenge, and a Little Facebook Stalking
By Shallon Lester
(Three Rivers Press, Paperback, 9780307885111, 192pp.)
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
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Think you’ve have some outrageous dating horror stories? You don't have anything on Shallon Lester.
Spunky Shallon Lester has accumulated more than her fair share of embarrassing stories. In this collection of hilarious essays, she chronicles her dorky, daring, and awkward journey from waitress at the ninth circle of hell known as Houston's Time Square restaurant, to columnist at one of New York's leading gossip magazines, to MTV reality star, gleefully weaving in stories of all boys she's loved, lost, and avenged along the way.
Complete with cringe-worthy tales of:
-The time a new boyfriend found the stockpile of Magnum condoms hidden under her bed
-Getting caught stealing (borrowing?) bacon from her local supermarket
-Unwittingly getting romantically involved with the leader of a mafia ring
-Being dumped on Valentines Day (for the second year in a row), just minutes before being forced to attend El Concierto Del Amor con Marc Anthony y Jennifer Lopez. Alone. Did I mention on Valentine's day?
-An unfortunate sholess, sweaty, shoe-less run in with Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford on an East Village Street Corner
With a fresh and irresistible voice that makes you want to sit down and rehash last night's misadventures over martinis, Lester speaks volumes to anyone who's even been young, ambitious, and a little bit slutty.
Shallon Lester is the star of MTV’s reality series “Downtown Girls” and co-author of YA novel Hot Mess. A 21st century Carrie Bradshaw (only with a better nose and cheaper shoes), Shallon has written for Glamour magazine, the New York Daily News, and Gossip Girl. She loves hockey and lip gloss, and is fluent in French, Italian and sexting. You can find her on Twitter @DowntownShallon and keep up on her ongoing adventures at www.ShallonOnline.com.
"What I love about this book is that it reminds us that we all need to laugh at ourselves. That, or maybe I'm just happy someone has done more embarrassing things than I have."
-Stacy London, style expert and host of TLC's What Not To Wear
"This aint your grandmas memoir...unless your grandma was a borderline prostitute."
-Nasim Pedrad, writer and star, Saturday Night Live
“Oh Shallon please. That did not happen.”
-Shallon's agent, editor, mother, grandmother, and kitten