Saturday, July 13, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler


ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

When Chelsea Handler needs to get a few things off her chest, she appeals to a higher power—vodka. Seems reasonable, when considering that she discovered her boyfriend was having an affair with a Peekapoo and she had to pretend to be honeymooning with her father in order to upgrade to first class. Welcome to Chelsea’s world—a place where absurdity reigns supreme and a quick wit is the best line of defense.

In this highly entertaining, deliciously skewed collection, Chelsea mines her past for stories about her family, relationships, and career that are at once singular and ridiculous. Whether she’s convincing her third-grade class that she has been chosen to play Goldie Hawn’s daughter in the sequel to Private Benjamin, deciding to be more egalitarian by dating a redhead, or looking out for a foulmouthed, rum-swilling little person who looks just like her...only smaller, Chelsea has a knack for getting herself into the most outrageous situations.

Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea showcases the candor and irresistible turns of phrase that have made her one of the freshest voices in comedy today...

MY REVIEW:

Okay, so I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I read this one.  I was on a humor kick, and personally, I like Chelsea Handler's sarcastic humor, so I thought I would give it a try.  And I do not regret it.

I had recently read Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres and Bossypants by Tina Fey.  Chelsea Handler's Are You There Vodka, It's Me, Chelsea is equally as funny, with a totally different flavor.

In Are You There Vodka, It's Me, Chelsea, Handler tells a handful of stories from her life starting with a memory from her childhood where she told her classmates that she was going to be in a movie with Goldie Hawn in order to avoid getting in trouble for not doing her homework, to her pre-teen years when she lied about her age to get some babysitting jobs, one of which ended up going horribly wrong when she was hired to watch a sugar-addict who was older than her true age, to many more stories that provide momentary glimpses into Handler's life and make the reader laugh out loud.

If you like Chelsea Handler, you'll love this book.  If you don't like Chelsea's sarcastic humor or are offended by language or sexual references, you might want to stick with something like Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres.

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