Hello again, readers!
In August, I read Are you there, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler. I'll be honest with you: I've never watched Chelsea's show or read any of her other works. I wanted to start with her novels to develop my full opinion of her. I know some people love her and some despise her. I may not judge a book by its cover, but I will judge a comedian by their book.
This was the book I decided to start with to form that opinion. Here's the summary, courtesy of Goodreads:
When Chelsea Handler
needs to get a few things off her chest, she appeals to a higher power -
vodka. You would too if you found out that your boyfriend was having an
affair with a Peekapoo or if you had to pretend to be honeymooning with
your 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 hilarious, 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 tapped
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
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.
I found this novel to be nothing more than mediocre. I rarely chuckled, and never found myself actually laughing out loud. Chelsea's past exploits were more horrifying than entertaining. My recommendation? Read only if you already love Chelsea.
My book stats:
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
2012 Reading Goal: 14,406