Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Review: Are you there, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

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 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.

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
Rating: 3/5
Pages: 264
2012 Reading Goal: 14,406


  1. Appreciated your honest review. I'm not really familiar with Chelsea, but from what I've seen and heard, I don't think we share the same sense of humor. Humor books are hard, so think I'll skip this one. Hope your next read is better!

  2. Well I have no idea who she is..LOL Thanks for your honest review!


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