Title: Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea
Author: Chelsea Handler
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
How I Read It: Paperback purchased by me.
Synopsis: 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 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.
My Review: I liked Chelsea’s first book, and I really loved this one – I feel like she really hit her writing stride in this second book, you can totally see the humor you’ve come to love from watching her show. There were plenty of things that had me laughing out loud, it was exactly the read I was looking for.
One of the things I like about Chelsea is that she and I have several things in common, including our love of vodka. I mean, all I really needed to do was hear this title to know I would enjoy the book! Her life is more vodka filled than my own, but it’s always amusing to hear the kinds of trouble other people get into when they’ve been drinking. And this book has a great story of why you should never drive drunk, despite the humorous situation Chelsea finds herself in.
My personal favorite story was the one about dog sitting, I found myself laughing the most and even snorting a few times. For the record, I snort all the time, and I have a feeling that some day I will also start peeing a little when I laugh hard. It’s quite possible that an experience involving Chelsea will bring this about, because she really is that funny to me.
This is exactly the kind of thing I like to read from a comedy writer – based in truth coming from their own life, but still very funny and completely lived up to my expectations. I think Chelsea’s style is something you either love or hate, so I doubt there will be mixed reviews from anyone who is already familiar with her. I’m not very easily offended, all the stories were hilarious to me, and I think a lot of people who like her will think the same thing.
Read this book if: If you are a fan of Chelsea Handler, I’m positive you will like this. If you don’t know anything about her, I would say try to catch her E! show before picking up her book.
My Rating: 4/5 – Borderline amazing!