Whether it's a vacation with her dad during which he tells airline staff they're a honeymoon couple in order to get an upgrade, or her elaborate attempts to convince her third-grade classmates that she's starring in a Private Benjamin sequel, Chelsea lets it rip in these relentlessly entertaining essays. Displaying the candor and irresistible turn of phrase that have earned her a recurring stint as a correspondent on The Tonight Show as well as her own E! series, Chelsea Lately, this deliciously skewed collection is a guilty pleasure.
©2008 Chelsea Handler; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.
"Chelsea Handler is a terrific comedian and a hilarious writer. (Jay Leno)
"Chelsea Handler writes like Judy Blume, if Judy Blume were into vodka, Ecstasy, and sleeping with midgets and nineteen-year-olds." (Jennifer Weiner, best-selling author of In Her Shoes)
"There's something suspiciously sophisticated about how [Handler's] jokes line up that suggests the moral austerity of a comic not of [Joan] Rivers' bad-girl school: Tina Fey." (New York Times)
If you love Chelsea Handler and her show Chelsea Lately, this audiobook will not disappoint. I loved that not only was she writer, but also the narrator. Her different voices that she uses for different characters in her book are hysterical! She is sarcastic and funny and a great writer. Once I started listening, I couldn't stop!
I think you have to have a certain type of sense of humor to enjoy this book. It's probably not for everyone. For me, it was perfect. I often found myself cracking up by myself in my cubicle, pulling over on the freeway because I was laughing so hard I was crying, and pausing my ipod in the airport so I didn't look like a crazy person when I started to laugh aloud. I didn’t really know who Chelsea Handler was until I downloaded this book, but now I'm DVR'ing her show every night. Can a book be too funny?...this one almost is.
...then listen to this book! If you do not enjoy Chelsea Handler's style of humor, then go find something else to listen too. Duh. I laughed out loud multiple times, and many of my peers at the gym think I am crazy, I'm sure. Regardless, I did enjoy this book. The key to Chelsea's humor is: (almost) nothing is off limits.
I was hoping for a good laugh when I purchased this book, but it was a waste of a credit. She is not funny, her storys are really boring, and her voice is horrible to listen to for long periods of time.
The book is 7 or 8 stories. Some are funny and cute, like when Chelsea makes up a story about being in the sequel to Private Benjamin for her 12 year old classmates, and how an enterprising Chelsea babysat for a terror with an intense sugar high, and when she got a massage from a Chinese place that had only the most basic English skills.
Some of the stories are just sad like a birthday party for a 30 year old woman she hardly knew, a DUI arrest, a fist fight with teenagers, and a disrespectful portrait of her father which she refers to as Bitchtits.
Lacking, is any cohesion or theme to the chaotic events that happen to her. What's left is a troubled,wise cracking, self absorbed, TV star who needs to know why she is on this earth.
A much better choice is Steve Martin's memoir.
There are some good laughs here, no doubt hence the 4 stars....sadly the stories are so disjointed and painfully random that it is a little hard to beleive. And who knew, Chelsea has a really bad habit of ditching people. Surprised she has any friends left!
This book was good for a few laughs, but I was very underwhelmed by the lack of humor. Chelsea Handler is much funnier in person than she is in print. Don't waste your money on this book.
This was the perfect book for a 14 hour drive to Florida a couple of months ago. She has an amazing gift to appeal to both men and women with her humor. When I reached my destination, I listened to it again with the adult women in my family. It is that funny.
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