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White Girl Problems | [Babe Walker]

White Girl Problems

Babe Walker, center of the universe, is a painstakingly manicured white girl with an expensive smoothie habit, a proclivity for Louboutins, a mysterious mother she's never met, and approximately 50 bajillion Twitter followers. But her "problems" have landed her in shopping rehab - that's what happens when you spend $246,893.50 in one afternoon at Barneys. Now she's decided to write her memoir, revealing the gut-wrenching hurdles she's had to overcome in order to be perfect in every way, every day.
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Publisher's Summary

Babe Walker, center of the universe, is a painstakingly manicured white girl with an expensive smoothie habit, a proclivity for Louboutins, a mysterious mother she's never met, and approximately 50 bajillion Twitter followers. But her "problems" have landed her in shopping rehab - that's what happens when you spend $246,893.50 in one afternoon at Barneys. Now she's decided to write her memoir, revealing the gut-wrenching hurdles she's had to overcome in order to be perfect in every way, every day. Hurdles such as:

  • I hate my horse.
  • Every job I've ever had is the worst job I've ever had.
  • He's not a doctor, a lawyer, or a prince.
  • I'll eat anything, as long as it's gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, low-fat, low-calorie, sugar-free, and organic

In an Adderall-induced flash of inspiration, Babe Walker has managed to create one of the most enjoyable, unforgettable memoirs in years.

©2012 David Oliver Cohen, Tanner Cohgen, and Lara Schoenhals (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The epitome of the urban socialite you love to hate." (Time)

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    Kimberly Tacoma, WA, United States 02-01-13
    Kimberly Tacoma, WA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011

    kimber0711

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    "Hysterical"

    I loved this, I was literally laughing aloud. You want to hate her, you really do...but you just can't. Tastes a little like Mean Girls....fun listen!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Laredo, TX, United States 09-05-13
    Catherine Laredo, TX, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining"
    If you could sum up White Girl Problems in three words, what would they be?

    Over-Dramatic, Hilarious, Problematic


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Unexpectedly enjoyed it. I thought it brought the book full circle.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    Excellent... she captured Babe's spirit, bitchiness and narcissism.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The only problem, is white girl.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect a Pulitzer here. I knew what I was getting into as, I follow BW on twitter and have read her blog. This was exactly what I thought it was going to be and better. BW has a charm for creating her own white girl problems. I think that anyone could relate at some point or another... If not, you have no soul, jk. But really, its an easy, laughable listen. Enjoy lightheartedly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Sacramento, CA, United States 04-08-13
    Jan Sacramento, CA, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Okay, but not great"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    While I enjoyed her certain sense of humor and could relate in many ways, having grown up in Orange County, California, the book seemed to wander without direction through her life. Some of the chapters are amusing, but the book, in general, dragged for me. It wasn't what I expected.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Babe Walker again?

    Yes, I would probably giver her another try.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There were some amusing incidents. I think the chapter with the sex partner/trainer was too much, I get the humor behind it, but it was just too much for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I think many people won't get the level of Babe's expectations and won't understand the daily excessive indulgences, which granted, aren't that over the top for those that actually live that type of lifestyle, especially in L.A. And that's where the humor lies....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Seattle, WA, United States 11-20-12
    Lynda Seattle, WA, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A romp in 6" Albino Crocodile Stuart Weitzmans!"

    Tavia Gilbert is one of my favorite narrators. And her reading of White Girl Problems is the best I've heard yet. With only one exception (a Jamaican accent is *not* easy), her voicing of every character is outstanding and her pacing is spot on. The book is extremely funny. It gives you permission to laugh 'til you snort at how ludicrous some people can be. For Christmas this year I want Ms. Gilbert to voice-over every entry on the Babe Walker blog!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Alpharetta, GA, United States 07-19-12
    Melissa Alpharetta, GA, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Hilarious!!!"

    I am a huge Tavia Gilbert fan. When I discovered she narrated the book, I was curious so I listened to the 5 min sample. I laughed so hard until I cried. If you are interested in being cheered up, get this book. Tavia's comedy delivery is spot on flawless. I am a big fan of Babe Walker although I really love her alter ego Babette!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Claire redondo beach, CA, United States 06-08-12
    Claire redondo beach, CA, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Could not stop laughing. Total guilty pleasure."
    Where does White Girl Problems rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story was funny as hell and the actress reading it did a great job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Babette.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, it was a total guilty pleasure. I mean, it's very chic and very LA, but also very relatable.

    I thought it was hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    Very funny. I was entertained the whole time. I hope there's a sequel!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime CA, United States 05-31-14
    Jaime CA, United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Entertaining!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It's so light and funny. You need to have a sense of humor in order to fully enjoy this over the top story. The book is very rewarding, an easy, quick listen.


    What other book might you compare White Girl Problems to and why?

    The way it was written kind of reminded me of Bridget Jones Diary, but not the content. Just the diary-esq way it was told. The content is very different.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably Babe losing her virginity. That scene was uncomfortably funny!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed way too much!


    Any additional comments?

    Go into it with a sense of humor. This is not a complicated literary piece. It's a funny and easy listen to make you laugh and get through a boring work day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-16-13
    Tamara Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like to hear someone whine and complain 6 or some hours, then this book is for you. It's not even funny. It's ridiculous.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

    N/A


    What character would you cut from White Girl Problems?

    Babe Walker!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Buffalo Grove, IL, United States 10-14-13
    Dana Buffalo Grove, IL, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Aweful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was listed as "hilarious" it was not, it was sad and pathetic about a woman who was so self absorbed that the stunts she pulled were so far from possible it was a grind to get through the book.


    What was most disappointing about Babe Walker’s story?

    Stupid and far fetched. The character made me angry.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    She did her best to capture the character.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Rose Atlanta 06-26-13
    Eva Rose Atlanta 06-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not really a memoir"
    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I'm stupid, but when I read the blurb for this book on audible saying "Babe Walker has managed to create one of the most enjoyable, unforgettable memoirs in years." I just believed that it was a memoir (and that it would be enjoyable). It is not. Babe Walker is a completely fabricated, fictional character. I began to suspect such about 2 chapters in, because it's simply not believable.

    No matter, I thought, since I enjoy satire. I'll give it a try. I thoroughly enjoyed Leslie Gornstein's book "The A-List Playbook: How to Survive Any Crisis While Remaining Wealthy, Famous, and Most Importantly, Skinny" which is a work of satire along the same lines. It was clever and funny. This book is NOT. I didn't find it funny or enjoyable, and the narration is 6 hours of that completely annoying "vocal fry".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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