Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
This is my first book by Chelsea Handler. I’ve seen some of her stuff on E! and find her to be at least averagely funny for a comedian, and so I thought I’d give Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea a try when I saw it at the library the other day.
Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea is a collection of 12 short autobiographical(-ish) essays. I didn’t like a couple of them that much but there was a lot of humour – and frankness – in most of them. I particularly liked the chapter called Big Red, partially because she muses on why redheads are called redheads when their hair is, in fact, a garish orange, and partially because my boyfriend is a ginger. Re-Gift is also a classic. And the last story, Costa Rica, is pretty funny because it’s about her relationship with her father, and he’s extremely inappropriate.
The collection definitely has some laugh-out-loud moments but I’m glad I got it from the library and didn’t purchase it outright. I find most humour books are funny the first time around but don’t often have a lot of staying power unless they’re absolutely amazing. And Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea is a lot of fun and I’ll keep an eye out for more Chelsea Handler books at the library, but I don’t know that I’ll be investing any time soon.