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Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea Paperback – December 29, 2009
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About the Author
- Publisher : Gallery Books; Reprint edition (December 29, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416596364
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416596363
- Item Weight : 7.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.7 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #133,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is easy to read and goes fast; I pretty much read it in two days, not because I'm a slow reader but life was getting in the way, and sometimes I simply needed a break form laughing. Cute and funny, not as crude as some people say, Chelsea's sarcasm shines though at time but with charm to it, she has wit and brains too, always trying to keep her head up, trying to be nice to everyone and supporting her friends best as she can. One of the funniest parts of the book was towards the end, where she's dragged to a birthday party, hilarity erupted when the main guest of honor was staring to fall of the deep end taking her sanity with her, I laughed and laughed, and it was prefect for a relaxing weekend. Alcohol is mentioned here, even Chelsea's trip to the nutritionist was hilarious, the results and some trauma that followed were very, very interesting for sure. She does a great job of integrating her family into the story, making me feel like I all ready spend a Sunday morning in the kitchen with them eating pancakes, except that if I was there syrup would probably come out of my nose, these people are hilarious! I hope Chelsea leads a colorful and happy life, I'd be happy to read about it some more.
- Kasia S
For me, "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" starts off a little slow, as most autobiographies/memoirs do. Her adult life (and thus the later chapters of the book) are far more funny and outrageous than the earlier ones. It feels as if it takes a little while for things to warm up to her usual brand of comedy. 'Prison Break', a chapter about her first DUI, was definitely the true start of the book for me. From that point, things pick up and the book becomes a must read, something that can't be put down. You'll enjoy her naughtiness and willingness to really open up about things most people would be shy about discussing with the world. It's funny, there were definitely parts of the book that had me nearly in tears (prepare yourself for 'Barking Up the Wrong Tree' which is by far the best chapter of the book). What you may not like are certain chapters that, perhaps if told aloud with her usual deadpan delivery and quirkiness, would have been funnier. Some stories or jokes didn't translate as well on paper as they would if she were telling the story on stage in front of an audience.
In all, a good book. I get the feeling there could be a few follow-ups to 'Vodka' with how these are just random stories strung together. I ended the book laughing and smiling, feeling satisfied with this quick but enjoyable read and definitely felt it was worth the money. Wish it had been a tad bit longer and some stories came off better on paper as they probably would have delivered aloud, but, still a good, funny, humorous book that you should check out.
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I gave it five stars because it entertained me from the start the the finish.
Each chapter gives a different story, if you are easily offend then don't buy this, it's really not for you. If you can find her program on the television, watch it if you laugh then buy this book. I read some passages out to my mum, (mild ones) and they made her laugh.
I have recommended this to friends already and am buying it for a friend's birthday. If you like Keith lemon your going to like this, buy it now you know you want to.
The book is broken up into a number of chapters and each chapter is a story, the stories are a complete mix bag. Some of them are very funny and then others are a little offensive and could maybe upset some people. Some of the stories seem a bit unbelievable and a bit like the truth may have been stretched but thats just my personal view of some of the stories.
I think that this would make a good holiday read for someone who likes short stories but it is a very easy book to read.