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Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang Hardcover – March 9, 2010
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- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; First Edition (March 9, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446552445
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446552448
- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #696,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the first chapter where Chelsea talks about her childhood and the first time she gets “the feeling” I was crying with laughter. She tells stories about her father, her boyfriend who she likes to play pranks on, and how one time she helped wheel a woman passed out on a chaise lounge up to a hotel room. These stories are just too good to be true.
Chelsea really knows how to write towards her audience. She is witty, hilarious, and just plain fun to read. There is not a set plot line, so the reader can jump from chapter to chapter without missing anything important. She has also included hilarious photos that were taken during these times, which helps prove that these stories are somewhat true!
I've read this book several times and each time I laugh just as hard as the last. I would recommend this book to anyone who knows of Chelsea Handler, doesn't mind a little vulgarity (and by little I mean a lot), and adult humor.
Chelsea is at her best when talking about the weird predicaments that she finds herself in, whether at work, in her social life, or with her family members. Her stories aren't as fun, though, when she's in her "Girls Behaving Badly" role of playing jokes on people. The funniest moments happen when strange things just happen to you. Case in point, Chelsea playing a trick on her boyfriend (Ted Harbert, president and CEO of the Comcast Entertainment Group). Pretending that she accidentally killed a friend's dog wasn't great; it was just okay, mainly because it was a set-up.
On the other hand, when she focuses on the idiosyncracies of her father in a couple of tales, it's more humorous because the situation is out of her control. However, I was disappointed that not once did she refer to her father as "b*tch t*ts" like she did in Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea . I assumed that was her siblings' ongoing nickname for him...but maybe not?
Unfortunately, although a not-to-miss book for Chelsea fans, like her last book, I was waiting for a central theme to the stories to tie them all together. It never came, and neither did any background for the title of the book. I thought for sure it came from a wacky story, but maybe it's just an inside joke that us readers aren't in on.
To call her family dysfunctional is a giant understatement. If Freud was alive handling this case,, he would in short order vacate the surroundings and admit defeat. Interestingly, Chelsea is quite open about some of her young adventures and the accounts are hilarious. This girl is smart and quick with the one line squelch that takes any rivals' breath away.
Do understand this is Chelsea somewhat raw. This isn't a tome directed to children or, for that matter, adults allergic to occasional encounters with nasty words. But whether or not you are a fan of her show, "Chelsea Lately" carried on the E! network,, as long as you have an unimpaired funny bone you will enjoy this book..
A big fan of her show, this is the first of her books that I've read. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but after a few pages, I realized I was simply hearing more of her material that is more detailed and polished, and in some cases a glimpse into her personal life.
It's not, nor does it pretend to be, liter-ah-ture. These are sketches from her life embellished with her own ribald brand of wit.
I tend to be a prude on the subject of substance abuse, but the predicaments and complications that result from the flagrant use of alcohol, pills and mushrooms are so distressing that there couldn't be a better "warning" of the hazards of unbridled use than what we find on the pages of this book.
Alternately between self-deprecating and devilish, Chelsea Handler had me laughing out loud and trying to get anyone within earshot to hurry and read the book so we could all laugh together.