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on January 26, 2009
For the most part, My Horizontal Life was a fun read. Not laugh-out-loud funny, at least for me, but funny all the same. Chelsea Handler wrote this book as if she were telling a story at a party. It's relaxed, almost without shame, and somewhat unrealistic at times, which all make the book very charming and interesting.
My major complaint about this book, though, is that some of Handler's accounts aren't one-night stands at all. Some of them are casual or drunken encounters that blossomed into relationships or flings. Only a few of them were truly one-night stands. Occasionally, there wasn't even sex involved. I actually bought the book to read specifically about the one-night stands and received story after story about Chelsea Handler's colorful sex life, relationship history, and drug use instead. Yes, I still enjoyed it, but be aware that the title is misleading.
What I liked: that the book wasn't just a collection of scattered essays, that a few of the chapters had a direction, a purpose, and, toward the end, an awakening.