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White Girl Problems Paperback – January 31, 2012
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"I now have a girl crush on Babe Walker! Laugh-out-loud, pee-in-your-Cosabellas funny."―Tori Spelling, author of Uncharted TerriTori
"White Girl Problems makes me laugh a lot, and cry a little. It's about time someone drew our attention to the devastating reality: White girl problems are all around us . . . absolutely hysterical."―Susan Sarandon
"Babe Walker will be your new best friend and worst enemy. I loved it!"―Emma Roberts
"The epitome of the urban socialite you love to hate."―Time magazine
"A social satire in the guise of a memoir. . . . The most artful elements are the charming fashion illustrations peppered throughout Walker's half-million followers on Twitter and the public's bottomless appetite for news about real-life socialites like the Kardashians prove that a large audience for this story does exist."―Booklist
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Babe Walker lives (and very occasionally works) in LA. Her creators are David Oliver Cohen, Tanner Cohen, and Lara Schoenhals, all actors and writers who live in both New York and LA.
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Regardless, I recommend this book to any girl in her mid-late twenties who needs a laugh and a coupe of life lessons as seen through the eyes of someone who could financially afford to make them right in the end. It's very Jennifer Lancaster-esque for those of us who feel we are too young to connect over a husband and a home. But it's Walker...telling a story about what happens before you get there...or a fantasy novel for those who don't think they ever want to get there.
I found myself laughing out loud plenty of times at the easygoingness of Babe Walker. She says the things I want to say, gets the boy or "boy" she wants so effortlessly all by just being herself. She doesn't change who she is at any point, she simply grows up a little. I usually read memoirs or celebrity biographies, and this is by far one of the best books I have read in a while. If you did not laugh while reading this book, you might want to check with someone because you may not know how to read.
I hope to see more from Babe Walker! PS - The sketches in the book - Brilliant! I loved each one and might frame them.
When I ordered this book, I thought it was a NON-fiction memoir by a socialite. Oops. The stories became harder and harder to believe, until I did some research and discovered that "Babe Walker" isn't real.
The highlight of the book for me was Babe's alter-ego Babette. Babette is written about in the third person, whereas the rest of the book is written by "Babe" in the first person. Babette is simply the crazy person Babe becomes in a relationship when she falls in love - saying and doing crazy things and being unable to stop herself. She is crazy passive aggressive, usually via text message. Babette also dresses horribly, in contrast to Babe's impeccable fashion sense.
I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had known from the get-go that Babe Walker wasn't real. It's hard to tell from the cover! Babe is the author and there is a photo of her (well, the back of her head) on the back cover.
PS This book is a fast read.
Then it got boring and predictable. I found myself getting annoyed by Walker's personality, especially when she starts listing recipes for smoothies and her eating disorder-esque snacks. Towards the end, I realized the story could have been structured in a way that would have made more sense with the intro of therapy in the beginning, but it still wouldn't have helped much.
If you're looking for something crappy and easy to read, this is a good choice. It's more entertaining to listen to, so get the audiobook if you can.
If you are looking for a book with a sympathetic character, this is NOT that book. Or if you are a stickler for an Aristotelian arc, again, you'll want to pass. If you like sarcastic or deadpan humor and aren't easily offended, you might enjoy this. I will be reading the next book.
My main criticism of the book is that there wasn't much of a character change. Yes, she's superficial and priviledged, but it could be done, sorta like the movie Clueless. Despite that, I still enjoyed it while I laid by the pool and waited in line at DisneyWorld.