Hysterical & ridiculous
Chelsea Handler is an utterly ridiculous person, which is exactly why she is a good author. Her seemingly endless antics have no real plot or story line in her newest creation “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang,” but are highly entertaining and memorable. In fact, the most notable theme throughout the book is her desire for a dolphin to live in her condo, as well as the ineptness of her parents, especially her father. She makes the typically solo act of reading into a group activity, where the reader is basically forced to read excerpts from the book to any innocent bystander to explain the laughing and head shaking that happens throughout this book. Whether a fan of Handler’s show “Chelsea Lately” or not, it is strongly encouraged that you read “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang,” if not to make you laugh, then to make you thankful that she is not your boss, because as she says, “every once in a while I like to send out an all staff e-mail to find out who the dumbest people working on my staff are.” She is similar to the guys on “Jackass,” only instead of getting laughs out of tripping people or dressing in a monkey costume on the streets, she dupes people mentally – like convincing her boyfriend that she accidentally killed her friend’s dog, Dudley, by feeding him ravioli and making the boyfriend attend Dudley’s funeral on the Santa Monica Pier. It is simply amazing the magnitude in which she executes these pranks on those around her. Each one is carefully planned and involves several players but usually starts by a simple exaggeration on her part that leads to something larger. She states, “my tendency to make up stories and lie compulsively for the sake of my own amusement takes up a good portion of my day and provides me with peace of mind not easily attainable in this economic climate.” This also takes up a good portion of her book, mixed in with other stories from her childhood, all which will make you laugh and wonder how her mind really works. Book review compliments of Weber’s Books & Drawings
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