Sunday, April 4, 2010
Cannonball Read Entry #19: Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang - Chelsea Handler
For a moment, I was severely tempted to just repost my review of Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea, switch the titles of the books and call it a day. Because essentially, that's what Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang is: It's Vodka part 2. It's not a bad thing; It's just the same thing.
So here's the deal: Chelsea is back again talking about her childhood, her crazy money-grubbing cad of a father, her (now ex-)boyfriend, her dog, her gay friends and car drivers...basically, just imagine everything that you liked and/or disliked about her last book and you essentially have Chelsea Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang Bang.
To be honest, her writing style this time around is improved compared to her previous work, and the inclusion of the occasional candid photos actually manages to expand on the story rather than take away from it or distract the reader.
That being said, her focus throughout Chelsea Chelsea Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang Bang Bang was almost non-existant at times, as she would often pause the main story to delve back into back-stories at the drop of a hat. I probably wouldn't have minded this so much if it weren't for the fact that she does this in almost every story with little to no warning. It's a little disconcerting when you keep being whip-lashed out of the story with a spur of the moment "OH! By the way..." tangent.
All in all, it was still an enjoyable book. It was funny, clever, and Chelsea Handler seems to be improving herself as a writer. Chelsea Chelsea Chelsea Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang may be something of a one-trick pony, but my GOD is it ever a good trick.