Handler’s novel tells raunchy anecdotes

Chelsea Handler’s novel, “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” allows me to be the promiscuous alcohol-soaked Jersey girl I’ve always wanted to be.

“Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” is Handler’s second novel, published in 2008 and is a series of 12 short stories describing her drunken encounters.

Handler’s stories range from being a community college dropout on the Jersey shore to being the star of a sketch comedy show.

“Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” teaches the reader about Handler’s preference for vodka over water and her complete fascination with little people. In one story, Handler invites a little person, who she lovingly refers to as ”a nugget,” to guest star on her comedy show and ends up being drunk under the table by a woman who is a quarter her size. In another, Handler spends a week in South America smoking marijuana with her elderly father. Handler’s writing style is hilariously raunchy, and her drunken escapades across California will keep the reader laughing.

“Chelsea Handler writes like Judy Blume, if Judy Blume were into vodka, Ecstasy, and sleeping with midgets and 19-year-olds,” wrote Jennifer Weiner, author of the bestselling novel “In Her Shoes.”

Handler’s first novel, “My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands,” is also a collection of Handler’s firsthand experiences about a number of her entertaining tales of penetration.

In 2010, Handler released her third novel, “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang,” in which she writes about her life and relationships in Hollywood. The book reached USA Today’s Best Selling Book List at number two, while being in the top 150 for 30 weeks.

A year later, Handler released another book called “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me,” in which her friends and family write about how they’ve been abused by Handler.

All four of Handler’s novels are incredibly entertaining and sometimes causes a contact high for the reader.

“In a word: hilarious. In two: absolutely hilarious,” wrote Laura Zigman, author of “Animal Husbandry,” about Handler’s first novel “My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands” “These are some of the funniest stories I have ever read, and they’re also some of the most unexpectedly heartfelt.”

Handler is currently working on another novel, to be entitled “Fifty Shades of Chartreuse: This Time It’s Personal,” to be released in October 2013. “This sounds to me like one big wiki-leak,” Handler said about the upcoming book.

Paige Jurgensen

Staff writer

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