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Elizabeth H. reviewed My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands on
Helpful Score: 20
Oh my goodness, this is flat out the funniest thing I've ever read. Usually I don't so much as crack a smile when I read something funny, but this book had me laughing so hard I was crying--- my husband came in from the other room to find out what was wrong! Get your hands on this book and then save it for a day when you really need a pick-me-up.
There is one thing that all memoirs should have... redemption. Or at least be so funny that it doesn't matter. This fell so far from the mark of being a good memoir. It was just - sad. I would have loved to see her end up in rehab and maybe married to someone with no sexually transmitted diseases. It was like *giggle* a story *giggle* about this *giggle* little girl *giggle* in this grown up *giggle* body - that drank entirely too much (and *giggle* thought it was funny), would find the nearest guy and go screw - maybe if his penis wasn't too big or small or whatever other problems the author seemed to have. It wasn't even that funny. What a piece of junk. Don't waste your time or money on this one.
This book has a Wishlist here at PBS of over 500. So many people are going to be disappointed. I am human so I like sex just like the rest of the world. But the heavy drinking, use of esctasy, and actual Lack of sex in this book was disappointing. This is not some steamy blow by blow memoirs, but just a bunch of dumb stories about a lot of people she actually didnt connect with. It wasnt funny enough, although as some parts I did laugh. It was just sad about all the drugs,lying to men, booze and one night stands. She didnt learn anything or change. Go read a better memoir.
Well, it's no Tucker Max. I did enjoy the book, I can't lie. It's a quick and easy read. Unfortunately, unlike Tucker Max, I only laughed out loud maybe 3 or 4 times. So while it was good I spent more time wondering if she really had as much sex as she says because it seems like she passed out a lot more than actually did anyhing with the guys!
You will enjoy it, but read this first, before Tucker Max and then you won't be comparing it to him the whole time.
So not worth the wait list. Horrible! I am not sure who actually thinks this is a good book. I gets old reading about a unemployed woman who has one night stands that is a drug user, drinks, and lies over and over. Who actually thought this is reading material. I actually like trashy books but this was just horrible! Do not waste your time!
Katrina J. (trinakb) reviewed My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands on
Helpful Score: 3
I love Chelsea Handler and I can hear her voice when I read her books so I'm constantly laughing out loud. My Horizontal Life was no different. It was a quick read that had me laughing and hiding in embarassment all at the same time.
I thought this book was just "OK". It definitely had some funny moments in it, but it wasn't as good as I had thought/hoped it would have been. I'm going to read 'Are You There, Vodka?, It's Me Chelsea', next. I'm hoping that this one is better.
I have to say I'm very disappointed in this book. I didn't find it funny at all. If Chelsea was a witty writer then it would have potential to be great but it reads like she believes that just because she put it down on paper it's going to be funny. I also don't find her funny on TV either. Now I do find Laurie Notaro hilarious. I highly recommend anything written by her.
I loved this book! I would laugh out loud at parts because her humor is so dry that I love it. I definitely would read this if I was ever in a bad mood and just needed to be cheered up. She is honest, and not afraid to say anything. Chelsea Handler is simply amazing!
The blurb promised this would be "one guilty pleasure you won't be ashamed to talk about in the morning." This was only half true -- I felt guilty about finding Chelsea Handler's spin on her one-night spins eyebrow-raising funny. Can she be serious? I could see why readers gush about how hilarious they found Chelsea's adventures: she does have an irreverent, open sense of humor. She's a stand-up comedian after all, so you expect her to be able to put a comedic spin on superficial encounters which probably weren't that exciting in the moment. Even she seems to outgrow her love of one-night stands by the end. Although you might get a laugh out of this quick read, you would cringe if you saw any young girl whom you care about reading it. She does mention condoms, pap smears, and making sure she had her car with her, but this is buried between multiple swigs of vodka and Ecstasy. I guess in that sense this could count as a guilty pleasure -- because you might want to read it for laughs but want to keep it away from anyone mentally adolescent.
After hearing people talk about how Chelsea Handler is so funny and they have laughed out loud reading, I expected some of the same. This book, unfortunately, did not do it. It was entertaining enough. Light reading. I got through it in about 2 days. But laugh out loud? Not so much. Memorable? Not at all.
It was funny. I'll give it that. Though not as funny as I had expected. To most normal people with an above avereage raunchy sense of humor - order this book. I think I'm desensitized as far as rude/crude humour or risque stories are concerned. First half of the stories in the book weren't that funny. But when I reached the chapter "Overboard" it finally got funny for me. The last couple stories were hilarious!
I will admit this is more of a book to read in short stints........you know, when you need a grin or two. She tells it like it is, leaves nothing out and will definitely leave you laughing. A great sense of humor.
As a previous reviewer stated....."Its no Tucker Max".....Think of it as Tucker Max light, written from a woman's point of view. I laughed out loud a few times and enjoyed this book. I am not sure if EVRYTHING really happened the way it was written, but it was still entertaining.
I absolutely loved this book as well as her "followup" Hello VOdka,,its me chelsea" i posated both these books on here because i want to pass on the "great read"..I read an average of one book a weekend,, ( i have a weekend overnight JOB) and i read both Chelsea Handler books in one weekend,,, They were fantastic
I am a huge fan of Chelsea Handler and the Chelsea Lately television show, and I was extremely excited about reading this book. I had high expectations for "My Horizontal Life" but I found myself a little disappointed. Although parts of this book were entertaining, overall I was not as impressed with this book as I am with her television show.
Kristine (kris1431) - , reviewed My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands on
Helpful Score: 1
If you take this book for what it is mean to be - a funny, often obscene collection of stories whose sole purpose is to make you laugh - you will love it. I read a few stories every night and couldn't help but laugh out loud at some of the things Chelsea Handler had to say. This book was passed around my entire group of friends and everyone loved it. I guess we all have a bit of a risque sense of humor..
I love her late night shows, so when I found out that she had written books, I had to read them! Even though this book is a collection of short stories, it reads seamlessly. I laughed out loud many times and didn't want the book to end! I liked it more than "Are you there vodka? it's me, chelsea."
Read this after her "Vodka" book and laughed out loud just as hard. If you are inhibited when it comes to talk about sex, this is not the book for you but you are missing some great laughs. Chelsea is a great writer with a unique "voice" and I highly recommend this book to humor lovers.
I bought this book awhile ago after hearing about it from a friend. Id actually been watching Chelsea Lately for awhile before buying the book, and find her so hilarious that I figured the book was probably right up my alley. Comedy isnt typically my thing book wise, its hard for me to find things in print to be laugh out loud funny like they are for most people, and I kind of suffered from the same problem with this one. It was definitely funny, but I think I really only smiled.
I blame myself for this, because I really just dont laugh at books most of the time. I also feel a little like Chelsea hadnt found her voice quite yet when this was written, because shes much funnier now. Nonetheless, it was entertaining and I had a fun time reading through the whole thing.
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i'm a little confused as to why she called this "a collection of one night stands" when in some cases she didn't even sleep with the guy and two of the stories are just about a crazy gay friend of hers. either way it was pretty funny. I dont like Chelsea Handler very much, but i still liked this book. great light hearted quick read.
I honestly have never laughed out loud so many times while reading a book as a did this one. I also think I annoyed my husband because I kept making him listen to me read my favorite excerpts. I would give it 6 stars if I could.
I read this in one day. So much fun! This is a girl after my own heart! If you are looking for something light to cheer you up, this is it. Almost as good as a night out with the girls. (And just as an aside...if you like this, read "Escape from Houdidni Mountain" by Pleasant Gehman,)
Much better than Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. About equivalent to Are You There, Vodka?
This time around, Chelsea talks about the slut-o-lympics that was her 20s. Black dudes were too big for her down there so she couldn't have sex with them (or so she says), her one time with a midget resulted in nothing more than heavy petting before she passed out (or so she says), and the one guy who smacked her butt until it was black and blue was just barely legally an adult (or so she says).
She's no one's idea of a role model, but the book is amusing.
This was an easy and fun read. It's definitely not for the sensitive or remotely prudish, and let go of any expectations of literary greatness before jumping in. The author is a comedian and the "sex and alcohol" bit is her shtick, and I can only guess that it's amped up and embellished for laughs and shock value here. Although I wouldn't make this a permanent fixture on my bookshelf and will admit to hiding it from my husband, I found it entertaining and laughed out loud a couple of times. Reading it is a little like watching The Bachelorette on the "guilty pleasure" level.
Read this book wanting something lighthearted, naughty and funny. This book was downright nasty and kind of depressing. I guess it was just too much for me. The "escapades" were not really funny. I found this to be over the top raunchy and it kind of disgusted me. Sorry Chelsea.
Wonderfully funny and a quick read. I read this book in one sitting (I never do that). Chelsea pokes fun at herself as she narrates her adventures. This book is not dirty or crass as I was afraid it would be.
Valerie K. reviewed My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands on
The first few stories are quirky and funny, but by the time you read about a girl's 8th (and more) one night stand you start to a) get bored and b) question the authenticity of the claim. Some of these outlandish stories are just plain unbelievable, and I didn't bother finishing. Handler's writing is entertaining nonetheless, but this is basically a collection of the same story told many different ways.
Bawdy and absolutely hilarious. The characters are so well crafted you feel like you're there in the middle of the incredible situations in which Chelsea finds - or places - herself. Beware - you won't be able to put it down and then you'll want to share it with your most wicked girlfriend or sister.
This book is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time! I couldn't put this book down because it made me laugh out loud many times. I hope Chelsea Handler writes more books. She has such a sense of humor that it makes you want to invite her to your next party. Great book Chelsea!!! Please write more!!!
I had waited so long for this book to pop up on the swap - and it was well worth the wait! It was even better then I thought it was going to be. Didn't want to put it down! It really felt like she was over for a girls night at my house, sharing stories about guys, sex and interesting things that happen in between. Great read!
I wanted to read this to get to know Chelsea a little better. It was a hilarious book. I laughed out loud often. Its so entertaining! She has a way of putting things that just hits home with my sense of humor. Its like she says what everyone thinks. I look forward to readding more from her.
Funny read! Not a book I would typically read but I am glad I did! Made me laugh out loud. Recommend to others. At times, a little gawdy...but hey it's Chelsea Handler, what do you expect???? If you like her comedy, you will like this book.
I just received this book today and already read the whole book! I couldnt put it down....I cant believe how many people were disappointed in this book!! I LOVED IT! I also find Chelsea Handler extremely funny..and this book was no disappointment! If you don't have an open mind....then I would say this isnt the book for you. I just respect Chelsea's honesty in the book.
Nikki F. (04mom07) reviewed My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands on
I LOVED this book. I read it in a day and laughed the entire time. Chelsea has a way with words !! I would reccomend this book to anyone over the age of 17. You will not put this book down until you are on the last page.