Book Reviews of We're Just Like You, Only Prettier: Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle

We're Just Like You, Only Prettier: Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle
We're Just Like You Only Prettier Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle
Author: Celia Rivenbark
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ISBN-13: 9780312312442
ISBN-10: 031231244X
Publication Date: 2/1/2005
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 159 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 8
Great funny read by a newpaper columnist that writes for the Sun Times in Myrtle Beach, SC. She tells it like it is. If her column is half as funny as this book, then the paper is a hit too!! I read this one first, but I've gotten her first book and it's near the top of my TBR Pile!! Actual laugh out loud moments explaining and justifying the Southern Redneck Way of Life. And, footnote on that, I'm Southern by choice - not by birth - and it's the best move I've ever made!!
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Helpful Score: 5
This is so funny that I may have to keep it. Celia writes a column for the Myrtle Beach newpaper and you can read more of her stunny southern wit on their website. Being a bit of a bitchy southern girl myself, I laugh outloud everytime I pick something of hers up. Read it and then call your best friend and read her excerpts, you'll find yourself snorting outloud just trying to read it to someone else :)
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Helpful Score: 3
I could not finish this book, it was painful. I have lived all my life in Georgia except for a very brief period when I lived in South Carolina. Some of the "southern" expressions in this book I have never heard in my life.
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Helpful Score: 3
Collection of humorous essays concerning life in the South. I caught myself laughing out loud several times while reading this book.

Funny, sweet, strong and slightly outrageous - like many Southern women that I have known!
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Helpful Score: 2
This book has laugh-out-loud moments in every chapter. As soon as I finished I passed it along to my South Carolina friend and she's also loving it.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is an absolutely hilarious book for woman who has been raised in the South.
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Helpful Score: 1
The first half of the book is hysterical. The line about the Greatest Generation and the turkey had me snotting. I tried to read it to my husband and even with my lame rendition (kept laughing)it made him laugh just as heartily. The rest of the book is mainly focused on her life as a mother. It's amusing and has some good lines, but the book lost its way as a southern primer.
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Helpful Score: 1
Absoluetly loved this book! Laughed out loud many of times while reading.
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I really loved this book. couldn't stop laughing!
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Helpful Score: 1
A laugh out loud must-read for all southern "ladies" or anyone who wants to know how their minds work!
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Helpful Score: 1
I was a little disappointed. This was the first book I had read by this author, and I expected it to be more amusing. It was a light, fast, easy read, quite relaxing. But I did not laugh as much as I thought I would.
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Helpful Score: 1
Extremely funny!!! Southern women will roll in the floor laughing at Rivenbark's humorous stories!
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is a fun, quick, enjoyable read, although some (only some!) parts I thought were a little dumb. All in all I enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed this book very much, despite being a Northerner by birth.
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Helpful Score: 1
Found myself laughing out loud quite a bit and much of the book hit quite close to home for me. Enjoyed and recommend. Some similarities to Laurie Notaro if Laurie was a Southerner with children.
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Funny book!
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I howled with laughter from the first page of this book. I've started carrying it with me for waiting-in-line reading and have told all my friends to track it down.
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OH MY GOSH, I CRIED this book made me laugh sooooooooooo hard. Maybe because I've always wanted to be southern.... Celia tells it how it is!! A must read!
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I laughed so much while reading this book! I read it in one day, cause I just couldn't put it down.

" Little things that have no business bothering me drive me nuts. Like how, no matter how often I ask, my husband never shuts a cabinet or closet door. This means I must systematically go through the entire house slamming doors like Joan Crawford on crank and sobbing: "How (slam) inconsiderate (slam) can one (slam) person (slam) be?"
"I shouldn't wonder that he can't shut doors because he can't see things right in front of his own eyes. Why else would he ask me where his shoes are (in the closet) or the eyedrops (tee-hee in the oven) as though my ovaries are endowed with superhuman powers allowing me to see behind closed doors or drawers?"
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Absolutely hilarious even for a Yankee like me!
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Hilarious and so true. I am one of those moms at school who doesn't have it all together so I can totally relate to some of these stories. Really fun read.
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I would like to keep this book because I think I could read it over and over. But I will pass it on because I want more people to enjoy it. Every chapter was laugh out loud funny. Real women funny. I toally recommend it. I will definately be reading anything else Celia Rivenbark writes.
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While this precursor to "Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank" is not as funny as that title, there are still many snort-worthy, laugh-out-loud moments in this book. Her take on our modern society is dead-on accurate. What makes her writing so good is that you really want to be this woman's friend. At least, I do. Hanging out drinking sweet tea with Celia while she clues this Yankee in to the cultural minutiae of Southern life? You bet. Sign me up.
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Not as good as Stop Dressing...but funny still. Worth reading but don't miss Stop Dressing- you'll laugh all day long!
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"Tarnished" is the key word: don't read this if coarse language and off-color humor bug you.
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Short stories that make you laugh.
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This was a fun, fast read. Very entertaining.
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A light, funny read
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Very, very funny!
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Amusing and entertaining
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Celia Rivenbark's collection of essays is a must-read for anybody who wants a funny, no-holds-barred look at today's South. As a reviewer stated, "I'll be sending copies to everyond, especially my baby's daddy." LOL

Funny one (and you know what they always say - the true things are the funniest!)
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You can see this author's lame one-liners coming a mile away. She offers nothing new, fresh or insightful about southern womanhood...I find her success quite mystifying. Rivenbark's series of stand-up routines in book form was done better and with more class by Erma Bombeck Roseanne Barr decades ago.
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Very funny but Stop Dressing is SO MUCH more hilarious to read! I read all of these, with the exception of Belle Weather, months ago and I still remember and laugh at some of the funny things in Stop Dressing. I'd Stop Dressing before any of her others, even though they're all funny.
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i LOVED the first half of this book. I just wanted to buy a duble wide, a fried sickers, move down to atlanta and meet matty and nikki at the waffle house. but the second half of the book seemed to really stray from southerners to just people and things in general. i felt like she lost her purpose, or got writers block half way through. loved loved loved the first half. totally laughed out loud while reading it!!!
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A wonderful read! A great look into the south. Even though there were some differences it reminded me of being back home in the midwest!
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Funny look at Southern "society"
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Even if you're not a Southern woman, this book will probably appeal to your sense of humor on the truly patience-trying issues of modern life such as Chuck E Cheese, impossible Sunday School craft projects, co-ed baby showers, and big-screen TVs.
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Cute summer read....funny.
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Funny! Brief essays from a southern belle.
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Celia's hilarious and this book is a great example of just how funny she really is. You really gotta read it!
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While I didn't laugh out loud *quite* as often as I did with "Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old Like a Skank", there were still plenty of LOL moments and snickers to drive my husband crazy. Rivenbark is deliciously sharp and funny, and her humor definitely trasfers to those of us born and raised above the Mason-Dixon. Over-achieving friends, 'manly' husbands and their big screen TVs and the most feared, highly unfortunate basement poo explosion - I dare you to find something you can't identify with and laugh at.
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A very enjoyable read. As a southerner, I can identify with some of the stories in this book. You will laugh when reading the book.
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I really thought this book kind of sucked. She really isn't that funny. I only laughed out loud maybe once then decided to post the book because I couldn't take reading it anymore.
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A whole lot of fun. Sometimes I wonder if the south is a different universe.