Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me
Author: Chelsea's Friends, Family and Other Victims
Published By: Grand Central Publishing
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Chelsea Handler is a stand-up comedian, talk show host and actress with quite the interesting sense of humor. My friends know me well - I can be quite the practical joker and used to be very good at pranking folks...back when the world was much less sensitive and sue-happy. Thus, to follow up the last book I read written by Chelsea (Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea), one of my friends decided to send me Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, a book written by Chelsea's Family, Friends and Other Victims.
In Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, each chapter is written by a different friend, family member or co-worker that has fallen victim to Chelsea's various lies or pranks over the years. As her sister reminds us, the lying began at a young age for Chelsea and included selling raffle tickets to meet Carly Simon at their lemonade stand to help pick up business, despite the fact that neither one of the girls really knew Carly Simon. Then there was the time when Chelsea and her sister were on vacation and she pretended to be Pamela Anderson, even signing autographs and allowing herself to be interviewed.
These pranks, in particular, were rather quick and somewhat harmless, but as we read on, we discover that Chelsea can set up rather elaborate schemes. As our victims tell us, Chelsea cannot be trusted around open computers or smart phones as emails and text messages are bound to be sent from the victims' accounts to various unsuspecting people. Thus, several of her victims have found themselves in predicaments with family members, friends and even bosses thanks to prank emails sent in secret by Chelsea. They discuss elaborate lies told by Chelsea and supported by numerous members of her entourage, sometimes for days, all in the effort of getting to that big laugh at the end when the truth is revealed. No one is safe from the pranking, not even Chelsea's dog.
At the end of each chapter is a paragraph written by Chelsea in which she either denies or accepts responsibility for the pranks. In each paragraph, Chelsea makes certain to remind us that her mark was pathetic and the mark's life was definitely enriched by her harmless prank. Some of the victims are not always in agreement, but you get the idea that the grousing is all very tongue-in-cheek and that they all have a lot of fun around Chelsea.
All in all, this book is hilarious, albeit rather raunchy. If you are a prude, you will find the cursing, drinking and all out debauchery to be of poor taste and you will miss the funny. This book will not be for you. But those of us who can appreciate a well-played prank and can handle all the rest that goes with it will be laughing themselves right off their chairs. This is one of those books that you read on the subway and laugh out loud about while other crammed-in passengers envy you, struggling to move ever so slightly to catch a glimpse of the title of the book that is giving you such amusement in such a horrid setting. Fans of the funny need to get their hand on Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, the cure-all for anyone's bad day at the office.