06/04/2014

Review: Psychos: White Girl Problems book by Babe Walker



Walk into the ‘chic’ life of Babe Walker, for drama, melodrama and craziness. It’s like reality TV adapted into writing.


BLURB: In this hysterical follow-up to the New York Times bestseller White Girl Problems, Babe Walker travels the globe as she tries to figure out the answer to the question foremost on everyone's mind—including hers: Who is Babe Walker?

If you’re one of Babe's 800,000+ Twitter followers who devour her daily musings, including “It's so sad when you're not dating Ryan Gosling” and “Good deed of the day: Tell a fat person they’re nice,” then you'll love riding shotgun with Babe at the wheel as she travels the globe trying to figure out just who she is in this hysterical follow-up to her New York Times bestselling book, White Girl Problems.

After spending four months in rehab conquering her alleged shopping addiction, Babe Walker embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery. Her faith in the Universe and its messages leads her all over the world: from Los Angeles to Paris to Amsterdam to Greece and New York City. Throughout this wild string of globe-trotting misadventures, Babe finds herself reunited with—and then torn apart from—an ex-lover, excommunicated by the fashion industry, and trailed by a mysterious stalker who clearly wants her dead. Although the post-rehab Babe and been re-birthed as a "New Babe," something that hasn't changed is the "lack of filter" that allows her to say what it is we're all usually thinking, but are too afraid, embarrassed, or polite to say ourselves, making Babe Walker the “epitome of the urban socialite you love to hate” (Time)
                                             

                                  MY SYNOPSIS
Imagine this: You are a socialite. A kind of celebrity.  Well known for penning a book about your life that became a bestseller and won a huge book deal. On the outside everyone might think your life is perfect. But perhaps they are underrating you because you think your life is more than perfect, it’s ‘chic’ perfect. Might it be the ‘drug addiction’ that landed you into rehab that makes you view your life as let’s say, Lindsay Lohan’s (without the criminal records)? Or that you might have an addiction to shopping that gets you high? Or maybe is it that your mother is a forty-year-old model who abandoned you when you were young?


Babe Walker doesn’t get that her life is not as fabulous as she thinks it is (or others do). There are perks in being a socialite and all, but have you thought of a socialite’s life after rehab? Forget ‘chic’, very chaotic if you’d ask me. With your old destructive self competing with your new self to keep you sane, friends who do not get the new you and make you wonder if you have got to ‘throw out last season’s clothes and revamp your closet to something that suits the new you’ (speaking metaphorically), an on-then-off boyfriend behind your back who you can’t get with because being with him reveals a side to you that (kind of) scares him away (for some time). As if all that isn’t enough, you somehow manage to get on Anna Wintour’s, Kim Kardashian’s and Anna Hathaway blacklist (outbidding her on a dress then wearing it to her engagement party), and now you can’t tell who (which one of them) is stalking you and why they are?


A life of fashion, super-annoying besties, psychotic behavior, drama, an ex you want to keep out of the way, a mom in love (I mean, real Brad and Jen love) with Kate Moss, jetting off to Europe (also known as running away), and more drama.



MY REVIEW

I liked this book. A scoop into the life of a real-life socialite. It’s like watching the Kardashians (only short on the number of idiots). Babe Walker bares it all, revealing emotions, real-life situation dilemmas (perhaps) and gives the reader a somewhat glance into the fab parts and not-so fab parts of the life of a socialite. But unlike Ice and Coco and all the fluff you see on telly these days, this book isn’t too orchestrated to make it seem fake. And what’s fun? There are no ad breaks (and no censoring)! Sweet!──


I liked that this book was non-fiction, but didn’t seem so. Written in a very humorous language, this book made crazy seem just funny and real-life seem so fun (with just a few crazies) to believe.

Certainly Babe Walker might be the character I’d take for lunch. Not sure if I’d like her that much as a friend though (I’d probably think of changing my wardrobe at that thought for less heavy stuff. Again speaking metaphorically).  Very crazy, very chic and sometimes adorable when she hit rock-bottom. I like that when she’s killing it with an outfit after a description of the labels (Celine mostly), she makes sketches for readers to get a complete picture.──★★



I really wished much work was done on the characters, especially the mum and her friends (but not the random guys she’d hook-up with). Not that they seemed shallow, but I felt they could have taken on a bit of flesh (what with being thin and all?) and depth. Either way, I had some favorites like Mabinty, the Jamaican nanny whose accent was humorous; Robert, the so adorable boyfriend she cannot help but not be with; Paul, the junkie who for some reason I thought was Babe’s The One, was actually rooting for him to be though, till… can’t tell. Calisto, the Greek demigod who made you squirm in your seat just at the sound of his name (I really didn’t, just being in your shoes, women, to write this review).──★★


I’m not sure I found this book very suspenseful. Maybe I would have liked it if it was well orchestrated like reality TV and not very crazy Jersey Shore mated with Rich Kids of Hollywood. Much for a younger audience and some oldies who keep in touch with their reality stuff.──★★★


This book had some OMG moments that are note-worthy, but if I do, I might as well request the html from the publishers and paste it right onto this blog. You never did see what was coming until it hit you like a Babe Walker (talking of the hurricane), and when it did, you found yourself muttering a whole lot of colorful language.──★★★★


My rating: four out of five stars.


Pre-order Psychos: a White Girl Problems book on Amazon here. You could also read the prequel, White Girl Problems (although you don’t need the first to get an understanding of the second, but listen, the more the merrier).
White Girl Problems


I recommend this book to anyone who loves reality TV. Anyone who wants something focused on the life-after rehab of a socialite should grab this too. And also, anyone looking for drama, humor and fun.

My work not done here. Off to post my review on Goodreads.



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