Friday, August 19, 2011

My take on: You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl

I was in the middle of reading Celia Rivenbark's book You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl, and she took me back to a certain cutesy commercial.....

Yes that commercial!!! The Swiffer Wet Jet. I laughed when it first came out, but Celia Rivenbark made me think of how overloaded television is with commercials like these. Have you seen the new one where the woman dressed as a piece of dirt falls in love with the Swiffer Wet Jet? Cutesy commercials are just one of the many elements in this collection of hilarious essays. Social media, movie theater etiquette, teenage angst, annoying mall people, a horny couple on the Food Network, politics, Oprah, and of course "Duh" husband (her better half) are just of few of things in the book.

The first essay, "Taking the Class out of Yoga," made me laugh. Rather than take part in yoga, she would want to sit on the sidelines and perhaps have some pizza. How did Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love, fame stay so thin after gorging on pizza during her tour of self-discovery? Yoga perhaps? I guess she made yoga cool, but Celia Rivenbark made it funny for me. I would rather be eating a slice of pizza, too.

How about those annoying mall people? "Is your skin clean Ma'am? Would you like to try this fragrance? I want to show you something amazing!!" We've all had those experiences. They never seem to take no for an answer. How about buying something without having to give out your phone number or e-mail?

As a southerner, Rivenbark finds it hard to contain herself on Twitter. 140 characters just isn't enough, especially when some celebrities, like Kathy Ireland, come across so perfect on Twitter. I know the feeling. Everyone else is writing something so insightful, but all I can come up with is what I had for lunch. Make sure to check out the essay on Twitter, that one had me rolling.

The best essay out of them all had to be, "Politically Correct: A Palin/ La Toya Ticket." Doesn't that seem like the dream ticket?!?! They both talk too much. I think they would get more attention than Michele Bachmann in 2012. This book is silly and sassy. I had to think who is similar to Celia Rivenbark? The first person that came to mind is Larry David, over the top, sometimes politically incorrect but always funny.

Rating: Superb

Notes: I received a copy of the book from the publisher (St Martin's Press) at the request of the author's publicist (Wunderkind PR) in exchange for an honest review.

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