Thursday, April 18, 2013

White Girl Problems

White Girl Problems is the autobiography of Babe Walker, the shamelessly privileged daughter of a high-powered L.A. entertainment lawyer and an unnamed model mother who abandoned her at birth. Babe was raised by her Jamaican "nanny/maid/assistant/mother" Mabinty, her father, and her grandmother who she calls Tai Tai due to her grandmother's aversion to all things grandmother-ish.  

Let me start by saying that this book is not for anyone who's offended by language, sex, drug use, pro-eating disorder attitudes, shallowness, narcissism, fat loathing, or model worship. It's a great read for the rest of us.

The story begins with Babe in her 26th day of rehab, where she ended up,"... because I spent $246,893.50 at Barney's during an afternoon of mental unclarity".  Her stint in rehab and the events that unfold there (including her fellow addicts contemptuously labeling her woes "white girl problems") bring her to steal ten Adderall from a fellow addict and examine her life more closely. Each chapter explores a white girl problem, and with titles such as "If I like him, he's probably gay", "My major in college was picking my major, with a minor in being really bored", and "I'll eat anything, as long as it's gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, low-fat, low-calorie, sugar-free, and organic" it's clear there's some really profound work going on here. 

White Girl Problems will not change your life, make you a better person, or give you a better relationship with food. It will make you laugh a lot and give you something to do while you're waiting for the next season of the Real Housewives or trying to stay out of the refrigerator. And speaking of avoiding food, Babe even includes some of her favorite recipes, including Splenda bites (Splenda and alkaline charged water, frozen) and a "Raw celebration of life smoothie" featuring kale and a "cactus flower from the Mojave Desert that has been given a 'purpose and joy' blessing from your shaman".   

White Girl Problems is available from VBPL in e-book and print forms. If you want to indulge in some more La La Land craziness, check out Carrie Fisher's autobiography Wishful Drinking. Both titles are available at VBPL.

1 comment:

Toni said...

Love the review, cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. Seems to be exactly what I am looking for. Thanks