I finished this title, and still am confused as to the author’s intent, but Babe Walker presented a vapid, self-absorbed, shallow heroine with a wry sense of humor and a tentative connection to her ‘reality’ as it differs from the real world’s perception of her life. Babe is just wrapping up a stint at rehab for her “shopping addiction”, while little references are made to her cocaine abuse and the possible help, or lack, that was received on that end. Like many with few to no resources of personality, Babe has an unnatural addiction to a litany of “life coaches” who utilize various techniques from meditation, yoga, astrology and other ‘ology’’ suffixed ‘sciences’ to distract her while providing a focus, the litany of hoops that she subjects herself to in a quest to ‘maintain’ is cleverly poking fun at the hypocritically shallow diversions that stand in for real depth in character and psyche.
Babe is unrelentingly shallow and unapologetically spoilt and impulsive. A father whose indulgence of her foibles is only matched by his own self-absorbed ignorance of them, this is a testament to the adage “money can’t buy happiness”. For none really are: they are all struggling to find something more meaningful, jumping on every train promising fulfillment possible. It took a while not to find Babe a throwaway character, as you waited for something to happen: but she does grow on you in ways that are unexpected. Whether rolling your eyes at the next utterance that is, if possible, more shallow and unrealistic than the last, to laughing at her delivery and sharp-sighted dissembling of the life of the rich and unhappy, you can’t help but hope that something will take root and help her to find some answers and happiness.
Narration from Tavia Gilbert presents Babe with that ultimate ‘almost whining’ every sentence has a question at the end emphasis that is so reinforced by ‘new celebrities’ in the news, while the voicing for her friends is both accurate and different enough to give the reader a sense of someone new speaking. Her father has a voice that feels distracted and hesitant, a sense of speaking AT rather than TO her, and all of the ‘-ologists’ who run through the story are given a sense of kindergarten teacher overlay: a sing-song calming delivery that is soothing and ultimately condescending.
As I said earlier, I’m still unsure about this title – whether it is wonderful satire or very sadly a tale of a life of a girl from Bel Air, but it was engaging, amusing and gave me plenty of laughs even when I was utterly annoyed with and disliked the main character.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: Psychos: A White Girl Problems Book
Author: Babe Walker
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Published by: Gallery Books, Simon and Schuster
Source: Simon and Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 56 minutes
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If you're one of the hundreds of thousands who devoured Babe Walker's New York Times bestselling novel White Girl Problems or one of the million people who read her blog or follow her on Twitter daily, then you've obviously been waiting with bated breath for her hilarious follow-up novel, Psychos.
Fresh from a four-month stint in rehab for her "alleged" shopping addiction, Babe Walker returns home to Bel Air ten pounds lighter (thanks to a stomach virus), having made amends (she told a counselor with bad skin she was smart) and confronted her past (after meeting her birth mother for the first time—a fashion model turned farmer lesbian). Although delighted to be home and determined to maintain her hard-won inner peace, Babe now faces a host of outside forces seemingly intent on derailing her path to positive change. Not only is she being trailed by an anonymous stalker, but she's also reunited with the love of her life, a relationship that she cannot seem to stop self-sabotaging.
Babe's newfound spirituality, coupled with her faith in the universe and its messages, leads her all over the world: shoulder dancing in Paris, tripping out in Amsterdam, and hooking up in the Mediterranean, only to land her back in New York City, forced to choose between a man who is perfect in every way (except for one small detail) and a man who could be The One if only he didn't drive Babe to utter insanity.
Unapologetic and uproarious, Psychos is the send-up of the season; already as timeless as vintage Dior.
A copy of this title was provided via Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.