American Babe, by Babe Walker

Babe Walker cracks me up. While I’m not certain as to the tolerance level I’d maintain if I’d ever meet her in person, I can tell you that reading about her adventures, or more appropriately, mis-adventures, makes me laugh and leaves me wanting more.

In American Babe: A White Girl Problems Book, Babe is given an invitation to her grandfather’s birthday party. The only catch: It’s in Maryland, miles away from the lifestyle she’s used to in L.A. Is Maryland even a real place? Traipsing through unfashionable societies and meeting individuals who eat carbs, of all things, these experiences make Babe want to cringe, but she feels as though this is the right thing to do. Or so people tell her. Should reconnecting with family be this difficult?

The silver lining is her cousin Knox, a young boy who seems to have been created from the same cloth that Babe is draped in. He’s stylish, he’s sophisticated, he knows how to create food palates that utilize raw cooking methods sans the carbs. It’s like a match made in heaven, and in discovering her family, Babe finds out what it truly means to love someone, unconditionally. So much so, she decides it’s best to kidnap Knox and take him on the trip of a lifetime! We’ll see how well that goes over.

I’ve read White Girl Problems, another Babe Walker phenomenon (reviewed here), and while I enjoyed both books immensely, I have to admit it was nice to see Babe grow a little, and gain some maturity. Well, maturity for her. It’s a definite learning curve. She has no problems telling it like it is, unfiltered and as tactless as ever, but we wouldn’t want Babe any other way. That’s what makes her such a delight. In theory.

Reviewed for Chick Lit Central

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