What it’s about:
Author of the New York Times bestseller White Girl Problems and Psychos, Babe Walker, faces her most daunting challenge yet—suburbia—in the third caustically witty White Girl Problems book.
Babe Walker thought she had done it all. After all, she’s survived the highly exclusive social hierarchies of Bel Air, traipsed around Europe in true white-girl fashion, and left her mark on several of the best rehab facilities in the United States. But now Babe is about to enter a terrifying new world: Middle America.
After a freak accident that was definitely not Babe’s fault, her estranged mother offers her the perfect escape from LA: an invite to her grandfather’s eightieth birthday party in Maryland, of all places. Babe’s journey throws her headlong into elementary school classrooms full of small, unfashionable people and pizza buffet restaurants that will haunt her nightmares and eventually back to Los Angeles, thank goodness. Tossed together with her cousins—basic preteen Cara and mature and preternaturally stylish Knox—Babe learns that connecting with someone on an intimate, familial level might be the most rewarding experience there is…
Besides being thin, of course.
Hysterical, unapologetic, and as unfiltered as ever, Babe Walker proves again to be the “urban socialite you love to hate” (Time), and she can only hope the population is ready for American Babe.
American Babe is a fake memoir written by a three person writing team (one woman and two men). Babe Walker is the nom-de-plume for David Oliver Cohen, Tanner Cohen, and Lara Schoenhals; they are actors and writers who live in both New York and LA. Their White Girl Problems series is snarky satire that pokes fun at the out-of-touch rich and famous.
The character Babe Walker represents the stereotypical wealthy, skinny-obsessed, tacky reality television celebrity. Apparently, the character was originally created on Twitter, and the popularity of the Twitter character led to the White Girl Problems series.
Babe Walker is a bit less vapid in American Babe since her dead-beat, biological mother’s family deals her a healthy dose of reality. While she is not totally appreciated by the family, they understand that some of Babe’s problem is the result of being abandoned by her biological mom. Staying true to herself, she is demanding and mostly self-centered. Her foul mouth is a little much to take (both to her fictional family and to this reader). The overuse of f-bombs quickly detracted from the humor for me even if it was supposed to be characteristic of Babe Walker.
I did appreciate the satire, but I didn’t find it to be hilarious or poignant. American Babe is a very quick, lightweight read that is mildly entertaining. It is just an okay read for me, although I can see fans of certain reality TV shows enjoying American Babe more than I did. That said, I am a sucker for a happy ending though, and Babe gets hers.