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White Girl Problems

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,369 Ratings  ·  971 Reviews
Babe Walker, center of the universe, is a painstakingly manicured white girl with an expensive smoothie habit, a proclivity for Louboutins, a mysterious mother she's never met, and approximately 50 bajillion Twitter followers. But her "problems" have landed her in shopping rehab--that's what happens when you spend $246,893.50 in one afternoon at Barneys. Now she's decided ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nicole
Feb 10, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I can't help it. It's completely ridiculous satire of the mega-rich and the unbelievable way in which they spend their time and money. Ok, it's not about all rich people. It's really just about Babe, one of the most horrible/wonderful characters in all of literature. It's like a grownup Clueless if Cher did recreational drugs and never had an epiphany moment. I want to feel ashamed and embarrassed for Babe, but I can't. I just kept reading on with my mouth slightly agap ...more
Dana
Jul 11, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I'm assuming that the authors (two men and a woman) did not mean for this to be taken as seriously as some reviews are suggesting. I live on long island, New York and found this book HIGHLY entertaining. I love the writing style of memoirs, and even though it isn't a real one, it itched the scratch I had to read one, as I had not in so long. This book was hysterical, with a spoiled brat hardly unlike people I have met in my town.

'If you are a girl, and you've had a significant relationship with
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Nawal
Nov 05, 2015 Nawal rated it liked it
This was an absolutely ridiculous read. And so amazingly funny. Especially when no one took her seriously in rehab. Honestly though, when she found that therapist's file though :'D This book was so pointless and entertaining. I recommend it for people who have nothing better to read/ do.
Courtney Perry
Jul 04, 2012 Courtney Perry rated it did not like it
What a disappointing book. I know, I shouldn't have expected TOO MUCH with a title like "White Girl Problems" but not only was this book unfunny, it actually made me angry! White Girl Problems is labeled as a memoir, however 20 pages in I thought "there is no way this is true." Come to find out, it is not a memoir at all. The book was written by two men and their gal pal. The "author" Babe Walker is not a real person.

The actual writing itself is extremely annoying and shallow. Part of the fun i
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Cara
Feb 08, 2013 Cara rated it really liked it
I read a profile in the Daily Beast of the brothers Tanner and David Oliver Cohen and Lara Schoenhals, a trio who had used Twitter to create the character of Babe Walker, an ultra-spoiled LA rich girl who makes self-centered, narcissistic comments. Babe's tweets were a hit and they put together a book, White Girl Problems.

While on vacation I read the book and was entertained; Babe Walker is an outrageous character. We learn that she is in rehab for a shopping addiction and feeling that her fell
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Emily
Feb 06, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing

“Money Can’t Buy Happiness, But I’d Rather Be Sad in A Mansion”
When I first saw White Girl Problems on the shelves in Target, I laughed and thought to myself, “What has this society come to?” I mean who is going to read a book with a title like this. I would be embarrassed to purchase a book with this title. I walked over to the shelf and picked the book up. I read the back of the book and actually found it quite funny. While I was waiting for my mom to finish getting everything she needed, I sa
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Kasey
Oct 22, 2012 Kasey rated it it was ok
Well I read White Girl Problems after being suggested by a friend. It's a mock-memoir that my friend actually thought was real but is actually written by 3 hipsters mocking the life of the wealthy. I think that is probably what I disliked most about this book because of my distaste for people who are "hipsters." That's a whole other argument though. I felt like I was reading the book version of Clueless and did not find the idea original. While there were some parts I enjoyed and laughed at, I a ...more
Jennifer Norman
Mar 02, 2012 Jennifer Norman rated it did not like it
I admit to reading a lot of dumb, quick books for some mindless entertainment but I am not sure how I even got as far as page 35 on this one before calling it quits. Stupidest book ever!!
Natalie
Feb 26, 2013 Natalie rated it it was ok
I picked this up while strolling through Barnes and Noble, and the first line of the book was so hilarious that I decided to buy it, thinking that the rest of the book would follow suit.

Unfortunately, I was wrong, and the first line turned out to be the funniest line in the entire book.

It seems that people adore Babe Walker--and all of her "white girl problems." Either that, or they take her--and her minimization of problems that are actually very real--too seriously. I suppose I can see either
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Jen Evans
Jul 02, 2012 Jen Evans rated it it was ok
It's a great thing I ignored Tori Spelling's review on the cover. This book was barely "laugh-out-loud" funny and didn't even approached "pee-in-your-Cosabellas" funny. While it's blatant that this book is about a drama queen and the stories may be a stretch, all the fun is ruined when you find out it was written by the Coen brothers and some PR girl. At least when Jen Lancaster writes her bitchy dialogue, you can at least assume something of that nature was said out loud in real life. Reading t ...more
Shandea
Aug 08, 2012 Shandea rated it it was ok
Parts of this book are "laugh-out-loud" hilarious, but most of it was annoying.

My main complaints are as follows:

(1) I am not a chic fashionista. I know nothing about hottest designer brands. Shopping at Banana Republic or Nordstrom is splurging for me, so I know nothing about the fancy schmancy brands she constantly references.

(2) White PRIVILEGED girl problems tend to just piss me off. I can't imagining having a maid, an on-call therapist or an ATM machine for a father sooooo I can't relate
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Wendy
May 28, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, humor, memoirs
UPDATE: Okay, I've read this book now. It was hilarious, and that's coming from someone who didn't like the main character all that much.

The story focuses on the "life experiences" (if we can even call them that) of the author. I'm not entirely sure what anyone would classify this book, because it blurs the line between fiction and reality. The people that are discussed in the book are actually real people, but who knows exactly how truthful the stories told about them are. Some of the stories a
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Kim
Nov 28, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
My overall satisfaction of this book would definitely be five stars. Babe always does something stupid, or humiliating to make you laugh. There is not a boring sentence in this book, at all. Also the ending of this book was amazing; it almost had me in tears. Anyone who thinks otherwise must not be reading the same book I read!
This book is about the lifestyle of Babe Walker. Babe takes you through her life story while she is in rehab. She talks about her difficult childhood and her struggles as
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Brittany
Nov 04, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing
‘White Girl Problems’ is an autobiography by Babe Walker that is two hundred and eighty-eight pages. The book follows the somewhat raunchy Babe Walker, a daddy’s girl living in the heart of Los Angeles. She's mainly known for her witty Twitter account, 'White Girl Problems' which, in a way goes along with the book itself. Filled with an infinite number hilarious moments ‘White Girl Problems’ had me both on the edge of my seat and laughing out load! I usually despise autobiographies and biographi ...more
Nicole Means
Jan 22, 2016 Nicole Means rated it it was amazing
This book is quite different than what I typically read, but my "book club" (wine club??) told me my selections were too depressing. We browsed the web to find something light and funny--we stumbled upon "White Girl Problems," and in our hazy, inebriated state, we purchased three copies for about a penny each off Amazon. Honestly, I was a bit concerned...could I really like a book that didn't have some deeper meaning? I never really cared for mindless drivel or chic lit, but after several mixed ...more
meghann
Jun 11, 2015 meghann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am in love with White Girl Problems. It's rare for a book to make me laugh out loud, but I was LOL'ing all over the place with this one. Babe Walker is such a horrible person, but damn it if I wasn't cheering her on. I read through this one so quickly that I actually set it down for a few hours when I got to the last chapter. I just did not want it to end. Then I remembered that there is a sequel that I will be purchasing when I go to the B&N on Tuesday. Problem solved. Any fan of the movi ...more
Katie Hanrahan
Jul 28, 2013 Katie Hanrahan rated it did not like it
To elicit sympathy for an obnoxious character, the author needs to provide some degree of reformation. At some point, the character earns the reader's sympathy by recognizing their personal fault. That never happens in this novel.

There is nothing likeable about the protagonist, who is so thoroughly self-absorbed as to be remarkably boring. Her life is empty and so is the book, empty of anything that would draw a reader in.

If not for the book club, I would have given up by page 60.

Even for a lig
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Neri.
Jun 23, 2016 Neri. rated it it was ok
After reading this book I can firmly say that I just witnessed another masterpiece of shallowness.
Angela
May 22, 2012 Angela added it
I want that few hours of my life back. I picked this up because it looked like a quick read and something that I would enjoy. The title is misleading. There is zero character development. Reading about a spoiled rich girl who has no clue what the real world is about is not an escape. It's just plain painful. If you need to read something that will definitely not make you think, this is your book. It feels like the writing is done based on researching current hot trends/styles/designers as a way ...more
Lori
Apr 13, 2012 Lori rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir
I just started this one, and the language is atrocious. Almost from the first page. Not as funny yet, either. I'll continue to slog through it and hope for the best. The title should really be RICH white girl problems....I gave up and didn't finish. It wasn't nearly as funny as I was led to believe, and I found the language fairly vulgar(and that's saying something) and honestly, I couldn't figure out, after 3 chapters, what she had to bitch so much about so i stopped reading. Time better spent ...more
Nicole
May 10, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it
The author, Babe Walker lives in Los Angeles, California. She has written other multiple books. The writing style is realistic fiction, and because of some interesting scenes, it is intended for adults. The purpose of this book, was to give its readers a laugh, since most of us cannot really relate (at least not with most of it). The title, ties in the book as a whole. Throughout this comical story, we read about all sorts of problems this “white girl”, Babe Walker (the character) faces. With th ...more
Blakeley Taylor
Sep 04, 2015 Blakeley Taylor rated it liked it
Don't expect much from this book and don't take it seriously. Because it isn't. In an nutshell this book is about the rich, ritzy life of Babe Walker.

White Girl Problems, though a little far-fetched and a bit extreme, reminds me of a few people from back home (Los Angeles). I picked this book up for the plane on my way home from visiting family. Hoping that it would be quick and light. From the first few pages, I already knew that I would have mixed feelings about this book.

In terms of Babe, h
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Yeva
Feb 25, 2012 Yeva rated it really liked it
White Girl Problems had me laughing out loud, and not many books can do that. Oh for some of Babe's problems--too much money, too much time on her hands...oh okay, I'll just take those two problems and create some of my own. This is a good book, even though it feels a bit trashy at times. She is blunt and cutting to the bone, but I liked it. Would I read something else by her? You betcha.
Lauren
Feb 09, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it
I don’t want to admit to liking this story of a spoiled Bel Air princess as much as I do.

But it’s totally not just a guilty pleasure read. I mean, it is, but it’s also a satire of modern reality television and the celebration of vapid, materialistic bobble heads.

And hey, the authors (Babe Walker is a pseudonym) even do a decent job of mocking Los Angeles. That’s hard to do, as it requires both a keen sense of humor and a love of the City of Angels and its quirks. If SNL’s Californians skit is a
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Elizmnorris
Nov 02, 2012 Elizmnorris rated it really liked it
funniest. book. ever.
Morgan
Mar 13, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
Babe Walker managed to write a personal, funny, touching and yes, crazy, but coherent memoir. I've followed her on twitter for a while and I have to say the book was more serious than I had anticipated but I really enjoyed it. I liked her writing style. She is supremely confident even when discussing the most ridiculous things (e.g., designing dashikis for charity, Splenda cubes for dessert, her fabulous personal trainer). As an LA native almost the same age I loved the book. Walker's opinions o ...more
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Walker, Babe. White Girl Problems. New York: Hyperion, 2012.
I hate having questions at the end of a book that wasn’t at all a “cliff hanger”. It’s not fair to me, as the reader, to still have questions after reading a book such as White Girl Problems by Babe Walker. I liked this book, but there where too many unanswered questions, my main question being, “Is this real or not?’ The author writes this book about herself and her friends and while thes
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Julian Fitzsimons
Feb 01, 2012 Julian Fitzsimons rated it really liked it
Many people will have heard of this novel based on the Twitter account in its likeness, or fashion articles that promote it, so it is easy to assume that it is a frothy, content-free read; personally, that would be making a pretty big mistake. The novel stars Babe Walker, a filthy rich girl who is best friends with her stay-in nanny, and is now at a rehabilitation center for her shopping addiction, where she writes out all of her misadventures in a journal. Some of these stories are purely anecd ...more
Natalie
Mar 14, 2013 Natalie rated it did not like it
My sister chose this book. I had my doubts, but in the name of sisterliness I was willing to give it a whirl. I read 'Celebitchy' every night & laugh my ass off. this book is officially categorized by the Library of Congress under 'Young Women -Fiction,' 'Women, White -Fiction' & 'Chick lit.' I never knew any of those were categories. That's the most interesting part of this book & it's not part of the manuscript. The title of this book should be 'Super Spoiled Rich Girl Problems.' T ...more
Yana Shapiro
Jan 10, 2015 Yana Shapiro rated it really liked it
Who cares who wrote this book or weather it's real. IT IS HILARIOUS!!!!! And ridiculous. Easy/fun/brainless read w many laughs along the way. Some stories even hit home (less the wealthy part) but more in a "drunk dial my ex at 2am" kind of way. Loved it and loved the sequel Psychos! It's kinda like watching some train wrecks on TV:-)
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