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2023 Book Review: Belle Weather

by Celia Rivenbark

A Nonfiction, 2004 by St Martin’s Press, 288 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • I’ve never been one for name dropping celebrities. Of course, I’m also not a huge pop culture junky. So the sections with jokes about celebrities weren’t really my style. 
  • I’m not from the south so some of this feels super foreign and out of touch for me. Some of the jokes went too far, in my opinion, but they moved fast enough that I just moved on.
  • It’s really a story about nothing. I know that can be common in memoirs but this one, specifically, seemed to lack a point or a theme to bring it all together. 

What I Did Like:

  • Great voice. It’s read by the author in her southern accent. She talks fast and the jokes feel more natural this way. I recommend the audiobook for this reason! 
  • Funny in a no-one-is-safe-from-my-humor sort of way. Almost like a southern more modern version of Mrs. Maisel, which is a high compliment. 
  • Some of the anecdotes and stories are very relatable. These are things we’ve experienced ourselves (like kitchen renovations) which makes them something we can connect to. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • If you’re someone who is not easily offended who enjoys comedy and anecdotes about everyday life, you may really enjoy this one. 

My Rating: 3 Stars

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