I hope that everyone is enjoying my latest book club selection, Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler. It’s such a fun summer read, especially if you were already a fan of Chelsea’s comedy. When I announced the book, I asked you to read to the end of Chapter 5 (titled “Mombo Camp, Botswana) by today. Here are a few discussion questions for everyone who has been reading along with me…
1. Chelsea’s misadventures are often absurd and even self-destructive, and her humor can be a bit off-color. What makes this entertaining to read?
2. Have you ever traveled abroad with friends? What kind of tensions does it bring on, and how are they similar to the tensions between Chelsea and her girlfriends? What makes for a good travel companion?
3. What do you think is the funniest part of the book so far?
4. What is your least favorite part so far?
5. How does Chelsea’s perspective change in this last chapter about her trip to Africa? What made her have a change of heart?
1. Chelsea has a no-holds-barred approach to her storytelling. She’s not afraid to make fun of herself or her loved ones. It’s fun to observe someone in situations you would never find yourself in, saying things that you would never let come out of your own mouth. She exaggerates a lot of things and focuses on the most random details sometimes, all for the sake of comedy.
2. Chelsea and her girlfriends end up bickering at times. I think that’s entirely normal since traveling abroad can be stressful. You can tell they have that dynamic where they’ve all been friends for a long time and treat each other almost like sisters. I travel a lot with my friend Hannah for The Little Market. (We even went to Africa together!). Hannah is a good travel companion because she is so easygoing and makes me more easygoing too. For example, one time her luggage was lost for half of our trip and she didn’t even bat an eye.
3. I think that the funniest part is Chelsea’s undying lust for the safari guide Rex. No matter how he responds to her advances, she keeps the fantasy going with her flirtation. It’s funny how she makes him the main attraction of her trip, even when she is in an incredible foreign setting. I don’t know how they convinced him to join them in Botswana…
4. As far as my least favorite part, I always get a little frustrated when Chelsea and her friends spend too much time complaining and not enough time opening their eyes to the experience around them. I know it’s all in good fun though!
5. At the end of Chelsea’s African safari, she sees some very rare things like a live kill and an elephant charging. Even though her attitude was pretty flippant the rest of the time, she realizes how special this sighting is. This one moment changes her perspective on the trip as a whole, causing her to appreciate the whole experience more.
Now it’s your turn! What are your answers to the questions above?
Leave your responses in the comments, and finish reading the book by Wednesday, August 6th, which is when my live book club chat will take place. I’ll post another little reminder before then. Can’t wait!