Why I Hate Green Beans: And Other Confessions about Relationships, Reality TV, and How We See Ourselves

Why I Hate Green Beans: And Other Confessions about Relationships, Reality TV, and How We See Ourselves

by Lincee Ray
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Why I Hate Green Beans: And Other Confessions about Relationships, Reality TV, and How We See Ourselves by Lincee Ray

If there is one thing Lincee Ray has learned over the years, it's that the majority of women on the planet struggle with insecurities. Our skinny jeans mock us. Our just-trying-to-help mothers are just driving us crazy. Our social media feeds taunt us with everyone else's picture-perfect lives. It's enough to send you on a gummy-bear bender while binge-watching Friends reruns and not showering for a week. Lincee knows. She's been there. Right there, in fact. Gummy bears and all.

For every woman who's ever wondered if she's unlovable, uninteresting, or unattractive, Lincee offers her particular brand of hilarious (and hard-hitting) self-reflection. Like a true friend, she shows us that the fastest way to happiness is to embrace ourselves in all our imperfection, trust that God knew what he was doing when he made us, and maybe go buy a new tube of mascara. Walk alongside Lincee as she discovers that her identity is not found in her job, her relationship status, her bank account, or her social circle. It's found in Christ.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493412594
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 32,965
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Lincee Ray is an accidental blogging superstar who now writes for Entertainment Weekly and the Associated Press. An active speaker, she can be found at her popular website www.ihategreenbeans.com, where she makes it clear that she believes it's important to tell your story--even if it makes you seem a little crazy. She lives in Texas.

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Why I Hate Green Beans: And Other Confessions about Relationships, Reality TV, and How We See Ourselves 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lolly-pops 13 hours ago
My thoughts: WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS is a memoir that is seriously laugh-out-loud funny. Ms. Ray is absolutely real and hilarious in her realness. And let me also preface this to say that I absolutely admire her courage. I don't know how many times I walked away from something I wanted to do because I was afraid. And yet this woman was brave enough (though terrified) to go through a simulated helicopter crash into a swimming pool and try to rescue herself. And she lived to tell about it. Amazing. I also agree with her assessment about doctors. Why do all the good-looking ones have to see you at your worst? And why is it you can't control your tongue around Dr. McDreamy? Open mouth and insert foot. Yep. I've been there. I think I would hate to have had her for a babysitter, though my kids would've loved her. Can you say "sugar-high?" I LOVED this book, and could so identify with her with so much of it. And the parts I couldn't identify with (speed-dating, online dating, etc) she made totally funny and I laughed all the way through them. I usually hate memoirs. Seriously. This one is going on my keeper shelf. And my teen daughter is going to read it. And then my college daughter. Because, yes, I talked it up. Plus, there is an amazing faith message. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a laugh, suffers with body image (a big thing among women), or who has ever felt like a fool among their peers. Seriously. And by the way, I like green beans. Straight out of the garden. Raw. Cooked. Don't matter. I disagree with her assessment of this vegetable. Although I have never ate them cold, straight out of the can. Maybe that's why she hates them. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
StoreyBookReviews 2 days ago
I am not even sure where to start on my review other than I LOVED this book.  It made me laugh, but there were also some parts that were poignant, such as, when Lincee wrote about her marriage and its failure.  I was truly amazed to read her story and enjoyed every minute...I did not want the book to end. I have followed I Hate Green Beans for a few years after being turned on to it by a friend.  I thought the title of her blog was hysterical because I love green beans!  I don't remember if I knew why she didn't like that green vegetable, but I learned why in her book - an evil diet.  Then as I was reading her profile (way back when), I learned that we attended the same high school.  Not at the same time mind you!  But I felt a kinship when she spoke about her time in high school and what she experienced being on the Belles (drill team).  While I was a band geek, I also participated in the Flag Corps, so I could commiserate about those weigh ins!  While I might not be able to relate to everything she wrote about, I could feel her emotions - from angst to frustration to happiness - in each story she told.  She made me feel like I was sitting right next to her in each event in her life. Lincee even puts her faith out there for all to see.  Her Christian beliefs helped guide her through the tougher times in life and kept her grounded despite any situation.  And trust me when I say there are lots of situations that would test any of us.  She shares various bible verses that helped her in situations when she needed support.  I appreciated her humility in admitting when she needed that extra assistance to get through. For Lincee to put her life out there for anyone and everyone to read, it shows a courage that many do not possess.  Her honesty, quick wit, and fluid writing will entertain readers and if they enjoy it as much as I did, they will not want to put the book down.  Not all may be able to relate, but I am willing to bet that there is at least one story or situation that will seem familiar - even if it is the insecurity that many of us feel as a woman. We give this 5 paws up!  We'd give more but our scale is only 5.
summer_no9 3 days ago
This book was refreshing word writing and compelling to read and also come with hilarious and funny story from the memory life of Lincee Ray. This book will encourage women everywhere to embrace the days when we aren’t feeling like our best selves. It’s for everyone who’s tried the lasts fad diet or online dating app and failed again and for those of us who scour the internet looking for ways to reduce stress, only to roll our eyes when we discover step on is always the same cut out the caffeine. Whatever we had been we all the women must to lift up each other in a spirit of camaraderie. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “I received complimentary a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Tour Program for this review”.
Teadrinker 4 days ago
I have to be honest, Lincee Ray is a new author for me. I wasn't familiar with her blog, but when I saw this book, I had to find out why she hates green beans--which I love. I am so glad I did! Why I Hate Green Beans made me laugh out loud a few times and was a great "curl up with my cup of tea" read. Why I Hate Green Beans shares Ray's story from her early school days until the present. Throughout the book, Ray shares her story and some of the challenges she has been through--just like she is talking with me and having tea right along with me. . .Wait make that a Dr. Pepper for Lincee. She shares both her good times and her hard stuff. Most importantly, she also shares how she overcame that hard stuff. Don't we all have hard stuff of one sort or another to overcome? She also reminds readers of how we need to look to God and trust Him to help us through the hard stuff. Yet, Ray isn't preachy. Instead, she truly seems to share from her heart. She also shares her stories in a way that leaves you feeling like she also understands whatever hard challenges you may be going through. I would encourage any woman who needs a pick-me-up to get a copy of Why I Hate Green Beans and find some time to read it. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
anna4031 10 days ago
This was such a great read! From the first page, it feels like you’re chatting with a girlfriend you’ve known for years. There’s a great mix of laugh-out-loud humor and true depth in this book. The title alone caught my eye, and I was hooked in the introductory chapter. I can’t recommend it enough!
Cherylkochbooks 11 days ago
This is the first time that I have heard the name Lincee Ray or her podcast, Why I Hate Green Beans. Now that I have been introduced to Lincee, I will be checking out more of her work and articles. The best part of this whole book is the no holds bar humor that Lincee brings with her writing and storytelling. I can understand why she hates green beans. If I was provided them to eat all the time as part of the "green bean" diet, I would hate them as well. Luckily, my mom was not into "fab" diets. Well there was Atkins but she and my dad were the only ones to do it. They did not make or allow us kids to participate. Reading Lincee's quick summary on The Bachelor still does not entice m to want to check out this show, no matter how hot the host is. There are so many other stories and each one is a gem. You have to check out this book and no you won't have to eat green beans.
SAF1 13 days ago
I am new to the "I Hate Green Beans" blog/podcast by Lincee Ray, so I was very eager to read her new book. Since I check many of the same demographic boxes as Lincee, I found this to be a very relatable and fun read. Anyone who graduated in 1994 will follow right along with her references to growing up in the mid80s to mid90s. She weaves stories of her career, relationships and experiences with honesty and humor. On more than one occasion, I found myself laughing out loud. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this via NetGalley, but I plan to purchase it for myself and for a few of my friends.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Meet Lincee Ray, your new best friend. This book will make you laugh, laugh harder, cry, and then laugh again. Lincee has an incredible way of writing that will make you feel like you are sitting across from her and have been friends forever. She is vulnerable for the sake of making Jesus known to her readers and is a role model to us all. This book is relatable, encouraging, hopeful, and funny. Lorelai Gilmore would be impressed with all of Lincee's pop culture references and Chris Harrison (yes, from the Bachelor) has even shown his support - he's right there on the back cover! This book was hard to put down once I started reading it, but it was so good that I've read it more than once :) You won't regret buying this book!
Jaime Garrett 13 days ago
Lincee Ray has a way of telling a story that will have you crying from laughter in one chapter and have you crying tears of sadness the next. Her ability to share the hard things of life touched me and I could relate to some of the trials she faced through the years. Her thoughts mirrored mine in some of the things she experienced and it was a relief to know I was not alone. I enjoyed her sense of humor and her ability to draw me into the story to the point I could see the situation unfolding. This book grabbed me from the first page and would not let me put it down until I reached the end! If you enjoy a good laugh and a good cry this is the book for you! If you are not a fan of the show "The Bachelor" no worries by the end you may decide to give it a chance.
WildflowerMom 13 days ago
Reading this book was like sitting down with my new best friend. She spins her life story out in a charming, but very real, sometimes very heart wrenching way. All the while, it reveals a funny, smart, creative woman of faith who wants to help others learn from her own life lessons. She puts a gem of faith, truth, and hope in just at the right moment. The writing flows like a one-sided conversation with the reader as the silent partner, nodding and saying, "Yes, uh huh, then what happened?" Or "What?! No way!" Each segment has a theme, arranged to add a new layer to the story. I wish I had a small child for her to babysit after reading the segment on "motherhood", just to see what creative things she would do! This book is encouraging, inspirational, heart-wrenching at times, and laugh out loud funny in a lot of parts, especially if you were young in the '80's and '90's. It would make a good gift for any woman who is hurting or who feels alone in her struggles. She is like the Erma Bombeck or Barbara Johnson of this generation. I hope she never stops writing. Recommend! ( An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)