Why I Hate Green Beans
And Other Confessions about Relationships, Reality TV, and How We See Ourselves
"Lincee Ray is funny. Really funny. By the end of this book, you'll think of Lincee as a favorite friend: someone who shoots straight, finds the funny in every situation, and reminds you what matters most. You are in for a treat!"--Sophie Hudson, author of Giddy Up, Eunice and cohost of The Big Boo Cast podcast
Insecurity. As women, we all struggle with it. Our skinny jeans mock us. Our age-defying serums with flecks of gold refuse to erase our crow's feet. Our social media feeds taunt us with everyone else's picture-perfect lives. If you've ever felt uninteresting, unlovable, or unattractive, you're ready for Lincee Ray's particular brand of hilarious (and hard-hitting) self-reflection.
Like a trustworthy friend, she shows us that the fastest way to happiness is to embrace ourselves in all our imperfection and trust that God knew what He was doing when He made us. From maneuvering the muffin top to navigating the sketchy waters of singleness to walking the judgmental halls of the workplace, Lincee's laugh-out-loud look at real life reveals many of the key truths she's learned about her identity:
Yoga pants are your friend, Jesus sees you, and green-bean diets are never the answer.
"Lincee is a brilliant writer. She once described me as 'smelling of worn leather, a vintage nine iron and swagger.' She pretty much nailed it. She is definitely worthy of the final rose."--Chris Harrison, host of ABC's Bachelor franchise and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Lincee Ray is an accidental blogging superstar from Texas who now writes for EW.com and the Associated Press. An active speaker, she can be found at her popular website 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.
"I first fell in love with Lincee Ray's writing when I received an email through a long chain of forwarded messages that turned out to be the funniest, most accurate recap of The Bachelor I'd ever read. It had sarcasm, humor, and enough heart to make it totally endearing, and I knew then that Lincee was my spirit animal. Her first book has all those qualities and so much more. It's honest, it's hilarious, and it's refreshing to read the words of someone who doesn't even pretend to have it all together and isn't afraid to laugh at herself. I found myself laughing out loud, wiping away a few tears, and cheering her on every step of the way. Lincee is the best friend you wish you had. Get ready to fall in love with her and her fabulous debut book!"
Melanie Shankle, author of the Big Mama blog
"The first thing you should know about Lincee Ray is that she's awesome. I don't know about you, but I appreciate that in a person. And the second thing you should know--especially if you're currently holding a copy of Why I Hate Green Beans in your hands--is that Lincee Ray is funny. REALLY funny. The funny makes Lincee's words come alive, it prompts you to laugh out loud, and it brings the sweetest degree of comfort as she tackles the topics that matter most: family, relationships, faith, and of course, reality television (this seems like an excellent time to mention that Lincee is my TV soul mate). By the end of this book, you'll think of Lincee as a favorite friend: someone who shoots straight, finds the funny in every situation, and reminds you what matters most. You are in for a treat!"
Sophie Hudson, author of Giddy Up, Eunice and cohost of The Big Boo Cast podcast
"Lincee is a brilliant writer. She once described me as 'smelling of worn leather, a vintage nine iron and swagger.' She pretty much nailed it. She is definitely worthy of the final rose."
Chris Harrison, host of ABC's Bachelor franchise and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
"Lincee Ray is a breath of fresh air. Her writing brims with energy and wit, and her stories are so real and honest that you can't help but feel a little bit better about yourself as you read. Lincee is the kind of author that a lot of people have been waiting for."
Jennifer Fulwiler, radio host and author of One Beautiful Dream
"Lincee Ray is my new BFF. Yours too--you'll see. At first glance, I wasn't quite sure what I was in for (because I happen to like green beans), but by the end of page one I was hooked as happily as on my annual Downton Abbey binge watch. Few people have the ability to write humor in a way that also inspires one to soul search, but Lincee Ray lives here. Everything about this read is honest, relatable, hilarious, and worth it. Each chapter exudes vulnerability, allowing us a moment to see ourselves in her story. I imagine all any of us want in life is to be met with a "me too!" If that describes you, may I introduce you to Lincee Ray? This book will welcome you into grace through the freedom of laughter. Read it and your heart will feel known in new places, like a good friend who stays just because."
Kasey Van Norman, bestselling author of Named by God and Raw Faith
"Lincee Ray has the uncanny ability to warm your heart and soul. She takes you on a journey that transports you back into your childhood. I laughed, I cried, and most importantly, I remembered countless memories that framed my own adolescents, insecurities, and ultimately life transformations. She knows how to infuse just the right humor in her storytelling to leave you smiling with glee."
Angela Sostre, senior manager of video production for CBS Interactive
"I was such a fan of Lincee's recaps of the bachelor shows that I reached out to her--some might say stalked--to be my real-life friend because she's so honest and funny and lives her faith in such a relatable way."
Emily Miller, correspondent at One America News Network
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