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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Surprise! I finished a book! LOL!

One of my resolutions this year is to "finish" a book at least once a month. I started with "Atlas Shrugged" but the book is so long, I just could not remain focused enough to complete it and the words were so tiny. LOL!

I'm a little disappointed that I did not have the patience to finish off the book. My husband is disappointed that I ended up turning to a "gossip", "celebrity" bio. Yup, I decided to read Valarie Bertinelli's new book after seeing her promotion of the book on "the View".

I thought. . .okay, this book will definitely keep me entertained that's for sure. And. . .the book did not disappoint in the "entertainment" value!

I read the book in one sitting. I'm usually the type that needs to finish a book within several sittings or I will never finish it. I think I read this book within 3 hours. After reading the book. . .honestly, I felt a lot better about myself and my life. Valerie's life was way more messed up than my life could ever be. Gosh, her marriage to her husband Eddie Van Halen was not pretty. I've heard of tumultuous marriages but wow, her marriage was INTERESTING to say the least. After reading the book. . .if at any point I look at my own marriage and find flaws in it, I just have to think back to Valarie's book and be grateful that my marriage is actually quite great by comparison. LOL!

I actually love Valerie's candor and downright honesty about herself, her self-image, her marriage, and even her sex life, or lack of it. There's lots of cussing in this book and I guess that is the way she talks in real life. . .no problem, I've heard people cuss far worse than she does. It may be disturbing to others who are very sensitive but lemme' tell yah, I've seen the most "innocent" looking, "church-going" people cuss like sailors so I'm was not turned off by the her "cussing" quite a few times in the book.

Is the book inspirational as far as weight loss is concerned? Not really. I'm happy that she lost the weight because I surely need to lose weight myself and if she can do it with all the struggles that she's been through, surely I can lose weight too. Yeah, right!! It's more like listening to a friend tell me that she lost weight through Nutri-System or Jenny Craig. . .which is great but not very inspirational.

By the way, I'm on the Nutri-system diet myself and boy, it's hard to eat that stuff on a daily basis. I can go on several days of it and need to go on a break for a few days. I did lose a few pounds and I definitely could lose more if only I could stop taking the weekly breaks in between! LOL!

Anyway. . .do I recommend this book? Yeah, I do. Why? Because there's a lot of juicy stuff in this book. I can hardly believe that anyone would remain married for 20 years considering how lousy it was. I would have hung myself by then! Kidding! I would have been out the door in 10 years if I was Valerie! Instead she wasted 10 additional years being immensely unhappy. If there was anything inspirational in this book, I would say. . .if your marriage is as lousy as hers, GET OUT while you're still sane! LOL!

I don't recommend it if you're looking to read literary work from a Pulitzer prize winner. . .you definitely will not find it here! If you like fun, entertaining, juicy gossipy book. . .this book is for you!


Jan Scholl said...

my husband knew her father way back when daddy was with GM-but only on a business level. I heard she had a thing for Steven Speilberg-wonder who was the intelectual in that short lived fling?

I will wait for the sure to be made Oxygen movie of the week.

Rita said...

OOOOhhhhhh!!! Sounds like an interestingly juicey book. I luv to read, & I'm half way through a book right now (The Memory Keepers daughter)& have bought a few more books that I want to read. I will have to put this on my list of books to buy. Thanks for the review.

Heather said...

Thanks for the book review. I have seen Valerie on the talk show circuit and wondered how the book was.

Jen - a "Spice Angel" said...

hahahaha.... sounds like my kinda book!! the one I'm reading right now is one written by Everett Rupert. You know, the gay guy from "My Best Friend's Wedding". Hahahaha... he's got some juicy gossip in there too about other celebrities, and I just love reading about the way they live, ya know? I think I will have to check this book out next. Thanks for sharing!!!

Now, when you coming back? hahaha... just kidding - take your time, and come back when you're ready.

Hugs n' Aloha,

Nancy Grant said...

Thanks for the review.


malieta said...

Thank you for sharing information about this book. I'm definately going to have to check it out!
I have often wondered how these different diet foods taste, now I have a general idea. A few years ago I went to a well known diet clinic. It cost me $700.00 at the time and I did lose the weight! The only crappy thing is that I have gained the weight back. *darn it* It felt good to wear a size 10 again too! Currently I'm trying to lose the weight on my own. It's working but at a much slower pace though.