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3.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,963 Ratings  ·  279 Reviews
Two-time New York Times bestselling author and one of TV’s biggest reality stars, Bethenny Frankel presents a sexy, hilarious, and romantic novel about a struggling actress and aspiring businesswoman’s pursuit of the female trifecta: a wildly successful career, the perfect man, and an amazing body.

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Published May 1st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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Let me start this review by outing myself: I am a Bethenney Frankel fan. I think it is very likely she is absolutely wackadoo crazy and I definitely wouldn’t want her as a flat-mate but she is ridiculously entertaining to watch on television. She personifies the paradox of stardom in that at the same time she is both ordinary and extraordinary: funny, rich, successful but that the same time just like us. I like that she’s determined and ambitious and that’s she’s been successful as a woman in ar ...more
May 04, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it
A Skinny Line Between Fiction and Reality
Reading this book felt like being immersed in a Bethenny Frankel marathon of her reality television world, including the Martha Stewart Apprentice, The Real Housewives of New York and Bravo's spinoffs, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Everafter. If you find the quick wit and at times foul mouth of this self-made star entertaining, you--like me--won't be able to put down this book.

Bethenny as a writer, along with her writing partner Eve Adamson, use
John Amory
Apr 27, 2016 John Amory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How stupid. If you're going to fictionalize your life, at least be creative about it. But everything was so thinly veiled, so blandly referential that I was speed-reading my way to the end just to move on to something else. If this were satire, or a Saturday Night Live skit, it might be forgivable. But as it stands, Part One is like a poorly done Jackie Collins rip-off and Part Two amounts to little more than reading a transcript of a reality show.

It's packed to the gills with one scene after an
May 25, 2012 Allyson rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish this book. Rubbish is the word that comes to mind.
May 25, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
I almost put this book down when I started it but than I read the goodreads reviews and had to figure out why everyone rated it so high. I am still not sure. It was entertaining and if you like Bethany Frankel than read it otherwise skip it!
May 01, 2012 IrenesBookReviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to start by saying I usually only read Christian fiction books but I saw what this book was about and could not wait to read it. The personality of the author, Bethenny Frankel, is found on every page of this story. The book follows the fictional character Faith Brightstone as she navigates through different careers till she finds her perfect fit.

I loved how the character reacted to obstacles in her way. Her phone call with a creditor is one a lot of people will connect with. That is one
Aug 14, 2012 Meichler rated it really liked it
Disclaimer - I'm a big fan of Bethenny. I respect the hell out of her, I think she's a phenomenal business woman, I think she pioneered using reality TV for business exposure, and I love her personality (which a lot of people don't - I think she's crass and hysterical). I also happen to love most of her products as well.

So - is writing her strongest attribute? Probably not. But this is a fun, quick read, guilty pleasure book. Not the most well written thing on the shelves, and not for everyone,
Apr 27, 2012 Imogen rated it liked it
Considering it's basically a fictional version of Bethenny's life, I liked the book. However, the contest section was extremely long, which is understandable since that's what most of the book is about, but on the other hand, did we really need to know what type of dessert she decided to put on the menu? The one big flaw of the book (for me), and the reason I didn't give it a higher rating was because of how obsessive the character is about her weight. As someone in recovery of an eating disorde ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it
Initially Faith made my eyes roll and she was a bit pathetic, but there was something about her that made me sympathetic and I totally rooted for her in the end. My perfect kind of book: light, a little drama, love story, and happy ending!
Apr 18, 2015 Helen rated it did not like it
I love Bethenny Frankel. I think she is hilarious and obviously multi-talented based on how successful she is. Having said that, fiction writing is clearly not one of those talents. This seemed to be a first draft, there was so much telling not showing which is only one flaw to point out. Who the hell was the editor/publisher that put this to print without improving it? I get they were riding on her name but I would have thought they'd have some standards. The story could have been fantastic but ...more
Shans McClellan

Is this the next great American novel? No. Will I read it again? No. Did I buy it? Nope, library. Was I able to turn my brain off to enjoy the mediocrity all while still loving Bethenny Frankel? Yup. That's why it gets 3 stars.
Jessie Frederick
Jun 02, 2016 Jessie Frederick rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-to-2014, owned
Bethenny Frankel is a standout woman, and I heavily admire and look up to her. So when I saw that she published a fiction novel I immediately jumped on it. My only regret is that I didn't read it sooner because I love Bethenny. As for the story, it's about wannabe actress and food lover Faith Brightstone. She moves out to LA after college to pursue her on-screen dreams, but after months of rejections and living the lifestyle of the rich and famous she heads back to New York. After struggling to ...more
May 07, 2012 Bobbi rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Pre-ordered it today and hope it is here no later than next Wednesday! After Watergate, I could use something fun. Am interested to see how she does as a fiction writer.
Jun 25, 2012 Mallory rated it did not like it
Honestly, mildly amusing at the start and then starts to fizzle fast. I just would rather read a bethenny frankel memoir than this...
Jan 01, 2016 Mary rated it it was ok
I'm lying. I didn't finish the book. I read 136 out of the 347 pages in the hardcover library version. I will not finish this book because one of my 2016 New Years resolutions is to make good use of my time, and finishing this book is not worth my time. Faith Brightstone is not a likeable character, and the storyline was not interesting enough for me to continue. I enjoy the occasional "beach read" or "chick lit", but these characters were not well developed enough (a third of the way through). ...more
Paul Pessolano
Nov 16, 2012 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
“skinnydipping” by Bethenny Frankel, published by Touchstone Books.

Category – Fiction/Romance/Comedy

I have been often asked to recommend a good “beach read”, well this is November and unless you are in Cancun, the Caribbean, or in the Keys a good “beach read” would not make much sense – of course, unless you brought out the lounge chair, the heat lamp, and made up a batch of pink lemonade mojitos, and started to read “skinnydipping”. Faith Brightstone has just graduated from NYU and has her hear
You don't have to know a lot about Bethenny Frankel to figure out that much of this book is based off her real life experiences. There are some portions that I am certain came directly from her life and aren't fiction at all. The issue with this book is it reads like two entirely different stories. I am used to books being divided in two or even three sections, but usually the story remains cohesive and nothing is lost in transition. That was not the case in Skinnydipping. The first portion is a ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Catherine rated it it was ok
The book started off great. I was impressed by the voice and the talent for storytelling. It was evident from the beginning, as most celebrity-written book are, that this one pulled heavily from her personal experience. Of course most writers pull elements of their stories from their worlds, but great novelists create an alternate reality that readers can step into without noticing the seams of their work. She violates one of the elementary rules of thumb in writing: showing v. telling. In oral ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
I've read everything that Bethenny has written, so I had to check this out. It's actually not bad - it's totally different from what I usually read (and like), so while it wasn't for me I can't write it off. Basically, it's a thinly veiled retelling of her life, with some obvious parts (like Martha Stewart doesn't have a son) changed or added in. There was a little too much food/diet focus for me in the first part of the book, and I found Faith to be a little naive and abrasive in a way that cou ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Jeni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to start by saying that I love Bethenny Frankel. I watched her in The Real Housewives, in Bethenny Ever After, and read her "A Place of Yes" memoir-type book. So when I saw she had written a novel, I was anxious to see what her fiction writing would turn out to be.

I loved Skinnydipping! It was funny; it was irreverent, and occasionally inappropriate. That's what I love about Bethenny. I also liked how the story was written in an almost memoir like style. A few times I even forgot this
Dec 18, 2012 Jordan rated it really liked it
"And I had a million other ideas, all waiting to happen. My future was wide open. No limits. Just space - and love."

I've been a big fan of Bethenny since her stint on the RHONY. Her previous books have been more focused on non-fiction issues, stemming off of her Skinnygirl brand. This books presented a fiction, loosely based on her life, story that I wanted to love.

Throughout the book, it wasn't my favorite. I admire her voice, as it sounds real and very much like the loud mouth, honest girl who
Apr 20, 2012 Brandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
I was excited to dive into Bethenny Frankel's newest release Skinnydipping because I find her to be a fascinating person and her sense of humor is fantastic!
From the beginning of this book Bethenny's sense of humor is evident. Faith Brighstone is just graduating college and has decide to move to California to pursue an acting career but is hesitant because she will have to stay with her Father whom she doesn't have much of a relationship with. Faith is optimistic that their relationship will bl
Skinnydipping takes readers on a journey following Faith Brightstone as she picks up her life in New York City and moves to L.A., pursuing a life of fame and fortune in show business. After watching a video of Bethenny Frankel talk about her first work of fiction, this novel, I want to say that I feel pretty confident that this story is based on certain parts of her life. Faith moves out to L.A. and moves in with her father, who she really has no valuable relationship with and immediately immers ...more
Rachel P
Dec 25, 2012 Rachel P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
2.5 stars

I won a free copy of “Skinny Dipping”, by Bethenny Frankel, as a first-reads giveaway.

I think it’s funny how Bethenny dedicates this book to our imagination when this story is solely based on events in her own life. If you read "A Place of Yes" then you know how this story goes and where it ends up. I think if Bethenny were going to write fiction she could have been a lot more creative and actually used her imagination.


Faith Brightstone (Bethenny Frankel) travels to L
Aug 28, 2012 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Bethenny Frankel
First off: the title NOR the cover have anything to do with the storyline or characters of this book.

This is a thinly veiled to fictionalize the early years of Bethenny Frankel before she hit it big. For anyone who's read Bethenny's other books, the similarities between Bethenny and Faith Brightstone (Skinnydipping's protagonist) are numerous and striking. Almost everything about Bethenny Frankel's life is mirrored in Faith Brightstone's life. Personally, I think it would have been more interes
Jul 01, 2012 Lorianne rated it liked it
I first want to say that I am a fan of Bethenny Frankel. Not sure why the book is called "Skinnydipping", I guess so she wanted to have her "skinny" brand mixed in. Also, not sure why there is a picture of her on the front cover from her PETA ad. The book is pretty predictable. It was an easy read. I did laugh out loud a few times but like everyone has said, the book was pretty much her story. I hated that I was expecting everything page by page, I just wish things got more interesting. My other ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
I've followed Bethenny Frankel from Housewives on, so I do know her backstory -- and all of it is pretty much laid out in this novel. A little more imagination would have gone a long way since I felt like I always knew what would happen next, and that took away from the enjoyment for me.

The writing is OK (nothing spectacular but also not horrible), but the story is disjointed from LA to NYC -- if this hadn't been based on someone's life, this never would have made it as the plot of a book.

I'm a fan of Bethenny Frankel as a person and as the brand that she chooses to market. I've read her non-fiction books, and I felt that there was the same amount of spunk in this fiction book. The story seems to mimic a few things from her childhood, at least from things that she's talked about in various media outlets.

I enjoyed reading Skinnydipping. I thought it was witty and snarky, things that I look forward to in more adult fiction titles. I'm not sure if she had a ghostwriter or if she wr
Dec 21, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
This was ok. I really enjoyed the beginning, where the main character moved out to LA to start a new life. Even though I couldn't relate to her hard-partying and gold-digging ways. But the last two thirds of the book were about her participation in a NYC-based reality show. If I cared about that stuff I would watch those kinds of shows.

I'm sure this was based on Bethenny Frankel's own life and experiences, but I prefer her non-fiction books.
Mary Ellen
Jul 06, 2012 Mary Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book is a good beach-read. Bethenny's quick wit shines through, but the plot is a rehash of what her fans already know. The first part of the book has the protagonist, Faith Brightstone, moving into her father's house in L. A. I thought this part was a bit sad, featuring a young woman who craved her father's approval as she tried to learn who she was and how she could support herself. Not having watched Bethenny on The Apprentice, I actually liked the second part better. In this section, th ...more
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Bethenny Frankel has a knack for making healthy food taste delicious. That knack, which started out as a hobby and was enhanced with formal training, has elevated her to national prominence as a celebrated natural food chef, the creator of the phenomenal new Skinnygirl Margarita, and The New York Times best selling author of Naturally Thin.

Frankel, who calls herself a "health foodie” and attended
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