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Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

2.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,298 Ratings  ·  429 Reviews
From Academy Award winner and bestselling author Diane Keaton comes a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance of staying true to yourself—no matter what anyone else thinks.

Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. In Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, she shares the wisdom she
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Random House (first published January 1st 2014)
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Carly Drake
Oh Diane, I wish you hadn't written with this book. I wish you'd left off with Then Again, which was actually a touching four-star read that cemented my support for your work. I wish you'd given this book a different title because now I can actually use those exact words to describe my reading experience. Let's just say it wasn't pretty... because it read like a stream-of-consciousness first draft that couldn't hold my interest or drum up any sort of enthusiasm. Great concept. Awkward, flustered ...more
May 08, 2014 Rosanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir
"Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty" lives up to it's title. For me, let's just say it was a waste of time. Too much introspection, too many complaints about getting older and too much name dropping. I read about half this book before giving up and just skimming to the end.
Elly Sands
May 22, 2014 Elly Sands rated it it was ok
I always looked forward to seeing Diane Keaton on the red carpet at the Oscars. Her outfits were so refreshing and unique! She never fell into that herd mentality of beaded gowns and slits up to the waist. She was all style and class. I admire her and love her movies but this book just didn't do it for me. It was like reading someone's diary and almost fell into the category of "gibberish". But if she writes another one I'll read that one too.
May 27, 2014 Joy rated it really liked it
Loved this - will review soon!

I've been a big fan of Diane Keaton for as long as I can remember. I loved her early Woody Allen films (especially "Love and Death", "Manhattan" and "Annie Hall" which I own on DVD) and she continues to make movies I want to see. I haven't read her first memoir yet called Then Again but I really enjoyed this one.

The thing that is great about Diane is she is so true to herself, doesn't follow trends and is unique and funny. She writes well and I highly recommend this
Elaina Vitale
May 29, 2014 Elaina Vitale rated it did not like it
This was only published because of the author's name. I love Diane Keaton as much as the next human but this is a truly boring, messy, naval-gazy book.
Denise Larkin
May 10, 2014 Denise Larkin rated it did not like it
First of all, I have always liked Diane Keaton as an actress. She seems real and funny, and her characters, for the most part, are entertaining and worth the price of admission. But as a writer she sucks. This book contains nothing but a bunch of drivel. How can she make claims about being "true to yourself" when everything she writes to support that is just one long, boring overused cliche? Who are you, really, Diane? I almost had to laugh at the stuff she proffers as her "wisdom of being a wif ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cook-books, memoir
Unfortunately, there is one major flaw in Diane Keaton's "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty" - the book is way too short! Ms. Keaton is a gifted author, with a humorous, honest style. I was captivated by her story from the first page and found it hard to put this book down. This is a fascinating glimpse into her life, her thoughts and even her house. I loved the chapter where she talks briefly about the "Prisoners on My Wall" - her collection of 48 photos of men she finds compelling and why- runni ...more
Sep 19, 2014 Barb rated it really liked it
This memoir rambled a little but since it was written by Diane Keaton that just made her voice more apparent. I could easily picture her speaking the words as I read them. How does a quirky academy award winning actress cope with the aging process? The same as we all do apparently. It's DIANE KEATON! She wears her insecurities as accessories and we love her for it. We can relate. her privileged lifestyle seems balanced by the cruelty of public and reviewers who constantly judge actresses for eve ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Meagan rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
I walk away from this memoir with two conflicting feelings. First, I think Diane Keaton is a pretty genuine person. The whole book read in her voice, with nary a ghostwriter to be found. It was rambly and kooky and full of the kinds of thoughts everyone has in quiet moments but usually only shares with the people we're closest to. And I like how genuine she is. I think I'd like to have coffee with her.


This book is not great. It's genuine, but it's not cohesive. I'm not entirely sure why she
Apr 27, 2015 Loraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't write reviews - I'm content to log my "read" library and move on, but I really enjoyed this. So much that I was shocked by all of the negative reviews.

This is the first of Keaton's works I've read (actually listened to, as it was an audiobook), so maybe coming in with no previous expectations contributed to the experience. But also after reading the other reviews, I kind of think I lucked out by picking the audiobook. I can get how if you were sitting down to read this it might
Dec 19, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I really love Diane Keaton's voice. I think I want to be her when I grow up.
Sep 01, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. Although Diane does ramble on, her rambling helped me remember that I too have hooded eyes which I never liked. I purchased "The Dictionary of Dreams" because her referring to it brought back memories my grandmother getting out her dream book when I would tell her of a dream I had (and the other night I had a doozie!!). And finally she made me thankful for my thick hair which I can thank my father for and have received complements on since I first went to the hairdresser. Dian ...more
May 27, 2014 Joyce rated it did not like it
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Have you ever watched the Oscars and wondered how these "stars" were capable of reciting their lines in the movies when they flub a two-line introduction or list of nominees? It certainly has brought me to reality about their talent and their possible lack of intellect. Not so at the Tony Awards where the presenters perform on
Jan 13, 2016 Marta rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, essays, memoir
I picked this up as an audio book because of Diane Keaton's charm, figuring listening to her would be pleasant company. At the beginning, I was very aware of Ms. Keaton herself, thinking things like, "How did Diane Keaton stay such good friends with Woody Allen?" or, " I never would have expected Diane Keaton to question her own authenticity about why she wears hats...." "Hmmmm..someone should have told Diane Keaton not to cry at her own sad bits."
But as time went on, I found myself just listeni
Courtney Wolstoncroft
Jul 08, 2014 Courtney Wolstoncroft rated it it was ok
I WISH I could say that I loved this book because I do love Diane Keaton. I had such high hopes for it and was pulling for myself to like it even after I had been struggling through for quite a while. I actually listened to the audiobook and there was no issue with her delivery necessarily. The content however is all over the place. I think she tried to make the same point multiple times. Which might have been okay if her thoughts were strung together in some way and if they were presented as ev ...more
Jul 16, 2015 Tapley rated it it was ok
For me, this book may well be suffering from unmet expectations. I was hoping for something similar to Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck, which is a coherent and witty little memoir about becoming a woman of a certain age, particularly as it relates to ideals of beauty. This book wasn't witty, nor was it particularly coherent. Keaton's writing almost feels stream-of-consciousness as she rambles on about various aspects of beauty and her own relationship to beauty and beauty ideals. Her outl ...more
Dec 26, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book by Diane Keaton. It's not really a follow-up book to her autobiography, "Then Again", but rather a book about being in the public eye and the pressure to always be attractive. She talks about how her daughter found a website where Diane was named the 5th ugliest woman in show business (the anonymous blogger goes on to state that he means, when she was young, too), and how despite your best intentions, you do start to examine every wrinkle when you get older. She is 6 ...more
Alana White
Feb 02, 2015 Alana White rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Oscar-winning actor Diane Keaton addresses the concept of "beauty" in this, her third nonfiction book. She sets her thoughts against aging—that time when most of us begin to notice changes in our bodies: sagging skin, sagging eyelids—and how to respond to the way time affects our appearance. Keaton's audience is for the most part women, particularly the "baby boomers" born, like her and me, in the mid-1940s. Her observations are charming and cut to the core.

"What the hell is beauty?" she asks. H
Dec 22, 2014 Sandra rated it liked it
Not the typical life story book. But something more reflective. I started it this morning thinking I would soon be board and by 11:00 this evening I finished it. I just couldn't put it down. I love how she found a lot of answers in her obsession in fixing up houses and then selling them and moving on to the next place, never finding what she was looking for. Not until forced into a house because of circumstance. Where she found "neighbors again", like when she was little. People that care and lo ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
I like Diane Keaton. I like her direct honesty and the fact that she clearly likes herself, too. She makes no apologies for who she is. She dresses in a unique wild way that matches her personality. I like that very much in a person. This book "Let's Just Say it Wasn't Pretty" maintains those very things I find so fascinating about her.

I saw her not too long ago on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. She was hysterical. While playing "beer pong" she requested to play "red wine pong" instead. Al
Dec 06, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was prepared to dislike this book. Most of the people I know who started it said it was weird and awful. Because I have made a promise to read every book-club book, iI started to slog my way through it. Yes, it is weird. Yes, it stared off awful. But I kept reading. And I began to fall madly in love with Ms. Keaton and her funny little book. Because I love Diane's insecurities and her ideas of beauty.

She isn't a critic of anyone else's choices, but she doesn't shy away from defending her own.
Apr 19, 2015 Stacey rated it it was ok
Listening to this book was a lot like having lunch with a girlfriend if your girlfriend is an Oscar winning single-mother of 2 with famous ex boyfriends, and an interest in the idea of the beautiful. I guess what struck me most was Diane's tendency to rant against disapproval from a range of adversaries I'm not sure actually exist outside of her own imagination. The idea of fighting back against criticism or disapproval seems to be a core part of her orientation to life. Joan Rivers had a crippl ...more
Feb 16, 2016 Kim-Lost-In-A-Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
I like Ms. Keaton's writing style, and I like this book even better than her first, "Then Again." I love Ms. Keaton's message of embracing who you are - completely. For your inner and your outer beauty, even if we're not all calm and patient, even if we don't all look like glamorous movie stars or have Lauren Hutton's or Barack Obama's smile. This book made me feel so good about myself, and my new catch phrase is "old is gold."
Nick Duretta
Dec 18, 2014 Nick Duretta rated it liked it
This light collection of essays--all on the general subject of beauty, attractiveness, appearance--is a mixed bag. Keaton is a very engaging, often witty, author with a friendly, accessible voice. She does her fair share of name-dropping (she knows a LOT of famous people), but is humble and self-depracating enough not to make it sound it too boastful. There's also a bit too much in here about her two kids, but again, that's understandable, as they're her main frame of reference these days. Many ...more
Kasa Cotugno
While uneven, this book is sparked by Keaton's trademark enthusiasm and enjoyment in life. At a personal appearance she was visibly excited talking about her recent road trip, the men in her life and her love for flipping houses.
Lacey Michael
Jun 19, 2014 Lacey Michael rated it it was ok
I like Ms. Keaton as an actress; maybe not so much as an author. Her book was interesting but somewhat annoying with all the name-dropping. As 'real' as she allows her physique to be she is obsessed with losing her beauty as she ages. In fact, much of the book was her complaining about her flaws. She did mention a few times that she is a privileged, rich, white & discontent woman...which is basically what I got from her story. At times I felt like she was trying to dig deeper into the 'why' ...more
May 25, 2015 Samara rated it liked it
Diane Keaton's books are always fun, quick reads that are perfect for a bit of entertaining wit. This one is no different and worth a read especially if read as an audio book on one's way to work.
Juli Pennock
Mar 03, 2015 Juli Pennock rated it really liked it
I like her. She writes just like you'd imagine, and she has insights to impart. I like her, and I liked this book.
Jun 27, 2015 Furrawn rated it it was amazing
I love Diane Keaton. After reading this book, I love her even more. Funny, acerbic, honest, and smart as Hell... I'm in my 40's and have long dishwater blond hair that she'd lovingly hate so I'm not dealing with the same aging issues as Diane YET. I can empathize with changes I already notice. She has a good outlook on ages. She owns herself and her life. I like that.

I can't understand the bad reviews. "Name-dropping" was mentioned in one review. She does not "name drop." She's DIANE KEATON. Tal
Aug 31, 2014 Carol rated it liked it
I tore through this book in two days. Diane Keaton's writing, as in her previous "Then Again" is insightful, but she goes over some of the same territory and repeats stories from the mother/daughter memoir, which I enjoyed tremendously and more, frankly.That said, it was interesting learning some tidbits about who has had plastic surgery, who hasn't and that she admires women who do/don't. She is truly genuine, the source of her beauty. The book is deeper than talking about other celebs; she aga ...more
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Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress. Her first major film role was Kay Adams-Corleone in The Godfather movies. She starred with director and co-star Woody Allen in "Play It Again, Sam," "Sleeper," "Love and Death," "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan." She has starred in many other films and worked as a director, producer, and screenwriter.

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