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Mommywood

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,327 Ratings  ·  630 Reviews

If you thought Tinseltown was tough...

Tori Spelling might have grown up with everything a girl could wish for, but these days she's just another suburban working mom...whose toddler regularly recognizes her in the pages of Us Weekly. Welcome to Mommywood, where the stars are two feet tall and your neighbors know who you are before you move in.

Like most parents, Tori
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ebook, 256 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Gallery Books (first published March 24th 2009)
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Tori
Oct 19, 2009 Tori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It seemed most people liked this book so I feel kind of bad about what I'm going to say, but feel it must be said. I found it a pathetic public thrashing of her own mother. I also have a hard time feeling the slightest bit sorry for her. Hello? The average woman doesn't have a ton of money, celebrity, a "baby nurse" or someone that she can hire to carry her toddler while she's pregnant and can't do lifting. Hell, some mothers are single mothers and don't even have a husband to help. I also nearl ...more
Ashley
Mar 22, 2010 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is so out of the norm of what I typically read, that I was almost embarassed to add it on here.

Overall it was meh - Spelling is certainly bitter about her relationship with her mom, as evidenced by numerous little jabs throughout the book, which I thought was in poor taste after oh like, the 50th time.

She also complains about money throughout the book. A lot. A whole lot. Which I found quite strange. It almost felt like a crutch she was using to justify some of her decisions and actions.
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Laurel-Rain
Jun 08, 2009 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She describes herself as a “work in progress”—both as a grownup and a mother—and then talks to the reader in a very down-to-earth voice about her efforts to make her home and everyday life as “normal” as can be for her husband and children, considering that she lives in the land where motherhood exists against a backdrop of red carpets, premieres, and basically living “on the set” of a reality show. A world where her son leafs through celebrity magazines, identifying himself and his parents in t ...more
Rhonda
Jun 05, 2009 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
After reading "sTori Telling" I was very much looking forwad to Ms. Spelling's next book. I was a little disappointed as this one was not quite as good as the first but still a good, easy read that describes a life so far removed from my own.

In "Mommywood" Tori Spelling picks up where her last book left off writing, quite simply, about the day to day goings on of her life. She uses a lot of humor while showing a normal 'human' side of herself outside of that of a celebrity, one that is very rel
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Alex
Aug 03, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
*Sigh* Here we go.

So, I sort of love Tori Spelling now. I know, where did this come from? But after reading her fantastic first book, I started recording her show on Oxygen. And it is so addicting, and I just totally love her now. I'm not even ashamed of it anymore. She is so humorous, down-to-earth, and intelligent. She know she's not beautiful. She knows she's not a great actress. She knows she only got somewhere because of her father. But she is so forthcoming about it all, how can you hate h
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Bridget
Jun 11, 2009 Bridget rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
I thought Tori's 1st book was pretty interesting. It talked about her whole life. She did life in some interesting circumstances.

This book was just trying to hurry and publish another book. Most of the things she wrote about have been shown on their reality show.

Didn't get through it. Didn't need to. I had already seen it.
Kyla
Sep 01, 2009 Kyla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Friends, get over it, swallow it, I have a THING for Tori and Dean. At the Inn in Hollywood, on Oxygen when I'm in hotels and they happen to be playing 24 hours of T and D - with all her batshit craziness and fears and their homewrecking ways - I love em. Guiltiest pleasure ever.
RNOCEAN
Jul 25, 2009 RNOCEAN rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tori Spelling might have grown up with everything a girl could wish for, but these days she's just another suburban working mom...whose toddler regularly recognizes her in the pages of Us Weekly. Welcome to Mommywood, where the stars are two feet tall and your neighbors know who you are before you move in.
Like most parents, Tori wants her children to have the one thing she didn't have as a kid — a normal family. On their hit Oxygen reality show, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, the starle
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Eva Leger
Jul 04, 2009 Eva Leger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only hard core Tori Spelling fans
Recommended to Eva by: like sTORI Telling
I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as sTORI Telling but I can't say I hated it either. It's so obvious that she's trying to shed the celeb image and be the girl-next-door and she needs to realize that unless she quits the business, and maybe not even then, it's not happening. So what. Be Tori Spelling. Not the "girl-next-door".
She bugged me a lot to in this. I didn't get the sense of humor that came through in sTORI and she constantly, and I DO mean CONSTANTLY, went on about her mother. Constan
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Stephanie
Somewhat the same as the last book…same tone and instead of being filled with stories about her dating life and 90210 it is just stories of her husband and children. There were two things that bothered me about this book (and they are the same things that annoyed me about her last book).
1.) She spends too much time talking about how she is “normal.” Here’s a hint: if you feel the need to continuously state that then you aren’t “normal.” Also, her view of what is “normal” is so warped because she
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Jessica Lawlor
Oct 09, 2010 Jessica Lawlor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Mommywood by Tori Spelling chronicles Spelling’s life as a wife and mother in Hollywood. In addition to her son Liam, Spelling now has a daughter named Stella.

Even though Spelling is famous, she wants to be a regular suburban mom. The family moves to a nice close-knit neighborhood where Tori tried to befriend her neighbors, some welcoming, some not.

Like her last book which I reviewed yesterday, this one is just as funny. More funny, perhaps. Hilarious moments include Spelling’s son Liam preferri
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Sarah
Jan 04, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a quick read and I'm glad! Mommywood was painfully obnoxious and Spelling's insecurities, paranoia and whiny outlook on life set my teeth on edge. The premise of this book is based on her personal growth and new-found confidence gained through her marriage and becoming a new mother. Instead she portrays herself as needy and clingy while constantly in a state of paranoia about what other people (neighbors, celebrities, etc) may or may not think of her, yet fails to reach out and mak ...more
Robin
Jan 29, 2011 Robin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't have a lot of strong opinions about celebrities, but Tori Spelling is one of those people who, for some reason, I find myself angrily defending when her name comes up both in terms of her talent and her personality. I read Tori's first memoir and, well, I didn't hate it. This one? I may not have hated it, but I really disliked it. Let me start by stating that I'm a babysitter/nanny and I have seen it all. I am not amused by Tori's stories of baby poop floating through a pool, as I've sco ...more
Charlotte
Apr 22, 2010 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While I thought Stori Telling was just "meh," I really enjoyed Tori Spelling's Mommywood.

The difference between the two novels was I think Stori Telling was all about Tori's entitled childhood and her uncomfortable relationship with her family, specifically her mother. She detailed her adulterous affair and that was a little hard for me to take. She didn't really come across as a nice girl.

Mommywood is the next step. So she and her husband had an affair, u
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Megan
Jul 13, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so this book is a total guilty pleasure sort-of read. I was in the mood for something completely light and fluffy that would amuse me and this fit the bill. I read her previous book, "sTori Telling" last year and found it enjoyable; it was humorous and light. I also enjoy her show on Oxygen. I find her amusing and witty and somewhat "normal" (whatever that really means) for a celebrity. Her neurotic worries sometimes remind me of my own and while she strives for the normalcy of the average ...more
Pam
Aug 23, 2009 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tori Spelling fans, Tori & Dean fans, memior-lovers
Shelves: memoir
okay, I'd like to preface my review of the book by the reactions I received when I told my friends/family that I was reading Tori Spelling's book. the first being, "really? what is wrong with you?" but after I get done telling them that I just finished reading Lauren Conrad's first book (who's star rating might be changing after reading this, more on that later), they see this as a vast improvement, so now it's okay?

I want to defend the book first. Tori is amazing witty, funny and articulate. I
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Chelsea
Jul 06, 2009 Chelsea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had a few funny parts. But other than that I felt like this book was a cry for Tori's mother, Candy, to come to her side and say "I am sorry Honey." Hollywood has such twisted morals for things. I love to watch or read trash just like the next person. But for reality...you want your mom to pay somewhat attention to your family. The papers aren't everything..I don't care how much money you make. Everyone wants the same things in life..the older you get. You want to go back to simple thi ...more
Talitha
Jul 06, 2009 Talitha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be pretty much a repeat of her first book, sTORI TELLING, just add the kids. She is funny, and while I found myself amused by her stories it got to the point where I wondered if this weren't really an article or blog post...stretched out into a book.

She is a sweet girl who seems to really want to do right by her children, which I appreciated. However, the stories about her mom and the snow imported into California by her dad have gotten tired and leave me wishing that she'd talk
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Selina
Oct 16, 2014 Selina rated it liked it
Tori Spelling meets reality tv and make is even more fake.
Camille
Jun 22, 2014 Camille rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It just wasn't as funny (or good) as her first book. A lot of jabs at her mother, the stories just didn't have the humor to them that her first book's had, and I got really tired of reading the word "Mommywood".
Marianne
Jul 22, 2009 Marianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
While not quite as good as her previous novel, it was nice to see that the challenges of being a parent are no different no matter who you are. I feel badly that Tori wants so much to be accepted and have a "normal" life. I cannot imagine not having that, and wanting it so badly. And as she concluded, that may not be possible for her and her family. So she is doing what we are all doing as parents, the best we can!
Liz
Aug 28, 2014 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I didn't like Tori Spelling before I read this. I still don't like her. I won't go into why I decided to try this book, but I will say that I am not surprised by how disappointing it was. She appears to be trying to live a normal life, but her idea of normal is twisted. And all the drama with her mom...we get it, you thinks she was a terrible mother. But based on what I read in this book, I think it was her dad who drove a wedge between them and made it difficult for her mother to love her the w ...more
Sian Lile-Pastore
I like Tori Spelling and really enjoyed sTORI Telling which covered the 90210 years... this book is more about her family, so it's about having kids and being married (interesting to read this now i know that dean has been cheating on her... la la la) and even tho there is a story about how Luke Perry ignored her at a kids party, it's just not as much fun.

Tori writes a lot about wanting to give her kids a normal family life while having to deal with the paparazzi and other celebrity trappings. S
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Cora
Jan 27, 2015 Cora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
Mommywood is Tori Spelling's newest memoir, it picks up where sTORI Telling left off. Mostly she writes about what it is like being a mother in Hollywood. She has a lot of insecurities resulting from her childhood and she is honest about trying to work through them while focusing on her children. There were some humorous stories in the book, such as the first time she tried to change her son's dirty swim diaper by herself (for the non-mommies out there, soiled swim diapers are a little harder to ...more
Sara
Apr 20, 2010 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must say I liked sTORI telling better. This one was a little too "I'm a working mom just like you!" even though she goes to red carpet events and has 3 hired help for her 2 kids. Slightly entertaining and a quick read, however, which is what I wanted.
Kristi
Aug 02, 2014 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. I wouldnt say great. But I love Tori Spelling. Shes hilarious. Its about becoming a Mommy for the first time and then mommy to stella for the second time. She did a great job on this book. I cant wait to read her next one.
Beth
Jun 02, 2009 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked listening to Tori read this. Clearly I can't get enough of her if I want her to read the book to me. :)

Not as good as her first book, but I still really enjoyed it. Tori is just a super fun writer, actress, and person in general.
Tiz
Mar 18, 2014 Tiz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a drastic change from the first one! The other book creates this illusion that she's normal through cute little stories and her personality which appears adorable. This book is ridiculous! Giving parenting tips when your oldest kid is not even 2 and he's allowed to read weeklies? Having full-time NANNIES because you HAVE to work because you are terrible with money? (She's not a workaholic, as she says...she's created such debt that she HAS to work! BIG difference!) She leaves an expens ...more
Rdee
Feb 11, 2014 Rdee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Tori's books and her style of writing. Just like her 1st book (STori Telling), she shows us a side of her that feels so real and relatable. In Mommywood, she shares her struggles to balance all her daily activities - to be a good mom to her kids, keeping up her celebrity image, working on her TV show with husband Dean, selling her book - all in the chaotic world of Hollywood. I love her quirky humor as she shares anecdotes and stories about her life experiences, like her son's "intimate" ...more
Erin
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Not as entertaining as the first, but still better than it has any right to be.
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Victoria Davey "Tori" Spelling is an American actress. She is known for being Aaron Spelling's daughter and for her role as Donna Martin in the 1990s teen soap opera Beverly Hills, 90210.
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