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If They Only Knew

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If They Only Knew
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 30th 2001 by HarperEntertainment (first published 2001)
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This isn't something I would normally find myself reading, but with the recent unfortunate demise of Joanie Laurer (the titular Chyna) I thought I would pick up her book to see if there was any explanation or rationale behind some of her unorthodox behaviour. The book was written when Chyna was at the peak of her career, after her Playboy shoot but before her porn films.

One point was established early in the book: Joanie had a wall between herself and just about everyone. She was estranged from
Nov 17, 2011 Brittany rated it it was amazing
To those of you who gave this book a bad rating I'd like to give you all the middle finger! Seriously there was nothing whiny and boring about this book. I've heard way worse. Chyna is just telling her story of how she fight to be where she is today. Everyone has to do that! Chyna didn't whine or complain about it. She sucked it up and did what she had to do. Sometimes she would even get frustrated and put up a fight which I don't blame her for doing. Although I disagree with some things she did ...more
Lyndsey Plitt
Aug 08, 2011 Lyndsey Plitt rated it really liked it
Alot of people say it doesn't have the substance to it that "The Rock" or "Mankinds" books did and in a way they are right. It does seem to rely a little heavily on pictures and the flow of the book is a bit jumps around a bit and can feel like a collection of articles on Chyna's life more then an autobiography. However considering what this woman has gone through in her lifetime she approaches the subject matter with touching warmth and good humor. It's also a very honest look at tough ...more
Jun 10, 2007 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, female-pen
My ex was hugely into WWE and consequently bought every wrestling "autobiography" (most are ghostwritten, and this one was no exception) available. I picked this one up mostly because I wanted to see what the wrestling world was like from a female perspective. It was trainwreck-ish in the way that most celebrity biographies are, except on steroids.
Sep 28, 2013 JenniferJ rated it liked it
Shelves: z2013, non-fiction, sports
I enjoyed reading about Chyna aka Joanie Laurer's rise to fame and stardom. The photo's were awesome. I loved and miss Chyna so much.
Jan 06, 2012 Marcy rated it it was amazing
I read this book when it first came out when I was 13. I think it took me about a day to read it and I read it multiple times after that. Chyna has always been my favorite wrestler. I recently read it again after her passing and still enjoyed it as much as I did back then. It's a good read if you want to learn more about her.
Dec 31, 2014 Soho_Black rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
In the world of professional wrestling, women aren't unusual. But where they do exist, they tend to be restricted to supporting roles where their main job is to look pretty and little else and on the rare occasion they do get to wrestle, they're often restricted to wrestling other women. Even in mixed wrestling bouts, it's far more common to see both women in the ring together than any actual mixed wrestling.

But as with anything, it only takes one person to change attitudes and in the case of wo
Willow Redd
May 27, 2016 Willow Redd rated it really liked it
Reading this now that she has passed, it is truly tempting to say "Poor Joanie." Of course, a lot more awful stuff was waiting for her on the other side of this book, which is what eventually led to her death, and many of the people she mentions here are responsible for that *cough* Vince *cough*. Of course, I could write a whole diatribe about the awful things that man has done to people, so we'll leave it at the cough for now.

Joanie Laurer, the woman who would be Chyna, had a difficult childho
Casandra McCann
May 31, 2016 Casandra McCann rated it liked it
I absolutely love Joanie "Chyna" Laurer and I learned so much my reading her story. I could hear her voice all through the book. My problem is that she used way to many inferences and I didn't understand a percentage of what I read. I wish she would have flat out told her story instead of trying to spice it up. I still love her though. RIP Chyna.
Melissa McLees
Oct 10, 2014 Melissa McLees rated it liked it
Awesome pictures of some of my favorite wrestlers, However some of the wording in this book to me was kind of scrambled like scrambled eggs, but I still liked this book because It was kind of informative about Chyna and what to look for to when watching wrestling, some of it may be fake and some might be real.
Apr 28, 2009 Eden rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Chyna fans, Wrestling fans
This book is about the life of Joanie Laurer also known as Chyna.

She talks about her childhood, life growing up and how she made into it the WWF (now WWE).

Joanie is an amazing woman and she may have some problems, but with this book you can see why she does. But, she is an inspiration and was a great female wrestler.
Mr. Pease
Jan 01, 2011 Mr. Pease rated it did not like it
One of the very worst books I've ever read, wrestling or otherwise. Joanie Laurer comes off as a whining lout, incapable of taking responsibility for any decision in her life. As this was written long before her downward spiral into a pop-culture punchline, it doesn't even offer any value as train-wreck entertainment. Strongest recommendation to avoid.
Mar 17, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
This memoir from one of the most interesting female wrestlers of all time (in my opinion) is a little on the sad side. Joanie Laurer has had some rough times in her life and from reality tv, we know that these have continued. I enjoyed reading the parts about her time in the WWF (and her troubled relationship with Triple H) but it wasn't quite what I expected.
Aug 22, 2016 Rowan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
Loved it. Big Chyna fan. I loved to hear her speak about her life. Matter of fact, but also written as though she was right there telling you. She kept no secrets, didn't want your pity, and kept going despite obstacles. Even today, no woman will come close to her size, her muscle, and strength in the WWF. RIP 9th Wonder of the World.
It was fairly interesting, sadly it isn't the best written book ever. It meanders and skips backwards and forwards. It also manages to skim over her wrestling acheivements, which almost defeats the object of the book. However it was interesting learning some more about where she came from, her rise and the resistance to a female wrestling men. Worth reading if you can get past the annoying style.
Oliver Bateman
May 15, 2016 Oliver Bateman rated it liked it
I wrote about this book for VICE Sports, so why not just surf over there and read my essay?
Mar 18, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Chyna inspires me to be what I want to be. Trap my body to be like no others and never give up in archiving what I want. She was my favorite WWF wrestler and to this day I find her beautiful and an inspiration.
Aug 27, 2010 Mike rated it it was ok
not very good.
Newt cox
Mar 10, 2011 Newt cox rated it did not like it
What a load of crap. Found this in hardcover at Dollar Tree. And after reading it I see why. Full of spelling mistakes. Plus Joanie can't seem to keep her stories straight. Avoid this one.
Dennis Miller
Aug 16, 2016 Dennis Miller rated it liked it
Great back scene look at professional wrestling.
I wasn't into pro wrestling when Chyna was big but still enjoyed finding out how she got in and about her career.
Jul 04, 2007 Kingmeng rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Shelves: autobiography
If only I knew...then I wouldn't have wasted my time in reading it.
Nov 28, 2011 Brisbride13 rated it it was ok
Your typical book about a wrestler.
Scott Dishman
Jun 08, 2010 Scott Dishman rated it liked it
A good autobiography of the famous professional wrestler. I enjoyed watching the wrestler perform so I enjoyed the book.
Jan 18, 2009 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If They Only Knew by Chyna (2001)
Jun 30, 2007 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2007
What can I say, I am a sucker for celebrity autobiographies. I read this book in about 3 hours. It certainly wasn't great, but it was good brain candy, I suppose.
Carly C
Feb 23, 2012 Carly C rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Carly by: WWE
A great read! Here's to you, Chyna. For all you've gone through and for being able to be a genuine writer! Not to mention an AWESOME athlete!
Garrett Burnett
Mar 12, 2008 Garrett Burnett rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
I can't imagine a worse book being written at any point ever. On the plus side, it was great to see Joanie emerge back to prominence on Celebrity Rehab.
Victor Orozco
Jun 08, 2013 Victor Orozco rated it really liked it
Okay. A quick read and interesting to say the least. I can't help but feel if she elevates herself too much. All in all an okay read. B
Apr 19, 2013 Nila rated it liked it
I miss Chyna wrestling but I did read why she isn't anymore...
Aug 24, 2007 Bob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I thought their would be more pictures.
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