Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick
As the endearing and witty star of the beloved John Hughes “brat pack” classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink, Molly Ringwald defined teenage angst, love, and heartbreak. Now a wife and mother of three, and a star on the current hit television drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Molly is facing a new angst-inducing time in her life—her...more
DH (dear husband): Whatcha reading?
Me: Getting the Pretty Back by Molly Ringwald.
DH: What? What's it about?
Me: Molly Ringwald is telling me about how to get the pretty back.
DH: Why would *she* be writing a book on THAT?!
Me: I don't know... and I don't feel prettier having read this.. I just feel... poor.
So if you want to feel poor and unworldly and unworthy, go right out and pick this o ...more
Molly gives some good advice, i.e. make time to be with your friends, make time to take care of yourself, figure out what it is you want to be. But I found a lot of her advice to be unattainable to myself. For example, I cannot afford to spend more tha ...more
Very trite. Why was I expecting good writing? I am not a Cosmo reader but this seems to fit the bill.
Superficial fluff for the most part (a black blazer dresses up any outfit? Are we stuck in 1991?). When was Molly a style icon anyway? She seemed to be stretching the advice at the end, as though she had to include it. The food and France parts were the most interesting.
Am I the only one who wonders how her friends feel, about having their private exploits dished in public? Doesn't so ...more
OK, I was as much of a Molly Ringwald fangirl as a young teen as any girl my age, but this is just... such a disappointment. I was rather hoping for a real memoir about her life as an actress, and the fallout of being enshrined forever as the teen redhead in pink.
It's less a memoir and more a series of pretty much random collection of... magazine articles is really the closest thing I can think of. Teen Beat articles on fashion and lipstick colors, only (supposedly) for adult ...more
There isn't a lot ...more
First off, it's not really a biography. Which is really disappointing, I would have loved to have read her autobiography and hear ...more
I know that I loved her in The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink, and now I love hearing about her life experiences through the age of 40!
She discusses style, relationships, family, friends, food and so many more topics!
This is a fun read, and I recommend to anyone who loves Molly and is in the same stages in life!
I only paid $2 for this (Kindle) and therefore I wasn't irritated that I wasn't that into it. It's got cute illustrations, and she has a good writing style/voice... I just wish the content was a little deeper...
Alright, I admit that I was lured in by the really cool watercolor illustrations in this book - and the layout of the book. Overall, however, BLECH!! Her useful tips are all pretty high end.
Foil the crust of a pie to keep it from burning.
Black cashmere is worth every penny.
Make sure you have enough wi ...more
Then we didn't see her for a few years, except in less well-known movies. She moved to France for awhile. Th ...more
Being a child of the 1980s, I HAD to read this book. Yes, I watched Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and – of course – Sixteen Candles over and over again. I attempted to emulate the styles of the characters she played. Although, I will admit, by the time Breakfast ...more
“Getting the Pretty Back”
I read the book “Getting the Pretty Back”, by Molly Ringwald. I got this book for Christmas by my grandmother cause she knows Sixteen Candles. I honestly didn’t think I would like the book, but I turned out loving it. I related to something in each chapter. It was funny, humorous, and truthful.
In this book she starts out talking about her how when you get older your body changes, and how people describe you. Such as gorgeous, beautiful ...more
I have a confession to make.
I frequently read books without really having any idea what they're actually about beforehand.
In early January, I went on an e-book buying blitz.I bought easily a dozen titles and sat on my Nook unread, because holiday cash provides you that sort of decadent luxury. I handpicked these titles based on what my current library of choice wasn't carrying. I was so sad they had refused to purcha ...more
What I Liked: This book covers everything from dinner parties to lipstick. I can't think of a topic that she did not cover. In that aspect, this book delivered on it's promise to give you advice on how to handle anything. I also enjoyed when she threw in antidotes about her life over the years. Those little stories were the best part of the book.
What I thought was So-So/Didn't Like: I rea ...more