It's really difficult to review or rate this book. These are the words and thoughts of an emotionally unstable woman - we don't have a medical professIt's really difficult to review or rate this book. These are the words and thoughts of an emotionally unstable woman - we don't have a medical professional commenting on her interpretation of her life. I disagree with skeptical reviewers that claim that this is a false story because she did not leave - if her serious allegations were false, someone would already have testified against her claims publicly in the media. Similarly, she did not "get what she was asking for" - that line of argument is the same as "well that woman asked to be raped because she dressed like that."
I think back to the Housewives reunion where Brandie said something along the lines of, "it's only been a hot minute" in reference to Taylor writing publishing this book. I think it would have been a more interesting read if Taylor would have waited a few years until most of the loose ends were wrapped up and she'd be able to reflect upon her actions better. But Brandie is right - it is a hot minute, and Taylor's publishers were smart to take advantage of the timing to ensure a flow of sales.
Overall I'd recommend finding this in your library if you're a fan of the show. It offers some insight into her background and where she came from. She tries to trace her exposure to domestic violence, but doesn't reflect upon the reasons for her subsequent dependence on powerful men. She only mentions the tv show as it pertains to her marriage, and briefly mentions a couple of instances that transpired in the second season, such as incident in Colorado and Lisa's tea party. (But again, not in great detail or anything we wouldn't have seen on show.) She moreso acknowledges that she was irrational during these events....more
Unfortunately this book kind of fizzles out. It's an interesting premise and great opening line - but I quickly concluded that the author was trying tUnfortunately this book kind of fizzles out. It's an interesting premise and great opening line - but I quickly concluded that the author was trying to tackle too many social issues. It's not very focused and a lot of the characters seem to develop in a stereotypical way. I also can't stand reading pontificating protagonists who ask rhetorical questions. The author needs to show, not tell, to move the plot along. I can appreciate the research he's done to tell his grandmother's story, but I wonder if the flaws stem from his emotional attachment to a family member's story....more
Like any other memoir, you have to know of or like the author of the book. I'm not part of her cult following, but I've watched her TV show on Bravo aLike any other memoir, you have to know of or like the author of the book. I'm not part of her cult following, but I've watched her TV show on Bravo and a few of the comedy specials. Her whole D-List shtick made a lot more sense after reading this. Perhaps people don't like her because she humanizes celebrities and exposes their flaws, but I find her funny - and I really don't follow celebrity gossip. Overall, I enjoyed reading this. ...more
I'm a huge Bethenny Frankel fan, but the way this woman writes drives me crazy. I couldn't get past 30 pages of A Place of Yes and I've been skimmingI'm a huge Bethenny Frankel fan, but the way this woman writes drives me crazy. I couldn't get past 30 pages of A Place of Yes and I've been skimming this book to get through it.
In terms of the content, it's either common sense or speaks against the way you previously approached food. I like that she's asking her readers to reconsider the way they view food, to appreciate quality over quantity. I just wish it was written better instead of a series of rhetorical questions and lectures addressing the pronoun "you." Furthermore, like another review said, not many people will pay for a slice of cake or steak and only take three bites. We're in a culture of excess, but we still pay for that excess. ...more