I personally enjoyed this book a lot. This book is quite the guilty pleasure. I will admit I watched the show quite a bit. After the main girls left tI personally enjoyed this book a lot. This book is quite the guilty pleasure. I will admit I watched the show quite a bit. After the main girls left the show I lost interest. The new group just did not have the same charisma as the old trio.
The one thing that bothered me about the book was how she would talk about being bullied by the other girls living in the mansion. For a little while I felt truly sorry for her. While I believe she was a victim of extreme nastiness and bullying, it seems as if she did not learn from her experience.
She took a pretty catty and bitchy tone when it came to talking about the other girls that lived in the mansion with her. I feel that a lot of this was her venting. She finally has a voice and feels strong enough to use it. When she was a new bunny in the mansion she was very weak and naïve. Despite the fact she was weak and naïve emotionally, her intelligence and natural sarcasm shone through and that did not make her many friends.
Her honesty about her life in the mansion, and her relationship with Hefner, was intensely satisfying and at times scary. Quite honestly I kept thinking to myself "what are these people going to say when they read what she has written?"
I kept in mind that everybody has their version of the truth. I do not believe that she blatantly lied-nor do I believe that she had to overly exaggerate. After all she was the girlfriend of the man who revels in his world wide pimp reputation. He may seem quiet and almost senile at times, but he's very shrewd and I believe he will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
While it took her a while to get out of such an emotionally abusive and needy relationship, I was happy when she found the strength to do so. She spent a good part of her younger years living under Heffners thumb and incredibly archaic rules.
I do believe her situation at the time, lack of money, lack of options, and desperation, led her to move into that mansion. I also believe that she fell for the fantasy that the mansion portays.
As the book came to an end her words and actions began to show incredible insight and maturity. I was rooting for her to find her happily ever after. Despite the fact she could be (and will be) easily judged by many she is showing incredible strength and resiliency.
The book was at times funny, sad, and very smart. She wove a fascinating tale of life as one of the sexiest and luckiest (supposedly) women of her time.
Many pretty young girls flock to Los Angeles hoping to be the next big playmate or actress. This book can be a cautionary tale as well.
All in all the book was quite entertaining and the story was told in such a way that I did not want to put it down. It was fascinating and honest, and at times sad too....more
I'll post more later. But for now I was impressed & didn't want to stop reading. I loved the powerful & intense emotions the words and charactI'll post more later. But for now I was impressed & didn't want to stop reading. I loved the powerful & intense emotions the words and characters brought out in me...more