Christi's Reviews > You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss

You Have No Idea by Vanessa Williams
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Apr 05, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012-reads, non-fiction
Read from April 05 to 09, 2012

I've always liked Vanessa Williams so when I won a copy of this book I dove right in and started reading.

I was impressed that she started talking about the Miss America/nude photo scandal right at the beginning of the book and didn't really pull any punches. She admits what she did, why she was naive (and a little rebellious) and what she regrets. But let's face it, she probably wouldn't have had such an extensive career post-pageant without this notoriety. She has tons of talent and this scandal helped make her a household name.

Williams is very open and honest in her book. I love the counterpart of advice from her no-nonsense mother starting the chapters. I think it's great that she tries to keep her blended family happy from two coasts. It's gotta be awkward at times to have two ex-husbands at the dinner table for Christmas.
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