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The EveryGirl's Guide to Life

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,055 ratings  ·  107 reviews
"One stop shopping! Maria shows us girls how to successfully juggle it all while looking fabulous. I love her lazy woman workout and yummy recipes!" —Kim Kardashian

"[Maria] is a beautiful, hard working lady who has a will and way to make things work for herself! She has some great tips that are easy to apply and help make your life better" —Heidi Klum

Access Hollywood host
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by It Books (first published April 1st 2011)
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Jul 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fashion-style
I don't know a lot about Maria Menounos but decided to give this a try. Most of the so called advice are nothing more than common sense household tips that probably you've all heard before. Others are simply laughable. Some of the tips she offers to readers are:

-Buffing your nails makes them look great
-Sleep helps you recover from a cold
-Don't drink sugary sodas or else you will gain weight
-Dress conservatively for a job interview
-Don't date a man for his money
-Be green ("I drive a hybrid car!"
Jill Kemerer
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. Tons of great pictures, easy-to-read short chapters, and practical advice. Maria certainly made me want to get organized! I loved the sample workout, the organizational tips, and other basic advice.

My only issue is her lack of awareness on the I'm-just-an-everygirl topic. I would say that calling herself an "everygirl" is a stretch. Yes, she understands the value of a dollar and exemplifies the DIY mentality, but when she talks about budgeting and then shows picture a
Carolyn F.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I saw an interview of the author on Betheney Frankel's old talk show and Maria was mentioning that she had been 40 lbs heavier at one time in her life and could eat half a pizza no problem. When I was younger I could do the same thing. Then she mentioned that she gave hints about how to start slowly changing your eating habits - one piece less, add a salad - sounded good. I read the introduction and this book was written for young people to grandparents. Well, it's mostly geared toward young peo ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: xx, meatsack, pers-dev
This is really somewhere between a 2 and a 3, but it's not good enough to recommend to others. Her basic premise—that it's easier to succeed and achieve your goals if you have a good foundation in your life—is accurate, but hardly groundbreaking. So get your home clean and organized, plan everything from travel to your meal plan ahead, keep your health in good shape, and be a kind person.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'd give it a 2.5. There was some good information and suggestions in here, and I appreciate her conversational writing style. However, when you have a home spa, screening room, and staff, I kind of feel that you just moneyed yourself out of the "everygirl" category.
I think Maria Menounos really pulled it off - all in one self-help book and superb advice on organizing, decorating, finances, emotional support, dealing with people, career, make up, exercise, healthy eating and clothing. (Not in that order)

I really enjoyed every chapter, even if I know that I could never be bothered spending 25 minutes a day on make up for example, but it is good to know how, in case I wanted to.

I picked up a lot of great tips and got inspired to do better in many areas of my
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
I think this book would be perfect for a girl 16 to maybe 28. I think I am just too old for it. Most of the information in The EveryGirls Guide to Life seemed like stuff that is pretty obvious to me now, but might have been helpful when I was younger. Also Maria Menounos used the book to brag about her achievements over and over again, which isn't what I thought the book was supposed to be about. Some of her advice is also a little too preachy, not like a suggestion or giving the reader several ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
I mean, it's a CUTE book, don't get me wrong, but there's not much in here that we haven't heard before. It also grated on me how she kept putting in things like, "as you'll read later," like she was hoping to bait people through the book or something, and the "OMG PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS" for Pantene and Dermalogica. I know celebs have to stand by their own promo stuff, but in a book it just comes off a little too puppeted.
I really liked the section on organizing/renovating, though, and she has
May 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, okay, I saw this book on the news and thought it would be interesting and I read some valid tips and pointers for things like applying makeup and organizing your closet, but I have a hard time getting tips from someone whose closet it literally as big as my bedroom. Interesting read and some of her tips are very usable but most of the "tips" were for people who are rich, skinny and famous.
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I thought that this book was a 'self-help' book, but it was more of a 'lifestyle' book. The first part is about organizing your home which read more like a home improvment book. And the part where she talked about make-up and hair sounded like something from a beauty magazine. The Health and Fitness section was pretty interesting, about how she lost 40 lbs and kept it off by eating smaller portions and exercise. It had some good advice, but when I think of 'self-help' its more on how to improve ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Materialistic girls
Recommended to Chrissy by: Amazon search
I will admit I had high hopes for this book, not so much as a source of life advice I never had considered before, but as a fun and easy piece to bring to mind some of he highlights of good advice encountered before. Though in many ways this book did do just that (hence my giving it a solid three stars), the author seems to have lost touch with the reality that is life for most of us: seriously, I doubt there are that many careers out there where success depends upon the model of car you choose ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this easy, breezy read. Maria writes in a charming and accessible way, imparting useful tips and advice that young(ish) women will find valuable. There is nothing earth-shattering or provocative here, just good and sound info she shares from her own experiences. Her bits of advice are simple to incorporate into your daily routine to get more organized. She talks about everything from the importance of home ownership to makeup tricks - she's not a professional in any ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-book
This is more than worth reading. Great advice for any woman but especially good advice for the single woman getting out in the world and taking care of herself. I read 96% of the book. I skipped through the chapter about makeup and hair. It is all good advice but having a different skin type and hair type I took what I thought I could use from it. I completely skipped the routine part of the exercises. I have gone to a trainer before and I go to a gym on and off and know what works for me. Readi ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I thought this book sounded interesting and would be a good gift for a few young women I knew. Before I gifted it to anyone, I wanted to read it first to see if the information would be useful. Needless to say, after reading this book I decided not to give it as a gift. This book didn't have anything special or new, just how Maria Menounos lives her life. I didn't find any unique tips or tricks, just a lot of the author's ideas and information about her life. Pretty boring book; not horrible, bu ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The tips and information in this book are simplistic (boyfriends like girls that let them watch sports) or for the wealthy (steam showers and screening rooms for everyone!). I think Maria looked at the world and decided women were lacking common sense so she wrote some basic things down to help the Everygirl. If you are a Maria Menounos fan definitely give this book a read, you'll appreciate all the horn tooting she does.
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This, much like many self help books does come off a little (to me) like... really??? someone needs to tell you this. But, that being said, I really appreciate Maria's attention to the "every girl" the person who can't afford expensive undies, makeup and what not. She give price concious options and actually uses Ikea furniture :) it's refreshing to see someone so humble and down to earth about the price of things and the access to resources in today's world Kuddos !
May 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Laughably horrible.

Self-aggrandizing in the extreme and utterly lacking in any sort of subtlety, thoughtfulness, or humanity. I put this right up there with Danielle Steel's book of poetry titled "Love" for sheer humor's sake.

Were she performing cliche femininity the way Stephen Colbert performs cliche conservatism, this would be a five-star parody romp. As is, though... yikes.

Erianne Thedorf
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Majority of the book was common sense or really just topics that I’ve already known about or apply to my life already. This would be more for someone who is in their teens or early 20’s and hasn’t lived on their own yet or must learn to live sensibly.
Maria Miaoulis
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
She’s a TV host, actress, spokesperson and journalist. She can renovate a home and enhance a property’s value just as easily as she can organize any space, including your car. She produces films by day and interviews celebrities on the red carpet by night. More often than not, she does her own hair and makeup for star-studded events to boot.

She pushes boundaries as she ascends the ladder of success, but still remains the most grounded person in her industry. She travels the globe, keeps fit and
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: selfhelp
To be honest, I never finished reading this book cover to cover. I started off that way, but got through a few chapters and then started jumping around to things that apply to my life now. This is a beautiful book (the photographs are amazing) and Maria writes in a wonderfully conversational style but not everything applies to my life now.

“The Everygirl’s Guide to Life” by Maria Menounos is a great, down-to-earth guide to everything a modern girl might encounter in life. From decorating and orga
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm really impressed with this book. Most "Guides to Life" are dumb and filled with useless information like, "Don't text while drunk." Instead, Maria does this awesome thing where she assumes everyone who is reading her book is smart, driven, and capable. She handles a lot of different things in her life, and tells us how we can handle and do it all as well. She never says there is only one way of doing something, but shares her experiences and details how we can accomplish the goals we want to ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
There were parts I found very informative and helpful. I also liked how she talked about empowering yourself through self sufficiency. Which seems obvious but I have read books that promote the opposite, (for example that women shouldn't learn to change a tire. as long as she is pretty, she should always be able to find a helpful man.)

However her personal stories, were a tad self aggrandizing. Little blurbs about how many celebrities she has met and mostly stories of how she has always been in
I read this after Maria Menounos offered to help my rescue group, The Animal Match Rescue Team (, with adoption events after some of our volunteers met her on KTLA. Everyone raved about her and since my roommate bought her book, I read it too.

Honestly, at first I thought it was silly, especially the decorating advice. Most of us can't afford hot tubs or screening rooms, however I did find some good advice in here that I haven't read anywhere else. Also, Menounos convinced me to buy pep
As other reviewers have mentioned, not the most original guide out there. But I did get several good ideas, and was entertained. I think Maria Menounos is super cute and I appreciate her honesty in telling the reader what works for her (which is really what guides are about, aren't they?).
I especially appreciated Maria's makeup and skincare picks, as I have similar skin and skin tone. Obviously they are not for everyone, but that's the nature of the beast. This book had some bits and pieces tha
Victoria George
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
So, to be fair, I did not read this book cover to cover. But the sections I have read so far have been wonderful. This is a book you don't read all at once, but you read when you need advice. Menounos' Guide to Life is probably the most helpful book I've read, especially as a 22-year-old just starting out. From organization to weight loss to redecorating, almost anything you could think of to begin your life is in this book. I have a feeling I will continuously be coming back to use this wheneve ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this book because the author was on the Today show several months ago when I turned it on for a few seconds. I must have been inspired by something she said to want to read the book. Overall, it wasn't at all what I was expecting. Yes, it is entertaining and helpful to some degree, but too much on makeup, traveling, dressing right, maybe for someone who isn't exactly a stay-at-home mom maybe. Her attitude is great though, and I admire how she came from such humble beginnings. Unfortunately ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book had some excellent tips that I thought would be very useful for me. I loved the idea of a garden box for vegetables and simple organization tips for your home. Overall the book is great for anyone if you need help with traveling or getting your home organized. It gives you good advice on both of these topics. There were a couple of sections in the book that I didnt need (like renovating a home)but others would find beneficial. Overall it was a great read and there are many ideas here t ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars with a condition. This is more for the girls out there starting out in life. It would be a nice high school or college gift. Most of the stuff seems geared towards the girl who isn't in a relationship. While there is a section on boyfriends I skipped it.
It is worth the read and I'll keep this book in mind for when my daughter gets old enough to want simple hair and makeup tips. :)
I look forward to Maria's next book
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Consumed this book in a day and a half, then ran out to buy ingredients for one of her recipes (eggplant roll-ups, which were delicious in spite of the fact that I'm not usually crazy about eggplant). Loved her tips and photocopied some pages for future reference (in case I ever have a personal assistant and houses in multiple states... LOL!!!) Informative book that left me feeling like I've spent the weekend being mentored by a dear friend. Maria Menounos is good people.
Kristina Klausser
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've liked Maria Menounos since watching her on "Channel 1 News" in Jr. High. I finally got my hands on her book recently and really enjoyed it. It's not necessarily a book you sit down and read cover to cover, due simply to the way it covers topics. Personally, I flipped through the book then went back and read chapters I felt I needed/wanted to learn more about. There's nothing earth shattering included but there are some good ideas and interesting tips that can be helpful.
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Maria Menounos is a Greek-American actress, journalist, and television presenter known in America for her appearances as a correspondent for Today and Access Hollywood, and abroad for co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece.
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