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Eyebags & Dimples

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  32 reviews
In this beautifully written work, Bonnie Henna makes a remarkable transition from actress to author with ease and flair. A shockingly naked chronicle of how her depression almost robbed her of her shine, this unflinchingly honest book recounts Bonnie's intricate journey living in constant fear of darkness. After she unsuccessfully tried to pursue her acting career in Holly ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Jacana Media (first published January 1st 2012)
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Cassie
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First read of 2019 🥳🥳📚📖
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now and I’ve finally gotten around to it. Such a raw, gripping and brutally honest read. Thank you Bonnie for sharing your truth with us. I’ve always been a fan of your works but reading your life story about how you battled and overcame abuse growing up then dealing with mental health issues makes me appreciate you all the more. You ma’am are a star, don’t ever change. Stay awesome and God bless you always 🙏🏽❤️😍🥰😘🤗
Siyamthanda Skota
One of the things that make autobiographies stand out from memoirs and biographies is that subjects are expected to reveal all. Whether it’s interesting or drab, good or bad, it doesn’t matter readers just want all the details to come out in an autobiography. And that’s exactly what Eyebags and Dimples (An autobiography) does. Described as “Bonnie’s shockingly naked account of how her depression almost robbed her of her shine and how she continues to fight this darkness” the book is indeed a nak ...more
Hloni Dlamini
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
mental health is real
Claire Hondo
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a hard book to read for me...i dont usually do memoirs or autobiographs i love to stick to fiction so yaah it was a tough read.

She bared her soul in this book though from childhood till her adulthood, from acting from a young age of 13 to modelling to being famous and all. She laid it all out and i commend her for that👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

"I could either be a victim of my past or a victor in my unfolding future. I decided i had to find my own way to win, to love and to leave it all behind, so that i
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Zinhle Ngidi
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it


I saw the cover of this book few years back and it was on my list since forever. I am glad I stumbled into it recently.

About the book
A very strong autobiography of one of Mzansi celebrities. Very naked with her life and her truth. She is bare in this book. She managed to leave nothing unsaid- it is up to an individual to judge or learn from her life. Maybe the characters made her a diva that never had a full smile or it was in her nature but that is how I have always viewed her on screen. In her
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Allo Love
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book , I especially like it when , illnesses/diseases/ disorders are given a face especially by recognizable/ famous faces , that way people going the same challenges feel seen. The challenges don’t seem foreign anymore , a subtle reminder that these things can happen to anyone and everyone. Bonnie was candid in this book sharing parts of herself not known to many , I feel like I know and understand her better after reading this book, she’s a person now, with fe ...more
Smangele Belebesi
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well written book. My opinion is that as much as we are shaped by who our parents are, at some point you need to make a decision to be better or to do better.

I'm glad she found her happiness in her pills and is now on the right path but there is a lot i don't agree with in this book, like how do you move to LA without a proper plan on how you will survive. I can admire her braveness on doing that but having a solid plan is also a good thing?

I can only imagine how her moms feels about this book
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Zakithi
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read the book by accident. It was an okay read. I enjoyed reading about the relationship she had with her mother and the beginnings of the relationship with her husband. I was mildly irriated by the over explanation of the township life or some of the black references. i loved how the book didnt overly dwell on any part, we got a good brief insight into the different parts of the her life.
Mbali Tyolo
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shu! Where do I start? I cried reading parts of this book, probably because I saw myself in parts of her journey. I've taken so many lessons from Bonnie's story, and thankful that she was able to write and share it with us.

Depression exists, it is real and capable of stealing so much out of one's life, even life itself. Reading such a book is important, at least for me.

May we unlearn the myths we've accumulated about mental health. May we be gentle with ourselves and others. May we seek help w
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Nolitha
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Open and honest account of living with Depression!

Well written life experiences that Bonnie went through while suffering and getting to grips with depression. A silent killer I can relate to as I have watched my own other for years surging this silent struggle!
She is totally misunderstood and this book bares her soul and make her relatable.
I do wish she continues her journey of healing.
Musa Mthethwa
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful read, honest, thought provoking. I loved it. So easy to read, so relatable.
Lucratia
This really is a beautifully written book. I'm not much of an autobiography reader, most seem too boring and forced to me...but Bonnie told her life story in an easy, unassuming and honest manner. It really is amazing to know that she wrote this herself...I mean, how brilliant is it that people are multi talented in life!

Her life story( well, up to the point she writes the book) is marred with a lot of sadness. Although I don't think that her life was completely sad ( and I'm glad this is not th
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Lorraine
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
As a story, the book is well written, quirky and it chronicles Bonnie's journey excellently. She has crossed paths with a lot of famous people. Unlike Zozo, I don't think the Jojo incident was a cheap shot. After all, I gave him my t-shirt one year at a concert (actually, I took it off and threw it towards the stage!!)LOL!!!

I am not getting the depression angle. I feel that children learn what they live and one's self-image is shaped by the environment, culture and all those external factors. F
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Tumelo Moleleki
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I like the casual way she wrote book and I guess I understand who she was then when I found her to be uppity as media portrayed her. But I also found that I could not dislike her because there was just something about her that defied not liking her. I realise that as brave as her life is, she has weak emotional maturity (if there's such a thing). She shows impressive understanding of her motives and feelings about situations but she is still crutching on her childhood suffering. I can relate to ...more
Zozo Mogoera
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read in two sittings. The book very well written. A lot of name dropping, I wish she had not included the Jojo story, cheap feel. I don't get the flu incidents, think they did not add value. I found myself praying for her & Sisa in LA & had the same kept hoping & hoping.

I am not sure i am convinced about the extent of depression. I think her upbringing is very similar to the majority of black girls in the location who grew up around that time and have been robbed of affection from mothers who we
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Jeanette
Nov 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I did not find the book to be as dark as I heard it to be. Bonnie's childhood was contrastingly what every little girl growing up in soweto wanted and heart breakingly sad. I envied kids who went to multiracial scools when I went to my primary school ko Kasi, kids who were on TV etc. The environment at home was the opposite of her the life she lived outside of home, too sad and she captures that so well in the book. The book reflects the amount of work, time and thought that Bonnie put into this ...more
Susan Reed-Allen
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was a difficult book for me to read. I feel that the marketing was misleading. I expected the story to focus more on the author’s struggle with mental illness. It read more like an odd rendition of rags to riches to rags. It was impossible not to hear the persistent bitterness in the author’s narrative, which seemed contradictory at times. The timeline was confusing and the supporting cast of characters under-developed. It is obvious that Ms. Henna has a story to tell. I suspect writing the ...more
Mpho Bernadette
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing


The book is very honest and I love how she is not shifting the blame to any one, she has taken ownership of her depression and decided to do something about it. I really admire the courage she had to change her norm. It is easier to live with the way things are than to have faith that something other than the norm would be better. I really enjoyed it and could not put it down.
Charlie Tjale
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the best read for me in 2012 from South african author, some say is a story about depression but i found it as a story of a brave woman who took a journey we all shun away from, a journey to self.She cleary take us in a journey to own up our brokeness and do something about it rather than covering it.I love it and I highly recommend it.
Tebogo
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I applaud Bonnie for sharing her journey with South Africa. My hope is that many will be ignited to undertake their own journey of healing. The more people deal with the past hurts, the better our communities and our country as a whole will be.
Felicity
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great job Bonnie girl! You had me in tears at prologue. You came into my life when your story begins at Next Models....the rest is history as they say. You have opened eyes in ways you can't possibly imagine. Well done! ...more
Lungile
It was a captivating read. I also learnt a lot from her experience. Bonnie is a good writer. We need more books from her.
Arthur Mngxekeza
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first book I've read in one seating since High School. I found myself healing and empowered by Bonnie's story. The read was easy and engaging ...more
Nella Mashologu
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this book made me feel. its deep
Nonku
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story, told in a beautiful way! Well written for those who struggle with depression - must read!
Yolanda
I was a beautiful read
Dide Mnguni
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Life deals us different cards, am sure now, each soul has a story waiting to be written and read, as part of healing and as part of saying : THIS IS WHO I AM!
Samela Antrishi
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book, Bonnie is a good writer, she writes with so much authenticity. The book is an easy read. I highly recommend it
Nonjabulo Mzilikazi
Shes an amazing writer, she should write more often.
Itumeleng Mehale
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is so important to remind us that our stories matter, that we are really the same. Great book Bonnie, I will always respect you for your honesty to yourself.
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