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The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year

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A New York Times bestseller, The Andy Cohen Diaries chronicles a year in the whirlwind life of the beloved pop icon, in his own cheeky, candid, and irreverent words

As a TV Producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, An
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
3.5 Stars

If you know me you know I'll watch almost anything on Bravo (it's my guilty pleasure) and I love Andy Cohen. I've seen a lot of reviews complaining about how shallow this book is, well hello! It says a look at a shallow year. Beware when he says diary he means it. It was very much a diary. There are no chapters just dates. There were some interesting parts, some funny parts, some parts where there was too much information and then parts with not enough information, some parts made me f
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Robin
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I LOVED Andy's first book so I was excited to get this one. However, I am sad because it's the same thing on every page - I got up, walked my dog, partied with celebrities, had a massage, filmed my show, went on vacation, worked out and told myself how fat I am. It got boring after the 50th page. I was hoping to understand more about his friendships or why he can't find a man (other than him being short and Jewish - whatever Andy.....you're rich. Work your Tinder account a little bit more), but ...more
Heidi The Hippie Reader
The Andy Cohen Diaries is the type of book that you have to be in the mood to read. It is basically like a book length gossip column, which can sometimes be exactly the kind of fluff that I want to read. Other times though... it is more annoying than amusing. Andy writes it in a stream of consciousness style- event, event, feeling, event, aside, event, personal thoughts, inside joke, repeat. So, jump into this one if you want a bunch of gossip about the New York scene. Avoid it if you want somet ...more
Emmanuel
Dec 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
i'll save you some time:

- andy thinks he's fat every day and obsesses over everything he eats
- only dates people 20 years younger who have perfect bodies
- brings up ferguson and in the next sentence moves onto his favorite ice cream flavor
- gets pissy with almost every non-celeb he runs into (people he perceives to be fans who are actually just waiting for their car, flight attendants, cab drivers, etc)
- mentions that some people thinks he pits women against women and proceeds to do that over
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J'aime
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I don't understand these negative reviews complaining about how shallow this book is. HELLO!- "shallow" is literally in the title. Andy Cohen has made his money capitalizing on super shallow people. What did ya'll expect?!

I loved this book. I got sucked into Bravo, ironically, through my fiance, who claimed he loved Housewives because "watching a trainwreck is fun". I remember saying I'd never watch this network back in the day, but I am now an avid watcher too, so I can't refute his logic. WWHL
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Barbara
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it

I need to be up front here and admit that I checked this audio book (narrated by the author) out of the library because I wanted something very light and frothy. I'd just finished two rather dark and heavy books: one about pretty girls being tortured and killed and another about the moon blowing up and destroying the Earth's surface. So I figured a one-year diary of a television personality was just the ticket. And it kind of was.

More honesty: I don't watch any of the "Real Housewives" shows th
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Erin
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I feel a bit embarrassed for having enjoyed this as much as I did. It's really a book version of US magazine, focuses on Bravo's Andy Cohen (how in the world does he have so many celebrity friends? It makes me a bit curious to read his first book to find out, because a lot of the people mentioned here don't even get last names....they are either THAT close to Andy, or they aren't required. Trust me when I say that Andy sees more of SJP than does her husband and probably her children.)

Overall it
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Mallory
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm obsessed with Andy and all things Bravo so I thought I would love this. I was hoping for all kinds of dirt, but found it lacking. The real juicy housewives bits weren't even that juicy. He mentions a couple househusbands calling him and demanding this or that for their wives but he won't mention who. buzzkill! The only friends of his I recognized were Mark, Kelly, Anderson so all the other friends he mentions on every other page were lost on me. I was expecting a lot of celebrity shade but I ...more
Angela Risner
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure: I watch all iterations of The Real Housewives, Top Chef and anything with Jeff Lewis. I also watch WWHL, Andy Cohen's talk show.

Watching Andy's talk show and reunion shows in the past, I often admired the way that he handled the shenanigans of the Real Housewives. I thought his ability to mediate those disputes but still ask tough questions was quite remarkable. That hasn't changed.

I also thought that he seemed like a funny, normal, down-to-earth guy.

However, this book showed
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Susan Wilinski
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: signed-books
I must admit, that this "book" is aptly titled, but I would probably remove the word "Deep". Nothing about this collection of journal entries is deep, but that is to be expected considering its writer lives a life that doesn't scratch below the surface. While I found it entertaining because I find the lives of those with money and the privilege it buys luring, Andy Cohen should re-read his own diary if he truly seeks a life that goes beyond the first layer. He talks about finding love, but repea ...more
Gennifer
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I found this book repetitive and a bit boring in parts. I don't feel like I really got to know Andy Cohen very well nor his cohorts. It's a shame, too, because he really seems like he would be an interesting guy. I wanted more from the book. Instead, it really was "today I walked my dog", "was on conference calls all morning", etc. It was a good peek at a day in his life but not enough depth for me. Even though I zoned out at certain points and had to reread certain entries over and over before ...more
Christopher
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
A little name drop-y and if you don't know who his famous friends are, you will be lost at times. However, if you are a Housewives freak like me, the gossip and behind the scenes peeks are totally worth the read.
Kyle
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I gotta stop reading books written by celebs that I am semi interested in. Something about reading the inside of their thoughts not only distorts the image I have of said celebrity, but makes me ill at myself for wasting so much time liking them and watching their shit. I kinda liked Lena Dunham....then read her book. I have thought Andy Cohen was cute for years........not so much anymore. I don't think I would like him or his friends in real life.

To give him some credit, Cohen tells you up fron
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Dawn
I love Andy Cohen but this book was a bit of a long-winded disappointment. It got better during the middle third but just was no where as good as his first book. More of a 2.5 star read but I rounded up to 3 because of my love for him and Madonna, who was mentioned in this book many times.

Audiobook read by the author.
Isabel
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fun and fantastic read. For anyone that is a bravoholic like myself you won't be able to put this book down. No offense Andy, but this book is a thousand times better than Most Talkative. I loved it and recommend it to friends and strangers alike!
Rob
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Breezy and cheeky!! But truly meant for those fervent followers of the convivial host of 'Watch What Happens Live' and pop-culture enthusiasts.
Joy
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Listening to this book was like catching up with a dishy and hilarious friend...if I had a friend who was famous. And super rich.
Hannah
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, 5-stars
Andy Cohen's got the 4-1-1!

You definitely have to love Andy and all things Bravo to enjoy this book. Luckily, I'm obsessed with both! Name dropping is something that happens alot in the book, so if you don't watch The Real Housewives or Watch What Happens Live, you're probably going to be really lost. I started watching one city of Housewives a few years ago and then became obsessed with all cities shortly after. It's not something I would normally be watch, but I'm addicted and have been for a
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Cheryl Roberts-Tushiah
Feb 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wastes-of-time
This was the most self-serving drivel I have ever read in my life.

I adore Andy Cohen the host and producer. The gossipy guy who is smack center in the middle of all the Bravo drama is an adorable, sweet man who you can't help but want to pinch his cheeks. However, The Andy Cohen Diaries is a more like a vacuous look at a shallow man as opposed to a deep look at a shallow year. Andy claims he "names names" and in some cases, he does. But when he names names, it's usually not to reveal anything yo
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Paula
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Andy Cohen set out to write “a pop culture time capsule“, and that’s just what he’s done with this fun, funny book. I have to admit I was out of my pop-culture depth here; I have never watched even a moment of any of the many “Housewives of” series, had never heard of Lisa Vanderpump or NeNe, and I wasn’t even entirely clear who Cohen was when I started the book - something to do with late-night talk shows, maybe? But Cohen had me laughing out loud with his descriptions of both Ralph Lauren’s Ol ...more
Laura//lauralovestoread Gelinas
Just like Andy and Hickey's phrase from the summer, I loved The Andy Cohen Diaries "one hundred percent"!!!

After a string of mediocre e-books, I was happy to get my hands on this quick witted book by Andy Cohen. Now going into this, I must tell you that I am a true Real Housewives of everything FAN and an avid Watch What Happens Live lover. With that being said, I may just be a tad partial to all things Andy Cohen, including his new book!

I haven't read the Andy Warhol Diaries, which is what insp
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Tracy
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you're a Bravo and Andy Cohen fan, you'll love this book. In order from least to most, these were my three favorite things:

3. It was great reading the behind-the-scenes stuff (like convincing Bethenny to resign for another season of RHONY).

2. It was fantastic learning more about Andy's daily life. His travels and adventures with friends are amazing, but his honesty in his loneliness (hence, getting Wacha) and search for love were honest and open.

1. Andy's voice--he writes just like he talks.
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Book Riot Community
What do you expect from Andy Cohen? You know you’re going to get the gossip and the goods. You’re going to get some good laughs, and you aren’t going to have to think too hard. A fun, romp through Andy Cohen’s year. Great for those of us who fall victim to Bravo’s delicious shows (or who just love a good tell all).

Verdict: Borrow

From Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Hollywood Memoirs Edition- http://bookriot.com/2014/12/15/buy-bo...
Colette
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This was a 2 1/2 star read for me. A bit repetitious. Too many names of people I didn't know and not enough Housewives gossip!
Tracy Finegan
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love Andy! He's too funny and I know we would be BFF's if we ever met. I'm going to read his first book next and know it's going to be juicy too.
Sandy
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Before you read this review - I will reveal that I am a BRAVO - Housewives fan. It is not inspirational television that transforms you life or challenges you to think. It is a great way to spend the wee hours when sleep won't come and you don't want to think. Because I love Housewives, I love Andy Cohen or the other way around, If you are not a fan of Bravo TV don't read this book - it declares itself as shallow and that it is!

Please don't think less of me because of this one guilty pleasure -
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Sherri F.
Audiobook (CD): 3.5 stars I like Andy Cohen and have seen his show Watch What Happens Live so I was glad that he narrated the audiobook. I'm not an avid Housewives fan but I have seen some of the cities shows, some more than others over the years, as well as some of his other shows. I forgot this was on my TBD so I'm thankful to the Reading Roulette challenge (call was for 1st book w/male name on TBD list) b/c it was a beautiful weekend & my family was away for some of it BUT I, unfortunatel ...more
Kathryn Zeuthen
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is such a guilty pleasure. It is great as an audiobook when you just want to zone out and live vicariously through Andy Cohen in New York City and through his travels to Italy, Nice, Sag Harbor, Miami, LA, and Atlanta.
Hmalowski
Mar 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: just-for-fun
Extremely disappointed; not just in the book, but myself for finishing it. I liked Cohen's first book (at the time, maybe even loved it), but I didn't find a lot to even like about this book.
It's a shallow life and a shallow book.
Melissa Kayden
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, but in the second half, it just seem like he was being a name dropper and snarky, bordering on rude. I love watching his show and I loved his first book, but I liked him slightly less after reading this.
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Andy Cohen is an American television executive, host, and author. As of 2012, he is the Executive Vice President of Development and Talent at the Bravo cable television network, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. He is also the host of the network's nightly live talk show Watch What Happens Live and the author of a memoir, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture. He is the first op ...more
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