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A Star Shattered: The Rise & Fall & Rise of Wrestling Diva

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  25 reviews
World famous wrestling diva Tammy Lynn “Sunny” Sytch has written a tell-all autobiography that follows her into the ring and on the road, through her romantic relationships, domestic abuse, her battle with cancer, incarceration, getting sober and the release of her adult film with Vivid Entertainment.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published February 4th 2016 by Riverdale Avenue Books
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Oliver Bateman
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I somehow managed to ignore Sytch back in the 90s--I ignored the valets and I'm not sure I noticed the opposite sex until the mid-2000s, at the earliest--but her meteoric rise and equally rapid fall are documented in detail here.

Sytch's tone of voice is annoying, but that seems par for the course given the characters she played in SMW, WWE, ECW, and WCW. It seems pro wrestling destroyed her, and for no real reason: she came from a decent family in NJ, was apparently an okay student, but just go
J.J. Lair
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jezebel Jorge
For starters the book is overpriced for the length of the story, but her publisher set the price, not her. Normally I would not pay $9.99 for an ebook. This time I made an exception since I wanted to read her long awaited story. The small press that published the book didn't put much effort into editing and making the story cohesive. With better editing and more depth, this book would have been more than worth the price.

The story starts out good. Tammy has always had a strong voice in everything
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished
I wanted to like this book, as I was a Sunny fan back in the day, but this book didn't live up to my expectations.

Man is this chick messed up. She wouldn't do Playboy cause her dad was looking down on her rom heaven, but years latter she dose a porno.
Rumors were going around that her and Brett were having an........ But she has too much respect for the Hart family to do that, but not enough respect for her at the time boyfriend to Not have sleep around with.........

Towards the end of her book,
Craig Allen
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I'll say this was an alright read, but for some reason I was expecting more. Parts were interesting, but a lot of it was like a summary (very short in parts) of stuff that was obvious from following Sunny's career in WWE and afterwards. I was looking forward to this book and I think it mostly lived up to my expectations, but don't go into it thinking it will hold up to other great wrestling books (Foley, Jericho, etc) as it's nowhere near as deeply written and inside and also had a go ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was an interesting read. There are some parts of the book that made me think it was heavily sponsored by the WWE. When the author references to her time in the ECW and WCW, albeit pointing out the good times, is very hard on the managers that ran both of those leagues. While this is understandable given the circumstances that occurred, it seems a lot like Vince McMahon's view of those individuals. On the other hand, she has nothing bad to say about WWE and their management.

Robert W. Meyerholtz
Shattered and Fall is right. But you have to admire her candor.

I really thought I would totally dislike this book. I've considered Tammy Lynn to be the Lindsey Lohan, Tom Arnold, or any Kardashian of wrestling, never being a big fan of her or her antics. I have to admit my opinion changed somewhat. I wasn't thrilled with the first couple chapters as she described herself as the best thing to happen to pro wrestling. The wholesome, naive girl she portrayed herself I pretty much ignored as I've on
Bryan Day
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I give it only 2 stars, as it was enough to originally pique my interest to read it. After reading it, I can only conclude it being a waste of time. Very few insights. Unless you count, her recalling that she fed both The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin before they were stars. Seemed like she was looking for some acknowledgement of that from either of them, after she fell on rough times herself. As is the case with numerous wrestling superstars, she has had a life filled with numerous traumas. ...more
Joseph Morris

Not A bad read. Really light on Chris Candido. Average at best. Could've been better. Still worth checking out. Okay?
Robert Allen
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Excellent book. Loved hearing about her life story!!! Too bad she had to deal with some of the things she did, but the thing he that were her fault she fessed up to.
Arran Bedford

Meh! A little pretentious and misguided. A sad tale of a really sad life. Sunny was the original Diva but good lord has she faded. The title sums it up. Sad sad sad
Great bio of a wrestler diva

Up and down life bio of a wrestler diva.
If you are a wrestling fan than you have to read this bio.
Great bio to read. 5/5
Jeremey McDonough
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read

Quick easy read. Enterting. Exactly what you would expected from Sunny. Has its up and down but kept me engaged.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being a die-hard classic wrestling fan, I had to check this book out. Tammy goes into detail about how Chris Candido and her met and enjoyed the Indie scene, WWF (at the time), ECW, and WCW days. Chris seemed like a standup guy and it's a shame his life came to an end so early. She also details her romance with Shawn Michaels, and as expected, it gets rather revealing. Tammy doesn't make light on her Alcohol and substance abuse like most of the reviews are claiming. She clearly stated she wasn't ...more
Lance Lumley
Feb 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die Hard fans
My review will be a little biased, because I was not a fan of Tammy Sytch when she was in the wrestling world, however, since I love wrestling books and hearing tales on the road, I figured to give this a shot. I was disappointed overall.
The book has a quick run over with her wrestling for USWA, and Smoky Mountain Wrestling (Jim Cornette's league) but this section has little stories and more of her making fun of the Kentucky fans that attended Smoky Mountain, which made me think while reading "
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is the autobiography of former WWF manager and Hall of Famer Sunny. It tells her life story for the most part, with a single chapter of funny stories and miscellaneous trivia. It spends a large portion of the book talking about the outside the ring happenings of Tamara Sytch.

I enjoyed the book. However, unlike most wrestler books that come across as grateful for their careers, this one does not. While I enjoyed reading the story, it did seem like the tone was less grateful and more tha
Kolja Dimmek
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Well, what you get is a biased view of the author on her life so far. As a reader you get a nice view on her work as a manager, but it's nothing new compared to a couple of interviews that she gave the last two years.
What is "exclusive" to this book is her hatred regarding Sable and Kimberly Page and her (hidden) relationship with Shawn Michaels. But as with all the other stories she somehow never did anything wrong... well, besides her inability to self-reflect other than her last relationship
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
A sad, but unfortunately all-too-common tale. Meteoric rise to fame, on top of the world with everything seemingly going perfectly, and then the overpowering lure of excess. A supposed story of redemption and self-discovery ultimately comes across as bitter, and accusatory. Every single bad thing that happens in Tammy's life is effortlessly blamed on someone else. I hate when people refuse to accept accountability. Why did I give the book four stars? As crazy as it might sound, I believe that sh ...more
Jeremy Ginn
A little bit good and a little bit all over the place.

There were parts of this story that I really enjoyed. The best parts of the books were the parts that focused on her career as a diva. There was scripture and sex; alcohol and hope! The story while disturbing at times paints a picture of a celebrity looking for love in a lot of wrong places.

It was also touching to hear her talk about her family and especially her father.

This book is a metaphor in some ways. It was difficult to read at times b
Sara Petrocelli
I do appreciate Tammy being so candid, even if she did leave out some stuff. I also appreciate the cool stories, but the depth of the book could have been so more given the absolute highs and distressing lows she has had over her life and career. The structure itself was also off, but I am also quite aware she isn't a writer so I can't knock it too hard. Despite it's flaws, the book was a fast read and still interesting to a long-time fan. ...more
Brady Hicks
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Tammy ... where to start? Well-told narrative of someone who started for me as a crush and later became a peer. Wish she could find happiness and let go of some anger. Hoping 2018 provides that much. Fascinating story.
Frank Gurrieri
Not bad.

A good read. Crazy stories that you can either choose to believe or not. She has lived a crazy life and has lived to tell her story.
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