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Heiress. Party girl. Problem child. Selfie taker. Model. Cover girl. Reality star.
These are labels that have been attached to Paris Hilton by others.

Founder. Entrepreneur. Pop Culture Maker. Innovator. Survivor. Activist. Daughter. Sister. Wife. Mom.
These are roles Paris Hilton embraces now as a fully realized woman.

Paris rose to prominence as an heiress to the Hilton Hotels empire, but cultivated her fame and fortune as the It Girl of the aughts, a time marked by the burgeoning twenty-four-hour entertainment news cycle and the advent of the celebrity blog. Using her celebrity brand, Paris set in motion her innovative business ventures, while being the constant target of tabloid culture that dismissively wrote her off as "famous for being famous." With tenacity, sharp business acumen, and grit, she built a global empire and, in the process, became a truly modern icon beloved around the world.

Now, with courage, honesty, and humor, Paris Hilton is ready to take stock, place it all in context, and share her story with the world. Separating the creation from the creator, the brand from the ambassador, Paris: The Memoir strips away all we thought we knew about a celebrity icon, taking us back to a privileged childhood lived through the lens of undiagnosed ADHD and teenage rebellion that triggered a panicked--and perilous--decision by her parents. Led to believe they were saving their child's life, Paris's mother and father had her kidnapped and sent to a series of "emotional growth boarding schools," where she survived almost two years of verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. In the midst of a hell we now call the "troubled teen industry," Paris created a beautiful inner world where the ugliness couldn't touch her. She came out, resolving to trust no one but herself as she transformed that fantasy world into a multibillion-dollar reality.

Recounting her perilous journey through pre-#MeToo sexual politics with grace, dignity, and just the right amount of sass, Paris: The Memoir tracks the evolution of celebrity culture through the story of the figure at its leading edge, full of defining moments and marquee names. Most important, Paris shows us her path to peace while she challenges us to question our role in her story and in our own. Welcome to Paris.

336 pages, Hardcover

First published March 14, 2023

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Paris Hilton

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Paris Whitney Hilton is an American celebutante, singer, actress, model, and businesswoman.

She is best-known through the television series The Simple Life. She has appeared in several minor film roles, most notably in the horror film House of Wax in 2005. In 2004 she published a tongue-in-cheek autobiography. In 2006, she released her debut album Paris. Hilton's career pursuits include singing, modeling, acting, writing, and television. As a result of several legal incidents, Hilton served a widely publicized sentence in an L.A. County jail facility in 2007.

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Profile Image for Laney Varnadoe.
68 reviews1 follower
March 15, 2023
This book is horrifying, excessively disturbing, absolutely gut wrenching, and more than anything: absolutely important. I definitely laughed with this audiobook because I just love Paris but it also broke me down in so many ways. This goes so much deeper than the documentary and if you don’t know about Provo Canyon and other schools like this…read this. This is real life.
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954 reviews374 followers
May 15, 2023
Now, this girl can write! In the beginning I thought it would be a disorganized journey, since she kept jumping from thought to thought. But she explained why, since her ADHD mind functions like that. It was a way to illustrate that and the rest of the memoir flowed smoothly. She has an interesting story to tell, and it’s obvious she has grown and learnt. I was also saddened by the abuse she endured in the school she was sent to. She’s a strong woman, and I’m glad I’ve read her memoir.
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1,344 reviews59 followers
March 29, 2023
March 28, 2023 - Review:

Don't be fooled by the lovely pink cover - this book covers some serious and dark topics including struggling with ADHD, rape, Paris' traumatic experience at CEDU and Provo, PTSD, being re-traumatized, etc.

Growing up, Paris Hilton's The Simple Life and her show My New Bff were my guilty pleasures and my first real introduction to trashy and addictive reality TV. It's easy to watch these shows and think that Paris grew up in glamour and riches with not a worry in the world. While that may be true to an extent, I was shocked to hear about her traumatic experience attending schools for 'troubled teens' (which sounds more like a juvie psych ward).

The schools that Paris had attended seemed to be taken straight out of a dystopian dark academia horror novel and is probably the boarding school of every child's nightmare. The staff in these institutions were clearly on a power trip and take perverse pleasure in humiliating and inflicting psychological torture on teenagers.

The more I learned about Paris' nightmarish school experience, her creepy encounter with Harvey Weinstein, handling the leaked sex tape, going to jail, etc., the more I realized what a true badass she really is.

Although I typically struggle with books that meander from topic to topic, Paris' book (which does jump from topic to topic - I guess to follow her ADHD line of thinking) was done in a way that still made sense as it was fairly easy to follow her train of thought.

Audiobook Comments:
The audiobook was narrated by Paris and I loved listening to her. I listened to most of the audiobook at regular speed and also at 1.1x speed.

March 14, 2023 - Pre-Review:
Happy publishing date (and happy pi day!)
Ngl, this is my most anticipated celebrity memoir of 2023.

January 23, 2023 - Pre-Review:
Celebrity memoirs are a guilty pleasure of mine and I'm low-key curious about this one.
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1,277 reviews1,201 followers
March 23, 2023
4.5 Stars!

I don't normally do Content Warnings because I'm usually oblivious to what might trigger readers because my triggers are super weird and things that nobody else seems to have a problem with. But in this case I need you guys to be aware of what type of book this is. You may think that a Paris Hilton memoir will be light and fluffy but it is not. Paris talks in detail about her experiences at "Emotional Growth Boarding Schools" and this was a harrowing experience.

Content Warnings: Rape, Grooming, Torture, Mental Abuse, Physical Abuse and Terrible Parenting

First of all I'm wanna say Paris Hilton's Stars Are Blind is a bop and goes harder than it has any right to. That song isn't a Guilty Pleasure because I feel no Guilt.

I'm a old person. I'm told I'm considered a "Geriatric Millennial" and I feel that. Kids I'm basically your grandmother. So believe me when I tell you youngsters that for about 5 years Paris Hilton was the most famous person on the planet. She was everywhere. I mean she was so famous that she made her friend Kim Kardashian famous. I'm not ashamed to say thst as a teenager The Simple Life was one of my favorite shows(Nicole Ritchie is an icon). The early 2000's was a wild time and I'm glad it's over because it was also horrible for women. Paris Hilton became one of the most hated women in the world simply because she liked partying and being famous.

What's wrong with that?

I don't know but it apparently it was horrible in 2006.

This book did something I thought was impossible...it made Paris Hilton seem down to earth. I never would have thought that was possible be Paris Hilton comes across as a completely normal person who made tons of mistakes but learned from each of those mistakes. I know she has a documentary on YouTube that I plan to watch and she has a wedding special on Peacock which I probably won't watch but if you're interested maybe you will. I also listened to her album Paris from 2006 while reading this book and....it's very 2006 and I loved like only an old person could.

In conclusion I hate Paris Hilton's parents...they are trash and belong in Hell. Paris is married now and is a mom so I'm hoping that she's happy and is able to be the kind of mother she never had.

If you are a old person like me who remembers Paris Hilton being the Queen of the world, than I think you'll enjoy this book.

I highly recommend this book to my fellow "Geriatric Millennials"!
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326 reviews158 followers
March 30, 2023
If you’re of an age where you can remember the early 2000s, you will remember the hold Paris Hilton had on pop culture. She is the face of all the “y2k throwback” internet posts/aesthetics. She basically invented what it means to be an “influencer”. She’s still influencing fashion with her looks from 20 years ago cycling back.
I’ve always been curious about Paris, after being such a fan of The Simple Life growing up - I am not ashamed to admit that I love to watch trashy reality tv from time to time.
She is more than just the persona she created of a “bimbo, barbie-girl, airhead” heiress. Yes, she grew up more rich and privileged than most of us could only dream to imagine… but especially during her teenager years, she went through trauma. A darkness she openly talks about in this frank and honest memoir.
This is not just some fun book about fashion and a Hollywood lifestyle. It’s dark.
tw:// abuse - at her “boarding school”.

The part where she apologised to her parents made me tear up so much 🥺 why are they not accepting their part in what happened to her !! I suppose it was because they were conned and still feel guilty that their mistake ended up causing so much pain to their “troubled” teenage daughter. I’ll add the quote here;
”Mom and Dad: I apologize. I am so sorry. Not knowing where your child is that's a kind of psychological torture, too. I’m sorry I was insensitive to how cruel that really was. I'm sorry my choices put you in a place that must have seemed like a no-win situation. I love you, Mom and Dad. And I forgive you, even if you don't ask. Hopefully we can all redirect our anger in a positive direction- like state and federal legislation that kicks the crap out of the troubled-teen-industry con artists and keeps them from destroying other families in the future.”
I was close to tears every time I read what she experienced at the CEDU “school” (more like prison!). It breaks my heart that so many teenagers had to go through similar situations at these facilities, so many of them must have also been neurodivergent or had learning disabilities.
Also, how devastating it was for her to have the amateur sex tape she featured in as a nineteen year old girl leaked. It wasn’t consented by her for the world to see it, and the fear she must have experienced that it would damage her burgeoning career would have been awful.

I can relate to growing up as an undiagnosed neurodivergent and the struggles we all face. We feel like outsiders in a world that feels as though it wasn’t made for us. This is especially the case for women - Paris got a diagnosis and meds eventually for her ADHD. And she seems to have learnt a lot about herself since being diagnosed. That diagnosis can be a lightbulb moment of “OH that’s why I’m different! OH that’s why I do things/behave in a certain way!”. I felt that same way when I received my autism diagnosis in 2018.
Those of us with ADHD need stimulation. We crave it. There’s no surprise that she ended up being a wild party girl in her teen years and early twenties.

”Dr. Edward Hallowell, author of Driven to Distraction, says the ADHD brain is like a Ferrari with bicycle brakes: powerful but difficult to control. My ADHD makes me lose my phone, but it also makes me who I am, so if I'm going to love my life, I have to love my ADHD.
And I do love my life.”

There are certain things I’ll never relate to with Paris. Being a (probable?) Trump supporter because of her family! (She claims that she lied in interviews and didn’t vote at all!) Or openly being into NFTs. But there are parts of her story which will resonate with so many people. You can’t help but feel empathy for her.
This was my choice for a more modern women’s history month read. 💖

4.5 Stars (rounded down to 4)
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1,590 reviews2,813 followers
July 12, 2023
Paris Hilton, now one of the highest paid DJs in the world, is an intelligent and hard-working woman who made a fortune by allowing people less fortunate and smart than her to nevertheless feel superior. Ghostwritten by Joni Rodgers, her memoir is extremely successful when it comes to illuminating how her public persona as a dum-dum - which, make no mistake, she herself created - made some people feel like there is no limit to how she could be insulted, belittled, and shamed. Hilton was severely abused by the media and the public, including her being slut-shamed after becoming the victim of revenge porn. Yes, in the early 200's, misogyny was often still accepted as entertainment or even comedy (just think of Monica Lewinsky or how people rejoiced when Lindsay Lohan was afflicted by crippling addiction).

I was also impressed that Hilton opens up about living with ADHD and the trauma she suffered in the troubled teen industry, and how she now advocates against the exploitation of young people - these topics have certainly not been part of her brand before. Sure, it's highly debatable whether media, ähem, masterpieces like "The Simple Life" or sonic crimes like her single "Stars are blind", perceived in context of the whole simulation that is her public image, have done a service to feminism (hot take: no), but from a pure business perspective, this woman is a savage. There is actually a lot to learn here about the entertainment industry and also changing attitudes regarding acceptable behaviors and viewer as well as journalistic comments in the digitalized world.

Also, the text is well-written, entertaining and interesting, and I somehow just love how a person who has always hidden in plain sight, behind a ton of digital images, now sets her record straight - with a book. Okay, I listened to the audiobook, read by the author herself, and she did a great job narrating her story - a story not to be missed by anyone interested in pop culture or the digital media world, as it adds layers to who we think Hilton is and thus illuminates how ideas about public personas are created. This memoir is certainly not about the "real" Paris (as if she answered the eternal question who we as peaople actually are), but it adds more pieces to the puzzle.
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911 reviews
April 18, 2023
I was admittedly curious but skeptical about Paris: The Memoir by Paris Hilton, and even as I listened to the first chapter of the audiobook, wasn’t sure it was for me, but I’m glad I kept listening.

Paris has had an interesting and of course, incredibly privileged life — I appreciate that she acknowledged this, more than once, and made no attempt to pretend she hasn’t. That said, her story is also a reminder we all face serious challenges in life.

After misbehaving during her high school years, Paris was involuntarily sent away to reform school where she was subjected to gross, negligent staff and unacceptable living conditions. She is a survivor, surviving horrific abuse and dark memories from that time which haunted her for many years.

Paris is also a business woman. I don’t know much about her musical or DJ career — I remember she had one song when I was in HS but I didn’t know she had a DJ residency for 5 years in Ibiza before I listened to this memoir. Beyond that, she’s always been interested in branding and partnership opportunities that work for her — I can support a successful woman securing the bag.

Paris has had an up & down relationship with her parents, though it sounds like more ups than downs, she’s very fond of her three younger siblings, has been burned by Hollywood and some past relationships, struggled with infertility, and is excited about her current phase in life as a wife and new mom.

Recommended for Paris Hilton fans, celebrity memoir readers and pop culture lovers — 3.5 stars
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3 reviews1 follower
April 27, 2023
I was unbelievably moved by this memoir. I was skeptical, expecting a fun, low-stakes memoir about fame but as the book developed, I found myself rooting for Paris. Paris Hilton writes openly and honestly about her experiences going through the troubled teen industry in the late 90s and her own advocacy work as a result of that experience. She charts her career through the changing media landscape of the early aughts and portrays a culture that “revel[s] in the degradation of young women.” Some parts are very hard to read, but I laughed, I cried, and ultimately found a lot of wisdom in this book. Go Paris!
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1,111 reviews152 followers
April 3, 2023
I was never a Paris Hilton fan or a Paris Hilton hater. I remember seeing a few episodes of The Simple Life here and there and seeing stories about her on E! But for the most part she was never a pop culture figure who I paid a lot of attention to. So I was surprised with how much I ended up loving her memoir. There have been a lot of reexaminations of the ways that the media treated young women in the early 2000s, and Paris’ story adds a lot to that conversation.

I had heard in passing about her starting to speak out about the troubled teen industry and the “schools” she was forced to go to as a teenager. Her accounting of the physical, verbal, and sexual abuse that she endured in these places is just horrific. I admire her for being so honest about such painful memories and how she’s fighting to get legislation passed to put an end to these sorts of institutions.

It’s fascinating and heartbreaking to hear her discuss the ways that she created her persona as a coping mechanism after getting her freedom back. The violation of the sextape being released and her experience in jail are made even more horrible when you know what she had already endured as a teenager.

Sometimes celebrity memoirs can feel like they’re just ghostwritten and don't have any of the person’s actual voice included in the narrative. Right from the prologue the book feels like it’s unique to Paris’ voice. She introduces her having ADHD and how she skips around from topic to topic and her slang is used throughout. While that might make some readers annoyed, I liked how it made the book feel like its own individual thing.

I definitely recommend this book, whether you’re a fan of Paris or not. There is definitely a lot of harrowing stuff covered in the book, so tread carefully. But if you look back on the early 2000s and cringe at the way the media treated a lot of the young female celebrities, maybe give this book a read to get a look behind the curtain.
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453 reviews1,088 followers
March 30, 2023
3.75/5 stars

Yesterday, my aunt had asked me what I was currently reading, and I replied that I had picked up this book. I saw that it was available at my local library, and, living in Utah where the absolute horrific Provo Canyon School that Paris was forced to attend is located, I was curious about what would be discussed and what conversations could be created. I figured it's important to know about things that are (still, currently) happening in my own backyard.

My aunt had just looked at the book and replied, "Seriously? You're reading that willingly??"

Just now, as I was debating about whether to round up my rating to 4 stars, or round it down to 3, (as there were times in this book where I felt like Paris's privilege was a little too much to handle, even though she did do her best to acknowledge it), I thought back to that conversation just a day before and, I remember/realized that even now, in 2023, people are so willing to jump on any opportunity to tear down a women, especially one like Paris Hilton. And that it's important to rate this book higher. Especially considering, a major theme of this memoir was about the negative way people and society treat women.

It's 2023, do better

Profile Image for Lucinda Garza.
185 reviews688 followers
April 20, 2023
No voy a ponerle calificación al libro porque (al igual que la memoir de Jenette McCurdy) me siento rara al "calificar" un libro que narra cosas delicadísimas.

Decidí escuchar el libro de Paris Hilton porque es un icono de la cultura pop, porque recuerdo leer fascinada sobre la casa que tenía para sus perritos, porque su perfume estuvo entre mis repisas, y sobre todo porque ya sabía que sería mucho más que solamente fiestas y rosa.

Sí, es una mujer (muy muy MUY) privilegiada, pero eso no le quita haber sufrido tanto durante los años tan vulnerables de la adolescencia. Bien y pudo haberse quedado callada sobre los abusos de la industria que "endereza" a los jóvenes con humillación y violencia, pero después de muchos años encontró la manera de hablar de algo de lo que tal vez nunca sane con tal de proteger a otras generaciones.

Otro tema es el de la sexualización extrema y el tratamiento horrendo hacia mujeres tan jóvenes en la industria del entretenimiento (como Britney, Lindsay, Amanda...) en los 2000, la explotación en los tabloides y la falta de empatía por parte de los consumidores. That was fucked up, y es una conversación que sigue vigente tras el #MeToo y la nueva cultura de las redes sociales.

Que hablando de redes sociales... algo que no se puede negar es el papel (para bien o para mal) de esta señora a la hora de ser pionera tanto en tecnología como en la cultura de los influencers. Está cabrón.

Obvio no estoy de acuerdo con TODA su visión del mundo, pero creo que es un testimonio interesante y valioso para la cultura pop. Ah, y también hay muchísimas descripciones de outfits y de lujos más superficiales, ¿pero qué es la marca de Paris Hilton sin eso?
Profile Image for Elizabeth Chadsey.
184 reviews8 followers
March 15, 2023
If you watched This is Paris (if you didn’t, do it), you probably have an idea of what to expect from this book. I did and it surpassed my expectations, it was intense, infuriating, inspiring and so interesting. I listened to the audio, as I think is best when an author reads their own memoir, and now I know I’ll end up buying a physical copy because there was so much said that resonated with me; I’ll be highlighting tons of this wise woman’s words. Paris was always a force and it’s so cool to see her making real, lasting changes for children who need their voices heard (and believed). There’s so much I want to say but can’t try to put into words, I won’t be doing it justice. 10/10, that’s hot, read this book.
Profile Image for Claire Kane.
105 reviews47 followers
March 28, 2023
3.5 really. I admire her for speaking out against those torture camps for teens but she lets herself down by being totally self unaware in certain parts.

I also wish she didn't just excuse herself from being racist and homophobic by saying "I was traumatised and black-out drunk". Maybe try "I was a fucking idiot and I thought it was cool. I'm sorry, I know better now"

How she seems to try to convince the reader that her name isn't why she is who she is made me roll my eyes so much. This book has the potential to be powerful but she fucked it a little.
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590 reviews10.5k followers
May 29, 2023
I found this book to have moments of revelation and vulnerability, however my frustration came after any particularly good moment she’d pull away and discuss her outfits, celeb friends, and/or business ventures. A coping mechanism that left me feeling detached from Paris and her story. I didn’t know much about her life and commend her for sharing so much. The accountability wasn’t there.
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352 reviews215 followers
June 23, 2023

*I went ahead and compiled all the songs mentioned in the book into a single Spotify playlist for an enriched reading experience.

From quoting Björk in 𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘢𝘳𝘬 to stanning homegirls like Demi Levato by way of Taco Bell, this book, if anything, proves one thing:

How we failed women in the early 2000's.

Where in God's name was empathy??? Myself included, I'm ashamed that I was lead to believe that Lady Paris was some ditzy blonde with a privilege that blinds agency. In actuality, she was incredibly hurt. Because media, tabloids, and the general public shamed her without knowing the truth.

From our "LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!" years, how did we go about not asking for Hilton's side of the story? Why did we not talk things out? And how did we let things slide, let things like her sex tape end up being dedicated to 9/11 victims? How in the hell did we pack ourselves with so much judgement without knowing the facts?

It's through Hilton's incredible survival story of different CEDU schools and moments of sexual assault and molestation do we understand the heavy Weinstein world that still had a chokehold on the public in the early 2000's. But in every agonizing struggle Paris went through, she saw the best in things. She put on good face. As a way of survival, as a way of reaching towards a better future. She is the last of her kind: a strong woman who navigated a patriarchal world while still maintaining good gest and fun in her own brand, her very identity.

Most people don't make it out alive. Most people don't even get to reach their full self, their full potential. And to see Hilton survive the treacherous ways we've failed women is a ways in seeing how much we've come around, though we've got a long road ahead of ourselves.

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1,000 reviews304 followers
April 13, 2023
Paris Hilton has been an icon throughout my childhood, one I've always admired no matter what people said about her. And reading this book proved to me that my kid instincts were correct, and I relate to her more than I ever thought possible.

I listened to the audio, read by Paris herself, and you could just feel the emotions seeping through. Especially in the triggering parts, which is all of part two, but there's triggering things in other parts as well.

The most important thing though, is that THERE ARE WARNINGS!! Thank you Paris.

As a result, I was able to pause when I needed to, and listen to this bit by bit so that I wouldn't get overwhelmed by all the horrors poor Paris went through.

And there are A LOT of those. I'm proud of her for being so honest with us, and for sharing her story (as well as the stories of other survivors) with the world.

All of these "troubled teen" schools/camps need to be shut down for good, no child should have to go through that. And Paris is advocating for just that, can't help but love her even more.

If there was ever a person who deserved to be famous (other than Dolly Parton), for me it's Paris Hilton.

All the stars, and hopefully I'll be able to get a signed copy if they don't run out of stock.
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723 reviews99 followers
April 7, 2023
This book was really interesting and covered some really important topics. Paris opens up about being sexually assaulted, having her sex tape released, and being abused by the troubled teen industry as well as a handful of other things. The first few chapters are kind of obnoxious but once you get past them it's a pretty serious book.

I took off two stars for Paris unironically pushing crypto. At one point she talks about releasing NFTs in honor of her grandma and she names one of her dogs Crypto. Jesus Christ.

She also briefly mentions being into The Secret and hiring a pet psychic.

And there are moments of weird rich person shit.

BUT if you can overlook all that, I think her work bringing awareness to the troubled teen industry is really important and that is the bulk of this book.
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862 reviews141 followers
July 29, 2023
I'll be honest, I have never been a fan of Paris Hilton, but after her revelation a few years ago that she has been playing a role all these years, that she's not really the person she has been portraying, I was intrigued about her memoir. That coupled with the great reviews, I decided to give it a read.

I will say there is definitely more to her than what we've all seen over the past 20+ years, and she went through and had to endure some really bad shit in her late teens. I applaud her for telling her story and continuing to fight for kids that were put in the same terrible situation she was in, but, at the end of the day, she's still Paris Hilton with her constant name dropping, designer clothes, parties, and privilege.

Decent read, but I'd really only recommend for her fans. It changed my dislike for her to ambivalence, and I will still continue to jam to Stars Are Blind because I love it.


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311 reviews2,014 followers
June 22, 2023
paris: the memoir is an emotional, raw, and incredibly vulnerable memoir. i grew up a little while after paris was having her heyday in the late 90s/early 2000s so while i always knew who she was, i’ve never known too much about her (in fact i only watched ‘the simple life’ for the first time recently), so this memoir was really enlightening.

although there are obviously moments of light-heartedness when paris talks about the glitz and the glamour of her famous life, the majority of the book is very dark as she delves into the ‘troubled teen industry’ and details her experiences at the multiple boarding schools for teens that she was forced to attend, where both she and other teenage students suffered physical, mental, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse. i already knew a little about this due to watching her documentary ‘this is paris’ where she discusses these schools and her advocacy work, but the memoir goes into a lot more harrowing detail.

along with this, paris also explores her experience with adhd, touches on how young women were treated and sexualised in the media in the early 2000s, and looks at how the culture of celebrity has transformed over the years, causing her to regularly adapt both herself and her brand to maintain her celebrity.

as celebrity memoirs go, this one was really great. it feels very conversational and is written in paris’ tone, so i definitely recommend the audiobook.
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512 reviews230 followers
April 14, 2023
I was a teenage punk kid who loved with Paris Hilton, and my friends gave me non stop flack for it. I feel pretty vindicated after devouring this book.

The aughts most famous 'slut, whore, and skank" is a sex-anxious person after multiple sexual assaults and experiences with grooming. When Paris Hilton was wearing revealing clothing and getting paid to party, she was also dealing with severe trauma relating to sex and even sometimes referring to herself as 'Asexual'.

Paris's chastity or comfort level with sex isn't important, but it tells of an era where women like her were constantly scrutinized. The media fixation with taking down women in the public eye had never been so powerful, and likely never will be again.

When Paris's infamous sex tape emerged, she was ridiculed for it, despite being 19 and the man who filmed it being 33. Despite it being released as financial revenge porn. That man had a lucrative career and relationships with multiple famous women- even after knowing what he did to a young girl- because Paris Hilton *must* be the bad guy.

The few negatives I can provide are that despite everything she went through, Paris is still a very privileged person (she acknowledges this), and it can come across in her story. Additionally, shes currently going through an NFT/Crypto phase and that...makes it into the book once or twice. -1 star for Crypto talk.

This book isn't REALLY about the 'scandals' that shaped her era, but it provides a good look at them from her side. Paris: The Memoir cover's the famous socialite's time in an abusive reform school where she was beaten, starved, sexually assaulted, and emotionally abused beyond repair. Every demonstration of incompetence displayed in The Simple Life starts to feel hard to believe as the Paris tells her story of survival.

Oh, and you learn why shes so good at climbing fences too.

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74 reviews14 followers
May 1, 2023
Review deleted because of butthurt trolls who can’t read or comprehend a differing point of view.

People don’t seem to understand that it’s ok to disagree.

Also, I said it before l, I’ll say it again. I READ THE BOOK. There are more one star ratings, I’m not the only one.
April 4, 2023
Paris discusses her upbringing, her rise to fame, and her experiences with abuse and trauma. She also discusses her relationships, business ventures, and her efforts to reclaim her public image, which was not positive…

What I thought of Paris before listening to this memoir: bimbo, sex symbol, shallow, entitled, superficial, party goer who I had no interest in ever getting to know. However, I wanted to see what the memoir is all about and now I have a new outlook on her. Hilton is a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur, model, actress, and media personality who has achieved significant success and recognition in her career by working hard and never saying no to work. In her memoir she opens up and is vulnerable, raw and real. I do feel the book is superficial and could have delved deeper but overall a great read and would recommend!

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1,327 reviews97 followers
March 31, 2023
Realizing Paris Hilton and I are the same age threw me for a loop! Time perspective is a weird thing. Add me to the list of folks pleasantly surprised / impressed by this memoir. Sure there’s a lot about being a young, beautiful socialite, but much focus is on her experiences in “troubled teen” facilities. Her willingness to fight against this screwed up industry is admirable and so important! Solid celebrity memoir.
Shelved as 'wishlist'
March 9, 2023
I just read and LOVED Paris Hilton's tongue-in-cheek aughts-era memoir, CONFESSIONS OF AN HEIRESS, so obviously I'm dying to read this follow up where she's dropped the party girl facade and is just YOLO-ing her way through business venture after successful business venture

P.S. Not to sound like a shill but her cookware and home goods products are surprisingly good???!
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354 reviews31 followers
March 19, 2023
Was not expecting to love this as much as I did.
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305 reviews5 followers
April 5, 2023
3.5 stars

I really didn't know what to expect when I checked out this audiobook. Would it be serious Paris talking in her regular voice, or an entire 8 hours of vocal fry? If this is also a concern to people, I can confirm that it is a bit of both.

Paris does not hold back when detailing her experiences at the reform schools. The whole first half of the book is really heavy, but she lightens the mood by peppering the narrative with some classic Paris-isms. It was an odd experience to hear her describe torture and abuse as "beyond."

Throughout the book she advocates for a type of feminism that echoes the girl boss and girl power sentiment of the late 90s and early 2000s. She does acknowledge her extreme privilege, but the fact that she is still raving about crypto in this memoir is what I would call beyond. However, she opens up about some other aspects of her life that I wasn't aware of and that definitely takes some courage to put forth to the public.

Overall this memoir wasn't very relatable to someone like me, but I wasn't expecting it to be. It did put me in the mood to rewatch her "Cooking with Paris" YouTube series, so we'll see if I can learn how to make sliving nachos.
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637 reviews21 followers
April 15, 2023
People are really eating this crap up, eh? All I read is a racist, homophobic and privileged bimbo trying DESPERATELY to re-brand herself. Look up old videos of this pig calling people f__gots and n____ers in public, along with her eyebrowless sister, Nikki.

For a better angle on the sloppy Hilton family (America's Royalty MY ASS), read Jerry Oppenheimer's book, House of Hilton.
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