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Train Wreck

2.52  ·  Rating details ·  152 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
TRAIN WRECK: The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith, is the definitive story of the rise and tragic fall of a woman who became one of the most recognized celebrities in the world because of her voluptuous beauty and her devotion to sex, drugs, money and fame.

Donna Hogan, Anna?s sister and confidante to Anna and other family members, provides an intimate and mesmerizing v
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Phoenix Books, Incorporated
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Jun 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-ugh-list
Bad. Bad. Bad. Only gave it a 1, because zero wasn't an option.
I know this is a fast cash book. You heard all the stuff Anna did on Entertainment tonight and tabloids so you kinda knew already Anna's stories. This was written by her half sister who really wasn't that close to her growing up (as maybe some of the other people in her family that was interviewed for the book and worked for Anna). So Anna's half sister sazs she wrote this book to hear her side of the story but who is she?? It's not like she's famous to have to explain herself to anybody. I real ...more
Feb 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Such a poorly written piece of material. Whether or not the book is factually correct is neither here nor there, in my opinion. Rather, I take issue with the extremely poor editing of this book. There are multitudes of grammatical and stylistic errors, repeats of whole paragraphs, and some very common names were mixed together to produce wrong names.

If you are in any way a fan of the late Anna Nicole Smith, don't read this book. Frankly, you wouldn't like because it doesn't really offer much in
Shalise Benjamin
I liked Anna Nicole and felt she had a bad wrap but was also given one in her lifetime, she actually did pretty good for herself. This was an ok book, it was not surprising at all about how and who she was. I still like her and wished she did not die. I think she was just so heart broken and had no way out. Good Luck to her daughter and hopefully she will have a better life with her dad and away from Anna's family.
Mar 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the most awful thing I've read in quite's written my her estranged half sister who apparently feels she has some amazing story to tell which she doesn't and even if she did her writing is so horrific I doubt anyone would be able to muscle through this rag
Olivia Schubkegel
A quick depiction of the short life of Anna Nicole Smith. I read this book in a few hours. It was not a bad book, but you could tell there was not to much research done to back up the facts. I felt like i was reading tabloids in chapter form.
linda sue
Apr 25, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one really
this book was a total sensationalism piece as i originally thought it would be. nothing really new except for the sister of anna nicole's boring life. lame.
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
she was fierce
Thought it was ok. The book was free. I didn't really know much about her before I read this. Do keep in mind that this is her sisters point of view on things.
What a terrible tragedy of a life, i feel bad for her son. And how sad she was to manipulate money and fame from everyone. But her sister is no better for writing about it.
Kelly Reading
Written by her half sister, who comes across very bitter
Daphne Wheeler
Kept my interest at best... an ok read. The BEST thing about the book was the hot pink cover! That's the only reason I bought it, lol
Oct 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Let's start this review out w a little background story shall we? I think we can all mostly agree this isnt my typical type o book... But one day my mother handed it to me with the statement "I couldn't resist the title just reminded me of you". Now, now, my mother and I don't go out trolling for men at the local VFW or dance on tabletops or anything (well together at least...but I've heard stories after tequila shots were ingested)... but I think it explains more than a smidge of where i get my ...more
I listened to this book on audio - this is not a book that I would have sat down and read, so I am more tolerant as I was getting stuff done while I listened to it. :) I have never really followed anything about Anna Nicole Smith other than what I saw in the grocery line at the time, so I really don't know one way or the other how factual or opinionated this book is. I think it's pretty difficult to write something like this and not come across as very defensive at times, and that certainly happ ...more
May 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
I would not recommend this book. The author jumped around alot, switching between stories, and at times it seemed she wanted to talk about her life more than Anna Nicole's. Even the pictures were mostly of her, I thought that this was a book about her sister? She said some pretty inflamatory things about alot of people, which made me question her credibility. She hadn't talked to her sister in over ten years so she had nothing insightful to say about her later years. Even the editing was bad, wo ...more
Nov 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is written by Donna Hogan, Anna Nicole's half sister. At times I felt as if she wanted to be the spotlight in the book. Too much of her own personal life and photos of her and her friends are unnecessarily included. Her many grammatical errors hurts her effectiveness as a writer along with the passive aggressive manner in which she writes about her beloved half-sister, Anna Nicole, someone she really didn't know very well obviously. It's hard to keep up with her style of writing as she ...more
Oct 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave the book a chance, even after reading the harsh reviews and can honestly say that this book could have been written better by the uneducated Anna Nicole herself. The title itself is completely accurate, only it speaks of the book itself not the intended subject, Anna Nicole smith. There is no order to the madness and at one point even repeats an entire paragraph word for word. I think the editor went on vacation during the production of this waste of paper. Do yourself a favor and don't w ...more
Dec 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this at a rummage sale for a quarter, which is $0.25 too much. I tried, I really did, but this book is just. so. awful.... It's poorly written and oh so cheesy. Kind of like trying to read a pizza, which would probably be more entertaining and interesting. Mmmm, pizza....

Note - This book could have been improved had the editor corrected the repeating text and errors that occurred within the pages of the book. The author did do a fair job of compiling information, but it did not come togeth
Oct 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Anna Nicole Smith was, of course, a train wreck but then so is this book. Ghost written for ANS's sister, there is very little of substance and much petty sibling rivalry from another another train wreck. Very glad that I downloaded the audiobook from my library and I didn't pay for it Why they did is another story. Now off to take a shower to wash the sleaze off ....
Heather Phinney
If you want to read a book written by a jealous half sister who literally spends 90% of the book trash talking Anna and how fat/stupid/money & fame hungry she was, this is the book for you. If you want to actually know anything substantial about Anna and her rise to fame and subsequent demise, skip it!
Jun 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Too early to tell. I'm not expecting great things, but curiosity has gotten the better of me on this one.

So, an update - unreadable - marking it finished just to be done with the darned thing. Really, really bad. And, not in the Nat'l Enquirer, guilty pleasure way, just plain bad.
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I learned more than enough about Anna Nicole- too much! I got a little tired of her nudity and using people and how she treated family too.
Jun 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't judge me. I got this book as a gag prize during a Bingo night. If I get a book, I'm going to read it. I'm on page 12, and this is already pretty terrible.
Jul 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Don't judge me. I saw this audiobook and I'd read too many heavy books in a row. I stopped listening after I realized that it's written by Anna's angry sister who has nothing interesting to say.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Wow, perfect title for this book, if it's true.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
I was going to class this as non fiction but it's hard to tell what's real and what isn't. The book itself imho is a bit of a trainwreck of a tragic disfunctional family. Not a great read at all.
Well written, but a definite cash-in from the family.
Jessica Coulter
Jan 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
What a sad book in so many ways.
Yes, I'm rating this book higher than "At Home In The World" written by literary genius from Yale Joyce Maynard. At least this book had a point and some genuine emotion behind it. True, the emotions were a mixture of hate (not necessarily at Anna but at the situation) anger, regret, sadness, wistfulness and all the other feelings you'd get if the circumstances of fate prevented you from having a great relationship with your extremely interesting sister. But still they were emotions, not fakeness ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
When I started reading this book I had no idea that it was written by the supposed to be Anna Nicole Smith's half-sister. I felt immediately disappointed and expected to read yet another Mommie Dearest story, written by star-wanna-be relative of dead celebrity. Unfortunately, Train Wreck didn't approve me wrong and soon I got myself reading this trash of a book.
I got my quick research to see who Donna Hogan really is and I can tell you that woman is a total psycho. She make whole career of talki
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