Review: Open Book (Jessica Simpson)

Open Book
Author: Jessica Simpson
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn’t want to lie.

Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her readers if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first.

Now, America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality TV pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she’s never shared before.

First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she’s learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture clichés — “chicken or fish,” “Daisy Duke,” “football jinx,” “mom jeans,” “sexual napalm…” and more. Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.


Jessica Simpson’s Open Book does what so many celebrity memoirs fail to: give an in depth look at her life. Jessica Simpson came across as open and honest. She didn’t hide her faults or try to paint herself always in the best light. She pointed out her part in everything that happened to her and around her over the years.  Obviously, it’s her opinions and memories so it is probably a little biased, but it came off feeling valid and impressed me. I honestly have a higher opinion of Jessica Simpson now than I did in the past. Open Book is one of the best memoirs I have read in recent years.

Review: #IMomSoHard (Hensley & Smedley)

#IMomSoHard
Authors: Kristin Hensley, Jen Smedley
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: HarperOne
Genre: Memoir, Humor, Non-Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

In their highly-anticipated first book, the hilarious mom duo with millions of followers explores all the ridiculous shit you’re expected to do to keep multiple humans alive and happy-ish, and celebrates the love for the friends who get you through it.

Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the creators of #IMomSoHard, are just like you and your best mom friend, only funnier and with more wine. Perhaps you’ve seen one of their insanely popular videos musing on everything from impractical swimsuit fashions to “Things I Found in My Bra.” Or maybe you’ve gone to one of the shows on their sold-out tour, hailed as “monster truck rallies for moms.” Or you might have just taken a break from mom-ing so hard yourself and decided to read some adult words for a few minutes. Did you pour yourself some wine?

This is not a self-help book. Kristin and Jen know that you probably didn’t get to shower today and that the last thing you need is advice on all the stuff you’re doing wrong. Instead, Kristin and Jen talk nipple hair, sex after marriage, Mom-bods, and their unhealthy obsession with Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones. #IMomSoHard is packed with the back-and-forth laugh-out-loud best-friend banter that Kristin and Jen are known for, with plenty of real talk about post-partum depression, bullying, and the dark thoughts that plague every mom. Throughout it all, they know the ups and downs of motherhood often have nothing to do with your kids—it’s the female friendships and solidarity you have with other moms that makes it all worthwhile.

#IMomSoHard is like a long, funny, gab session with your best mom friends. Kristin and Jen know 6:00–8:00 pm is the worst time to call you. They know not to give harass you when you show up to a playdate in a free t-shirt you got from the dentist. They won’t give pep talks, but they will talk you down from the motherhood ledge, because, congrats: you’re passing with a “C”—and that’s all any of us can hope for.


I put #IMomSoHard on my Christmas list after watching Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley’s comedy special of the same title. I laughed my butt off watching that show, and I knew I would do the same reading the book. I totally did. These ladies know how to make life entertaining. I identified with so much of their mommy, body, pregnancy, life talk. I loved how they took boring facts about themselves and made them funny. #IMomSoHard was a hilarious read.

Mini Reviews: Unbroken & Becoming

Unbroken
Series: Loveless, Texas, #0.5
Author: Jay Crownover
Publication Date: May 14, 2019

Publisher: Forever Yours
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes a captivating novella about a rugged rodeo star who will do anything to protect the people he loves.

When rodeo star Crew Lawton loses everything in a bad bet, he has no choice but to take a new job to pay off his debts – even if it means becoming the face of an expensive male skincare line. Crew is used to getting sweaty and rustling in the dirt, not posing for photo shoots. And he’s certainly not used to being bossed around by a woman who doesn’t even know the difference between bulls and broncs. But Crew owes money to dangerous criminals, and he’ll do anything Della says in order to pay them back and keep them far away from his family in Loveless, Texas…

The launch of her new men’s line for her family’s company means everything to Della Deveaux, and she’s not willing to let some rugged, arrogant cowboy ruin her campaign. Crew Lawton is the last man she would have chosen to represent her chic, sophisticated brand. Unfortunately, her father already invested millions in Crew’s stupidly handsome face. Yet the more time they spend together, Della and Crew realize that opposites do attract. But when the time comes for Crew to face his past mistakes, will he be able to protect his family…and the woman he’s come to love?

My thoughts:

Unbroken was a really fun way to begin a new series. Crew and Della were complete opposites and I liked what that effect that had on the story and their relationship. There were so many great little moments between them. I’m a little sad this was just a novella because I could have read an entire book about Crew and Della. Unbroken made me excited for what’s to come in Loveless, Texas.

Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Narrator: Michelle Obama
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Random House Audio
Genre: Memoir

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

My thoughts:

At first, I was intimidated by the almost 20 hours of listening Becoming is. I shouldn’t have been. Listening to Michelle Obama tell her life story was so interesting. I loved hearing about her youth, her relationship with President Obama, and everything she went through in the White House. I am even more impressed with her now. This book is definitely worth a listen or read. Michelle Obama is very inspiring.

Review: This Will Only Hurt a Little (Busy Phillips)

This Will Only Hurt a Little
Author: Busy Phillips
Narrator: Busy Phillips
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Genre: Memoir

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, and Cougartown who has become “the breakout star on Instagram stories…imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” (The New Yorker).

Busy Philipps’s autobiographical book offers the same unfiltered and candid storytelling that her Instagram followers have come to know and love, from growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona and her painful and painfully funny teen years, to her life as a working actress, mother, and famous best friend.

Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From film to television to Instagram, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all.

“I’ve been waiting my whole life to write this book. I’m just so grateful someone asked. Otherwise, what was the point of any of it??”


I love listening to celebrity memoirs. It’s so much fun to hear all of their stories come out of their own mouth. When I heard that Busy Phillips was releasing one, I knew I wanted to listen to it. I was a fan of Dawson’s Creek and I have always enjoyed her acting. I didn’t, however, realize that Busy Phillips was big on Instagram with her stories which is what speared the writing of this book. (Or at least I think that’s what did?)

This Will Only Hurt a Little was a big surprise to me. I wasn’t expecting the tone. Busy Phillips sounds a little bit angry and the whole lot negative. Even the good times had a not so good feelings surrounding them. I was a little disappointed and a lot sad about that. I was expecting more humor and lightness since she’s a comedic actress.

Another thing that surprised me was that half the book was about her teenage escapades and not so good things she had done or that had happened to her. It wasn’t that I didn’t expect to hear stuff like that, it was that it took up SO MUCH of the book. I was more interested in her acting career. Maybe that’s selfish and mean of me, but that’s what I want from a celebrity memoir.

As for the acting career part, it was pretty interesting. Her thoughts and impressions of people, places, and her career were a little scandalous. I would be very interested in hearing what her co-workers and friends would say about it all. I especially interested in her Blades of Glory story. That’s probably the biggest, most exciting to me information I took away from this memoir.

Overall, This Will Only Hurt a Little was a book that it only hurt a little to listen to. When Busy Phillips says, “I am a lot.”, she truly is. Wow. She really laid it out all there. The good, the bad, the ugly. This book is worth reading if you’re at all interested in her life or her stories about her rise to fame and all those she encountered along the way.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Seven Celebrity Memoirs Worth Reading

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s is Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump.

To be honest, I didn’t feel like doing this topic. It would just be a list of some of my favorite books that you’ve probably seen a million times on my TTT lists. Instead, I’m hyping Ten Celebrity Memoirs Worth Reading.


1. Scrappy Little Nobody
by Anna Kendrick

If you like Anna Kendrick in movies, you’re going to love her in real life. Her stories about growing up on Broadway and making it to Hollywood are fun and funny.

2. Yes, My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You
by Kunal Nayyar

Yes, My Accent is Real is humorous and fun to read. It’s filled with interesting and heartwarming stories of Kunal Nayyar’s past. My favorite stories were about his college years in Portland, Oregon and how he got his big break.

3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? sounds like it is directly coming out of Mindy Kaling’s mouth. I felt like we were girlfriends sitting around and she was telling me about her life, random things that have happened to her and her advice. The book is all about fun. It’s not super deep or necessarily inspiring, but it will make you smile.

4. Why Not Me?
by Mindy Kaling

Why not spend more time with Mindy Kaling?

5. Between a Rock and a Heart Place: A Memoir
by Pat Benatar

I’m a big fan of music from the 1980’s. I loved reading this memoir. It was like getting an inside look at the music scene at that time. I also loved learning more about Pat Benatar. I love her voice.

6. Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood
by Jenny McCarthy

If you’ve had a baby, you will appreciate this unapologetic look at what that first year is like.

7. Unqualified
by Ana Faris

Unqualified wasn’t my favorite memoir, but that’s just because a lot of it felt like an ode to Chris Pratt and they were already on their way to divorce when I read it. I did really like reading how she came to fame and about her son, though. Those chapters made it worth reading. I’m including it because I think if you like her, you’ll like this book.

Review: Unqualified by Anna Faris

Unqualified
Author: Anna Faris
Publication Date: October 24, 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books
Genre: Memoir, Comedy

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Anna Faris has advice for you. And it’s great advice, because she’s been through it all, and she wants to tell you what she’s learned. Her comic memoir and first book, Unqualified, will share Anna’s candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won. Part memoir, part humorous, unflinching advice from her hit podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified, the book will reveal Anna’s unique take on how to navigate the bizarre, chaotic, and worthwhile adventure of finding love.

Hilarious, authentic, and actually useful, Unqualified is the book Anna’s fans have been waiting for.


I love Anna Faris, but Unqualified was a bit of a let down. It was interesting reading her thoughts and stories. I know it’s her memoir and her truths, but a lot of what she shared was self-deprecating. It wasn’t quite as funny as I expected.

One of the things that bugged me about this book was that it felt like an ode to Chris Pratt. It was definitely written prior to the end of their marriage, and so it feels odd to read about how much she loves him and how amazing he is when you know they have gone their separate ways. I also found it hard to read her description of her relationship with her first ex-husband. She wasn’t exactly bashing him, but it wasn’t nice either.

The shining chapter of Unqualified was the story of the birth of her son, Jack Pratt. This was the most emotional and real part of the book. This was the chapter I loved. I felt like I was truly getting to know Anna in this moment. I wish more of the book would have delved as deeply as this chapter did.

Overall, Unqualified was a fun read. It wasn’t my favorite celebrity memoir, but it did leave me feeling like I had a little more insight into the life of Anna Faris. I loved hearing about her life in Washington (I live there), and how she made it big. Her fans will enjoy this book. Although, like me, I’m sure they will wish she touched on her split from Chris Pratt.

 

Review: We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

We are Never Meeting in Real Life
Author: Samantha Irby
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Vintage Books
Genre: Memoir, Essays, Humor
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., “bitches gotta eat” blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. Whether talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making “adult” budgets, explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette–she’s “35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something”–detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes, sharing awkward sexual encounters, or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms–hang in there for the Costco loot–she’s as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.


I learned of We are Never Meeting in Real Life on Goodreads. I was sorting through the giveaway section and saw it. The witty title and adorable cover drew my attention immediately. When I read the blurb, I knew I had to enter to win it. And I did, so I’m lucky!

We are Never Meeting in Real Life is a group of essays about blogger/author Samantha Irby’s life. She has a straight forward way of telling things like she sees them and is great at describing the outrageous experiences of her past. Her tone is sometimes upbeat, sometimes not, but it’s always humorous. Irby has a way of saying things that others will either detest (language and issue sensitive) or wish they had thought of (down with the swearing and oversharing).

I fell in the latter category. I truly enjoyed reading We are Never Meeting in Real Life. I wasn’t aware of Samantha Irby prior to reading her essays, but I loved her style. She wasn’t apologetic about her thoughts and experiences, and I liked that. My favorites in this collection were My Bachelorette Application, You Don’t Have to Be Grateful for Sex, Fuck It, Bitch. Stay Fat, and A Christmas Carol.

I probably would have given this set of essays 5 stars if I hadn’t been slightly concerned about the way the author presented some of her stories. She has been dealt with some very crappy situations in life, and while this book seemed upbeat about it all, there was a hint of sadness behind some of it. Like if she made fun of her own life enough, it wouldn’t be so depressing. That made me sad. She seems like a cool, introverted chick. I wanted sunshine and rainbows for her. Hopefully, the rest of her life will be.

Review: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

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Author: Anna Kendrick
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Genre: Memoir, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).


A couple of months ago, my best friend and I found out that Anna Kendrick was doing a tour to promote her memoir, Scrappy Little Nobody. Being the huge Pitch Perfect / Anna Kendrick fans that we are, we quickly decided we needed to experience An Evening with Anna Kendrick.

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On Monday, November 28th, we made the forty-five minute jaunt into the U-District of Seattle to the University Temple United Methodist Church to bask in all that was Anna Kendrick. As you can tell by this beautifully out of focus picture, my friend and I got there later than most fans and ended up sitting at the back of the balcony for the hour-long question and answer interview. (Thank you Seattle construction for taking up valuable street parking spots!)

Now what does this have to do with my book review? Well, I hadn’t read the book before attending. One of the pluses of going to the show was a signed copy of the book when you presented your ticket. I kind of wish I had read the book, though; her interview would have added an extra “A-ha!” to some of the stories in the book. It still did, but I imagine it would have been even better with prior knowledge.

Scrappy Little Nobody was a fun-filled romp through Anna Kendrick’s journey to fame. It has so many interesting stories that are told in only the way Anna Kendrick could tell them. Reading her book was just like listening to her talk. You know how endearing Anna Kendrick is in all those interviews you watch or read? Well, she’s just as endearing in Scrappy Little Nobody. You will want her to be your best friend after reading this book — if you didn’t already before. I loved the little insights she gave to her life, acting and the industry she has excelled in. Scrappy Little Nobody was a delight to read.

If you’re a fan of Anna Kendrick, you need to read this book. You will adore it! It’s Anna Kendrick’s life experiences told as only Anna Kendrick could tell them.

Review: I Hate Everyone, Except You by Clinton Kelly

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Author: Clinton Kelly
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Memoir, Humor
Note: I received an ARC from Gallery Books via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Bestselling author and beloved television personality Clinton Kelly pens a hilariously intimate collection of essays about his often-embarrassing journey from awkward kid to slightly less awkward adult.

Clinton Kelly isn’t just an enduring television host. In I Hate Everyone, Except You, Clinton Kelly is a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s most foul-mouthed high-school graduation speaker.

Whether he’s fantasizing about strangers in airports, throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career, or rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with enviable aplomb. He shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, from finding true love in a crowded gay bar to auditioning for sliced turkey commercials. Clinton delves into all these topics—and many more—in this thoroughly hilarious, unabashedly frank collection that will upend expectations and leave you snorting Chardonnay out your nose.


When I saw I Hate Everyone, Except You was available for request on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. I was/am a huge fan of What Not to Wear. I religiously watched every re-run and new episode when I was on maternity leave. I secretly wanted to be on that show and have Clinton Kelly and Stacy London transform my wardrobe. I was so sad when it ended. So I was excited to read I Hate Everyone, Except You and learn more about its co-host, Clinton Kelly.

From the minute I started reading I Hate Everyone, Except You I was hooked. Clinton Kelly’s narrative is exactly what I expected it to be. He was witty, funny and didn’t hold back. He shared some life experiences I don’t think I would have shared. Mr. Kelly was so candid that I felt like I was right there with him through it all. It was a lovely, if not somewhat embarrassing journey. I especially enjoyed the parts about his family, childhood friends and meeting his husband.

The only thing that I felt I Hate Everyone, Except You was missing was a common thread to unite all of the chapters. It might have been as simple as putting them in chronological order instead of randomly dispersed throughout the book. That would have helped his stories feel a little less disjointed.

Overall, I Hate Everyone, Except You was a really fun read. I got to see a side to Clinton Kelly I had never seen before on T.V. and learn more about his history. I also got to laugh a lot. If you like a funny celebrity memoir, this one is for you.

Review: Author Anonymous by E.K. Blair

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Author: E.K. Blair
Publication Date: August 29, 2016
Genre: Romance, Erotica, Based on a True Story

Rating: Unrated – Explanation in review.

Synopsis:

*An intoxicatingly risqué stand-alone book.

She’s an author.
She’s a mother.
She’s a wife.
She’s a fraud, a woman marked and bound by her own deceit.

Experience the astounding tale of how Anonymous battled through a year of scandals and betrayals, how her world fell from its axis with a single choice, and how she lost herself between reality and fantasy.

This is a stand-alone tangled in lust, heartbreak, and contrition.

*Based on a true story.


I’m going to start out by apologizing for this review. It is going to be one giant rant. That can’t be helped, so I’m sorry. I’m also going to warn that if you’re not into books with cheating, this one definitely isn’t for you. The entire focus of Author Anonymous is cheating. There’s nothing happy in it either, so if you’re looking for a dark but uplifting romance this isn’t it.

Let’s start with what I actually liked about this book. E.K. Blair deserves 5 stars for her writing. It’s dark, gritty, and unapologetic. I applaud her for being able to portray the characters the way she did. Their actions and thoughts were hard to read, so they had to be hard to write.

Now for the rant…

I wanted to DNF this book so badly. I basically had to force myself to read it. It was morally disturbing to me. I hated the main character Tori. I hated her thoughts, her actions, her truths. Nothing about what she did was okay. I don’t care what her reasons were. I’m a wife and mother. I’ve been married for 10 years, so I can understand some of her complaints about her marriage but nothing excuses her from the choices she made. I try not to be judgemental, but I’m judging here. She knew what she was doing the entire time. It was intentional. She knew she was hurting everyone around her and did it anyway.

It’s hard to explain my thoughts about the male characters in this “love triangle” without giving too much away, so I’ll keep it simple. I hated Alec. I didn’t trust anything about him. He was just as horrible as Tori. Landon was okay. He wasn’t an innocent bystander, but he wasn’t really malicious either. I understood why he did what he did and I was okay with it for the most part. I also want to point out that Landon said something about 40% in that I really agree with when it comes to cheating.

Obviously, reading Author Anonymous was a struggle for me. I was so looking forward to getting to the end and being able to come to terms with what this book had dealt me. I thought I was getting what I wanted until E.K. Blair did something I was not expecting. I don’t know whether to be pissed off at her or call her a genius. Considering how I felt about the story, I’d probably lean towards pissed off. If I hadn’t been reading this book on my Kindle, I would have thrown it at the wall or, better yet, burnt it!

I seriously hope the real Tori is never revealed. I don’t want to know who she is. I have to admit it took guts for her to ask E.K. Blair to write her story and put it out there. Although, now that I think about it, it seems like an attention-getting scheme.

Ugh. So how do I give Author Anonymous a rating? On one hand, the writing was brilliant. If it wasn’t based on a true story, I might have thought E.K. Blair was super creative for coming up with such a frustrating story and character. I do want to explore her other books. On the other hand, I hated this book the entire time I was reading it (except for maybe one or two chapters) partly because I knew it was based on a true story. I really did want to DNF it. I thought maybe I could come up with a middle ground rating, but I didn’t feel like any rating could properly portray my feelings. I guess that means I’m leaving it unrated. I will say that I’m glad that I was able to borrow this book from the Amazon Prime Kindle Lending Library. I think I would have been angry if I had spent money on a book that was so infuriating.