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The Girls of the Playboy Mansion (as the show was known in the UK) was a guilty pleasure of mine, and I watched every episode ... up until the original three left. Of the three Holly was my least favourite. This book however has changed my opinion of her. I was sympathising and laughing throughout.
The anecdotes and the reasonings why anyone would choose to be a ‘girlfriend’ are so alien to me, but this is an aspiration for many. And of course they slept with Hef, why else would they be living with him. The post Hef era with the awful illusionist (I can’t be bothered to write his name as he isn’t worthy 😂) and her meeting her Mr Forever show that one can definitely make the best lemonade from the lemons life throws at you.
During the early 2000s my best friend and I (freshly out of high school) idolized The Girls Next Door. We bought the simultaneously sexy and wholesome act hook, line, and sinker. Although one got the feeling it wasn't perpetual sunshine and roses, it's clear life at the mansion was darker than it seemed.
Now that I'm approaching 30, this tell-all journey of personal mistakes and self discovery resonates with me on a different level. Despite her fame, and perhaps infamy, Holly's relatable struggles in her romantic and professional lives provided a humorous but thoughtful expose fraught with "mean girls", magicians, mansions, and more.
Holly is charming, although occasionally awkward in her phrasing, but decidedly mature and candid. Her "Alice in Wonderland" theme is nicely appointed by well chosen quotes at the begin of each chapter. This is the first memoir I've ever read, but I'm very glad I did. All together very interesting, and even slightly nostalgic.
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I decided to pick this book only because I found the whole thing odd. But honestly, her story telling skills and performance make this audible book very enjoyable. While I don't know whether the whole story is true, I find that the book was entertaining. This book is meant to be an audio book.
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