Sunday, July 12, 2015
"Down The Rabbit Hole" by Holly Madison
Have I ever mentioned that I love sitting on my couch and watching E! reality shows (and Bravo too- love Shahs of Sunset)? NO? Okay, so it's not that I am embarrassed, obviously, because I am blogging about my love of trashy tv. But it isn't something I would say I am proud of. It all started with the "Girls Next Door" premier in 2005. I was addicted from the first show and I tuned in every week to see what Holly, Bridget, and Kendra were up to. Even when the series ended I watched their individual shows (I still watch Kendra On Top). I was so excited to read Down The Rabbit Hole!
The wait time for both the hardcover and the ebook at my library was months. I wasn't sure if it was a book I wanted to purchase either. The digital audio download at my library had no holds so I decided to give audiobooks another try. I was not disappointed!
The audiobook is actually narrated by Holly Madison herself so that was a plus. As a busy mother of 3, I wasn't sure I could listen and stay focused to what she was saying while doing things around the house, but it was very easy to listen along. My library's app allowed me to listen on my iPhone like a podcast which was great.
I had read some articles raving about her tell-all book prior. I was very interested but at the same time I thought it was a bit "trashy" because the buzz seemed to relay that she was dumping all over Hugh Hefner, Kendra, and others.
However, she was no-holds-barred about her life. While she spilled secrets about Hefner's controlling, derogatory, degrading mannerisms towards women and Kendra's ditsy, outrageous, and over the top publicity stunts she also had no problem telling how she herself acted immoral, back stabbed others, and made poor decisions to try and get ahead in life.
She had no problem admitting that she was the one who made horrible decisions resulting in severe depression and anxiety. She explains to critics why it wasn't just easy to walk out the mansion front door and never look back due to years of mental and verbal abuse by Heff and others at the mansion. She actually takes responsibility for her actions and worked her ass off to get where she is today.
There was plenty of juicy gossip too. Crazy after-club sex parties, reprimands from Hefner about the color of lipstick worn by "his girls", and the horrible antics done to her by other girls living at the house.
The story is Holly's and therefore one sided but I do believe a lot of what she states because she does seem to have a way to back it up and even spills about her immature and insecure decisions that led to or followed the problems. She didn't portray herself as an innocent victim which I commend her for. She didn't candy coat the re-telling of situations even when she was the one who was in the wrong.
Very quick read (or listen) and if you were ever into the shows surrounding the Playboy Mansion I highly suggest reading this. It was very entertaining. I give it 5 stars because I was addicted to her story from the get-go.
So, now you know my love for trashy tv and books about trashy tv. #SorryNotSorry