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review 2022-04-25 00:07
Almost Interesting - David Spade
Almost Interesting: The Memoir - David Spade,David Spade,HarperAudio
When I saw this one on sale I had to grab it. David Spade is so funny, and I was hoping the book would be too!
It was, and it wasn't. I hate to admit, I liked him more before I read his book.
He's funny, sure, but most of this book was him telling stories about his life. The ones he chose to tell have my eyebrows raised, I mean, maybe he really isn't that interesting after all, but especially with Chris Farley, I was disappointed in what he revealed to us. They really were not the most flattering things, for a guy who says he loved him. You'd figure the tales he told would be more endearing, not embarrassing. 
So I feel like I wasted a couple bucks here, but that's ok. Not everyone that you admire will be so admirable in the end.
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2022/04/almost-interesting-david-spade-17.html
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review 2022-03-27 04:27
My Thought's Exactly - Lily Allen

 

I knew Lily Allen was a celebrity, but honestly, that's where it ended for me. I wasn't sure if it was acting, singing or something else all together. Still, I found this book as a way to learn more.
I felt like I connected with her on so many levels, and disliked her all at the same time. I've never been famous, wrote music or even played in a band, but I was a drug addict and lived a very toxic life for a short time. Those moments in the book, I knew how she felt. I knew why she was doing it. I totally got it!
She is such a narcissist though. She openly admits it too. That is frustrating. It sucks as a reader, trying to get to know her too.
I feel for her. I feel like she should want more for herself since she so candidly tells the reader how she has the means to do what most people can't. But I digress....
Not a book I'd recommend, fan or not. Her fans may not like some of the things she says in this book and the ignorant reader, like me, definitely will not.
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2022/03/my-thoughts-exactly-lily-allen-13.html
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review 2022-02-19 21:28
The Storyteller - Dave Grohl

 

So this was the only book that I asked for at Christmas time. I didn't get it, so I bought it for myself!
I am a HUGE Nirvana and Foo Fighters fan! I even love listening to Dave's daughter Violet! Man, that kid has some talent too! 
Anyway back to the book! I couldn't wait to open it up and start reading!
Then I went through moments of not wanting to put it down, to having to put it down so it wouldn't end! 
I read a bunch of reviews before reading the book, more out of jealousy of them having the book before me, but remember one lady that gave it a 2 star rating citing it as just name-dropping and such. I felt like I disagreed with her immensely. Yeah, there were a ton of names. The guy is a legend touring and meeting his legends... so of course names is gonna get dropped throughout. That's what makes a story. PEOPLE. EXPERIENCES. They all happen with people. People who have names, I might add. When a musician of this guy's caliber tells a story, you better believe it's gonna be his AHA moment about his favorite celebrity. I just don't get that person's logic in their review. My only thinking is they obviously don't like his type of music to begin with. Sorry for them.
K, so back to the book. It was awesome! It felt like Dave was talking to you, not you reading a book. You felt his gratitude and how humble he was those times when he met his idols, or even when he met people like me. He is a helluva guy, if you ask me, and if you're reading this, I guess you did.
To Dave, write some more and tell us more! I'd buy it and read it, no problem!
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2022/02/the-storyteller-dave-grohl-5.html
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review 2021-12-07 16:43
Enough Already - Valerie Bertinelli
Been a big fan of Valerie Bertinelli's since the days of One Day At A Time. I grew up watching that show. When I saw this book was coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it. I've always wanted to know more about the lady behind the actor.
WOW!
You think you know someone while watching their lives played out on tv, movies and mainstream media, but after reading her story, you learn you don't know anything at all.
This book was so eye-opening in more ways than one. 
Her relationships with her ex-husband Eddie Van Halen and son Wolfgang are powerful to witness, even on the sidelines. The love she has for these two humans is incomparable to anything else. You feel the emotion throughout.
I literally bawled like a baby when she wrote about Eddie's passing. I felt like I lost someone in that moment, it was so profound.
As if I wasn't a fan already, she maximized the fandom with her honesty, love and compassion. What a great read!!
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/12/enough-already-valerie-bertinellli-50.html
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review 2021-11-30 14:05
The Pursuit Of Porsha - Porsha Williams

 

I've watched Real Housewives of Atlanta from the start so I was eager to learn more about Miss Porsha, from her own words.
I learned a lot in fact. I saw her marriage to Kordell go down on tv, and now I understand why she chose a man like him. I understand why she tried to stay, work it out, even though literally every red flag on the planet was there.
I understand more about the show too, and how they like to take a storyline and run with it. Will I still watch? You bet!
I think I underestimated Porsha, just like so many others. I just don't know her enough and when you watch something so well crafted to look one way, you may miss the truth. 
I respect and even admire her. She's been through a lot and came out better on the other end. That's the hardest part.
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/11/the-pursuit-of-porsha-porsha-williams.html
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