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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: ItBooks; First Edition edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062024450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062024459
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Teen runaway, supermodel, and actress Carré Otis found herself in the public eye from a very tender age. Millions of people gazed at provocative images of her in magazine and billboard ads from Guess and Calvin Klein as well as in features on the pages of Playboy and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. By the time she was twenty, they had also seen her on posters for the controversial film Wild Orchid, with Mickey Rourke. The troubled marriage to Rourke that followed soon thereafter was widely reported on in the media, as were Carré’s struggles with drugs and a particularly brutal eating disorder. But to see someone naked on the page or exposed on the screen and in tabloids doesn’t mean we know who that person really is.

After a decade-long deeply reflective and spiritual journey to discover for herself who she is, Carré found the balance and serenity she sought and is now ready to share her side of the story with the world. She confronts her complex past fearlessly and with unrelenting candor to set the record straight. The result is a narrative of success, despair, and ultimate triumph over sexual exploitation and our cultural obsession with appearance—a narrative of beauty disrupted, reclaimed, and made more radiant through self-acceptance, inner peace, and the love of family.

About the Author

As a supermodel, Carré Otis has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan, and has worked with many of the world's greatest fashion photographers. She has appeared on nationally televised programs, offering her unique insight into the business of beauty and the high price it demands. Carré lives in Colorado with her husband and two daughters.


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Customer Reviews

Can relate so much to her life and staying in an abusive relationship!
A. Bedlan
I've always love Carre Otis, she's not only beautiful, but her spirituality is incredible.
Kristem
There is alot in this book which helps women in a really universal way.
drea

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cece on October 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Way to go Carre! Thank you for standing in your strength and allowing other women to come forward with their stories. To everyone out there, this is not a book about an Ex, this is a compelling story of what the human spirit can survive and overcome. Each chapter a different mix and how Carre overcame. Holly smokes she really went there "deep" and said so many things I wish I could have addressed or said over the years. I found myself holding my breath clinching my knees in unbelief. How could Carre's story and truths be so close to me and my journey? Thank you, Thank you!
PS The interviews out there haven't begun to touch the real topics in this book!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pris on October 20, 2011
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I have to admit, I wanted to read this book to hear about the (what I thought was a hot, passionate, great) love story between Carre and Mickey. Little did I know, this was anything but that. There is so little we know about what really goes on in their personal lives. I have a whole new respect for Carre for what she went through. A wonderful story about love, loss, addiction, struggles, strength and hope. I downloaded this book through Audible to listen to it on my long drives to and from work, and I enjoyed listening to Carre narrate the book herself. I feel like I got a whole different outlook listening to it from her own voice, and I found myself wanting to hear more and more each day. A very good book, and in the end, a beautiful story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Lennon on October 31, 2011
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You know you have enjoyed a book when it's over and you miss it. When I finished, I missed the ups and downs Carre Otis shared. It was a great read about a woman who evolved. I enjoyed reading and being part of her unique journey.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dee on October 23, 2011
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Wow! I did not expect this book to be as good as it was. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. It read more like a really good fiction than an autobiography. Truly having beauty and fame does not lead to happiness. So glad that Carre has lived to tell her story and triumphed!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ml19030 on December 2, 2011
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I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the story written by Ms. Otis: the book is not a piece of fluff. Her description of modeling experiences were both enlightening and even handed. Even villainous individuals are treated frankly and without broad brush rancor. Ms. Otis has lived a lot in her lifetime so far and there is no bitterness. I applaud her strength to pull herself up - more than once. I found her spiritual journey both moving and enlightening.
I also found the book to be insightful from a perspective of various forms of abuse (emotional, sexual and physical), as well as documenting the journey that so many women face to find their true voice and strength. Well done and I wish Ms. Otis continued peace and contentedness.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By meld on November 4, 2011
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Great book!! Could not put it down! Was not expecting to be so moved by her story. Told all my friends to get it! The media focused so much on the relationship with her and mickey rourke that I thought that was all she was going to talk about.I was wrong! LOVED it! Could not put it down!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bohobeachgirl on October 18, 2011
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Carre Otis has long been my favorite model, and I missed her when she stopped while being married to Mickey. This book was a lot better than I thought it would be, as so many memoirs written by famous people are so well, full of themselves. I found this book to be very refreshing, Carre did not focus so much on her modeling career but more of her life in general and all the things she went through - during childhood, her teen years, modelling (that part was no surprise as it's common knowledge in the industry) and being married to Mickey, leaving him, and then how it took her years to heal in so many ways to get to the life she now has. I applaud her for writing this book, and bringing light to such an important subject, spousal abuse, and I did not finish the book thinking any less of Mickey Rourke, because he really did love her (and I think still does) but he had control issues and things stemming from his own childhood that helped mold him into a violent person; it had to be his way or the highway. I am very happy for Carre, Matthew, and their two daughters, Jade and Kaya, and proud of how far she has come - to a place of peace and love in her life. A very good book, very troubling, yet very uplifting, leaving me in a feel-good mood . A triumph for Carre!
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 29, 2011
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I chose the book because I was interested in this woman's experience growing up in a troubled family, transition to modeling w/ body image issues, and how that may have left her open to an abusive relationship. In interviews for the book, she (Carre Otis)seemed to promote it as such.

That is not what this book delivers. It reads like a quickie magazine article in a fashion mag or perhaps on a celeb online site. Brief, glossy, very little depth. It isn't as though I was looking for the dirty details, which by the way, if I were, I wouldn't have gotten those either. I was looking for and missing substance.

Example - she includes very big events in her life - don't want to spoil it for potential readers, so I'll have to be cloudy on these examples - but does not include what lead up to it in terms of her state of mind. I felt like I was reading an interview with a child: Why did you get in the car with the bad man? Because it was cold outside.

That's exactly how this book reads. Major events occur and as though she knew she had to write something about it, other than the fact it happened, she includes the topical facts. Consequently, you are left with a shell of an experience and not much can be taken away from it by the reader.

I was drawn to this book because I thought it would explore the author's body image issues, struggle with an abusive relationship, and how suffering a traumatic event in her youth factored into all of it. Those subjects were not explored with any depth.
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