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Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny Hardcover – June 23, 2015
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About the Author
Holly Madison is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Down the Rabbit Hole. She spent five seasons on the #1 rated E! hit reality show The Girls Next Door before starring in her own hit E! series, Holly’s World. Holly divides her time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas with her husband and daughter.
Top Customer Reviews
I have seen reports on E News that she was lying about the bedroom situation with Hef, but if you read Izabella St. James' book "Bunny Tales" she seems to coincide with Holly's story, there's not much going on in THAT bedroom. By the way I think Daphne is the code name for Izabella in the book.
It does not sound like Hefner was a very nice guy, but why would you expect him to be, he's an 80 year old man dating a strand of 20 somethings at the same time. He cannot possibly be so disillusioned to believe that these kids are really in love with him. He knows he's being used so why would he respect them?
Even though I think a lot of Holly's decisions are ridiculous and she made a lot of her own problems - like why stay in the Playboy mansion if people were being so awful to her and she felt like crying all the time, I still like her. She is ambitious and driven and has worked hard. I'm glad she is happy and hope she makes better decisions while raising her daughter.
I know a lot of people are going to rip apart Holly and her book about her life story, but if you bought the book you bought it out if morbid curiosity. You didn't buy it to hear a heartwarming love story gone awry. You know she's going to reveal crazy personal details and tell about the cat fights and unusual experiences at the mansion. So if you like down and dirty tell-alls and "truth is stranger than fiction" details this is your book. Overall I think all the Playboy people deserve each other, they are all cut from the same cloth.
Here's the thing: I grew up in the '60's, and Playboy tried to reflect those times of "burn the bra" liberation. It was WOMEN who were liberated, to have sexual partners, to have careers, to do and be whatever they wanted. Hef sort of positioned himself as the champion of all that. So, what happened?Read more ›
What it was: This started out interesting enough, telling how Holly got into the mansion, and became Hef's main girlfriend. It did show how controlling he was, and a little bit about how the girls interacted with one another.
But except for one very vague few paragraphs, there was no information about sex requirements between Hef and the girls in the mansion. It read like a poor me diary - and the more the book went on, it became more of a pity party from a "poor little innocent, well-meaning woman who had been wronged by everyone." It got almost nauseating. The more the book went on, the more I had to skim. She left he mansion, yet kept getting in touch with the mansion secretary, and a few times in touch with Hef, and the girls who lived there. She left Criss Angel, yet kept getting in touch with him too. When she left Criss, she left her belongings and expected Criss to mail them to her - and questioned him when he didn't send her the jewels he had purchased her as gifts.
My takeaway from this is Holly isn't the good hearted, pure sweet one she wants everyone to believe. She was treated terribly by Hef, but she allowed it. Then dove into another relationship with a control freak. And yes, I believe she was, and probably still is, all about what she could get and what she could become (wanting to be in the spotlight) by being involved with both Hef and Criss. I'm stunned at how my opinion of her changed as I read through this book. I'm grateful that I got it from the library, and didn't spend a penny on it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found it rather fascinating that someone could be so fake for personal gain. The lack of any shred of morality about sex or self respect as women was disturbing and grotesque... Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Gillian
Fun read and interesting to hear about an insider's view of life in the Playboy mansion.Published 20 hours ago by Amazon Customer
It was okay. When she started claiming that "she took Vegas by storm" and she achieved her success "without any help from Playboy" - that's when it became... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Not an intelligent woman or an interesting book. There is little sex or so Holly says. There is a lot of ghost writerly nothing. Yes Holly is a nobody but even still.....BoringPublished 1 day ago by Boils
I loved reading this book. It was so interesting and eye-opening. I know this is going to sound bad but I was surprised at how articulate and intelligent Ms. Read morePublished 3 days ago by oldwayz