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on March 8, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
It is amazing that Tatum can market her book without using Farrah Fawcett. The rest of the O'neal clan, Alanna Stewart, and others who were associated with Farrah needed to latch on to her and use her star power to market their books and other products.
It says a lot about Tatum that people still cared enough about her to read her books. No one truly knows why Farrah stayed famous for so long, why no one no longer cares about O'neals, but Tatum has a tiny bit of star power left. Is is her beautiful face? Her high IQ? Who knows.
Well this book does what her other book does: Tries to put a happy ending on a Greek tragedy. Tatum does what she previously did and only addresses issues that already became public information about her and her family. She really does not air any dirty laundry or divulge any dirty secrets. She merely gives her take on whatever story became public.
The story about Ryan firing a gun in his home when Grif chained Red to the staircase was already in the news.Who knows what other types of tragedies happen that never make it into the news. BTW, I loved the part about Grif driving an old cop car and becoming a part of the element of what was going on. I also love that Red would not turn off his cell phone for Oprah and answered a phone call from a friend while meeting with Oprah. You must also wonder how Red, who grew up in a six-bedroom mansion in Bel-Air as a child, and later resided in a Malibu beach house and a condo in Westwood, told Oprah that he grew up at Betty Ford and went to school in Prison. Not only does it make him look like a bad boy and a dangerous man, it also tells you that he is not really a street kid, because he does not know the difference between jail and prison.
Do fortune and fame make you happy? Can you still be a whiny miserable scum suckle with endless money and admiration? Isn't having power all anyone can ever ask for in this life? The O'neals make you ask all of these questions and not get any of the answers.
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on November 30, 2014
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Great Book. TY....
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on November 24, 2014
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This was a nice little addition to A Paper Life. Tatum's relapse into drugs seems authentic and her day to day struggles
to remain clean ring true. Who would have thought that John McEnroe comes out the good guy - the responsible and
protective father? I'm glad the book doesn't end with a clear happy resolution as that would certainly seem false. Families
are complicated and messy and always evolving and this one is no different.
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on November 22, 2014
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It was over just as I was expecting it to get deeper. It could be that Ms.O'Neal is still a work in progress. Perhaps there will be a 3rd book that ties it all up.
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on November 17, 2014
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I ordered this for a friend of mine at her request, and she liked it.
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on August 13, 2014
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It was good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2014
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It's an okay book. Reading it makes you feel for Tatum, her childhood and the life she's lived. It is good to hear she and Ryan are working through their problems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I just purchased "Paper Life, and "Found". Also, I bought "My life with Farah" written by Ryan. After reading all three books, I have a different take than most of the reviewers, and came away somewhat perplexed concerning Tatum's "truth's". Maybe Tatum and Christina Crawford should get together and compare notes on who has had the worse life.

On the show, Tatum tells her father that her son, Sean blames him for her drug addiction. But yet, they were estranged for over 25 years. So, if Ryan was not in the picture for many years, how is he to blame for her alcoholism, and heroin addictions? She was an adult with children, while she was using, even losing custody of her kids, and she assures the readers that she handles the situations with her children about her addictions in the "proper" way. What about the emotional scars she left with her children?

She tells the readers she was "scared straight" after spending 24 hours in jail. I wonder, what type of punishment the court gave her for trying to buy "herion" on the streets of New York. One would think, that the the "thought" of losing custody of their children would be enough to stay off drugs, apparently that did not happen in this case. She put her needs before her childrens, and that is what she is blaming Ryan of. I wonder why she feels that she is blameless for her own sins, but the world must be told the truth about Ryans, and he must pay.

Then she talks about her mother glowingly...but this was the woman who didnt feed, bath or even care enough about her children to attend school. Tatum tells us, that her mother would lock them in the bathroom, leave them in a locked garage with nothing to eat but dog food, would not bathe them, on and on she goes...until her father fought for custody for the children and saved them.

CONFUSED!!! Tatum tells us the her mother was a kind and loving woman. Her mother gets a pass...but Ryan MUST be held accountable. Where was her mother when she went to the Oscars alone at eight years old? Where was her mother when Ryan was out of control and beating them? Where was her mother when Ryan abandoned his teen children for Farah? Where was her mother or even grandparents while Tatum & Griffith were living this horrible life?? She held her mother in her arms while she died...how very sad. Apparently she forgave her mother for not being a mother, but yet, she cannot forgive her father, and his mistakes? For chosing Farah over his daughter, just like Tatum chose drugs over her children. Ironic, one would think that because her mother was an alcoholic & drug user, that Tatum would choose not to go down that path.

I have very little sympathy for people who indulge in drugs & alcohol, while destroying their lifes, they affect the lifes of everyone surrounding them. This had to HAVE had an impact on her own children. But because she attends AA and has a sponser therefore, she forgives herself for her failures as a mother. ONLY RYAN IS FAULT! Reminds me of murderers sitting in prison, saying they found "GOD", so they forgive themselves. Only to get out and kill again. Where was GOD at, when they committed the murder? What will trigger Tatum again? Who fault will it be if she uses herion again? Certainly not hers, its always someone introducing her to the drugs. You read this over and over again in her book. I think being in her life would be exhausting. She looks for the drama, the conflict, and I wonder if she ever really will be happy. I hope she finds what she seeks.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought that the book was an easy read. It showed some tough circumstances being overcome but not a great deal of introspection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2014
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I admire Tatum's painful honesty for her continued accountability for mistakes which she has apologized for ad infinitum. I understand the conflict with her father as I live the same behavior with my own classically narcissistic, but insecure father. They don't change; you just have to have boundaries as Tatum seems to have found with her own self-centered father. Along with thinking of her each November 5th as we share the same birthday, I wish her well and I enjoyed her latest read.
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