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Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time Paperback – July 1, 2014
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“If you’ve ever had a celebrity girl crush, stick Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me in your beach bag. [Rachel] Bertsche is your people.”—Associated Press
“[A] super-fun social experiment.”—PureWow
“Bertsche ups the ante. . . . The well-researched information on celebrity culture provides food for thought.”—Booklist
“What makes Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me work is Bertsche’s honesty. . . . [She] is funny, creative and, more importantly, manages to stay sane.”—Boston Herald
“An entertaining memoir about a woman’s attempt to model her life on those of stars.”—Tampa Bay Times
“A worthy narrative.”—The Boston Globe
“Bertsche blends elements reminiscent of Julie & Julia and The Happiness Project in this ‘self-improvement journey.’ . . . The process not only provides Bertsche with fruitful writing fodder but also prompts readers to examine their outlook on perfection, self-acceptance, and aspiring to be one’s very best self.”—Publishers Weekly
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“Written with verve, insight, and humor . . . Bertsche writes cleverly, but not glibly, about the challenges young women face today.”—Chicago Tribune
“[A] charming, funny chronicle.”—People
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is pretty self-explanatory. We follow Rachel as she strives to perfection by trying on the various lifestyles of the celebs she admires most. Each chapter focuses on one celeb, which was pretty much the perfect amount. If I didn't care for the celeb, I didn't have to suffer through the whole book. But for the most part, I liked most of the celebs she was trying to emulate. This book also served as a great look into the celebrity-obsessed culture. Plus, Rachel intersperses her attempts with actual research into the life of a celebrity, along with glimpses into her own personal life, especially in her quest to become pregnant.
Overall, I loved the book. Just as I did when I read her first book, I felt like I actually knew Rachel. Throughout the entire book, she comes across as approachable and likable, unless I just feel that way because we have similar neuroses. Either way, I had fun reading about her year trying on various celeb lifestyles.
Note: I received this book for free by winning a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. This in no way influenced my opinion of the book.
In NYC, (2006) Bertsche spotted Aniston before her guest appearance on "The Late Show". Celebrity sightings are unforgettable highlights in the lives of ordinary people. Many fans follow/blog about celebrity culture available on media newsfeeds 24 hours a day. Twitter makes the celebrities seem more accessible publically; and as long as the fans/fame junkies keep their interest in check/perspective, (meaning no delusional obsessions/stalking) Bertsche explains these "Para-Social" relationships are not harmful to anyone. According to research, fans can be helped in real life, to feel more connected, less isolated, and more confident. Other studies by evolutionary biologists state that it's normal for others to identify/emulate popular successful people, according to Bertsche.
Although Bertsche enjoyed a happy fulfilling marriage with her husband Matt, she was concerned about the 17 lbs. she had gained since their wedding, her general disorganization, and messy house. To attain a higher level of happiness, organization, and personal satisfaction she began "Project Aniston", with "Jen related research", that included the study of Vanity Fair, Vogue, In Style, Marie Claire, People Magazine, and Good Housekeeping. Bertsche signed up for a $195.00 monthly gym membership to work out, and followed Aniston's dietary recommendations to eat well. Admiring Aniston's trim, youthful, glowing appearance she wondered if a "Jen Body" for herself was possible, or if they would be friends in real life.Read more ›
With clear goals and a sense of humor this was a fun and surprisingly though provoking read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Practical advice told in a real, relatable way. Bertsche does a great job mixing studies with personal anecdotes for an engaging read that's still heavy on content and thought... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Laura Skladzinski
I wanted to like this book because it is such a good concept, but it was so boring. I was expecting her to be funny and to poke fun of celebrities and their regimens but she was... Read morePublished 14 months ago by K. St Pierre
Just OK. Read the whole thing but it was kind of boring. It shows how silly all this celebrity worship is but in the end just kind of so so.Published 18 months ago by RebaLV
It wasn't two star bad, but it took a lot for me to get over the fact that it was mainly about pregnancy (or getting pregnant). Read morePublished 19 months ago by sdchristy
Boring, predictable, insipid. One of those in an endless line of "I did X for a year and look what it did to me" books; hopefully this is one of the last in the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Yasmin Nair
What would life be like if you could take on the best traits, hobbies and interests from the top female entertainers and celebrities? Read morePublished 21 months ago by George Guild