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Juicy: Confessions of a Former Baseball Wife Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2005

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“Juicy is . . . in its guilty-pleasure way, almost irresistible. Its author is downright endearing.” (– Book Standard) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jessica Canseco grew up in an Ohio farmhouse. A former child model, Miss Fitness America, and the Playboy celebrity cover feature for September 2005, Jessica lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Josie.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1557253420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557253422
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,236,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Weiss on October 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I agree with both sets of reviewers. The book was both terrible and hard to put down at the same time.

Jessica comes off as sympathetic to a degree in the first half of the book. No, she's not the deepest well in the yard, but she seems refreshingly candid and naive. Jose treated her badly, but given her dysfunctional family background, she may not have known to expect anything better.

As the book progresses, though, she seems sleazier and sleazier, until I began to lose sympathy for her. When she finally left Jose, she didn't become a responsible, stable mother, but a partier and recreational drug user. Since her ex only used steroids, he actually comes across as the more responsible parent in a way. (Not that I'm condoning steroid abuse, mind you, but they are probably less mind-altering than Ecstasy, Jessica's drug of choice.)

I also found it hard to buy the "liberating" ending of her posing naked for Playboy. That's liberation?

There was also disappointingly little about the life of a baseball wife. I didn't get the impression that the Canseco's union was typical of all or most baseball marriages.

So, overall, while the book is easy to read and fascinating in a train-wreck sort of way, it is devoid of any sympathetic characters, except for the daughter and the pets.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Loves Books in MD VINE VOICE on November 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm afraid it's a little hard to feel sympathy for a woman, however young, who enters into a relationship with a known womanizer - with a MLB star at that, whom are notorious for being less than faithful) - then sticks with him when she knows he's cheating on her from the start. It's harder still to like a woman who then places the blame numerous times on the "poor parenting" and lack of values instilled by her parents. The person I feel the most sympathy for is her mother, who may not have been a role model, but at least seemed to unconditionally love her children and tried to be supportive. Was it really necessary for her to tell her family secrets? While she may want a crack at fame and fortune, I'm afraid she's book-worthy for no reason other than being the ex-wife to a MLB player.

I give her credit for at least being honest in hindsight and taking her share of the blame in many of the situations, even when it makes her unsympathetic - and that makes her likeable. I could better understand her situation had Jose Canseco changed after their relationship began - but it seems like he was an uncommunicative, selfish, arrogant person from the day they met, who never treated her well. Jessica allowed herself to be bought by her attraction to him, his lifestyle and his fame - whether she ever really loved him isn't clear - but for all that, it got her nothing but unhappiness.

For all her harsh words regarding her parents, maybe one day she'll grow up and realize they're just people too - and everyone makes mistakes. Doesn't seem to have stopped her from making her share of mistakes, as I consider her Playboy stint.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By xxatti on January 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I already knew what Jose had to say, but wanted to hear what Jessica had say. The 1st half of the book she said absolutely nothing except repeat how she would catch Jose cheating, they would fight, break up, and get back together again. In fact she just repeats this throughout the whole book. How many times can you read the same story before you get bored?? You really get to the point where you just want to slap her and knock some sense into her for being so stupid.

I really dont know why I kept reading this book. I kept hoping something eventfull would happen, but it never really did. I wouldnt recommend this book unless you want to hear an ex-wifes story about how her husband cheats on her and abuses her in a never ending cycle of 230+ pages
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By windyday on September 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book and I just cannot understand why she married him. During their long "relationship", she desperately tried everything she could to snag him - flying all over the country to see him (how did she get so much time off from Hooters?), even deciding to move to Florida (her idea, he didn't first invite her!) where he has an off-season home - how desperate is THAT?, yet complains he didn't communicate with her, lied to her, she didn't enjoy the sex, he constantly cheated on her and gave her infections, so WHY for heaven's sake marry the guy? She said she was "addicted" to him, but I think instead she was addicted to his wallet.

A man like this is obviously unmarriageable - sex-craved from the steroids and groupies throwing themselves at him....I don't agree with his lifestyle, BUT....she TOTALLY KNEW what he was like right from the beginning of the relationship!! So why continue a relationship? Greed and money!!

She coerced him to get married after she became pregnant because she needed health insurance...well, he is rich enough to have purchased any kind of health plan for her, so what kind of vapid reason is THAT? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

(Of course I'M the one trudging off to work each day and she is sitting pretty counting her Jose-money, so maybe she knew just what she was doing!)

I was especially appalled at their behavior AFTER they had the baby- the fighting they did in front of their child, the moving in and moving out she did, her partying with her druggie friends and sleeping with yet another sports star, and threesomes - what kind of irresponsible parenting is THAT?! I'm sure the child was NOT oblivious to all of this.

Lastly another annoying thing in this book was her constant references to how beautiful she is....
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