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Juicy: Confessions of a Former Baseball Wife
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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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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
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....Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ok so generally speaking B-list celebrities have less to lose so they seem to tell more in their books. The book was entertaining, but eventually got slow. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pennwoman
Guilty pleasure. Solidifies how truly shallow Jose Canseco is. Interesting look into what happens when an ordinary girl is swept up into the life of a celebrity. It was juicy!Published 14 months ago by tiffanyturtle
Great book, couldnt put it down,wish she had another more recent book out.Loved learning about her life after watching her on tvPublished on November 7, 2013 by Jennifer e. cannon
As I knew the author of this book, as she's from the same small hometown, it was a really honest story about true love, loss, friendship, family secrets and loss. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
It was an okay book. Glad that I didn't pay full price for it. Got some insight into Jessica and Jose's relationship.Published on June 5, 2013 by Jill
It should be subtitled "The Adventures of a Bimbo". Very laughable Neither Canseco or his wife rate high on the intelligence level and if you read this in the spirit its... Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Thomas Dipasqua
Poor Jose. Saddled with this moron. Any woman who feels compelled to discuss the intimate details of her sex life has no class. Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by Librarian
I am writing this review for my media class at Oklahoma State University. I read Juicy when I was still in high school and I loved it. I think this book really makes you think. Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by Brooke Towle
I remember growing up as a teenager and getting a copy of Forever (Richard Jackson Books ) and Wifey and remembering that they were raunchy for a girl of 15 or 16 and I needed to... Read morePublished on January 1, 2010 by Diana De Avila