- Publisher: Free Press; First hardcover edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416586806
- ISBN-13: 978-1416586807
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,642,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Losing It - And Gaining My Life Back One Pound At A Time Hardcover – 2008
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Apparently, she thought she was fat.
Constructed as a series of short chapters, this autobiography is an easy, interesting read. It comes off like a classy tabloid, with lots of details but little trash. You learn all about Bertinelli's experiences with sex, drugs and rock and roll, but she's never mean-spirited and always disses herself as much as others. Weight plays a role throughout, but only one chapter deals with her Jenny Craig experience. The book has 33 black and white photos, including a few from the Van Halen wedding.
I read this the same day I read Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction. What a contrast! Both are true stories with a lot about drugs, yet at the end of Beautiful Boy you feel exhausted, while here you're thinking "Yes! Go Valerie, go!"
Here is the chapter list:
1. THE VISION. An encounter with Eddie during the band's recent reunion tour.
2. TINY DANCER. Early childhood, celebrating good times with food.
3. DAYDREAM BELIEVER. Middle school's "big Italian child-bearing hips."
4. YOU'VE GOT THE PART. Bertinelli breaks into show business at age 14.
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For she does not attack those who were rather unpleasant to her, very refreshing. Her story is not just her battle with becoming overweight. The drains of marrying to young, a drug addicted rockstar husband, the pressures of staying in showbiz, adultery, & her own food to drug, & back to food addictions are all here. Her writing is self-critical, descriptive, concise & clear. She dispalys how she has learned from her past & shows both stabile emotions & good humor.
The most crucial chapters were: 2-Tiny Dancer," how food became her comfort. 4-"You've Got The Part," her first job in showbiz. 8-"Love Lies Bleeding," how food became her drug of choice. 11-Runnin With The Devil," her early relationship with Eddie Van Halen & how quickly they got married. 13-"Aftershock," One Day At A Time gets cancelled & her depression begins. 16-"And The Cradle Will Rock," how her sons birth brought temporary stability to her family life. 17-"House Of Pain," problems with her husbands addictions leads to her gaining weight more than ever before. 19-"Black & Blue," covers the story of her divorce. 22-"Feel Your Way Tonight," how life became far happier when she meets a compatible man. 29-"Regaining My Life," how she maintains her new found weight loss via Jenny Craig & stabilized her life. This was an authentic & fast read for anyone who likes a celebrity who is grounded in reality.
And here, she invites the reader into her life, the reality of it. Readers will connect with so much here, it's just that we normal folk, don't have that persona to keep up.
And what better way to connect with readers than to share "weight loss battles." For the demise of the marriage, she blames so much on stupidity of youth. Oh how we can agree with that. Stupidity is contagious. Drugs, sex & rock & roll rarely make a good marriage, and I like a quote she gave about limited time with Eddie that if you are both drugged, drunk, etc...you are there, but not there.
Bertinelli is honest with herself and she also reveals insecurities, fears, especially the fear of being fat. My opinion, that celebrities prefer the stigma of being a druggie rather than being fat. This book is not only about the weight loss, but the battle spreads into all aspects of our life.
And as far as the cheating goes...we are really not surprised, even if it wasn't well-known that SHE cheated. When you tie in the rigors of motherhood, rockstar druggie hubby, cocaine lifestyle and pressure to stay in the business, food addiction will most likely be there, or exchanged with another addiction.
The writing is clear, concise, and with descriptions that allow the reader to feel, see and connect with Bertinelli's inner-self, the one behind the camera. She has shed some old skin, engages in meaningful insight, learned from the past, is humorous and emotional. She came a long way, it just took ........one day at a time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good Book, I learned a lot about Valerie, Can't believe she ever married Eddy VanHalen.Published 1 month ago by Cheri
I loved this book! I really related to her, and sadly enough her marital problems. It's like she was talking about my life (except without the famous rocker husband & famous... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jugil1
I was very disappointed in this biography. I expected it to be a book about her recent weight loss. Unfortunately it came across as a huge advertisement for every B list movie she... Read morePublished 5 months ago by CindySki
Being married to a musician, I could relate to Valarie's story. It's an honest and easy read. We could be sisters :o)Published 6 months ago by Terri Leman
Honest funny and entertaining. The love and the struggles come through clearly. Loved all the Van Halen stories too and the chapter titles were awesome. Great read! Read morePublished 7 months ago by JAD
This is a good book. Valerie comes across as if she is talking to a friend, in her candid discussion of her life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by krh
I wanted to read this book ,being a Van Halen fan ,and Valerie having been Eddie's wife ,made for an interesting & insightful read.Published 7 months ago by Linda E Mitchell
I thought this was going to be about her weight loss. Instead it was more like a car wreck - I wanted to turn away but I couldn't. Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. Ward