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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451631634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451631630
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melissa Rycroft, born in Dallas, Texas, is a reality TV star and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. She participated as a contestant on CMT reality TV series Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team ABC's The Bachelor, and Dancing with the Stars, and is the co-host on The Bachelor Pad and a special correspondent for Good Morning America.

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Good story about REAL life.
Jen Cowden
Its very interesting to see how her relationship with Tye evolved....I will say, at this point in the book, I'm not liking him very much!!!
A great book about her reality, and it only took me 2 days to read it.
Tracy Gettinger

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mediaman on August 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I used to like Melissa Rycroft until I read her book--instead of the innocent girl-next-door she comes across as a complete whackjob who does nothing but blabber on and on about her insecure feelings about men. This book sounds like she just talked into a tape recorder as she'd be talking to one of her girlfriends, then they transcribed the words without proper editing because it's filled with contradictions and repetitiveness. And the thing you're most interested in, background details on The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars, are almost completely missing.

This book is about one thing--Melissa Rycroft falling for a Texas guy named Tye. It's really their story but we're only hearing Melissa's side of it. The first 44 pages could be summarized in one sentence: after a year of dating occasionally she wanted a love commitment and Tye wasn't interested. There--I just saved you having to trudge through her acting like a basket case in crying over a guy she liked.

Then she went nuts and flew into a screaming rage. When she got no reaction from him she spent the next few months rehashing the breakup with others before one of her friends put in an application for her with the TV show The Bachelor. Her behavior during this time period is so psychotic that it's hard to believe any of her friends would stick by her. Maybe they sent her away on The Bachelor to stop having to hear her crazy rehashing about Tye's faults over and over again, which is what she does throughout the book.

When it gets to the section on the show, there are few details as to what went on. She does not give any specifics beyond the first night and the final rose ceremony. Possibly she was contractually barred from it but it makes the book much less interesting.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ltm12386 on April 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I don't watch the "Bachelor" so i only know who Melissa is from "DWTS." I wasn't a huge fan of her during either of the "DWTS" editions she was on, but she seemed like a nice enough person. So, out of curiosity, I picked up her book in my library and read it.

Well, for one thing, if you're looking for anything deep or any advice, forget it. She doesn't have anything like that to offer you. Instead, I found myself sort of disturbed when I was reading this by how needy and superficial she came across.

Basically, here's what happened. She dated this guy, Tye, who wasn't interested in committing to her, so he broke it off. She remained obsessed with him, pretty much stalking him. Then, she went on the "Bachelor," got dumped on TV, and then got a spot on "DWTS." How convenient that, once she starts getting all this attention, THEN all of a sudden he comes along and wants her back. She gets third place on "DWTS" and then, wham! bam! by the end of that year she and Tye are married.
Also how convenient that she gets married and engaged so quickly, and all before the guy who broke up with her on TV had his own wedding Coincidence? I think not. That whole thing was done far too quickly, probably to keep her name relevant.

She also comes off as a total hypocrite, criticizing how the guy from the "Bachelor" Jason and Molly (his now-wife) put their relationship to the test on national TV. Um, you were on the same show as them, and you were doing the same thing, sweetheart! Plus, now that you and your husband have your own TV show that just makes you sound like even more of a hypocrite.

Melissa comes off as someone who cannot handle any kind of rejection, and she seems like she has no idea how to function without a man in her life.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By BlueBeeBooksellers on September 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Melissa Rycroft is known around the world as the girl that Jason Mesnick changed his mind about on Bachelor Season 13. That is--he asked Melissa for marriage, then admitted he had changed his mind and wanted another chance at happiness with Molly Malaney. Melissa threw a televised tantrum, cursed Mesnick and stocked off the stage. Melissa stormed off the stage, and started giving interviews all over the country, and the world raged with her at Mesnick. What the world didn't know is that the 'real story,' Melissa's "Reality" was far different than she had portrayed in her self-serving book.

It was Melissa who cheated on Mesnick, with her now husband salesman Tye Strickland. Though she was engaged to Mesnick, she continued texting, seeing and dating Tye. Melissa admits now that she loved Tye, all through her engagement, even while promising Jason she would be his wife and stepmother to his son, while she made phone calls to talk to Jason's child. After ATFR, and mainly because of the onslaught of public sympathy, Melissa started receiving opportunities to make appearances all over. This was wonderful for Melissa, but she still had not come clean about cheating on Mesnick. In her book, she does admit this in a way, I guess, but still goes on to tar and feather both Jason and Molly Mesnick. Melissa calls Mesnick "starstruck" yet has become far more starstruck than the Mesnicks have ever seemed.

Melissa's book is little more than a disturbing blow by blow account of her stalkerish obsession with Tye Strickland. He made it clear time and again that he didn't even want a girlfriend, let alone marriage and family. But Melissa persisted, broke into Tye's home one night (very dangerous and wrong,) would attack his door in the wee hours of the morning until he was forced to let her in.
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