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Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way Hardcover – August 11, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439167303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439167304
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Breakout Star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta

"I don't even know where to begin with Nene...She's my favorite character on the show."-- Anderson Cooper

Winner of Bravo's A-List Award for Reality TV's Guiltiest Pleasure

"The Diva of the Season"-- People Magazine

One of Entertainment Weekly's Entertainers of the Year --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Breakout Star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta

"I don't even know where to begin with Nene...She's my favorite character on the show."-- Anderson Cooper

Winner of Bravo's A-List Award for Reality TV's Guiltiest Pleasure

"The Diva of the Season"-- People Magazine

One of Entertainment Weekly's Entertainers of the Year --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I agree that the book was wordy and redundant but this is the way she wanted it published.
Bookreader
I would not say that Nene really acts like a lady on RHOA and the chapter about Kim proves it.
caroline middleton
I love Real Housewives of Atlanta and Nene is my favorite so I was excited to get her book.
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful By The Fancy One on October 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Okay, first of all, I am a faithful viewer of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta", and in the first season, NeNe was the most appealing and lovable of all the ladies. She was funny, seemingly down to earth, and she was the housewife everyone wanted to get to know and hang out with, simply because of her bubbly personality and her no-nonsense persona. She was just REAL and we loved her for that! We also sympathized with her as she learned that the man she had always acknowledged as her biological father was not her real dad at all.

But as the second season dawned, the NeNe that we had come to love had evolved into another person - someone whose ego has inflated at least 10 times what it was last season to the point of being obnoxious, loud and just plain mean. This fact was totally evident as of late when she intigated a rowdy and childish argument with another cast member (Kandi Burruss) at a party over something that really wasn't all that important to her. I was wondering, just what is going on with her?? Why was she being so bitchy?? This is behavior by a grown woman who is supposed to be a socialite and old enough to know better. I still like NeNe, but she's not making that easy to do these days. She has regressed from being cool, fair-minded and witty to being nasty, bitter and downright juvenile. I have to conclude that her sudden fame as a reality show star is a contributing factor.

All of these things are evident in this new book by NeNe Leakes, which she didn't actually "write", but merely told to the real author, Denene Millner, what she wanted to say in it. She obviously thinks the sun rises and sets on her and she has nothing good to say about Kim, her castmate - who ironically was once her closest friend - and Sheree (whom she seems to now have an alliance with).
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L. Bowen on November 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you want to read a book about someone who says how fabulous and amazing they are every other sentence, this is the book for you! In the beginning of her book she says something along the lines that she doesn't boast or brag. Are you kidding me? This is what she does throughout the entire book. I could write a thesis paper on all of the contradictions in her book. She constantly says how everyone loves her because she is real and speaks her mind. But it certainly is not a two way street because when other people are being "real" and speaking THEIR mind back to her, she is amazed at their audacity and how out of line they are . . . if she will even let them get in a word edgewise.

Nene 1st Season = crazy fun
Nene 2nd Season & Book = obnoxious, annoying, and world's largest ego (Can she enter the Guinness Book of World Records for that?)

Nene, you've lost your magic.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Kirk on October 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This isn't NeNe we knew and loved from the first season. This is just a 'as told by' book by someone who has let fame go to their head.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bookreader on November 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
and write another boook.

I agree that the book was wordy and redundant but this is the way she wanted it published. Don't blame the ghost writer!
I am sure the Ghost Writer, hopefully as a professional, gave Nene her opinions but with Nene being so bull headed - her way or no way
the ghost writer didn't have a chance if she wanted to get paid.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. Montgomery on November 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ok, maybe one day she will be as great as she thinks she is. She keep talking about her talents; What talents? being ghetto. She said She wears a SIZE 8! For alot of the book she rags on the two people that has loved her, her aunt and Greg... No more ATL housewifes for me.. Nene sucks bad and is a big ol 40YO plus brat! I am glad I did not buy this book, grow up NeNe!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Thomas on January 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Why do I have to write this awful review? I don't want to, but somehow I feel cheated as a fan of Nene Leakes. I waited weeks to get this book from the library because I wasn't completely convinced it would be good. I was damn right. The parts about Nene's past and childhood are interesting, but every other paragraph is filled with constant repetition (rush job!), an attempt to redeem her actions (more filler), and reinstate how fabulous she is. The latter I didn't mind so much because what would the book have been without the Nene personality? I'm guessing either Denene Millner is a horrible author or Nene had too much authority over the final product (often the case with celebrities who don't know how to let the professional do their job.) The conversational tone was so ungraceful and contrived it sounded like a suburban white woman trying to "write" black, so jerky and unnatural. (It's obvious that the author struggled with translating Nene's stories and voice into a memoir of substance.) To top it off, none of the gossip was that juicy. It was about what we had already seen in the show. The best part was when Nene describes how Sheree's hair looked when they first met. And I don't remember reading anything about Dwight (although I may have missed a few lines as I dozed off between chapters). Thank goodness Nene is has money because this book is a flop.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Llama on October 24, 2009
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I agree. Reading the book did feel as if Nene were there on the couch chatting it up with you. It sounded just like her. However, I did think it was very wordy & redundant, ie, & I am paraphrasing: "Growing up I was a cheerleader and my auntie would order anything I wanted from the Spiegel catalogs. I had it going on with my polo shirts. All my clothes came from Spiegel. There was nothing she denied me. We laways had Spiegel catalogs on the coffee tables. Spiegel catalogs were a permanent fixture in our home growing up. I only wore Spiegel threads growing up. A lot of the kids at school wore jealous of me with my cute hair and my Spiegel clothes." She would ramble on & on. And when she'd stop, she'd reinterate it later just in case you forgot. I think Gregg was the best thing that ever happened to her. He really has a good heart but I don't think even he can control her. I think fame has gone to her head. Nene is mean and she is a bully like no other. I cannot believe how bad she treats Kim and Kandi. I regret helping inflate Nene's bank account & her head.
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