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The Real Girl Next Door Hardcover – July 26, 2011
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The first third of the book was the most interesting. Detailing her childhood and her rise to stardom in Hollywood. You learn a lot about a person from the environment she grew up and the people that raised her. I found that part to be genuine and delightful.
As we entered into areas of her marriage, suddenly the book changed. Details became scarce and generalizations, abundant. And on the reasons of her divorce, there were no details. She writes, "These issues are so personal that I don't want to divulge exactly what changes, and if you've ever been through a similar situation, you know the details don't matter."
While I agree that whether or not Denise shares those details with us is her prerogative and hers alone, but from an autobiography standpoint, it works to her disadvantage. I have not been through a similar situation, and I don't even know what that situation is. Suddenly I'm finding myself unable to connect with her emotionally. Maybe those memories are so painful that she has learned to push them into dark corners of her heart and leave them there. Or maybe she's legally barred from revealing the truth. Or maybe she lacks the courage to expose the details for the fear of judgement of the things that she did wrong. Whatever the reason, we're only left with speculations and little else.
But a little color did return to the book when she talked about her mother's death, and the effect it had on her family. Details were always abundant when she writes of her parents, but never her relationships.Read more ›
Fist, it's really a book more about Denise's relationship with her parents than anything else. How the core values her mother and father instilled in her ended up being the safety net she continually fell back on over and over during the rough patches in her life.
There is absolutely ZERO hollywood gossip here. She gives away only the facts we already know, with a few sweet moments with Charlie and Richie mixed in but no detail at all at what conflict lay at the heart of the matter to lead to the divorce with Charlie or the breakup with Richie. I understand she doesn't want to give away too much personal info but she could have shared diplomatically, *something* more than just the chronological time line of when things were good and "bumpy" as she puts it. No fun stories about making movies or other actors or anything. But by the end of the book you sort of get the vibe she really is a Girl Next Door. Simple and sadly....not very interesting. Not to be mean but she just has nothing to say about any of her hobbies or interests or real passion. She seems to take life as it comes and does well with what she gets and i understand she's not a writer, per se, but.......it was BORING. I kept waiting for a fun story or personal note or *real* information besides the advice dished out over and over about the same things.
I find this to be Denise's book about Denise. Which is fine if that's what you seek. I wanted more though. I wanted detail on her falling love with Charlie, some heart. There's some tender moments to be sure, but I had a lot of questions.Read more ›
Be forewarned: if you're looking for gossip about life with Charlie Sheen, you won't find much about that...with the exception of the book's intro... until Part Four. But the book is still a fun, light read, even before the infamous marriage with Sheen. Before meeting Sheen, Denise describes the highs and lows of life in Hollywood, from her breast implants to getting naked on film.
There is also plenty about Richard's early family life, including details about her parents and the values they instilled. She came from relatively modest beginnings and describes moving into an ancient fixer upper home, one Denise calls "the ugliest home in the neighborhood."
The section on family takes up the first 4 chapters of the book but you can skip it if you want to cut to the chase and get current updates on Denise's life. But I actually enjoyed her description of family camping trips as well as an account of a bizarre condition that afflicted her mother. Even the anecdotes about family pets were better than I expected. All of this is fairly lively (again, for those into celebrity bios).
So why only 3 stars? Mainly because I've read far better celebrity biographies. Some of you may feel this one is worthy of 4 or even 5 stars, especially those who are fans of Denise Richards. So much of this is subjective. I didn't have trouble getting all the way through the biography and it didn't bore me but in the end I didn't feel it would stick with me for more than a day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book to learn more about a local girl who briefly attended my high school and then went on to become a world-wide celebrity. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Frank J. Becvar
This book starts a little slow and it's a wonder if she's going to divulge any true, hard-hitting reality. Let me tell you, she does. Read morePublished 13 months ago by SK Thomas
I haven't seen a lot of what Denise Richards has been in ... I remember her mainly in The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin on "Friends". Read morePublished 14 months ago by Teena in Toronto
Denise, I hope you realize how many mothers from diverse backgrounds and cultures that you connect with more than you realize. I just got finished reading your book last night. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lori L Dauncey
I find Denise Richards to be very intriguing, especially the relationship she has been able to maintain with Charlie and the fact that she took in his younger kids when he and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by CTY
Beautifully honest. Thanks for sharing your story Denise, it's truly inspiring. It gives the reader hope and faith and it's something one learns from.Published on January 12, 2014 by Arlene Rodriguez
I've always thought Denise Richards seemed like a nice person and I really felt for her when Charlie Sheen made the rounds slamming her and her character following their... Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by ltm12386