Drug addiction, divorce, miscarriages, infidelity-such is the stuff of gripping biography-but the story of Williams' rise to radio fame is less than the sum of its parts, at least as it's told here. Williams, a deejay on New York R&B and hip-hop station WBLS, is something of a rarity in the industry: a top-rated African-American woman. She relates that she always felt like an outsider: "I was the black girl in a practically all-white school. And among the handful of blacks, I was the 'white girl,' the outcast." But she was sure great things were ahead. "I knew that one day my being different would pay off," she writes. While Williams goes on to explain that her success came through hard work and dedication, she doesn't show the nitty-gritty of her job-how a studio operates, how she came up with her style, what she actually does at work-which is a shortcoming in a book about a radio personality. Instead, Williams offers a very readable but standard-issue confessional autobiography, told in a smooth vernacular; she relates her long-term drug abuse, which began with marijuana in college and progressed to cocaine; her problems with men; her desire for happiness and success. The story might be inspirational for some, but it's not always deeply analytical: her drug use, for example, helps her realize that "getting high with muthafuckas doesn't do anything for you except give people something to talk about or worse. Nobody's going to stick around if something goes down. And nobody's got your back." This is an worthy tale, but it's best suited to serious Williams fans, who will welcome information on her hard-won sobriety, her liposuction and breast implants, her love for her son and her tips for keeping a man.
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I love her brutal honesty. Would prefer less cussing and I'm from NY with a potty mouth. Very Real, true to who Wendy appears to be. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Virginia Woolf
It was informative about her life, but somewhat redundant.
Happy her marriage worked and she was able to have a child
Not bad... I'm a fan of Wendy so I was very interested in the book the whole time.Published 8 months ago by milisenth
Wendy is outrageous. I loved the book and after reading it, admire her more!Published 9 months ago by shoegal
love this book she is so sassy and smart now I wanna read the next instalment the wendy Williams experiencePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer