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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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Amy DuBois Barnett Honey magazine With the incredible success of her daily program -- full of celebrity dish and frank advice -- Wendy is at the top of her game....The best part? Wendy achieved her success by being herself.

New York Post If you're dying to find out everything there is to know about radio scandal-monger Wendy Williams, she has a story for you.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (August 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743470222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743470223
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on August 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love Wendy but I'm not feeling her book. She hyped it up to be sooo drama filled, that it's a bit disappointing to read. She doesn't gossip at all and that's what she's known for...dishing the dirt. She does none. She does talk about her trials and tribulations and at times the book will bring out your "pinkness" but for the most part, it's rather disappointing and boring. If you are interested in how to get into the radio business, this book is full of suggestions and ideas. If you never heard her show, her advice, although not uncommon can be helpful. If you listen to her show and the advice she gives, you'd be surprised at how she handles certain situations in her life. And although I respect her for admitting to the world that she had a drug problem and I know now that it consummed her life for a long time, it didn't deserve the four chapters she gave it. I just expected a little more. But all in all, I love Wendy and I still listen to her everyday, I'm just glad I didn't pay for that book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Real Bella Diva on September 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a person who listened to Wendy during her inital hey days, used her now defuct 1st and 2nd website (there is a 3rd) in all honest I must say this book was HORRIBLE.
I was expecting her to get down and dirty in her books like she has done to so many guests on her show. This was pure floss and was just an extension of her current show. I cannot believe how she disrespected everyone by using racial slurs in the introduction. As a avid reader I can say this is a waste of anyone's time. If your interested in a radio career read the introduction and your covered.
We all know she's a former addict, and we now know she's delusional to believe her own hype. Cheating husband and she accepted that and want women to think she was strong in doing so to keep her family together. Sorry but she's looks like a women with self esteem issues who was lucky enough to land on her feet.
Get it from the library.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By eclectictastes on September 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book in my library and picked it up. Count this as a guilty pleasure read. I've listened to Wendy hype this book up so much on her show that my curiousity got the best of me. I wasn't expecting much so I wasn't disappointed.
Wendy Williams has always struck me as a study of contradictions... smart and driven but extremely shallow. She's practical but there's not much depth. She's a guilty pleasure representing the worst of our entertainment fixated culture and it's subsequent mean spiritedness. Her book does nothing to change that opinion. Williams recounts her career trajectory as she moves from Boston radio intern to queen of New York radio. In the process, she meets up with some bad romantic mates. She also makes enemies of powerful people in the entertainment industry and is "banished" to Philly. Eventually, she is welcomed back to New York with open arms.
I have to give it to Williams. She's not shy about putting her business out there as she does the entertainment people she covers. Williams gives off the essence of a nice middle class girl trying to be "hard" with a ruffneck husband. Still, one gets the feeling there are still issues that need to be resolved especially pertaining to Williams' self-esteem and marriage. Her story about her struggle to have a baby is touching but I lost count on how many times she writes about her physical beauty...methinks the lady doth protest too much.
Williams has not been shy about wanting to have her own television show. It will be interesting to see how far this ambition will carry her. Read this book to satisfy your curiousity but don't expect anything deep.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Octavia Holland on August 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am a Wendy Williams fan. Have been Since since she was at KISS then HOT now at WBLS. At 2pm I turn to 107.5 on blast just to hear "her song". At 3pm I tune in for advice hour. I tend to listen to her when I'm in my car because I feel like she's speaking right in my ear. I listen to her in my house when I know she's got a juicy bit of information she's telling. When Wendy first announced that she was first writing a book I couldn't wait. Then it was pushed back to August 5th. Folks were mad but that's my birthday so I thought it was sort of a gift.
There was so much hype around this book and I bought into it also which is something that I normally do not do. Her radio show is pretty intriguing but this book wasn't. I enjoy reading about a sistah's struggle and 1/3 of the book was about hers. I liked reading how she found her way from Ocean Township to Boston. I loved how she took the reigns and followed her heart to the Virgin Islands to start her career in radio. I loved her "futuristic vision".
After that I lost interest.
1/3 was about her coke addiction (really didn't need that much time)and 1/3 of the book was about her and Kevin.
Due to her gag order she was unable to discuss what happened with her and HOT 97 and of course readers were looking for that.
I finished the book with much disappointment. She spoke in "yucky" tones sometimes sounding ignorant which surprised me.
Anyway I love to hate Wendy as most urban New Yorkers do but I will continue to listen to her because I can distinguish between the the message and the messenger.
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