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The Boy With Pink Hair
The Boy With Pink Hair
by Perez Hilton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.35
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55 of 106 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Message of the book is overshadowed by its author's antics, September 6, 2011
This review is from: The Boy With Pink Hair (Hardcover)
I find this book ironic, considering who wrote it. This is the same guy who publicly lambasted and tried to ruin the life of Carrie Prejean, solely because she dared to have a different opinion than him. The same guy who claims to demand equality for the gay community, but insulted with a word that is demeaning and offensive to all gay people. The same guy who insulted Adam Sandler's infant daughter by calling her fat and ugly. The same guy who told Britney Spears to kill herself while she was in the middle of a very public mental meltdown. The same guy who badmouthed Amy Winehouse for years, but when she died he pretended they were best friends so he could exploit her death for page hits. The same guy who gave unflattering and bullying nicknames to Miley Cyrus, Rumer Willis, Jennifer Aniston, and many others. The same guy who is still passive-aggressively bullying Lindsay Lohan (another public figure who appears to be in the middle of a meltdown) on his website.

Parents, is *THIS* the guy you want teaching *your* children about tolerance and equality? If anything, I would use Perez Hilton's behavior as an example to my kids of what *not* to be. Yes, I know that Perez has claimed he has reformed, but as the old saying goes, a leopard never changes it spots. As other reviewers have noted, if Perez was really sincere in his claims about turning over a new leaf, he should have published this under his legal name. If he had, this book might have been taken more seriously and I believe that more people would have been inclined to give it more of a chance. Publishing it as "Perez Hilton" makes it appear like he's riding a bandwagon and cashing in instead of writing this from the heart. [Edit, September 13, 2011: It seems Perez has launched a new website devoted to exploiting the children of celebrities for profit. My bandwagon suspicions are now confirmed.]

I do admit I feel bad for Jen Hill, though. Her talent is wasted on this book that not many will read because it has the name of Perez Hilton attached to it. I wish her all the best, and I sincerely hope she gets many other opportunities to shine. As for the book itself, it has a nice message, I won't deny that, but the message is overshadowed and contradicted by the very public antics of the author.
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Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later
Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later
by Francine Pascal
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.59
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later, March 29, 2011
I received this book today and tore through it in 2 hours. I will try to make this review as spoiler free as possible.

The story begins with Elizabeth in New York City, and Jessica in Sweet Valley. Elizabeth fled Sweet Valley because Jessica screwed up yet again. Fans of the series can probably guess what would cause Elizabeth to hate her sister so much that she had to flee across the country, and you would be correct. The rest of the story is told mainly through Elizabeth's point of view, with occasional POV switches to Jessica, the two men who end up with the twins, and even once to the twins' brother Steven. The subplot of Elizabeth in New York was kind of boring; I was more interested in what was going on in Sweet Valley and the societal backlash Jessica was facing from her peers. The story is told through several flash-forwards and flashbacks, which may be confusing to the reader as it suddenly switches from third-person to first-person, often several times and from the points of view of several people in the same chapter. Also, since this is an adult novel, Elizabeth, Jessica, and other characters now take the opportunity to swear like sailors.

Along the way, we witness the character assassination and subsequent death of a fan-favorite character that seemed done solely for shock value. In a similar vein, the Steven bombshell also feels out of character and seems like it was also done for shock value instead of as a natural growth of the character. The novel ends with the marriage of one twin and the budding romance of the other. Who each twin ends up with was semi-predicable, especially in Jessica's case. In the epilogue, we are then treated to a partial "where are they now?" listing of various characters that have appeared in the Sweet Valley High books. I say "partial" because it is missing some characters.

Despite being "ten years later", the time period is firmly placed in the 2010s with references to Facebook and Twitter, among other things. Given that the Sweet Valley High series is so strongly identified with the 1980s, shouldn't this book have been set in the mid 1990s? Then again, the twins did turn 16 years old about four times over the course of the series, so I guess placing a book a little over ten years later than it should have taken place is no big deal.

Bottom line: Some characters are written totally out-of-character for me to fully enjoy it, and the novel itself reads like it was written first and foremost as a cash grab. Also, not enough Lila Fowler.
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Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson
Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson
by Ian Halperin
Edition: Hardcover
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96 of 102 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Badly edited trash, pure research fail, July 24, 2009
I just got done reading this book, and I have two major complaints:

First off, I would like to say that this is probably the most poorly edited book I have ever had the chance to read. There are sentences that are repeated twice, spelling and grammar errors that could have been easily corrected, the font at some points looks deliberately stretched out, and the dates on some things are messed up. Case in point: Apparently according to this book, Diana, Princess of Wales died in 1999, and an incident involving Janet Arvizo in relation to People vs. Jackson was placed in the year 1993...and this is just what I caught. There are probably more date screwups abounding that I missed. Whoever edited this should be ashamed of themselves.

Secondly, the meat and bones of the book itself. The term "research fail" could be used to sum up the portion of the book not related to the molestation charges. The author presents little to no evidence to back up his many outrageous claims, which include but are not limited to:

1. MJ is gay, and had numerous gay lovers over the years;
2. Lisa Marie married him to get him into the Cult of Scientology and divorced him when he refused;
3. He was high on drugs when he dangled Blanket off the balcony in Berlin;
4. The inclusion of the "nanny pumped MJ's stomach" story as fact;
5. MJ had some rare genetic lung disease, so he brought in Dr. Conrad Murray to kill him in some form of assisted suicide.

Ian Halperin got lucky when he said MJ only had six months to live. A lucky guess does not make one an authority, especially not with the lack of real research that has been done on this book. He claims to have spent 5 years researching this, but all he came up with was 287 (artificially inflated) pages, plus another 55 pages of the 1993 transcript (some of which already appeared in portions earlier in the book)? In fact, the main sources for this book, besides his (possibly made up) anonymous "sources", is (possibly made up) stuff the author had previously written about MJ on his blog and articles that have appeared in the ever-so-reliable British trash mags The Sun, The Daily Mail, and the News of the World that the author has excerpted from.

In closing: poorly written, poorly edited, poorly sourced. Just plain poor.
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