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Diary of a Dysfunctional Flight Attendant: The Queen of Sky Blog Hardcover – September 25, 2006

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Definitely something different, this is claimed as the world's first novel in `blog' format--a web log or online diary maintained in journal style. The author, a twenty-something former flight attendant, gained notoriety in 2004 when she was fired from Delta Air Lines for posting `inappropriate' photos of herself in uniform on her blog. For some time before, she had written candidly--using the name `Queen of Sky'--about the frustrations of her job under such headings of `Where's the Glamour?', `The Trip from Hell', and `The Joys of Commuting'.

Inspired by her blog, the author has crafted a one-year account of the life of the Queen of Sky. As you might expect, the tone is modern, hip, light-hearted, fun-loving, direct, personal--and sometimes rambling. The peccadilloes of passengers, pilots, fellow flight attendants are exposed, along with the trials and tribulations of life on the airways, embracing commuting, bidding systems, the crew base, and selling food on board. Interspersed with these revelations are various experiences, including tidbits of `romance and sleaze' during layovers in South America and Europe.

Although a fictional account, this irreverent and entertaining book realistically and humorously portrays the modern lot of the US-based airline flight attendant. Sit back and enjoy! JW -- Airways Magazine, December, 2006

From the Author

Hi, everybody!

I hope you all enjoy my book! It's totally different from anything you have seen before. I've even included some photos in some of the book's blog posts, just like in a real blog! In order to stick to my artistic vision (the novel-in-blog-format), I had to self-publish.

The book is based on the original first eleven months of my blog...but be forewarned, it is fiction, and the ending is not how things turned out in real life.

Email me (email is on my blog) or message me on MySpace for more info about the book. I'm /queenofsky on MySpace. You can also Google me for more info.

Thanks for supporting a fired blogger!

-Ellen aka Queen of Sky

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Blog Based Books; 1 edition (September 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977483800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977483808
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,098,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jude Barrilleaux on September 24, 2007
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Wow! This book is AWESOME! For someone who never reads books, I COULD NOT STOP once I started. I got the book in the mail on a Monday and was finished by Tuesday afternoon. When you are reading this book, you feel like you are right there with her along the way. This Book will literally make you laugh and cry. Ellen Simonetti did a fantastic job telling the reader the true side of being in the airline industry. A+++ JOB!

The book came in at the perfect time. I was having my own problems, but picked this book up, and it literally did help me. It made me realize that I am not the only person on this earth with problems, and she is just an everyday person that has helped so many people by making this book. So please, do yourself a favor and buy this book. I promise you will not be disappointed.
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It was very interesting getting something of an inside glimpse into the world of flight attendants. As I started getting into the book, I didn't want to put it down. I was dying to know what happened next! The blog format actually makes it an easy read. The author has a talent for injecting the right amount of humor without over doing it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book!
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This book isn't at all what I thought it was going to be. I thought that since it was about a flight attendant that most of the action would be inside the airplane. I was hoping to hear about interactions between the flight attendant and the crazy passengers she had to deal with. I will admit that I haven't read the whole book yet mostly because I was blinded by my tears--tears from the misery I was feeling when I realized that I bought a book that to me is boring and ridiculous. So far it seems that most of the action is outside the plane--what she's doing with her time off, and so on. I read through several pages and then skimmed through some other parts and nothing caught my attention, nothing made me laugh, nothing made me feel empathy for the heroine (and, yes, I was surprised to learn that it is a novel, not a memoir). I'm just totally perplexed that I was fooled into buying this book. I'd just read a book called Flying by the Seat of my Pants by Marsha Marks which wasn't that funny to me at the time but in comparison it was wonderful! I hoped that this would be similar in that it would give me another view of a flight attendant's life and how the passengers make her days outrageously interesting. I'm shocked by all the excellent reviews. This is the first book I've ever given just one star--it would have been zero if this were possible.
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I read this book years ago before I started flying myself and loved it! I recently re-read it and Ellen's storytelling is hilarious and just as relevant as it was the first time around.

Wanna get the scoop on what goes on behind closed doors of the crews that fly the friendly skies? Then you must buy this book!!!
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Glorious!!!!!!Attention all sky goddesses: This one is for you or for anyone else who wonders what the life of a sky goddess is really like. Follow the adventures of this "queen of the sky" as she begins as a blog virgin and becomes the consummate blog veteran. It will have you lol:-) Her story is an addictive pleasure:-) But what really captures the imagination remains the reality that this fantasy is based upon. It had me cheering for The Queen of the Sky and all the other underpaid, overworked sky divas out there who deserve better treatment from the airline corporations who employ them but sometimes think they own them:-o Viva La Freedom of Speech:-)Buh-bye!
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Hi all. I really enjoyed reading this book. If you've ever wondered like I have about the life and goings on behind the scenes of flight crews, the people who do the real work minus the pilots then this is the book for you. I couldn't put it down it was so incredibly interesting. It was like reading a diary. I only wish I could have been in on the ground floor of the blog.
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I <3 "Queen of Sky" as she's more commonly known.

I remember reading this when it was on her blog - and it's was still funny the 2nd time around. ;)

Her trips and escapades are very interesting and I couldn't put the book down after I started reading it! All in all a good read.
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I guess I expected a modern version of "Coffee, Tea or Me", so in that regard I was a bit disappointed. As a Delta million miler and platinum member, I really wanted to read about her altercation with Delta, but again there was not much there. Obviously the terms of her agreement must have placed a limit on what she could disclose. I thought the blog format was a bit tedious to read - blogs are OK when read in real time, but a year's worth is a bit much.

The good part is that the author came across as a very genuine person that you couldn't help but like, and I could identify with many of her travel experiences.
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