- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Dey Street Books; Reprint edition (May 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062372114
- ISBN-13: 978-0062372116
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,088 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny Paperback – May 10, 2016
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About the Author
Holly Madison is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Down the Rabbit Hole. She spent five seasons on the #1 rated E! hit reality show The Girls Next Door before starring in her own hit E! series, Holly’s World. Holly divides her time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas with her husband and daughter.
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My only issue with the book how Madison always portrays herself to be this sweet, well-meaning, non-gold-digging girl who got caught up in this world by sheer inertia. Yes, I do believe that she wasn't as financially motivated as some of the other girlfriends. Yes, I do believe that, in some weird, twisted way, she was in love with Hef. But in the telling of her story (how she arrived at the Mansion, how she ended up staying and becoming a girlfriend), she always made it seem like the fame and notoriety were the absolute furthest thing from her mind, and were nothing more than an unfortunate side-effect of being a girlfriend. She made it seem like she was simply looking for a place to stay, a couch to crash on. I often wanted to talk back to the book and say, "Come on, Holly! Who do you think your fooling?" We're all human. We all dream of fame and fortune. There HAD to be some part of her selfish brain that was screaming at her, "DO IT FOR THE MONEY! DO IT FOR THE FAME! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS BANG AN OLD GUY AND YOU'RE SET!", but she would have us believe otherwise. By painting herself out to have nothing but the noblest of intentions, she lost a bit of credibility with me. I mean, c'mon. It's Playboy!
What is interesting in this behind-the-scenes is that she starts from way before the cameras started rolling to when she arrived at the Playboy Mansion, and what she did in order to stay. She talks about the hierarchy amongst the 'girlfriends', what it took to become a Playmate, who was cheating on Hugh, and how TGND actually got started.
I found myself fascinated, annoyed, disgusted, and amused by the antics of all of the people involved, including Holly. Life at the mansion was not what it looked like while the cameras rolled and the editing was done. He rented his rooms; he did not own the mansion. The girlfriends, not surprisingly, were more for show than anything else, and they often were at odds with each other.
There were times where things that Holly did seemed specious as well. I do appreciate that she included what happened after the three left the show as I had wondered what transpired to have them all leave at the same time. Then there was Kendra's show and Holly's show.
Did everything happen as Holly wrote about it? Of course not. It is just her POV and her story; however, it is revealing, entertaining, and educating. I found it to be a solid read without being unbearable. You don't need to have watched TGND to enjoy this.
The book while very dishy. Also seems a bit short sighted. A lot of the insults and complaints she lodges. Could easily apply to herself. She lambasts cookie cutter gold digging blondes. While admitting she modeled herself after Hugh Hefners ideal image of a woman, and moved into the mansion because she had nowhere else to go. She constantly refers to "mean girls" while saying mean nasty stuff about other women.
I did find her chronicling of her early years in the mansion interesting. The early 2000's were a very different time. I hardly think in todays "woke" climate. That a series about three blondes and the old man who sexually and emotionally abuses them would be so successful.
In the end I'm happy she found some happiness in her life and hope this book gave her closure.
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