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Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick Hardcover – April 27, 2010
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Famous for her roles as an angst-ridden teen in John Hughes classics like Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, Ringwald, now a 40-year-old wife and mother living largely outside the celebrity spotlight, seems a credible source of advice for young women and a likely fount of behind-the-scenes Hollywood anecdotes; unfortunately, she provides little of either in this uninspired self-help memoir. Like a well-meaning but distant friend, the actress shares advice and observations on topics like love, clothes, and food, often focusing on the inane and obvious (souvenir t-shirts are both ugly and ill-fitting; rushing into sex is usually a mistake) rather than the personal or perceptive: "When you're a teenager, you're forever thinking: Do they like me? When you're a grown-up... the question becomes: Do I like them?" Ringwald occasionally involves her personal history, including the fact that the early stages of her romance with husband number two were mostly conducted over email, but she skimps on the details that her fans are probably looking for, with surprisingly little reference to the movie work that made her an icon of suburban youth in the 1980s. Color illustrations.
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“A lighthearted guide for women…who want to be reminded of their youthful, carefree selves.” (New York Times)
“She’s not afraid to dish….Ringwald shares the secrets of what has worked well in her life….[She sheds] light on who she’s become off-camera, and that person has a lot of good advice to share.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“[A] woman’s dream bible: It is about finding inner beauty when you are no longer 16…. Ringwald truly wants women to feel admired and confident at any age, and her passion comes across as clearly (and quirkily) as it did in her teen movie years.” (The Daily Beast)
“[Ringwald’s] book offers tips on prettifying from the inside out.” (People)
“A warm and chatty guide to aging gracefully.” (Salon.com)
Top customer reviews
This book was a chapter book describing various ways to basically enjoy your life. However, the author lives in France and many of the ideas she had to enjoy life really were not ideas I could relate to living in Nebraska. I am not saying our state is a backwards, we don't knows squat are of the United States. It's just that the cultures are so different. Plus, many of her ideas sounded way out of my budget. They really were not for the typical, middle class, woman.
I did enjoy seeing how she lived her life and what she did for enjoyment; but as far as a "self-help" book, I will have to pass on this book's ideas.