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Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick Hardcover

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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 ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: It Books
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E3XI6M
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,834,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So unfortunate . . . I really, really wanted to like this book. Like many women in their 30s, I was enamored with Molly Ringwald (in a girl-crush, that's who I want to be sort of way) throughout high school. So when I happened upon this book in my local library, I immediately grabbed it. Though I was hoping for an autobiography, I must say that when I read the flap I was intrigued. Molly Ringwald was going to give me advice. How cool is that? And she's going to help me get my "pretty back" (ok, I never knew I lost my "pretty" but if I needed to retrieve it, I was glad that it was Molly who was going to help me find it).

Then I read the book. Which, as I stated above, was unfortunate. Because I no longer felt like I needed to "get my pretty back". I more or less felt that I needed to get the last 20 or so years of my life back. You see, I haven't ever made a movie; lived in France; fallen in love with a man several years my junior who was dating my friend; and/or had his children. I'm not inclined to throw dinner parties on the rooftop garden of my New York apartment (so creating the perfect cheese plate is a lost art to me) or go on wine buying "binges". I don't care how to tie a Hermes scarf because I can't afford one. Nor do I want to hear someone espousing the benefits of peels and injectable fillers. Perhaps, my life has not been as exciting as I've led myself to believe. Or, perhaps, this book is not as great as the editors copy led me to believe. I honestly didn't know that a book could give me low self-esteem. Though now she is perfectly poised to write a follow up tome on "How to Get the Dignity Back".

To say that this book left me cold would be an understatement.
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Format: Hardcover
What I Loved: Molly narrated her own book and I think this works for this book. She has a good reading voice.

What I Liked: This book covers everything from dinner parties to lipstick. I can't think of a topic that she did not cover. In that aspect, this book delivered on it's promise to give you advice on how to handle anything. I also enjoyed when she threw in antidotes about her life over the years. Those little stories were the best part of the book.

What I thought was So-So/Didn't Like: I really wanted to love this book but most of it was "eh". I am not sure that most of her advice is good for everyday people. It is probably because I am not a fashionita. I do figure that I am not the main target audience for this book. It just seemed a little out of reach for most normal people.

Why I gave it a 2: I will admit that this is one of those books that will probably get ratings from bad to good because it really is more of a personal type of book. The advice either appeals to you or not. I love Molly Ringwald and feel like this book will appeal to other people. It just didn't work for me.

Who I would recommend it too: Anyone who likes non-fiction advice books on beauty, travel, wine, and cooking.

Author Website: Harper Collins Book Site
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If you like memoirs and (auto)biographies this is not the book for you. If you want relationship and fashion advice from a pretentious celebrity...go for it.
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In college I was on the lacrosse team, took kick boxing (the kind were if you drop your guard you get punched in the face), I minored in Gender Studies and fixed my own beater car; I don't want you to think I am a powder puff. But I did all that stuff and also wore sassy skirts, kitten heels and worked at a cosmetic counter to pay rent and tuition. I fully embraced my feminine side and had a great time. But after back to back kids, my girly tendencies quickly gave way to sweat pants and 50 extra pounds of flab.

I stumbled upon this book by accident and am glad I did! I found it very fun and affirming. It reminded me that it is important to not lose yourself, that you are a better mom if you take are of yourself in a way that is above just brushing your teeth. I read the Kindle version in two days as I nursed my 6 month old baby. I was sad to see it end, it felt like talking to a girlfriend about things that had been bothering me.

Some people may think this book is too aloof because it talks about Hermes scarves and cheese platters, but I found it enjoyable. It is perfect for all you girly girls out there who owned your own REAL toolset at 21, went clubbing and have found yourself deep in a diaper bag in your 30's. It is a really nice pick-me-up!
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I admit it, the main reason I bought this book was because it was by Molly Ringwald. I always loved her 80s movie, as a huge 80s buff.

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.
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