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Let Me Tell You Something: Life as a Real Housewife, Tough-Love Mother, and Street-Smart Businesswoman by [Manzo, Caroline]
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From the Back Cover

Red-hot advice from the redhead who doesn't pull any punches

Mother, wife, and fan favorite Caroline Manzo has been through it all as one of the original breakout stars of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The explosive and addicting reality series has seen some of the craziest moments in Real Housewives history, but Caroline has managed to set herself apart as the levelheaded, fiercely loyal, and down-to-earth member of the cast.

Now Caroline, who is known for her no-nonsense advice, "tells you something" about what it really takes to juggle three kids and a husband (and still maintain your sanity), all while living in the spotlight. Her wisdom on family, life, and love, and her shockingly honest confessions about beauty, body image, and even plastic surgery, resonate with women of every generation. Equal parts funny, sincere, and revealing, Caroline exposes the sweeter, more reflective side of herself that fans of the show might not always see.

Filled with personal stories, family photos, and Caroline's characteristic humor, Let Me Tell You Something gives fans and readers an all-access, behind-the-scenes pass into the life of this real New Jersey housewife and her family, where honest advice and practical life lessons are served up as only Caroline can.

About the Author

Caroline Manzo, star of the Bravo reality hit The Real Housewives of New Jersey, is a devoted wife and mother of three children. Caroline is affiliated with several charities, including SCTNow, a foundation dedicated to stopping child trafficking within U.S. borders, CROC, a foundation for helping cancer survivors, Best Friends Animal Society, and Wounded Warrior Project.


Product Details

  • File Size: 5895 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062218883
  • Publisher: It Books (March 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 26, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOGOS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
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Why is it that most of her 5 star reviews all say the same thing, i.e. Caroline is great, loved the book, without any details about what was in the book that they loved? I find that fascinating, almost seems like fake reviews when compared to the other ones where it's obvious the writer read the book.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
If you don't know anything about the Real Housewives of New Jersey, this probably won't mean much to you. Caroline Manzo has been on the show for all 4 seasons, and they are getting ready to air Season 5 on which she is also cast. In that time, viewers watched her go from a shrewd, loyal and sometimes funny person and great mom in the early seasons into a nasty bitter woman who has failed at being a sister, a friend and at times, a mother.

This book was her chance to redeem herself. In fact, I always thought that was what she was doing. Once this book was announced, she practically went on a P.R. campaign to undo the damage she had done to her own reputation. I thought this book would be the original Caroline the viewers fell in love with, but no. Not only is this still the same bitter woman - brace yourself, because she's worse. In addition to bitter and nasty, you can now add pompous braggart to the description.

She should have taken this opportunity to be humble in the face of a changing public opinion of herself, but instead, she rubbed in our faces (and her ex-boyfriend) that she drives Ferrari's and Bentleys. She rubbed in our faces that her Facebook friend requests outnumbered the amount allowed by Facebook. And she says her real reason for writing the book is to "help people." She lists all the ways she has helped people - it is positively mind-numbing.
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Full disclosure: I don't like Caroline on RHONJ, but I am a sucker for memoir/biographical books, plus I love RHONJ as a whole, so I wanted to give it a try. I love to read and I don't discriminate against authors as long as the writing is good!

That said-- this was not my cup of tea. Caroline came across as RUDE, PRETENTIOUS, and FORCEFUL. I understand that this book is supposed to be about her ideas, views, and advice, but to me it was very forceful. Caroline's way or no way. I felt like unless you did/acted as she said to, there was no chance of you having as great of a life as she does. And I don't think her life is all that great.

I bought this hoping for a light, fun read about her life and advice, but this was like reading Caroline's Commandments. This left such a bad taste in my mouth!
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To quote Caroline, "I got nothin"!!! Worst book ever - how pretentious, how scathing, what a braggart. And to think I just handed over more money to her. Too much!
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This book was just another attempt by Caroline to brag and try and make us believe how great her children are. The same children who did not finish college and and had to have Mommy and Daddy set them up with jobs. The same kids who have never and still do not have happy healthy relationships, the same children who cannot do anything on their own like Lauren and her weak try at heathy eating and exercise before taking the lapband easy way out. I know many who have had the lapband because they really just could not lose the weight even with going to the gym 5 times a week, so no I do not think everyone who gets one is taking the easy way out but clearly that's what Lauren did just as she does now. These kids need the apron strings cut and to be kicked out if the nest but Momma cannot let go she has even bought an Apt where the boys live to be near them again.

She is not even close with all if her brothers and sisters yet she is going to give us advice on family. LOL Thanks but think I will just keep doing what I have been since I am super close with ALL of my family and none of us have ever punched each other in the face. It was not worth the money or time I put into this book.
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This is obviously just another housewife trying to make some extra money. I actually just finished Brandi's new book and i was great and very entertaining. This book was the opposite. Caroline Manzo, this is such a disappointment.
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Let me tell you something, a lot of trees died in vain. This book is garbage, nothing of substance or interest written by the author.
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This woman is something - self righteous, narcissistic, lacking self awareness and so hypocritical. Same on the show, same in this poorly written boring nonsense of a "book.". I would not recommend it at all. Save your money. If I could rate it as a -5 star, I would.
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Over the 4 years we have seen caroline on the RHONJ show we have seen her cascade from being a funny, sensible, loyal person to a bitter, lowblowing rag. I thought this book would bring us back to the caroline we all fell in love with in season 1... WRONG...SHes even worse in the book. Bitter, mean and conceited ...she goes on and on about how great she is all the while putting everyone else down.. If you need to do that theres something wrong. She was so mad about the crack someone made about her not a "real" italian yet when you read her recipe for soup youll know the crack was near to the mark. SO sad , i thought this was going to be a book that makes me like caroline again...sadly i like her less.
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