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Never Say Never: Finding a Life That Fits Hardcover – April 17, 2012

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"A sometimes-humorous, self-reflective chronicle of a triumphant journey through a troublesome childhood, chaotic young adulthood and fulfilled middle age." —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Ricki Lake is an actress, television host, and the executive producer of the documentary, The Business of Being Born. She is also the author of Your Best Birth. She lives with her two sons in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451627173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451627176
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,726,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I sat down for just a moment earlier today and thought I would read for a few minutes. Hours later I finished this wonderful memoir. There were times that made me feel such pain for this little girl and then such joy for this fiesty spirit. I find it hard to imagine any woman who cannot relate to many experiences Ricki Lake describes. Maybe that is what makes her so special? Maybe that is why everyone seems to relate to her? Or maybe it is all because of her grandma Sylvia. This book is a great read and though not a tell-all or a self help made me feel like I know her better and has in some way helped.
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...took me on a roller-coaster of emotions Ricki Lake herself has endured, encountered and struggled with. The highs and lows, confusions, disbelief, sadness, let-downs, and triumphs...not to mention her sincere honesty will touch your heart.

This book is not a 'woe-is-me pity party'. This is the real Ricki Lake that I for one, could identify with. At end of the book are several photos of Ricki through the years...from an adorable little girl to a stunning lovely woman just recently married. May your years together continue to bring you health, happiness and love.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Ricki Lake through this book.
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I assumed, incorrectly, that this would be a tell all from actress and talk show host Ricki Lake. Instead, this was a book that was born from the heart and so easily relatable that it could be anyone's story, even mine. At time I got a little weepy, but more often I felt energized by Lake's candor and honesty.
From going from a cute little girl who experienced abuse from even those closest to her, her only safe haven her grandmother Sylvia Lake who always made her a star, and her ongoing problems with weight and self-image, it had elements which most women can relate to. By working hard to take off the pounds and quite literally come out of her cocoon, Lake is able to launch her own period of self-realization where she was able to define her true self and reach her own potential.
As all good stories progress, she also finds, beyond her own power and strength, happiness. She recently married the man that completes and enhances her, but more importantly also loves her as herself.
The subtitle 'Finding A Life That Fits' is a wonderful metaphor for Lake's journey. While this is not exactly a self-help book, it is inspirational to the extent that it talks about some serious external problems and internal problems and the process involved in working through the bad stuff to realize a life that 'fits'.
This book is well written, interesting, and gives hope to all of us who want to evolve and change to be our best.
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I started the book feeling sad for this little girl who had been abused and neglected by the people she needed and most deserved love and attention from. Yet I ended the book wiping happy tears from my eyes with all that Ricki overcame and worked so hard to get and create in her life. From her own telling, Ricki's life had ups and downs and yet all of them are what got her to her happy ending today.

I loved so much about the book but a few points that stick out most to me include:

Her honesty with her body image and weight struggle, even as it continues today, is so relatable to anyone out there who struggles with their weight. It was sad to read how much time she spent hating her image and living in denial. But it was so powerful to read how once she got her weight under control, she gained so much more which ultimately gave her the freedom to truly accept herself, flaws and all. And this paved the way for Ricki to ultimately meet and fall in love with someone who could properly support, shelter, love and adore her just as she is.

It was so powerful to read- and feel- the transformation Ricki made when she stopped identifying herself only by her weight. Putting her focus and attention on the birth movement was incredible and had she not moved beyond the fat girl image she had for most of her life, the world would have been deprived. It was fascinating to read about her first experience giving birth and then to read about her second experience and then to see how that informed and ignited Ricki to make sure all women everywhere knew their birthing options. (As an aside, I watched the Business of Being Born and loved it!)

I loved the humor and realness throughout the book.
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I read this book and sorry I did. I used to really like Riki Lake until I read this book. She really hates her mother. Her grandmother Sylvia, brainwashed her to hate her mother. I found Riki very arrogant and obnoxious. Her mother could never win no matter what the situation or circumstances were. I dont watch her shows anymore either she came off in a very bad light.
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Overall Rating: 2.50
Story Rating: 2.00
Character Rating: 3.00

Audio Rating (not part of the overall rating): 3.00

NOTE: I am a huge fan of Ricki Lake! I adore her---she appears to have the gumption and hutzpah I wish I had in my daily life! This did not make me less of a fan of hers BUT I really kind of wish I wouldn't have read it. Nonfiction is hard to review without seeming like you are talking negatively about the author directly. Please keep in mind at the end of the day---I am still a fan of hers, think she is terrific, and look forward to see what the future brings us from her!

First Thought when Finished: Ricki came across a lot more judgmental than I EVER thought she could be---that is a bit disappointing.

What I Loved: I love the fact that Ricki is so personable, real, and willing to cuss up a storm if the moment calls for it. Being a former fat girl myself, there is so much of Ricki's journey that I can totally relate too. Good or bad she was willing to put it all out there--from her first experience to her recent finding of the love of her life. Ricki was just not willing to let you guess how she feels. That takes GUMPTION (yes in all caps) and you have to admire her for it.

What I Liked: I liked the glimpses into her life as a mom. This seems to be something that she not only takes very seriously BUT also handles how she talks about her boy's father in the same manner. She seems to realize that once you make that step, the boys thoughts and feelings are numero uno. She was not negative in any fashion towards her ex and in fact seems to recognize that half of her boys are from him. KUDOS! That just endured her to me more!

What made me go huh?
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