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Stori Telling Hardcover – March 11, 2008
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She's right when she says that we tend to glamorize whatever it is that we aren't, but she can't expect to get much sympathy just because of her background. However I do feel sympathy for her. I know what the lack of attention or loving parents can do to a child. And I'm not saying that her parents didn't love her, it's just that their way of expressing it wasn't quite right for her. She's really come a long way, and I'm glad to see that all her trials and tribulations had finally paid off. She seems to have a good life with her own family now. So, if you are in to read this book you'll have a good time and learn a couple of interesting things about her life. I'm not a fan, but I'm glad I read the book. It gave me a new perspective in my own life, past relationships and projects. It's a true page turner, I read it in a breeze.
sTORI Telling has a very breezy, carefree narrative and it is as if Tori is merely sitting down with you, divulging some of her most guarded secrets and funniest escapades- including a hilarious episode with a clairvoyant. The book will have you both laughing and crying by the end. In a sense, the reader can see how this work was cathartic for Spelling, especially in her most revealing chapters regarding her infidelity and subsequent divorce to her first husband.
Readers looking for particularly juicy gossip or sordid tales of Tori and her 90210 co-stars will probably not find much amusement with this book. Like any biography, sTORI Telling seldom portrays Spelling in a negative light and she rarely divulges damaging details about her co-stars, friends, and family members. If you are a fan or viewer of her Oxygen show or just love good 'ole Donna Martin, this makes a wonderful "rainy" day, beach, airplane, or vacation book!
Very pleasantly surprised.
Tori Spelling is savvy -- she knows that people say and think about her, and she freely discusses these perceptions. She does an impressive balancing act between acknowledging her privileged life and still being sympathetic. It would have been easy to go too over to the side of claiming Poor Little Rich Girl, but she didn't do that. She diffuses it by repeatedly acknowledging that she had a ridiculously spoiled existence in many ways, so when she talks about the things that didn't go right, and that as many doors were shut in her face as were opened by who her father was, you believe her -- and find surprising sympathy.
This is decidedly light reading and I don't claim there's a lot of depth to be found there, other than a relatable sense of "if it's not one thing, it a mother" in that the woman who gave birth to her is clearly something else.
Tori shares some celebrity gossip, but nothing too mean or dishy. She talks about Shannen Doherty, but so does everybody else that's ever Shannen Doherty. Including Melissa Gilbert in Prairie Tale: A Memoir. She seems to pretty much like most people -- including voodoo priestesses, but you'd have to read the book.
I walked away from this for a new, very new, appreciation for Tori Spelling.