09 December 2010 ~ 1 Comment

uncharted terriTORI by Tori Spelling

I can’t stop reading these memoirs. I blame my mother. My unassuming mother is, apparently, a huge fan of Tori Spelling and her reality TV show. Who’d have thunk it? Anyway, she raved about Spelling’s first memoir and insisted I read it. I did so it would keep her happy. Needless to say, I ended up loving it. Everything I thought about her and how she thinks was wrong.

I think she may be pumping these out too quickly though. This covered such a small period of time that it’s starting to feel like a yearly diary and less of a memoir. It also didn’t have a resolution at the end, just a lot of “trying”.

Having said that, I find her to be a delightful person and writer. Yes, she’s a little self-obsessed (aren’t we all?) and I think this one was a little more than the other two.

But I love how honest she is about herself, about her short-coming as well as her victories. At one point, talking about her control freak issues, she muses on wanting a clone but dismisses it because the clone wouldn’t do it right. Oh, Tori, I totally and completely feel you! It’s hard and something that I struggle with myself. In many ways, I think her memoirs are a little more reality based. Yes, she’s semi-famous and all that, but she seems to have some real life issues that she deals with just like the rest of us.

I don’t watch the show or anything but a lot of the book seemed to take place while there was filming going on so if you watch the show, some of this might be a bit of a rehash.

Recommended for those that enjoyed her other memoirs. I enjoyed it enough to give it four stars, but if you haven’t read the others, some of the things she mentions may not make sense.

Welcome to Los Angeles, birthplace and residence of Tori Spelling.

It’s not every Hollywood starlet whose name greets you on a Virgin Airways flight into la-la land. But Tori Spelling has come to accept that her life is a spectacle. Her name is her brand, and business is booming. Too bad when your job is to be yourself, you can’t exactly take a break.

Tori finally has everything she thought she wanted—a loving family and a successful career—but trying to live a normal life in Hollywood is a little weird. With the irresistible wit, attitude, and humor that fans have come to love, the New York Times bestselling author of sTORI telling and Mommywood is back with more hilarious, heartwarming, and candid stories of juggling work, marriage, motherhood, and reality television cameras.

Tori comes clean about doing her time on jury duty, stalking herself on Twitter, discovering her former 90210 castmates’ “I Hate Tori” club, contracting swine flu, and contacting Farrah Fawcett from the dead. Like many mothers, she struggles to find balance (Stars, they’re just like us!)—only most women don’t have to battle it out with paparazzi at the grocery store. She talks openly about the darker side of life in the spotlight: media scrutiny over her weight and her marriage to Dean McDermott, her controversial relationship with Dean’s ex-wife, and her unfolding reconciliation with her mother.

Having it all isn’t always easy—especially when you’re a perfectionist—but with the help of her unconventional family and friends, an underwear-clad spiritual cleansing or two, and faith in herself, she’s learning to find her happy ending. Because when you’re Tori Spelling, every day brings uncharted terriTORI.***

Just when you thought sTORI time was over, the beloved Hollywood starlet has so much more to say. ***”My life has changed dramatically in the past several years. I married Dean; we moved several times; we had two children; we created a show that has gone into its fifth season on the air. I have love. I have a family. I have a home. I have work. It’s all I ever wished for. But trying to be a perfect wife, mother, and mini-mogul has its challenges, especially if, like me, you want to be perfect at all of them at the same time.” —from uncharted terriTORI

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 97

One Response to “uncharted terriTORI by Tori Spelling”

  1. Dana Fortier 9 December 2010 at 10:52 am Permalink

    I used to HATE Tori Spelling, but after I got sucked into “Inn Love”, I became a fan of hers. She has a relatively good head on her shoulders and the relationship she has and continually nurtures with her children, her husband, her friends and her business colleagues is amazing. I commend her.

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