The number-one New York Times best-selling author returns with this candid, humorous, and captivating memoir chronicling her journey toward reinvention and self-acceptance.
When you've come out the other side of the bizarre, twisted world of the Playboy mansion, where do you land? If you're Holly Madison...there's no place like Las Vegas!
After making the sudden decision to reclaim her life, Holly broke free from the sheltered, deceptive confines of the mansion (which meant exiting a hit television show) and was determined to start her life over...from scratch. Without the security of a job or a relationship, she set out to reinvent herself on no one's terms but her own.
Deciding to roll the dice and begin again in the glamorous and dreamlike city of Las Vegas, Holly quickly realized that while she may have left her past in the rearview mirror, the labels and stereotypes that came from it weren't so quick to leave her. With a fierce commitment to take charge of her own narrative, Holly dives headfirst into a journey of self-discovery. After a whirlwind stint on Dancing with the Stars, she snags the coveted lead role in the Strip's hottest new burlesque spectacular and lands a reality series spotlighting her new life as a single woman.
If her own television show and dream job as a showgirl aren't enough to keep her busy, Holly explores the decadent, exclusive inner world of Sin City, navigating its social and dating scene with humor and heart. When it comes to romance, she is met with an eclectic cast of characters, from fame hounds to long-distance loves to the occasional celebrity and more than one tabloid mishap. In this reflective, heartwarming memoir, Holly learns that each dating disaster holds an important - and, in some cases, difficult to face - lesson about herself.
The Vegas Diaries is a comedy of errors set against the glitz and glamour of the dazzling Vegas Strip. Through the wild and crazy experiences on one young woman's quest to have it all, Holly faces her fears, anxieties, and insecurities to discover that her journey to self-sufficiency is also her path to healing. Letting go of trying to prove herself to others, Holly finally gains the courage to confront her past - and in the process finds the life and love she deserves.
©2016 Holly Madison (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
I really enjoyed Down the Rabbit Hole, but The Vegas Diaries is just average.
This story seemed less genuine to me than Madison's first book. It's hard to believe that the author is blameless in EVERY situation. Every one else is a douchebag or a bitch and Madison is the innocent bystander or victim. Human beings make mistakes, but the way the author tells it, she was more Mary Poppins than Dorothy. Practically perfect in every way.
As far as the performance goes, it's not bad, but her "W"s have a very distinct "H" sound that I didn't notice in Down the Rabbit Hole, and it became slightly annoying. For example, "When" sounds like "Hwen". It may be because this story is not as strong as her first that the nuance became noticeable in the second book.
You would think she was the Virgin Mary or Mother Theresa; I can't imagine living the life she did and portraying yourself in such a self righteous light. Not to mention she had to be the biggest whiner I have ever had the non pleasure of listening too. I about threw up just listening but figured I would finish it to write a review.
No way I love books like these when not written in such a whiny, redundant tone.
For someone who rode Hugh Hefners ( don't get me wrong I think the man is a pig) coat tails to fame she sure has a lot of complaints. She would have you believe she was in a hostage situation, sorry I don't buy it.
Mom of 2 boys ... originally from Brooklyn, NY now living in beautiful Nevada!
yes since her 1st book was very interesting
I felt like there wasnt much of a story that was exciting to read about
she was a good reader
In this book Holly tries to come out from under the Playboy Cloud and become her own woman; however most of this book is around her finding her next man (Can you say boy crazy?) as hard as she tries for it to not be this way. I think she should have stuck with only writing her first book which was all about Playboy, The Inside Look. By trying to come off as a more serious writer, she has done herself a disserves as well as the reader, skip this one and just read the first one, in my so humble opinion.
Did not enjoy it. She goes into the history of some landmark I don't care to remember and the reasoning behind casinos serving alcohol which feels much like fillers to the already lacking content of the "book."
She is just riding the wave of her first book to cash in as much as possible. For someone who constantly says how much they don't want to associate with Playboy, she sure makes sure Playboy is involved on all her books in order to draw publicity.
I really enjoyed the first book so thought I would give this a try. It was good just not as enjoyable as the first for me. Anyway still love Holly!
Something about Holly's first book totally captured my imagination and I listened to it multiple times. Although I agree with the people who said that she kind of threw everyone under the bus, there was a part of me that really thought there was some poetic justice there. She's kind of a quiet giant and I admire that.
Now on to the second book. Holly is a very good writer and one of the best performers in audio books. She's really, really a good reader. She does use some of the same phrases (maybe) a few too many times ("My jaw dropped!"), but her writing is crisp and entertaining.
I also find her story fascinating in that she made the things happen that she dreamed of. In my opinion the idea that she's a gold-digger is false. She had plenty of opportunities to "settle" for the kept life. She was looking for more from herself and from her relationships. I truly believe she would have found success with or without the "Playboy" thing. And I totally admire that she took the time to improve herself through educational opportunities. She's more than just a pretty face. She's talented and intelligent but also has a work ethic much to be admired. She talks a lot about social awkwardness and I think that makes her very easy to relate to. She doesn't once say, "I'm confident." What she does say is that she works around social anxieties that would stop most of us. I admire that.
This isn't as "juicy" as the first book and I didn't need it to be. What it is is a tale of survival and amazing success against all odds. I admire this gutsy girl and wish her great things in the future. I hope there will be more from this talented writer and her unique voice. There's no one else like her in the genre.
Having Holly herself narrate was an awesome treat!
I've always been partial to Holly herself.
All of them! It was certainly amusing to her Holly's interpretation of her friend's voices!
Just her ability to be honest when it came to her mistakes and her openness to learn from them.
"brilliant story teller "
holly tells a great story of her time in Vegas. she doesn't forget the detail. what a fascinating lady, she's humbled and not afraid to say when she was wrong
"Great Just Great"
loved it. yet another great listern, by Holly Maddison, who amazes me everytime. Well Done
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