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Pretty Mess

Narrated by: Erika Jayne
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (989 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Without her alter-ego Erika Jayne, Erika Girardi says she'd just be "another rich bitch with a plane" - so get ready for the dishy, tell-all memoir from show-stopping performer, model, singer, and beloved star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Erika Jayne.

Erika Jayne didn't make it this far by holding back. Now, in her first-ever memoir, the fan favorite star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills bares her heart, mind, and soul.

In Pretty Mess, Erika spills on every aspect of her life: from her rise to fame as a daring and fiery pop/dance performer and singer; to her decision to accept a role on reality television; to the ups and downs of family life (including her marriage to famed lawyer Tom Girardi, 33 years her senior). There's much more to Erika Jayne than fans see on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Pretty Mess is her opportunity to dig deep and tell her many-layered, unique, and inspiring life story.

As fun and fearless as its author, this fascinating memoir proves once and for all why Erika Jayne is so beloved: she's strong, confident, genuine, and here to tell all!

©2018 Erika Jayne (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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I wanted to like this so bad.

I really like watching Erika. I love her music. This book was horrible. It was boring and self-indulgent. The first chapter reads like the filmography section on a stars Wikipedia page. The second chapter is a painful list of all the ways her mother wronged her. A little hypocritical because we find out in later chapters that she leaves her own son to be cared for by the same woman(and others) while she moved solo to LA. The book never picks up speed it just kind of slowly drags on until the final chapter. There are no interesting real housewives stories and very few personal story’s. It was basically a 5 hour long justification of how she really is a performer not just a rich bored wife. Message received!

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Dullness

Not as interesting as I thought it would be. Pretty boring actually. Not recommended at all

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I expected more

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book was ok. I guess i just expected a more over the top story.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I enjoyed Erika as the narrator.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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She got the title right... Pretty Mess....

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

From the the first chapter I knew this was a mistake buying it. but I had to force myself to listen to the entireity because I wanted to get my monies worth. She talked fast and if you slowed it down she sounded drunk. So either way it was difficult.

Would you ever listen to anything by Erika Jayne again?

um... no...

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erika Jayne?

no one, the book was about the most self absorbed person on the planet. First poor poor Erika, her life her mother her father her this her that. Second it became rich rich Erika,her husband, her plane, her clothes, her this her that.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment. I used to like her now after reading her book, not so much anymore. she was flip flopping from calling her mother Rene then calling her her mother, and she did the same with her grandmother. it was confusing and disrespectful. At least her mother was there thru her whole life as Erica disses her through out the whole book. um...as her son "choose" to be in NY at age 6 with his father. Who at age 6 knows whats best? And he didn't want to be with his mother? What son doesn't want to be with their mother? Oh, yes, her son. By the end of the book, I realize why. She has no time but for herself.
I found myself out loud talking between her lines. the real truth to almost every sentence. She is obviously trying to convince herself otherwise by writing this book.
I felt sorry for her "Rene" her mother, how embarrassing for her. I hope Rene didn't read this book.

Any additional comments?

wish I hadn't read it. I look at her differently now. super snob housewife.

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finally!

I've been wanting to read this book! so glad I spent my one free book on the queen herself.... loved listening to her voice while driving through LA. great book!

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Very bland and poorly executed reading of the book

It's a struggle to complete this ugly mess even for a huge rhobh fangirl like myself. The stories are dry and nothing interesting despite being about a colorful woman. Erika's icy personality is noticeable but never really explored like you expect from a memoir.

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Just boring

Please don’t waste your credit. I like her and her spunk but book was a challenge to listen to.



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Narrator loves yelling in your ear

Jesus Christ, can someone teach this woman not to begin every sentence about 70 decibels louder than the previous one? My poor ears. Just keep a consistent volume, please!

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Pretty PC

Would you listen to another book narrated by Erika Jayne?

Maybe, I love her, but she read too fast and with no... I don't know, it was like listening to someone read a book really fast in a monotone voice, not actually bringing the words to life.

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Short and Sweet

I hoped for more but this book only scratched the surface of Erika Jayne-much like what you see on RHoBH, what you get is real and authentic but you can't help but feel that there is more deeper down somewhere. It was insightful to learn about her history and training in the performing arts, but as a short book it only breezes through her life experiences. A good quick read but definitely left me with more questions and a longing for raw experiences. I highly recommend for anyone who is a fan, just don't expect more than Erika is already willing to give.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-18

wow what ! the best i love erika g !!!!!!!!

wow i love erika she is the best keep up the good work ! its expensive to be yourself !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-14-19

Letdown

A big fan of Erika, the book was not up to standard. Could not finish.