Standing Strong

Narrated by: Teresa Giudice
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
4 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star and New York Times best-selling author Teresa Giudice opens up about her tumultuous past year in her emotional new memoir, Standing Strong.

In her second memoir, Teresa chronicles her life since her release from prison and what it's been like to weather difficult times as a single mother. Though she recounts the happy memories she has experienced over the past year, she also touches upon some of the darkest times of her life, including her parents' hospitalizations for severe medical issues in late 2016, which led to the tragic passing of her mother in March of 2017. With unparalleled honesty and courage, Teresa opens up in Standing Strong in ways she never has before, showing her fans what it truly means to be a survivor.

©2017 Teresa Giudice (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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She Reminds Me of a Bigger Milania

I like Teresa and I can't stand Teresa. I liked her last book and I enjoyed this book. The thing that I noticed most about this book is that in the beginning she seemed so contrite and humble. Definitely upset about the situation that she found herself in and squarely putting the blame on Joe. She is working hard and doing her best to recify things and working hard to make sure that her daughters have everything that they need. Then there was the rest of the book.

The death of her mother was so devastating that I felt so bad for her and her father and her brother. She went into great depth about what happened and how it happened, what she and Joey did, where they were, what they felt. It was so sad and heartbreaking.

But then we have the other Teresa who is talking about her 'glam squad' and the designer dresses and her expensive shoes and bags. And she is still talking about how hard it is to make ends meet. That was a bit off putting since there are so many women in the same situation but they do not live in a 10,000 sq ft house on 4 acres or have these designer clothes. Why is she complaining when she is choosing to live in such a manner. She is complaining about needing a better security system even though her house is 'a fortress'. She mentions over and over that she is famous and on tv. We know! We know!

Yes, she did go through a horrible time in prison. She did her time, she made amends and she is mad at Joe and she deserves to be and she should be. But there are so many people out there who are living in such dire circumstances and it made me feel like she is complaining about things that she should be grateful to have. This is the Teresa that I cannot stand.

All in all. I like Teresa. I continue to watch RHONJ and I continue to yell at my tv when one of them acts crazy. My hat is off to her for her four amazing children. She did that well and she did it right. She really is a strong woman and I cannot help but hope that she kicks Joe to the curb. She deserves better.

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Quick summary

This book is redundant to the point it makes you want to scream. I can sum it up in a few quick sentences.
1. I'm mad at Joe. He did me wrong. This you will hear at least 500 times.
2. I'm a single mother, and I'm spool good at it. Nobody does it better.
3. I love my parents to distraction. Yeah, that we got the first 500 times.
4. I love my girls, they can do no wrong. Hmm please take a look backwards at that sassy, bad mouthed girl, Melanie and get back to us.
5. Yoga, yoga, yoga,yoga, yoga, yoga.
6 I can hold a grudge longer and better than anyone (que Jacqueline)
7. Food, food, food, food, food. Woman can remember exactly what she ate on any given date.
8. It's all Joe's fault I'm in this situation. Not one thing is my fault. I took no ownership to even glance at what I signed.
9. Damn! I'm so great it's unbelievable.

There you have it. That's the book

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Unfortunately worse than the first one

I like Teresa but listening to her read is torture. I was hoping that she would have improved after the first book but sadly no. Additionally, I feel like this book was all over the place and a bit discombobulated.

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Such a disappointment

This book was a complete waste. And I'm a fan. she should have a refund policy.

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Kinda Boring

I love Teresa but I felt the narrating was kind of boring and you could tell she was reading off paper.

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Love you Teresa

I got through this book in 2 days. Brought it everywhere with me. House chores, driving, grocery shopping etc. I’ve always been a fan of Teresa and her family. My heart broke for them. It was warming to see how strong they all have been and keep pushing. And when she read about her Mom, I was moved to near inconsolable tears. Wow. God bless you Teresa and Family!

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love love love!

loved it as much as her first book. huge Teresa fan!!!!!! hope she keeps writing

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I love me some housewives!

I love this obsession we all have tuning in every week and counting the days to watch what is going to happen. However it doesn’t read as well as it is watched. The editing on this book was God awful... Merona me!! Did someone not read this? I guess anything Housewives will sell!

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realistic

she was very open and honest about her life ill probably read this book again

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Just okay

Teresa has become very bitter towards her husband. If she said how mad she was at him, she said it 1,000 times it seems. The book bounced around a lot and was hard to follow. Can’t say it’s the best memoir I’ve ever read.