Review: skinnydipping

Why I picked it: Like many of us, my family first discovered Bethenny Frankel on Martha Stewart's version of The Apprentice.  I appreciate her honesty and what she's willing to share.  I love that she's willing to show that life isn't perfect.

Do you watch her show on Bravo? I can't believe I'm going to say this... I hope she signs off from reality TV soon. While I enjoy watching her show I think her family deserves some time away from the camera, to live a normal life.  I just hope to see a peak of her new apartment first!

Synopsis: Faith is an aspiring actress just out of college, who moves to L.A. determined to have it all—a job on the most popular TV show, a beach house in Malibu, and a gorgeous producer boyfriend. But when reality hits, she finds herself with a gig as a glorified servant, a role that has more to do with T&A than acting, and a dead-end relationship. Finally, Faith decides she’s had enough of La La Land and moves back to New York with just a suitcase and her dog, Muffin.

Five years later, Faith has finally found her groove as an entrepreneur and manages to land a spot on a new reality TV show hosted by her idol—the legendary businesswoman and domestic goddess Sybil Hunter. Diving into the bizarre world of reality TV, Faith’s loud mouth and tell-it-like-it-is style immediately get her in trouble with her fellow contestants—the delusional socialite; the boozy lifestyle coach; the moody headband designer; and her closest friend, the ambitious housewife who eventually betrays her. Even Sybil is not what she appears.

Type: Fiction (chic-lit)

Quick Take: I'm happy I'm writing my review after watching her interview on The Today Show.  In the interview she mentioned this novel is a palette cleanser, and that she had so much fun writing it.  For me this is important... let me explain why:

If you are familiar with Bethenny, this novel is so close to the life we observe on television.  It's a super light, fun book that follows Faith's journey on a 'Martha like' reality show.  While reading the book you will try to put a name to the characters. 

A super fast read, funny, and left me wondering what bits happened in real life.

Rating: 3 stars
Source: NetGalley (review copy)

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