Book Review: Holly Madison’s Tell All

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At the end of this past summer I decided to read Holly Madison’s new “tell all” book Down the Rabbit Hole. However, school got in the way and I didn’t have as much free time to finish reading it, but that is not to say that this book was not a page turner. I finally finished Madison’s book over winter break, and I found it to be very honest compared to other books written by celebrities, they usually come off very sugar coated if you ask me.

In case you have never heard of Holly Madison, she is a former Playboy Bunny and reality star. She is most known for being Hugh Hefner’s “main girlfriend” on E!’s hit show, The Girls Next Door.  After parting ways with Playboy, she later starred in her very own reality show called Holly’s World, which first aired in 2010 on the same network as GND.

In Down the Rabbit Hole, Holly mentions her dreams of becoming an actress and being heavily inspired by Marilyn Monroe movies at a young age. After experiencing some college, she still had those same desires as she did growing up to be a star, but somehow found herself living in the Playboy Mansion. I won’t give anything away, but she said the thing that attracted her to the mansion was the glamorous life that it entailed, or so it seemed. In Madison’s number one seller, she doesn’t leave anything out about her not so pleasent experience with Playboy and the harsh mistreatment from Hefner.

What I liked most about Holly’s book was that it seemed very truthful and raw, there was a lot she could have kept to herself. Also, (myself included) I think many young women are attracted to the Hollywood lifestyle and will do whatever it takes just to get a little taste of that world. I think it was good that she talked about the dark side of her personal experience when living in the mansion, to show that it’s not all “rainbows and sunshine”. Even though, she can come off at times very “woe is me”, I liked her message about finding the strength to get out of a negative situation. Overall, I really did enjoy Down the Rabbit Hole. I definitely would recommend giving it a read if you like celebrity biographies, and are intrigued by the land of Hollywood or the entertainment industry like I am. I have a lot of respect for Holly, and it is nice to see how happy she is with her life now, as a wife and mother!


-Kelly A.


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