I was not always a Tori Spelling fan. I didn't especially dislike her, but I didn't really think much about her either. However, I was in high school during the 90210 days, so I kind of felt like I went through my teen angst alongside of her. Plus, I have seen Mother, May I Sleep With Danger about 26 times. Seriously, if you ever watch Lifetime, you know what I am talking about.
I read Tori's first book, Stori Telling, a few years ago, after her widely publicized affair, followed by a divorce, then remarriage to the man she had the affair with. It gave great insight into what it was like to grow up in the Spelling's world. I have to admit, I was captivated.
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Mommywood and Uncharted Terrotori pick up where the first book left off. They go into Tori's life as a wife and mother in Hollywood. They deal with the fallout caused by revelations in her first book about her friends and co-stars, as well as the tumultuous relationship she has with her mother. Tori seems to be searching for a kind of normalcy and anonymity that growing up in a famous family and then living your life in front of reality show cameras does not allow. It is all very interesting and somehow relatable. All of a sudden, I was sure that Tori and I would be best friends.
Overall, I would give each of these book four out of five stars. The first book made me really like Tori and feel like I understood her point of view. I wanted to know more about her life, which these two book delivered. I admired her honesty, and thoroughly enjoyed her fully stocked arsenal of anecdotes (and some of them are outrageous). I am really looking forward to the release of her next autobiographical book, out later this year.
Next up, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. I am about halfway through it right now, and I like it, but it is a heavy book. I will be back with a review soon.
What are you reading? Are you a Tori fan? Do any of you watch her shows?