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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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Dullness

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

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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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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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my EX favorite housewife. used to admire her.

TW: Extravagant scandalous allegations throughout my review. my attitude towards her personal life makes me ashamed I contributed to this pathetic GoFundMe iwroteabook campaign.

I ordered this book while all the public knew was about the divorce. forced myself to listen because I'd already paid for it. she used to be fun. to watch. This is just a self indulgent, glam team toting humble brag with an air of her real self sometimes seen on RHOBH.
Watching the news of what her husband had done really forced me to see her for the gold digger she really is. divorce? strictly to keep her "gifts" and sever herself fro. jer8 husbands embezzlement of clients who put their trust in him. really struggled to get through knowing her ITS EXPENSIVE TO BE ME attitude has cost so many victims and the families that have to go without. sell a few of those loubatons & at least LOOK like you have one ounce of humility instead of greed. pushed through to the end. only because the cost of this book was my "splurge" birthday present. would have never paid of I knew then about the withholding of husbands client funds going to fix her 3bedrooms of pretty messy wardeobes.

sorry victims. I can swear and attest I knew of nothing until I had already read the 1st few chapters & the truth became publc.

again...ALLEGEDLY.

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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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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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I expected more

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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.

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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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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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eh

torture. i am glad it was audio . i don't know if i could actually read it

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  • 05-31-21

Erica Jane Pretty mess

I loved this book from start to end, it's a brilliant read Erica talks of her life before she met her husband Tom,
And also how she struggled as a single mum, but she's a hustler and you hear everything from her acting to becoming the star she is now.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys her on the Real Housewives of Beverly hills or her singing career.
It really is a good read.

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  • Victoria W.
  • 04-17-19

Smart

This woman is a real inspiration. Behind the glitz, glamour and money Erika is a humble and SMART woman.

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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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  • mim
  • 02-22-22

short and sweet. lots about her childhd and perfor

it was ok, I enjoyed it but it was very on the surface. would have been nice to dig deeper but it was nice to hear her own voice and sounded like she was speaking to me

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  • Pennie Hughes
  • 08-06-21

Enlightening

What a great in sight to a woman who has amazed me and inspired me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-21-21

Boring.

we know everything that's in here from watching the show. not into it at all.

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  • Rachel C. Gibney
  • 02-09-21

What was I thinking

Worst book ever, utter rubbish,doesn’t even work for insomnia, as her voice is like nails on a blackboard

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  • sarah leanne davies
  • 02-06-21

amazing truthfully and gritty, I love erica jane!

a truly amazing read, I found it really inspiring! I prey she writes another book!

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  • Ms Lennox
  • 09-09-20

A true testimony to self belief and hard work

Told with remarkable humility and humour. Really inspiring. Thank you Erika Jayne! New book soon?

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  • Paula White
  • 09-03-20

*Beautiful Woman* should be the real title

I loved hearing Erica's true story. this book is about an amazing woman with such honesty and integrity. She may look all glamour and glitz, that's on the outside, inside she's a true woman. She will make you gasp and laugh out loud with just how honest she is. A must read for any woman.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-31-21

i like Erika

I like Erika and I liked the book I'd love to know more about her journey

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  • Lisa Carlyon
  • 10-26-20

Amazingly crazy & heartfelt

Wow, great book ‼️
Thank you to Housewives for bringing Erika to my tv, you stay true to who you are & l love it
Listening to the actual person reading their own story is better than anyone else, so thanks
You made me laugh & cry, we also have alot in common
Come to Australia, you'll be welcome anytime

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  • Flower
  • 10-03-20

Better than I expected

I’ve always been a fan of Erica Jayne and wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. Unfortunately there has been some negative reviewed so I didn’t have any expectations but I thoroughly enjoyed it and Erika Janye remains candid and hilariously funny in her own way. If you like her and just want something light and easy to listen to! I recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-19

Loved it!

I found it really interesting and easy to listen too. It was a great insight into her life.