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When you've come out the other side of the bizarre, twisted world of the Playboy mansion, where do you land? If you're Holly Madison...there's no place like Las Vegas!
After making the sudden decision to reclaim her life, Holly broke free from the sheltered, deceptive confines of the mansion (which meant exiting a hit television show) and was determined to start her life over...from scratch. Without the security of a job or a relationship, she set out to reinvent herself on no one's terms but her own.
Deciding to roll the dice and begin again in the glamorous and dreamlike city of Las Vegas, Holly quickly realized that while she may have left her past in the rearview mirror, the labels and stereotypes that came from it weren't so quick to leave her. With a fierce commitment to take charge of her own narrative, Holly dives headfirst into a journey of self-discovery. After a whirlwind stint on Dancing with the Stars, she snags the coveted lead role in the Strip's hottest new burlesque spectacular and lands a reality series spotlighting her new life as a single woman.
If her own television show and dream job as a showgirl aren't enough to keep her busy, Holly explores the decadent, exclusive inner world of Sin City, navigating its social and dating scene with humor and heart. When it comes to romance, she is met with an eclectic cast of characters, from fame hounds to long-distance loves to the occasional celebrity and more than one tabloid mishap. In this reflective, heartwarming memoir, Holly learns that each dating disaster holds an important - and, in some cases, difficult to face - lesson about herself.
The Vegas Diaries is a comedy of errors set against the glitz and glamour of the dazzling Vegas Strip. Through the wild and crazy experiences on one young woman's quest to have it all, Holly faces her fears, anxieties, and insecurities to discover that her journey to self-sufficiency is also her path to healing. Letting go of trying to prove herself to others, Holly finally gains the courage to confront her past - and in the process finds the life and love she deserves.
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By Amazon Customer on 05-21-16
Not Terrible, Not Believable
I really enjoyed Down the Rabbit Hole, but The Vegas Diaries is just average.
This story seemed less genuine to me than Madison's first book. It's hard to believe that the author is blameless in EVERY situation. Every one else is a douchebag or a bitch and Madison is the innocent bystander or victim. Human beings make mistakes, but the way the author tells it, she was more Mary Poppins than Dorothy. Practically perfect in every way.
As far as the performance goes, it's not bad, but her "W"s have a very distinct "H" sound that I didn't notice in Down the Rabbit Hole, and it became slightly annoying. For example, "When" sounds like "Hwen". It may be because this story is not as strong as her first that the nuance became noticeable in the second book.
11 of 14 people found this review helpful
By B. Ogawa on 05-20-16
A wonderfully surprising talent
Something about Holly's first book totally captured my imagination and I listened to it multiple times. Although I agree with the people who said that she kind of threw everyone under the bus, there was a part of me that really thought there was some poetic justice there. She's kind of a quiet giant and I admire that.
Now on to the second book. Holly is a very good writer and one of the best performers in audio books. She's really, really a good reader. She does use some of the same phrases (maybe) a few too many times ("My jaw dropped!"), but her writing is crisp and entertaining.
I also find her story fascinating in that she made the things happen that she dreamed of. In my opinion the idea that she's a gold-digger is false. She had plenty of opportunities to "settle" for the kept life. She was looking for more from herself and from her relationships. I truly believe she would have found success with or without the "Playboy" thing. And I totally admire that she took the time to improve herself through educational opportunities. She's more than just a pretty face. She's talented and intelligent but also has a work ethic much to be admired. She talks a lot about social awkwardness and I think that makes her very easy to relate to. She doesn't once say, "I'm confident." What she does say is that she works around social anxieties that would stop most of us. I admire that.
This isn't as "juicy" as the first book and I didn't need it to be. What it is is a tale of survival and amazing success against all odds. I admire this gutsy girl and wish her great things in the future. I hope there will be more from this talented writer and her unique voice. There's no one else like her in the genre.
10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By SMc on 03-01-18
Fun enjoyable story
Love the first book down the rabbit hole and this one did not disappoint. Good fun listening.
By Amazon Customer on 09-21-17
Really enjoyed this book and hearing about Holly's adventures. Didn't want it to end! 5 stars
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By Jasmine on 03-01-17
I LOVE this book
I'm normally a business, marketing etc book "reader" but I loved Hollys first book & this 1 didn't disappoint either!
Im a BIG fan!
Was disappointed when it ended!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 12-18-17
If you love Holly
This book is great if you love Holly and want to carry on from her previous book "Down the rabbit hole". If you didn't know what the word 'incredulously' meant, you certainly will after listening to this book.