Uncharted TerriTori by Tori Spelling
Welcome to Los Angeles, birthplace and residence of Tori Spelling.
It’s not every Hollywood starlet whose name greets you on a Virgin Airways flight into la-la land. But Tori Spelling has come to accept that her life is a spectacle. Her name is her brand, and business is booming. Too bad when your job is to be yourself, you can’t exactly take a break.
Tori finally has everything she thought she wanted—a loving family and a successful career—but trying to live a normal life in Hollywood is a little weird. With the irresistible wit, attitude, and humor that fans have come to love, the New York Timesbestselling author of sTORI telling and Mommywood is back with more hilarious, heartwarming, and candid stories of juggling work, marriage, motherhood, and reality television cameras.
Tori comes clean about doing her time on jury duty, stalking herself on Twitter, discovering her former 90210 castmates’ “I Hate Tori” club, contracting swine flu, and contacting Farrah Fawcett from the dead. Like many mothers, she struggles to find balance (Stars, they’re just like us!)—only most women don’t have to battle it out with paparazzi at the grocery store. She talks openly about the darker side of life in the spotlight: media scrutiny over her weight and her marriage to Dean McDermott, her controversial relationship with Dean’s ex-wife, and her unfolding reconciliation with her mother.
Having it all isn’t always easy—especially when you’re a perfectionist—but with the help of her unconventional family and friends, an underwear-clad spiritual cleansing or two, and faith in herself, she’s learning to find her happy ending. Because when you’re Tori Spelling, every day brings uncharted terriTORI.
Disclaimer: I listened to this book via Overdrive.
Having already confessed my love of crazy reality TV, it should come no surprise to you that I watched the Tori & Dean show and loved every minute of their crazy lives so I had a great deal of background knowledge when I started listening to this book.
I picked this audiobook strictly because it was available on Overdrive and I needed something to listen to while I walked. It turned out to be a good choice.
Although the book was dated, (originally published in 2010) I enjoyed it quite a bit. I wonder how different the experience would have been if I had listened to it when it first came out. Tori’s declarations of how Dean could never cheat on her were very hard to hear knowing what the future would hold for them.
For some reason I am fascinated by the lives of celebrities so hearing Tori tell me about a crazy holiday party at her mother’s mansion or how her 90210 co-stars didn’t like her was like I was really friends with her and she was sharing her life with me.
If I were really sitting down with Tori I would tell her something that I’ve had to learn myself. Someone once told me, “If we only realized how little people thought of us”. I can’t imagine growing up like she did but it’s got to be so frustrating always living your life for what you want the appearances to be. Hopefully, she has realized that you can live your life and not really care what anyone else thinks.
I’m a big fan of listening to celebrity books for that reason. I love to hear them tell their story in their own voice. If you can get past the fact that their story has played out quite a bit since this book’s release, it’s a good read/listen.