I used to consider Tori Spelling to be just a campy, part-time-ish actress. Someone who worked because it was a fun diversion, rather than an essential part of adulthood. A poster child for nepotism. Still, over the years, I have found myself liking her more and more, even though I could never put my finger on the reason for that fondness. But when I heard that she had written a book about her life thus far, I was intrigued. I mean, who ELSE could tell us what it's like to have a bajillionaire TV mogul as a dad? Or how amazing it must have been to live in a 123-room house. And since I was going to be on vacation for a week, where I might actually have some uninterrupted reading time available, I popped into Barnes and Noble and bought a copy of sTORI Telling, fully expecting to be mildly entertained and nothing more.
Once I began reading, I was quite pleasantly surprised. Tori is witty, self-deprecating, and honest about her life to date. She talks candidly about her relationship with her parents, particularly her mother, and how that relationship has affected her in so many ways. Without being bawdy or careless, she divulges her relationship foibles and missteps and makes the reader feel drawn into Tori's circle of friends. Nothing in Tori's book seems disingenuous or forced.....she's not pretending to be someone she's not in the hopes that everyone will suddenly adore her. She's just telling her side of the hundreds of stories printed about her by the media since she was a little girl.
I laughed aloud at some of the stories in this book, and other parts made me want to cry. And when I was done reading it, I found myself wanting more! Which is fortunate, since Tori is currently writing a second book, entitled "Mommywood", about motherhood.
If you're even vaguely entertained by celebrities and life in Hollywood, I would HIGHLY recommend this book. It's a quick, fun read with a generous helping of snark -- check it out!