As an actress or a spokesperson for "Jenny Craig", most people know who Valerie Bertinelli is. If you were around in the late 70s and early 80s, you probably saw her on "One Day at a Time", the TV sitcom that made her famous at the young age of 15.
Barbara played the role of the good daughter, compared to her wild sister on the show, McKenzie Phillips, who was known for her drug use and partying. Valerie was totally opposite of McKenzie, or so her image projected. The truth is, she was not as innocent as she seemed. It was hard to imagine this girl ever uttering a cuss word, much less using drugs. But the reality was far from the perception.
Married at age 20 to famous rocker Eddie Van Halen, she lived the rock 'n roll lifestyle, staying up all night, drinking and doing drugs to fit in with her husband and his friends. At the same time, she tried to keep her career intact, which was becoming increasingly difficult. She and Eddie had a son, Wolfie, their only child. Infidelity rocked their marriage and most would be surprised to hear that it was Valerie who cheated first. Their public image was one of a loving happy couple, but in reality, their marriage was quite dysfunctional and unhappy. Twenty years later, they divorced.
Valierie is open and honest about the various relationships and one night stands she engaged in, along with the parties and drug use. You'll be surprised at the people she's connected to and experiences she's had with them. This book will not solidify her good girl image; this book tears it apart and reveals the real Valerie Bertinelli. For me, that's the best part of the book, not the dirty details, but the fact that she was willing to share them at all. She's the first one to say that she's not perfect and it's hard not to respect her for being so candid.
Today, she's got her life together and is in a happy, committed relationship that she feels is normal, unlike what she had in the past.
This book is a good read, especially if you are a fan of hers. Even if you aren't, it's well written and you feel as if you're sitting with her as she tells the story of her life.