Skinnydipping by Bethenny Frankel

Skinnydipping by Bethenny FrankelSkinnydipping
Published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon and Schuster

Faith Brightstone is determined to make it  as an actress, which is why immediately after college she packs her bags and moves to LA from her hometown of New York City. After spending time working in various jobs, none of which involve acting, and realizing her love interest is actually a married man, Faith lays her dreams of an acting career to rest and heads back to New York. Five years later, Faith’s landed a spot on a new reality TV show – a competition for employment with the legendary businesswoman and “domestic goddess” Sybil Hunter, Faith’s idol. As the crazy months of the show wind down, Faith realizes she may have found love in pursuit of success, and she may be forced to make a choice between her dream career and the love of her life.

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Bethenny Frankel. I’ve watched her on TV for years and I think she is hysterical, smart, and an extremely savvy businesswoman. So when I heard that she was planning on writing a novel, I knew for sure I’d read it as soon as I could get my hands on a copy.

Skinnydipping is a work of fiction, but anyone familiar with Bethenny’s own story will recognize much of it within these pages. It felt to me like a way for Bethenny to tell her story without having to write a memoir. And maybe she was able to add some fun details in and exaggerate others for effect. In fact, I watched Bethenny when she was on Martha Stewart’s Apprentice, which is obviously what she modeled the reality TV show in this novel after. This is not to say I didn’t enjoy the book – in fact, I liked it even more because I knew a lot of the stuff in it had to be based on reality – but it is to say that  anyone who believes that this is true fiction is kidding themselves.

I did enjoy the book, though. It wasn’t written incredibly well and parts of it just seemed like a way to tell the reader how messed-up Hollywood is, but overall it held my attention. I liked Faith and (especially since I could only see her as Bethenny) I wanted success for her. I found myself caring about what happened to her and raced through the last third of the book. In the end, I was satisfied with it overall and it was a nice way to pass a lazy Sunday by the pool.

I definitely wouldn’t have picked this book up if it were written by anyone other than Bethenny Frankel. I would recommend this one for Bethenny fans as well as those who enjoy chick-lit. While not my usual fare, I did enjoy Skinnydipping.

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9 thoughts on “Skinnydipping by Bethenny Frankel

  1. I have no idea who Bethenny Frankel is (like Kathy) so I can’t say that it draws my attention much. Just to make myself feel better, I’m going to have to Google her now…

  2. I also don’t know much about her, but the book does sound sort of fun, and like something that would be good brain candy for a lazy weekend read. I am glad that you found this one so entertaining. It doesn’t have to be high literature if it makes you feel good and it holds your interest. Great review today!

  3. lol I remember watching her on Martha Stewart’s Apprentice, too! (that was such an oddly addictive show to me) and I’ve been so surprised that I’m STILL hearing about her…hmm sounds like this one might be kind of fun!

    1. I loooooved the original Apprentice and the Martha Stewart one but when The Donald decided to do the celebrity version I called it quits on the whole thing. I did find this one fun … good for a lazy day. 🙂

  4. I saw her on the Apprentice, but like many other reality stars just don’t get the attraction past the original show. And I can’t stand the Housewives shows, at least the 5 minutes here and there I’ve seen (but, hey, to each her own. if I had more down time I’d still be watching General Hospital :))
    I do give her credit for extending her 15 minutes of fame into a career 🙂

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