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Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde

Lu par : Jennie Garth
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For the first time ever, Jennie Garth is putting it all out there, sharing her joys and her sorrows, her successes and her failures, with candor and a surprising, even bawdy, sense of humor.

From her sudden rise to fame as a golden-haired teen beauty, to recently redefining herself as a single working mother to three growing girls, Jennie Garth has defied the odds and thrived in a town that can be more than a little tough on its blondes.

Since Jennie landed in Hollywood at just 16, she has built an enduring career as a television and film actress, producer, and director, beginning with her iconic turn as Kelly Taylor on Aaron Spelling’s smash hit Beverly Hills 90210, a show that ran for a decade and which cemented Jennie’s place in American pop culture.

Recently, Jennie found herself facing her 40s from a place she never expected to be in: newly single, in demand again as an actress after years spent focusing on her family, and all over the tabloids. So she decided to do what surprised many - including herself: She decided to write about it, to tell her own story, in her own words.

And now, in this intimate memoir, she explores the highs and lows of her life, both in front of the camera and behind closed doors, revealing the real Jennie Garth - smart, funny, and stronger than she ever realized.

This is one unforgettable, utterly loveable Hollywood Blonde, and these are her deep thoughts.

©2014 Jennie Garth and Emily Heckman (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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  • Roger
  • 08/04/2014

Not sure I can finish it

Would you try another book from Jennie Garth and Emily Heckman and/or Jennie Garth?

No, I would not...the simple fact is that there is nothing interesting here. It could have been about my neighbor down the street, or the guy who runs the hardware store. "I went to school, got a job, had some drama, and everybody ends up to be my lifelong friend". I love auto biography's and have listed to or read many. What makes them interesting is the unusual and fascinating lives some people live. Unfortunately, Jenny's book is a swing and a miss. I'm about halfway through the book and haven't gotten to her divorces yet, but I'm sure it'll be no different than the 50 people I know who got divorce...no more drama than anyone else. I'll finish the book, if I can get through it, and update my comments if needed. As other comments have indicated, it's obvious she doesn't want to offend anyone or step on anyone's toes, and the result, a boring book.

What could Jennie Garth and Emily Heckman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I would have hoped she would be a little more honest. Give us the real dirt while growing up as a Hollywood star. If Jenny was as honest as she could be (which I'll never know for sure), then maybe nothing that exciting happened to her.

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  • Hilary
  • 21/03/2014

How I Became a Fan of Jennie Garth

Being a few years older than the cast, I was never a fan of 90210, which appealed to a younger sect. Nor do I consider myself a fan of Jennie Garth, having never followed her career. I am however, a voracious reader (listener) of autobiographies and found myself without something to listen to when this book popped into my 'we thought you'd like’ list. Really? Aren’t I out of her demographic? Even the title of the book made me wince a little. I grappled with myself, considering the purchase and listened to the free preview provided. She sounded really interesting and she did have a story to tell… desperation for material won and with a guilty conscious I clicked ‘purchase’.

Guess what? I AM a fan of Jennie Garth; the person. This book is great and skillfully read by the author. She is candid, funny, a great story teller (or received excellent advice/assistance on how to tell her story) and extremely likable.

This book tells of Jennie’s life, from start to present: her idyllic childhood as the youngest member of an alternate version of the Brady Bunch, her painful adolescent years, her accidental career path, her relationships and how she dealt with all that she encountered, with grace and humility. What is revealed is a fiercely-loyal, hard-working, genuine, real person. I’m here to tell you not to consider this book a guilty pleasure, it is worth every penny.

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  • jeffrey
  • 03/07/2014

disappointing...

What would have made Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde better?

Better accuracy....fans of her show 90210 will immediately recognize that she's either lying or moron because she doesn't have her facts straight....shouldnt an editor have notices all the mistakes she made about the show's timeline and her character??

Has Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I love biographies but this one is largely full of BS and its pretty clear now she just threw it together to try and relaunch her career

Have you listened to any of Jennie Garth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde?

It's her book so she can write what she wants, but she said VERY little about 90210 and her castmates, and she had to know that that's what readers would want more of...

Any additional comments?

just really disappointed....

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  • Audio
  • 23/03/2014

What a great listen from a great lady - Class Act

What made the experience of listening to Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde the most enjoyable?

Jennie has such a down-to-earth style, and her narration was superb - so often with celebrity memoirs they tend to treat it as a "reading" and act/emphasize slightly (or incredibly) artificially. With Jennie, it was really hard to imagine she was reading a manuscript because her voice just flowed so well. It really felt like a personal conversation with her where she was just telling stories about her life. It had the vibe of the first couple of Tori Spelling's books (before they became so artificial) but Jennie comes across as even more genuine than Tori ever did. You really get the feeling that the emotions you can hear when she talks about things like her father's health, her relationships with her two former husbands, etc. are really heart-felt and not "actressy" or rehearsed. This made the whole book very easy to listen to, and compelling.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that Jennie gave the proper amount of time to 90210, and felt like the pacing of the book was very even. It flowed very well from growing up (which was rather interesting, and is a subject I rarely have much care about when listening to these types of celebrity memoirs) to her first jobs, to 90210, and after. I really liked the balance - she doesn't get into what can be really boring specifics about every member of her family or bogged down in details that would really only matter to her personally, but still gives enough information that you feel that you have an understanding and an accurate portrait.

While I've seen some criticism of the 90210 section, I think that the portions about the show are about things like dressing rooms, etc. more than anything else because that's what the experience was like for her. And I actually found it quite interesting. People looking for dirt or exposed scandals who are already super-90210 "researchers" may not get much new, but I think that's because - the overall story has already been told, this was just her version of it. While it doesn't sound like she was exactly a "loner", it was more of an internal experience for her there and this book reflects that. Her talking a lot about her personal spaces was actually rather revealing, if you take the time to listen.

The only criticism I do see is the fact-checking about seasons of 90210 - while she fully admits up front she has a terrible memory to begin with, anyone who watched the show at all, even casually, would detect the errors - Shannen was gone technically at the end of Season 4, but Jennie says Season 6. That said - *IF* you count the two Summer seasons on their own, in a way she is correct. That one I was able to get past, but it was odd that she later in the book talks about Season 6 again (the actual Season 6 as we refer to it as) when she was pregnant a few years later (just not consistent within the book), and she also repeatedly talks about being pregnant and playing a high-schooler, when in fact they were well past High School graduation during that time. While to be honest, after 10 years on a show and the fact that she probably never actually watched it, I can see where it would mush together for her - but someone along the line should have pointed this out and corrected it.

All that said - it's a minor thing, really - and it doesn't take away from the emotions and feelings and overall story itself.

What does Jennie Garth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Already covered this pretty much, but listening to her tell the story was a very intimate experience, and the conversational flow made the book seem like it was only a couple of hours versus the actual length. She has such a soothing, distinctive voice that it really was a pleasure.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - I listen to Audible almost exclusively in my car, and a few times I turned off the engine and kept the book going as I sat in the driveway for a few minutes just to listen for a bit longer.

Any additional comments?

Sure, the 90210 season-confusion kept it from being absolutely perfect - but, it really only amounts to a few lines out of what otherwise is a really great listen. I really feel like I know a lot more about someone who is generally a rather private person, and I thank her for being so honest and letting her fans in on what makes her "tick" and sharing her story in such an honest, genuine way.

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  • Michelle
  • 07/03/2014

Realistic, Sincere, and Heartwarming Growth

Would you consider the audio edition of Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde to be better than the print version?

YES! It's read by Jennie Garth which makes it much more real and you get a chance to hear her inflection and passion. She is a great narrator actually and I'd love to hear her read more.

What does Jennie Garth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The honesty. When she talks about her dad, her kids, her cast mates, you hear her pride, genuine respect and love that she feels for each person.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish - But - it was two sittings and less than 24 hours.

Any additional comments?

There was a little repetition which was a little annoying for me but I enjoyed the overall book immensely. It was a journey!

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  • ALH
  • 10/10/2019

Enjoyed the first half...

But the rest was, for me in a time in life that is almost unbearably difficult, not enjoyable. More importantly, not helpful. Jennie is a beautiful reader, she started out so well, really telling the story. Very engaging. But she either got tired, or was also emotionally overwhelmed, and the reading became less colorful, more grey (I feel in colors, if you don't understand, that's ok)
I think she did a great job about writing about herself. Not dragging her children into a book they might not feel comfortable in, and while I was confused about when some things happened (divorce, death), and in what order- which I find super frustrating - she did handle those things with dignity and grace. But there was just a vague sadness that was hard for me to stay with. I did listen to the whole book though, if you were wondering.
If you want "dirt"? As previously stated, the one thing I learned about Jennie is that she does have dignity & grace. No "dirt", which in my book is a wise thing. I can't believe I'm going to write this, but I had more fun (and was more often annoyed. Go figure) by Tori Spelling's crazy share-everything let -the- chips -fall -where -they -may book. (I've only listened to one) But at the end of the day? I'd rather be friends with Jennie than Tori. The premise of "Blondeness" also didn't make a lot of sense, but I guess that was needed for bookends and a title?

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  • christina b.
  • 07/06/2019

Light hearted and honest

I really enjoyed this book! It was delightful and Jenni has a great voice too!

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  • Chris Capato
  • 25/04/2017

A brilliant telling of a beautiful life

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

First of all you must read/listen to this book! There are many woman in pop culture I correlate my childhood with, however Jennie Garth has always topped the list. Yes over Mariah, Britney, Janet and even Barbra... Jennie is the one celeb that I have dreamed of having a cup of coffee with (obviously from her words in the book this would never happen lol since she would be extremely uncomfortable!) This book gave me a view of her life in her words and although I have always found her as a celeb to be completely down to earth and a non diva - that view was solidified within these pages. As a gay man (obviously you knew that from my above pop culture fav ladies reference!) I remember the moment I fell in love with Jennie, she was playing her famous roll as Kelly of course and it was an early episode of 90210 when she crushed on a cute guy who turned out to be gay! As a pre teen seeing this on TV my life just made sense, obviously this was not Jennie this was Kelly but the way the show handled it was amazing to me. I watched 90210 every (I believe it was Wednesday) with my mother I'd lay my head on her lap and we would both be silent and get so engrossed in the stories and my favorite memories of childhood were created right there. I followed Jennie throughout her career and would always smile at the memories and just enjoyed her spirit that she brought to whatever she was in be it WILAY, DWTS or her reality shows you could just tell she was shy and humble. This story especially hearing her speak the words (yes I read the book first) just mesmerized me, this is a must read!

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  • VC
  • 03/03/2016

Not very deep, not very interesting

I must admit that I am a Jennie Garth fan and grew up watching her on Beverly Hills, 90210, so it pains me to say that I didn't really enjoy her book. She seems very sweet and like a genuinely nice person, which is perhaps why she didn't share anything remotely gossipy or juicy from her TV days. The stories of on-set drama from 90210 are well known, and her choice to gloss over most of it was disappointing. Perhaps more disappointing were the inaccuracies..she seemed to have forgotten many of the details of that show and her character, referring to Beverly Hills High (it was West Beverly) and playing a high school student while pregnant (that was much later in the show after they were out of high school). The bits about her love life were more interesting. All in all, I still like Jennie but wouldn't recommend the book.

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  • lorraine
  • 30/10/2015

perfect reality of woundinga broken heart from s

someone you gave your heart to in Hollywood how to live for yourself after living for others for over 20 years