I’d love to say this is the kind of thing I don’t usually read but the truth is I like a bit of salacious tell all. I first started reading Playboy back in high school. Yes, I actually read the articles. But I still remember the horrified look on the face of the guy in the row next to me when he realized there was a semi naked shot of Erika Eleniak on the front cover of the magazine I was surreptitiously reading during a boring lecture.
Anyway, needless to say when I saw Down the Rabbit Hole, Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison, I compelled to pick it up. Why not? If it sucked I would just stop reading, I can do that now, and return the book to the library. Side note, isn’t it fabulous that we live in a country where such racy material can be picked up at the public library for free.
Anyway, Holly covers her life in fast forward, from the paper doll book an aunt gave her at age 9 that inspired her to want to be like Marilyn Monroe to her arrival in LA. Then she slows way down to give a blow by blow (te-he) of her experience being kept at the playboy mansion as Hef’s girlfriend. I know all first hand accounts are anecdotal but I can see how the things she described would effect someone in the negative ways in effected her. I could related to her battles with body dismorphia, depression, and feeling lost without knowing who she really was.
It wasn’t a “fun” read. But it was mesmerizing. Perhaps because I have a mild obsession with taking a glimpse into people’s private lives. But still I was compelled to finish it.
℘℘℘℘ – Four Pages. I enjoyed it. If you like a little true life drama, you might enjoy it as well.