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Red-hot advice from the redhead who doesn't pull any punchesMother, wife, and fan favorite Caroline Manzo has been through it all as one of the original breakout stars of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The explosive and addicting reality series has seen some of the craziest moments in Real Housewives history, but Caroline has managed to set herself apart as theRed-hot advice from the redhead who doesn't pull any punchesMother, wife, and fan favorite Caroline Manzo has been through it all as one of the original breakout stars of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The explosive and addicting reality series has seen some of the craziest moments in Real Housewives history, but Caroline has managed to set herself apart as the levelheaded, fiercely loyal, and down-to-earth member of the cast.Now for the first time, Caroline, who is known for her no-nonsense advice, "tells you something" about what it really takes to juggle three kids and a husband (and still maintain your sanity), all while living in the spotlight. Her wisdom on family, life, and love, and her shockingly honest confessions about beauty, body image, and even plastic surgery, resonate with women of every generation. Equal parts funny, sincere, and revealing, Caroline exposes the sweeter, more reflective side of herself that fans of the show might not always see.Filled with personal stories, family photos, and Caroline's characteristic humor, Let Me Tell You Something gives fans and readers an all-access, behind-the-scenes pass into the lives of this real New Jersey housewife and her family, where honest advice and practical life lessons are served up as only Caroline can. With her contagious, positive attitude and tips for success sprinkled throughout the book, readers will fall in love with their favor- ite housewife all over again....

Title : Let Me Tell You Something: Life as a Real Housewife, Tough-Love Mother, and Street-Smart Businesswoman
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ISBN : 9780062218896
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Let Me Tell You Something: Life as a Real Housewife, Tough-Love Mother, and Street-Smart Businesswoman Reviews

  • Kricket
    2019-06-16 01:10

    this celebrity memoir has the unfortunate distinction of being both poorly written and boring. if you will permit me to make a comparison, i recently read "drinking and tweeting" by brandi glanville, and it was poorly written, but wildly entertaining. caroline manzo is definitely a favorite of mine on RHONJ, but she should have titled this book "let me tell you nothing except a bunch of vague contradictions." hahahaa. i crack myself up.seriously though. "i spoil my kids rotten but they're NOT SPOILED!" "it's possible that my husband cheated on me but i don't want to know about it if he did and also if your husband is cheating on you it is probably your fault!" "i taught my daughter that she can do whatever she dreams but i made her make her brother's beds because housework is for GIRLS!" "you should sacrifice sleep for time with your family and making yourself pretty for your husband but make sure to get plenty of SLEEP so that you can stay fit, healthy and happy for your children and your husband!" "i only eat fresh fruit for dessert! i don't like sweets! also, here is a recipe for sprinkle covered fried dough!" ...?i still love her on the show though.

  • Debbie
    2019-06-15 23:49

    I don't think I've ever rated a book just one star, but "Let Me Tell You Something" was so completely without substance that I didn't hesitate at all. I find it hard to believe that Ms. Manzo had a co-writer or an editor. It's that bad.She tells us the same things over and over, sometimes just a paragraph or two apart, but more often spread throughout the book, and quite frequently four or more times. The layout is distracting. Random anecdotes and "Ask Caroline" questions & answers are tossed into the middle of the narrative, and the result is choppy. Every bit of her advice is nothing more than common sense. There are no pearls of wisdom, and nothing at all that I haven't heard my entire life. (Have "date nights" with your husband, make your children your priority, don't worry what other people think. These are not exactly original thoughts.) She spends most of the book telling us how normal she is, how great she is at giving advice, and how non-confrontational and live-and-let-live her attitude is - the last of which is laughable to viewers who have seen her in action over the last several years.The entire book is badly in need of better editing, but then there would have been nothing left. She really has surprisingly little to say. And quite honestly, I'm not at all interested in her workout routine or her dream places to visit. The little Behind the Scenes sections reveal nothing that most viewers of the Real Housewives shows don't already know. I didn't expect much, but still came away feeling extremely disappointed. I found this book to be very boring. It's much too self-congratulatory, self-indulgent, and repetitive. I borrowed it from the library so it didn't cost me any money, but I do regret that it cost me time that would have been better spent reading pretty much anything else.

  • Katarina
    2019-05-28 22:03

    Yes, I'm a Housewives fan. Yes, Caroline Manzo is one of my favorites, and Yes, I really enjoyed this book.No, it's not great literature, it's not a self-help book, or a how-to guide to live your life.And it doesn't pretend to be any of those. Caroline says it over and over: the book is just about her opinions and her experiences. I have always liked how she is just herself. No-nonsense, strong opinions, but caring and never trashy. This book isn't a trashy tell-all, there is no gossip nor any salacious rumours.It's also not a full biography. Caroline balances her public life with her private one, and I agree with her that some things should still remain private. Regardless, there are plenty of fun tidbits about filming, lots of her sound advice and common sense approach to life. Reading this, you feel like Caroline is sitting at your kitchen table, telling her about her life and the rollercoaster of Housewives. Entertaining and enjoyable, without being preachy, trashy or fake. After reading this I admire Caroline even more for her strong principles, morals, integrity and fierce loyalty to her family

  • John Amory
    2019-05-30 23:10

    This is a choppy, insubstantial mess. Not only does Caroline not talk about anything you really want her to talk about, what she does talk about is silly and stupid. She even says in the Afterword, "I still chose to keep a lot of my private life private... The feuds with various cast mates will continue to be addressed in upcoming seasons... They didn't need to be addressed here." So if you're looking for any information about Caroline's early life, her relationships with her siblings, her friendships (or lack thereof) with the other Jersey housewives, or even what the hell she does all day when the show isn't filming, you'll be disappointed with her book. Instead of talking about anything of substance, we instead get Caroline's views on topics as broad as traditions, parenthood, marriage, and body image, all interspersed with distracting "Ask Caroline" fan letters, listicles, and "Behind the Scenes" snippets of her time filming RHONJ (the format is so ugly and confusing that I often found myself wondering if pieces were missing, because there was no flow or order). But you probably won't learn anything new or interesting. Some things Caroline would like you to know, however, include:1. A woman's place is in the home, and her devotion to her husband should be complete! Caroline greets her husband each day as he comes home and will always drop everything to be around him. She does all the cooking and cleaning in her home, and she raised her daughter to do the same. But not her sons! No, boys don't need to learn such frivolities as how to do laundry, clean house, or make their own beds... that's what moms, sisters, and wives are for! From Chapter 3: "Lauren was also always expected to help me around the house. She did laundry, she cleaned the refrigerator. She made the boys' beds. The boys never made their beds, and she would complain about it, but I always told her that a girl needs to learn to be a good wife and mother... But I was raised to believe it's more important for the girl to learn to keep a house than her brothers" (71-72). Just in case you were wondering, this book was originally published in 2013. That's some real forward thinking there.2. Speaking of the woman's role in a marriage, she should always treat her husband like a king. She must never bore him (her words), and she should learn about his interests and hobbies and take an interest and understanding in them, herself. But, above all, she must never nag. Oh, and she should look pretty for her man, because a man "deserves to see" the beautiful woman he married and not someone who doesn't care what she looks like after she's given birth to her third child in as many years and is left home alone while her husband works all hours of the day and night.3. If you do not do these things for your man, he probably will cheat on you. According to Caroline, "the odds are stacked wildly against" you that your husband won't cheat on you. If he does, it's probably your fault. "When I hear that a guy is cheating, I always wonder if his wife stopped giving him attention, or if she became so involved in her kids' lives that she has forgotten about him altogether" (140). Or perhaps she wasn't making his bed well enough.4. Don't go to college! It's a waste! Unless you're going to be something "specific," such as a doctor, lawyer, scientist, or architect, you don't need no schoolin'! "If you're going to college just to have the college experience, don't waste your friggin' money" (178). Instead, you should, I suppose, work on your negotiating skills. Because according to Caroline, you don't need a degree to get a job that requires a degree: "If you don't have a degree and you want a job that requires one, go in there and stand up for yourself. Tell them that you may not have a degree but you're a badass and you're good at what you do. Then tell them that if they give you the job, they can pay you half the salary for two months, and you'll show them" (179). So in Caroline's mind, teachers don't need to be educated on the subjects they're teaching; they just need to "have balls and show initiative." Good advice from someone who never went to college!5. Never spoil your kids! Make sure they know that they have to work for everything they have, but make sure you give them everything after they've learned the lesson. Make sure your kids know the value of hard work. Once they know, it's okay to sink all of your savings, amounting to about $250,000, into a business venture for them, even though they have no formal business education or training. Alternatively, you could buy them cars.These are just a few breadcrumbs of advice and wisdom Caroline Manzo has to extol in her book. And in case you need more insight, you'll also read about Caroline's five favorite meals, her most cherished tchotchkes, ways to make time for yourself (which, infuriatingly, includes "take a class at a local college," about 30 pages after she advised everyone not to go to college), what makes Caroline cry, and recipes for salad (yes, salad), meatballs, and brussel sprouts.So far, this is the most useless book I've read by a Real Housewife, and that's really saying something, all things considered.

  • Billy
    2019-05-23 01:07

    An enjoyable read if you're a housewife fan. It has some wise advice and also stories from Caroline's past. My favorite part about the book was the behind the scenes sections that were throughout about what happens while filming the show. Some of the stories/antidotes seemed more like Caroline boasting about how she was an amazing person and not presenting real advice.

  • Allison
    2019-06-14 02:44

    A quick read. I enjoyed reading her book but was surprised that there wasn't a little more about her childhood, family, etc. I thought of all the Housewives she would have more depth to her writing. I still enjoyed reading this book and would read it again. I am going to try a few of the recipes she included in her book as well.

  • Crystal McBride Atwell
    2019-05-23 23:48

    I loved and could give a crap if no one else did! If you are reading this to get an expert opinion then don't bother.....Caroline was a normal housewife that lucked into celeb status and she wrote a wonderful book full of her points of view and she never claims to have all the answers! Again I loved it but I was not reading it to fix anything in my life but she does provide some good pointers!

  • Sheila
    2019-05-26 04:08

    awful. not much to say, says it poorly and repetitively.

  • Margie
    2019-05-22 21:50

    I love Caroline's tell-it-like-it-is attitude. I also like that she shared her favorite recipes, favorite books, and other happy tidbits.

  • Alexis
    2019-06-09 03:01

    Caroline has always been my favorite Housewife and I really enjoyed her book. I learned new things about her and got some good advise I can use in my life. She had me laughing throughout the book and even made me cry when she talked about certain things. I know she's a very private person, but I appreciate her opening up in her book!

  • Dana Cook
    2019-06-06 03:45

    Not what I expected but better! Her advice isBomb dot com. This is were I learned aboutShaving my face.🤣

  • CC
    2019-06-16 02:56

    I hadn't heard a lot about this book, so I had no expectations. I only recently started watching the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and found myself stunned by their dramatic feuds. Their houses are beyond gorgeous, no one works yet they all spend money like it's tap water, and everyone looks fabulous all the time. Huh. Caroline is the common-sense one of the group of screaming, crying people, and I have an affinity for her because of that. The book is pretty much just her outlook on things -- nothing deep, nothing too important, just a slight sort of, "I think this." "I raised my kids this way." "My husband works hard." I have to say her idea of her kids not being spoiled is funny -- she put 250 thousand dollars in her 23 year-old daughter's makeup business; so her daughter could "own" her own business. When her sons were 18, her husband would get them hotel rooms for the night if they wanted to sleep with their girlfriends, and let her know they wouldn't be home that night. All her kids had to "work" for free, but she bought them all cars, clothes, and anything else they wanted... Her kids crack me up on the show, especially Christopher, so, I suppose it worked for them all. Good luck and God speed, people. Also, I might try her meatball recipe.

  • Terri Tinkel
    2019-05-23 20:53

    Another book written by a Real Housewife of..... This one is about Caroline Manzo of New Jersey. I enjoyed the style. The writing sounded like she talks on the reality show. She had a lot of good information about raising a family and being a wife. She obviously really loves her children, her husband and her extended family very much. What was even better was that she didn't talk badly about the other members of the reality show. If you have watched the program over the past 4 seasons, you know what is going on and how nasty it got ~ especially the last season. Caroline did explain that Season 3 and 4 were filmed back-to-back so there was no down time in-between for tempers to cool or issues to be settled. It really showed in the last season's viewing. And of course, the editing is done to make the problems between members of the "cast" seem even more shocking. This is a very quick read. I did get tired, however, with all the advice but I know she was trying to answer questions that were included in the book and to get her point of view across.

  • Megan
    2019-05-27 00:05

    I really like Caroline Manzo, so I was so hopeful when I started this book. I listened to the audiobook, and she narrated it. She was so fake reading it. These were her words, it should have been easy for her to make it conversational, and make you feel like you're just sitting down with her over coffee or a glass of wine, but it wasn't like that at all. There was a lot of personal back-patting, and a lot of name-dropping. Just wasn't my thing. Though it was interesting to hear some of her perspectives on getting involved with the housewives. Simple things you wouldn't think of, like having strangers knock on your front door or steal your mail.... Those parts I was interested in, but the rest was just too much fluff!

  • Noreen
    2019-06-16 03:46

    If you like Caroline on the RHONJ then you should like this book. It's really just her beliefs on what works for her and her family. She talks about how she was raised, how her and her husband went from being poor to where they are today, and how her and her husband raised their children. It's not from an experts point of view, it's her beliefs based on how she was raised and what she believes is the right and wrong things to do. On the show they have a question and answer session with each woman on the show, during these sessions you get to understand where the person is coming from. She addresses a few of those moments and her interactions with the crew in the book. Overall I really liked the book.

  • Nicole Zupich
    2019-06-15 20:50

    I wanted to love this as much as I love Caroline. Unfortunately, it was pretty awful. The book had no coherent message or structure. It was random personal stories with fan questions and RHONJ behind the scenes stories thrown in at random. It was so incoherent that I went 50 pages wondering if my ebook version was somehow messed up and the pages were out of order. It was pretty cringe-worthy. I feel like Caroline is way better than this.I hope Caroline writes another book someday with another publisher that's more of a memoir and doesn't include fan mail. Caroline is an amazing lady but this book is awful.

  • thatShortchick
    2019-06-01 01:44

    Nothing groundbreaking or revealing in this book. Although Caroline is my favorite housewife (if I had to choose someone), I feel like she is smarter than this book. It's a typical vanity piece and reads like a magazine. There's sections or blurbs throughout the book that "reveal" Caroline's favorite movies, books and what makes her cry, for the love of all that is holy. There's also parts 'written' by her kids which I found unnecessary. Pick this up at the library if you want a very quick and breezy read.

  • Christina
    2019-05-31 01:44

    Caroline shared such a wonderful insight into her life that really was not shared on the show. I enjoyed reading her book for she touched alot of subjects that us women really neglect about ourselves when we become wives and mothers. I understood Lauren's weight loss struggle for I too had the same battle and I applaud Lauren for sharing it on the show. Great job Caroline, you are an awrsome and an amazing woman.

  • Court
    2019-06-11 20:56

    Caroline is one of my favorite housewives, because her values and morals and ideas of family come across on the show. Having this book where she dives deeper into them was excellent. Of course she shared a few behind the scenes tidbits which are cool and also shared a few recipes, but the bulk of the book was more than just about her - it was how other families can relate to her life with her husband and children, which was really interesting.

  • Heather
    2019-05-24 00:53

    I love Real Housewives of New Jersey and Caroline is one of my favorites. This book further cements why. Out of all of the cast members, she seems to avoid all the petty catfighting and BS, and after reading her outlook on life I can understand why!I'm a little annoyed that the Nook book was $12 because I read it so damn fast, I'd hold out and see if you can get a copy of it from the library probably.

  • Bobbi Dust
    2019-06-13 01:06

    This book was amazing! It definitely helps if you watch RHONJ to understand some of the comments in the book. But, you don’t have to watch the show to understand what the book is about. Caroline does an amazing job of writing so that it sounds like she’s talking directly to the reader. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!

  • Jeannette
    2019-06-03 00:48

    If you like Caroline and watch RHONJ, you will want to read this. The format was a tad annoying and I thought it could be structured a tad better. I also thought there would be more about her family and stuff, but you can tell she is a say it as it is person and this book was a fast, good read. I like Caroline so the book to me was worth the read

  • Maureen
    2019-06-18 22:41

    Caroline's always been my favorite NJ Housewife but I felt like she spent too much time in this book rehashing things from the show. It was a fun, quick read and I am definitely going to use some of the recipes. And if I run into Al at the local Starbucks again I'll tell him to let Caroline know I enjoyed the book. :lol:

  • Chris
    2019-05-28 23:54

    Since I watch the Real Housewives of New Jersey, I really enjoyed this book from one of the Housewives on the show. She talks about her family life, and give out advice, and some of her favorite recipes, and my most favorite part, are many of the "behind the scenes" stories that she tells. She does not talk about the other cast members, but about her own family.

  • Meg
    2019-06-19 03:47

    I love Caroline she is a really cool person. I thought her book was really good and i highly recommend this book to people she wrote this really well. Go out and get your copy of this book. You won't be sorry.

  • Kathryn
    2019-06-06 22:04

    Good book for one of the ladies from the Housewives. A little repetitive but she does have great relationship, friendship, parenting and self believing advice. No real dirt on the other housewives and the franchise, but I respect Caroline for that.

  • Laura
    2019-05-31 04:45

    The format of this book drove me nuts. Little blurbs placed here and there in the middle of Caroline's narrative made for a lot of page flipping back and forth. Other than that, this was ok....typical Caroline!

  • Sassy-G
    2019-05-29 00:45

    A very "REAL" housewife. I completely agree with her methods and her advice is simple, sound and honest. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff and as she says if it's not going to affect your life in a year, let it go!

  • Chris
    2019-06-07 01:59

    Awesome easy reading. Very thoughtful insights from Caroline. Written as she would tell it to you herself.

  • Kate Gold
    2019-06-10 22:48

    Surprisingly good, for what it is. Lovely family.