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Hello, my name is Kelly and I welcome you to the Bookend Diaries book blog. I created this blog to share my own reviews of existing and new books, to discuss with other readers what we’re currently reading, update you on my book club picks, and of course, to ultimately support the work of the authors we all enjoy. I am addicted to reading and I thought this would be a great way to reach out to other readers who are as obsessed with books as I am.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Getting the Pretty Back by Molly Ringwald

***Purchased through Barnes and Noble


The iconic Molly Ringwald shares intimate stories and candid advice in this fun, stylish, and sexy girlfriend's guide to life.

To her millions of fans, Molly Ringwald will forever be sixteen. As the endearing and witty star of the beloved John Hughes classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink, Molly defined teenage angst, love, and heartbreak. While remembered eternally as the enviable high school princess Claire, or the shy, vulnerable Samantha, Molly has just celebrated her fortieth birthday. Facing a completely new, angst-inducing time in her life, she is embracing being a woman, wife, mother of three, actress, and best friend with her trademark style, candor, and humor.

In Getting the Pretty Back, Molly encourages every woman to become "the sexiest, funniest, smartest, best-dressed, and most confident woman that you can be." She shares personal anecdotes and entertaining insights about the struggle to get through the murky milestones and identity issues that crop up long after the prom ends. Whether she's discussing sex and beauty, personal style, travel and entertaining, motherhood, or friendship, Molly embodies the spirit of being fabulous at every age, and reminds us all that prettiness is a state of mind: it's "the part of you that knows what you really want, that takes risks."

Lavishly illustrated by Ruben Toledo, Getting the Pretty Back is sure to charm women of all ages with Molly's unforgettably personal, refreshingly outspoken take on life, love, and, of course, finding that perfect red lipstick. . .

My Review Comments:

What can I say, I was in high school in the eighty’s and I loved this book. So I remember all the fun movies with Molly Ringwald. It was a light enjoyable read and a wonderful escape for me. I found that I couldn’t put it down, once I started reading it. The book has so much to offer and it really is about feeling good as a women and finding your true self within the pages. It involves maintaining healthy friendships, pursuing our dreams, eating, entertaining, exercising, and encouraging confidence and our own unique creativity. It really challenges you to become the women that you were always meant to be. There are so many helpful tips and recipes sprinkled throughout the pages of this book to draw from. It was wonderful how she included so many of her own personal life stories and personal advice that I was able to really relate to. This book is beautifully illustrated and would make a great gift for anyone to give to a special girlfriend.


  1. I have picked this up in the bookstore a couple of times, but haven't purchased it yet. Maybe soon...

  2. I wasn't aware of this one. Thanks for the tip...And welcome back.

  3. I am a fan of Molly Ringwald. Pretty in Pink was my fav film.
    Andrew McCarthy :) lucky girl. Some Kind of Wonderful was my other fav.
    this is on my wishlist.


  4. Now I want to read this book! I absolutely love your blog! It's so pretty. I'm now a follower.

  5. Hello my dear,

    This book looks absolutely sensational. I would truly love to read this one. Lovely review, you only made me want to read it more :)

    The Mad Scientist is starting a Reading Bucket List challenge for 2011... It should be a fun way to get some books read.  Sign up if it is something you'd like to try.

    I'm also doing a week tribute of sorts for Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate Series.  Today is a tribute to the Scruffy Scottish Werewolf.

    Mad Scientist

  6. That's a great title and lovely cover.