Samantha Chic: Books // "Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time" by Rachel Bertsche

11.18.2014

Books // "Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time" by Rachel Bertsche



Welcome to Samantha Chic Book Club! I'll be posting book reviews on the 3rd Tuesday of every month and hope you'll join me in discussion in the comments below.

November: "Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time" by Rachel Bertsche
I downloaded this book to my Kindle after seeing it in several magazines. Morbid curiosity got the best of me. Though, if I'm being honest, I was really interested to see how this concept would play out.

In the beginning, Rachel states: "If I do all these things, if I use everything at my disposal to at least imitate the lifestyles of the rich and famous, will I, too, give off that glow of the have-it-all together? And if I appear together, will I actually, suddenly, feel together?"

It's a valid question. It's why so many celebrities have lifestyle sites now. We wonder, if I act like so-and-so will my life somehow mimic that persons?

In the book, she explores the lifestyles of eight celebrities:
  • Jennifer Aniston's body
  • Gwyneth Paltrow's kitchen
  • Sarah Jessica Parker's wardrobe
  • Tina Fey's work ethic
  • Jennifer Garner's marriage
  • Julia Roberts's serenity
  • Jessica Alba's pregnancy
  • Beyonce: The Whole Package
I wasn't quite sure if this was going to be an US Weekly rip-off or an actual book, but I was pleasantly surprised in the beginning with the amount of research that she put into the project.

Not only did she research the celebrities lifestyles from interviews, magazines, and TV segments, but also some of the science and psychology behind such lifestyles, which I found really interesting.

Somewhere around Sarah Jessica or Tina though, the research started to dwindle and the personal stories about her life began to increase.

Rachel is very open in the book about her struggle to get pregnant and I applaud her for sharing such personal details; however, I didn't really want or need to know that. 

The more the book goes along, the more it becomes about her pregnancy and not about the celebrities so much. And it seems like she becomes less and less focused on following the project she outlined.

Maybe it's because I'm not at this point in my life, but I didn't buy this book to learn about infertility and pregnancy. I do not need to know about your husband's sperm count!

Overall, I did glean a few good concepts from the book; however, looking back, I'm not sure I really would have invested in it. You could probably get the same by reading a lot of women's magazines.

What did you think? Tell me in the comments below!

Next month: "Shopaholic to the Stars" by Sophie Kinsella

Get more:
-- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling review
-- The One & Only by Emily Giffin review
-- The Vacationers by Emma Straub review
-- Eightysixed by Emily Belden review
-- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg review
-- The House at Riverton by Kate Morton review

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