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I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag: A Memoir of a Life through Events--the Ones You Plan and the Ones You Don't

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Absolutely breathtaking!

When I first found out about I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag, and saw that it was written by an event planner, I knew I had to read it. Part of my major was events and meeting planning and when I learned that Jennifer Gilbert is a famous event planner, it became a de...
When I first found out about I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag, and saw that it was written by an event planner, I knew I had to read it. Part of my major was events and meeting planning and when I learned that Jennifer Gilbert is a famous event planner, it became a definite must read. Until I started reading it, and read some reviews, I had no idea it was going to be such an intense piece of writing. It definitely is one of the best memoirs I've ever read.

Personally I cannot imagine going through such a tragic and horrific event like what Ms. Gilbert did. Several times during Ms. Gilbert’s description of the attack, I had to put the book down because I started to cry. When I think about the sad and scary times and events in my life, nothing compares to what Ms. Gilbert went through. Her descriptive writing is so powerful it felt as if I right by her side, trembling and crying out for help.

Right from the beginning Jennifer is more than unequivocally open and honest about how the attack affected her and all those around her, including her family, friends and employees. She shares her journey of recovery, sometimes moving forwards and sometimes moving backwards, rebuilding herself from the inside out. It is crystal clear to see that Jennifer is a fighter and a survivor.

A predominant message that I received from Jennifer’s story is that when we lessen, dismiss and sweep under the rug, negative emotions and events that one experience’s – destruction of oneself will arise. Jennifer ended up hiding, and burying deep down, the physical and emotional evidence of her attack. It took her many years of emotional healing to finally go outside without layers and layers of clothing hiding her scars. A perfect example would be going to the beach and not 100% covering up her bathing suit. Unfortunately I can relate to this because growing up my parents (who got divorced when I was nine) sometimes painted a clear picture for me to avoid talking about things. To say that this is unhealthy is an understatement, and I will be sure to never be like this with my children.

I read this book in less than two days and was 100% inspired by Ms. Gilbert’s drive and dedication to learn to love herself again, and let go of the walls she built around herself. This love blossomed to one for husband and three beautiful children. Jennifer’s recovery has brought to the forefront of my mind that it is possible (quite painful though) to walk through the most incredible and horrific fears, live to tell the

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Three and a half stars?

I go back and forth between three and four starts. I enjoyed reading this book--for the most part. I felt the beginning was compelling. Somewhere in the middle and end it got a little dull. I enjoyed reading about how she got over such a trauma but then felt she went on...
I go back and forth between three and four starts. I enjoyed reading this book--for the most part. I felt the beginning was compelling. Somewhere in the middle and end it got a little dull. I enjoyed reading about how she got over such a trauma but then felt she went on and on about her fabulous parties and her fabulous purchases. I guess the author is showing her Manhattan socialite colors: Hamptons, Tribeca, Upper East Side. Too much talk about her million of dollars. She even mentioned buying virgin land in the Bahamas because it was her dream and solace but doesn;t mention it again. It is not a bad book, but sometimes the beginning and end feel disconnected. But I do recommend it.

posted by Cecita on June 4, 2012

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