Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick

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To her millions of fans, Molly Ringwald will forever be sixteen—having defined teenage angst, love, and heartbreak as the endearing star of the John Hughes classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. Facing a completely new, angst-inducing time in her life—her forties—Molly is embracing being a woman, wife, mother of three, actress, and best friend with her trademark style, candor, and humor.

Getting the Pretty Back is Molly's unforgettably personal, ...

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Overview

To her millions of fans, Molly Ringwald will forever be sixteen—having defined teenage angst, love, and heartbreak as the endearing star of the John Hughes classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. Facing a completely new, angst-inducing time in her life—her forties—Molly is embracing being a woman, wife, mother of three, actress, and best friend with her trademark style, candor, and humor.

Getting the Pretty Back is Molly's unforgettably personal, refreshingly outspoken take on life, love, and, of course, finding that perfect red lipstick. 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 she encourages every woman to become "the sexiest, funniest, smartest, best-dressed, and most confident woman that you can be."

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
“She’s not afraid to dish….Ringwald shares the secrets of what has worked well in her life….[She sheds] light on who she’s become off-camera, and that person has a lot of good advice to share.”
Salon.com
“A warm and chatty guide to aging gracefully.”
The Daily Beast
“[A] woman’s dream bible: It is about finding inner beauty when you are no longer 16…. Ringwald truly wants women to feel admired and confident at any age, and her passion comes across as clearly (and quirkily) as it did in her teen movie years.”
New York Times
“A lighthearted guide for women…who want to be reminded of their youthful, carefree selves.”
People
“[Ringwald’s] book offers tips on prettifying from the inside out.”
People Magazine
"[Ringwald’s] book offers tips on prettifying from the inside out."
New York Times
“A lighthearted guide for women…who want to be reminded of their youthful, carefree selves.”
People
“[Ringwald’s] book offers tips on prettifying from the inside out.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“She’s not afraid to dish….Ringwald shares the secrets of what has worked well in her life….[She sheds] light on who she’s become off-camera, and that person has a lot of good advice to share.”
Salon.com
“A warm and chatty guide to aging gracefully.”
The Daily Beast
“[A] woman’s dream bible: It is about finding inner beauty when you are no longer 16…. Ringwald truly wants women to feel admired and confident at any age, and her passion comes across as clearly (and quirkily) as it did in her teen movie years.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061809453
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 454,621
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 6.04 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald's work in film is characterized by what the renowned New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael called her "charismatic normality." Throughout her extensive career, she has worked with such directors as Paul Mazursky, John Hughes, Cindy Sherman, and Jean-Luc Godard. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Parade, Esquire, and the Hartford Courant. She lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    Ugh...Glad I Kept the Reciept

    Okay, I love Molly Ringwald. Who doesn't? She was adorable in the '80's. Then again so was every other suburban female who is now 40. I wanted to love this book. The purchasing factor for me was that Reuben Toledo did the pictures (he is the artist who did the great drawings in "The Bombshell Manual of Style". But, come on, did any of us really ever consider Molly a fashion inon? She's been on more "Glamour-Don't/Would You Be Caught Dead in This Outfit" lists for longer than I care to remember. She's really not one to be dispensing beauty and fashion advice, in my opinion. And as if we could possibly forget, she also feels the constant need to remind us that she has been living in France. I'm glad I keep the reciept, as I returned the book the day after I purchased it. I bought the new Queen Latifah book instead "Put on Your Crown". Loved every single page of it!!

    PS: Another friend hit the nail on the head with her opinion of it - "Obnoxious" I'll watch "16 Candles" instead. More entertaining!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    overall not horrible

    I was excited to read this since I just turned 35 and recently had my one and only LO, but I am actually only a little more than half way in and realizing in Molly's world it seems to take a good amount of money to get your pretty back. She makes good points but if I could afford Hermes scarves and rounds of chemical peels I don't think I would be reading this book in the first place.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    :(

    I was not impressed when i read the sample. She is a talented actor but her writing doesnt seem to reflect her talent. She complains about how she feels like she is getting old and how her being pregnant sucked the pretty out of her. Why?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    LOVE THIS BOOK!!

    LOVE THIS BOOK!! I've been a fan of Molly's forever (I still watch 16 candles when it's on tv) and as soon as I heard she had a book coming out I bought a copy--didn't even wait until Mother's Day :). I couldn't stop reading the book, I finished it in two days! She tells really funny stories and all the stuff about her mom totally rang true with me. The advice parts were really useful, too, especially the wardrobe tips and the cooking tricks (I store all my tomatoes stem side down now!). Also what a BEAUTIFUL book! Loved the colorful drawings. I'm getting my sister a copy for her birthday. Finally, a gift she'll want!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2010

    SO TRUE!!

    I love this book because everthing in it is so much like me and every mom has or is going thourgh the same thing after having a baby. I know I will get my pretty back and feel better about myself as Iam reading it and when Iam done . I will go back to it and get insprition from the book. Get Your Pretty back is excellent.I love the tips too they are useful.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    Fun

    This was a fun, quick read. It was actually just how I thought it would be although there was a lot more mom stuff than I expected or needed (I don't have kids). I skipped the cooking and parenting parts and finished the book in one Saturday.It was a little inspiring - with the idea that no matter what your age, you should try to look your best and be your best. Looking great definitely matters less to me than it did when I was a teenager, but maybe I've gone too far in the other direction. Most of the advice though, I would prefer to get from a real "expert." For example, I'm not 100% sure Molly Ringwald is the expert I would want to get cheese advice from.

    I am 45 and enjoyed hearing from someone close to my age and era. Molly Ringwald movies represent what it was like to be a teenager growing up in the early/mid eighties and so this book meant more to me that it probably would to someone of a different age group. It was a little inspiring - with the idea that no matter what your age, you should try to look your best and be your best. Looking great definitely matters less to me than it did when I was a teenager, but maybe I've gone too far in the other direction. Most of the advice though, I would prefer to get from a real "expert." For example, I'm not 100% sure Molly Ringwald is the expert I would want to get cheese advice from.

    To be honest, I got this from the library because I didn't think it would be worth the price of the book and I would still stick with that assesment. Unless you have no budgetary restrictions at all, if you can, get it from the library.

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

    the pretty never left!

    As sweet and lovely as the author herself--not only are the stories Molly tells heartfelt and charming, but it all sounds as if it is coming from an old friend. This is not a typically celeb memoir, but something actually USEFUL--I now know how to tie an Hermes scarf, have learned a bit about skincare, and plan on trying Molly's recipe for bouillabaisee. It's real, grown-up advice (a whole parenting chapter!), and completely inspiring at the same time. Sort of like what you imagine Carrie Bradshaw was typing on her laptop in all of those Sex and the City episodes...if she had a baby and knew how to cook. This is the perfect gift for all of your girlfriends and your mom, too--the illustrations are gorgeous--so go buy it now!

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Loved it!

    I loved this book!! I was completely engrossed after chapter one and couldn't stop reading. And that's not because I'm a huge fan of Molly Ringwald's John Hughes movies. There were so many real anecdotes here that resonated with me--they were funny, smart and touching. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's ever double-pierced their ear in the bathroom--you know who you are. It's the perfect gift for old, dear friends. At once a walk back in time and a treatise on finding the inner pretty.

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