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

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by Molly Ringwald
 

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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

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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 shyly vulnerable Samantha, Molly is now a wife and mother, and 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 this book Molly encourages every woman to become "the sexiest, funniest, smartest, best-dressed, and most confident woman that you can be" by sharing personal anecdotes and entertaining insights about the struggle to get through the murky milestones and identity issues that crop up long after 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."

Getting the Pretty Back is sure to charm women of all ages with its unforgettably personal, refreshingly outspoken take on life, love, and, of course, finding that perfect red lipstick. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Famous for her roles as an angst-ridden teen in John Hughes classics like Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, Ringwald, now a 40-year-old wife and mother living largely outside the celebrity spotlight, seems a credible source of advice for young women and a likely fount of behind-the-scenes Hollywood anecdotes; unfortunately, she provides little of either in this uninspired self-help memoir. Like a well-meaning but distant friend, the actress shares advice and observations on topics like love, clothes, and food, often focusing on the inane and obvious (souvenir t-shirts are both ugly and ill-fitting; rushing into sex is usually a mistake) rather than the personal or perceptive: "When you're a teenager, you're forever thinking: Do they like me? When you're a grown-up... the question becomes: Do I like them?" Ringwald occasionally involves her personal history, including the fact that the early stages of her romance with husband number two were mostly conducted over email, but she skimps on the details that her fans are probably looking for, with surprisingly little reference to the movie work that made her an icon of suburban youth in the 1980s. Color illustrations.
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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.”
People Magazine
"[Ringwald’s] book offers tips on prettifying from the inside out."
People
“[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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061809446
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Molly Ringwald lives and works in New York City and Los Angeles.

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Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
JFITZPATRICK More than 1 year ago
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!
JennyMcLean More than 1 year ago
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!
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X_in_SF More than 1 year ago
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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smercurio More than 1 year ago
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!
Phoebe_Simmons More than 1 year ago
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.