Wealth is a country, a state of mind, and sometimes a curse. Money can't teach a person how love starts, what makes it tick, and how not to wreck it. Kami, 21, plans to marry her college boyfriend after graduation and travels to England for the wedding. Upon arrival she discovers he has moved in with a British girl.
For many, love comes as naturally as breathing. Kami isn't in that group. She has to sweat and strive and read the manual. Why is it so hard? The answers lie buried in her disturbed family history. Kami starts to suspect one or both parents may be gay. Her discovery only chips the surface of darker truths, submerged like the iceberg that sank the Titanic. She must unravel a mystery spanning three generations that threatens the life of her family.
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Reading Ex- Rich Girl Tells All is like stepping into a time machine that drops you off in an alternate reality. The world views of inhabitants of Pasadena in Southern California in 1975 were shocking to say the least. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the proponents of women’s lib were rolling in their graves during that time period. Kami, our protagonist, is a lost girl in a hard world. She is continually encouraged by her step-mother to get married so that her man can take care of her. Sexual harassment in the workplace was much worse than any episode I ever saw of Mad Men. Of course sexism isn’t the only problem in that era. Kami’s therapist is also a piece of work. His Freudian approach creates anything but a healing environment for her, and with his continual “protecting” himself by sleeping during her sessions; it’s easy to see why Kami isn’t growing as a person. I have to admit, when I first started reading Kami’s story I found her to be childish, whiny and apathetic, which made me feel awful because I knew this was the story of a real person. Fortunately for Kami and my personal psyche, we quickly learn that Kami’s lack of depth had a lot to do with her upbringing. Raised in a very wealthy household, Kami never had to learn how to take care of herself. Her maid took care of everything, including making her bed. Kami’s only job was to do well in school. She did manage to get a college degree from Duke, but beyond that she had no plans for her future, except to marry her third boyfriend, Tucker. This decision is where Kami’s story begins. We follow her as she sets off for Europe to be with Tucker, who has moved on and is now living with a new woman. With no plan in place Kami flutters across England, losing jobs, hooking up with lousy men before eventually heading home. This becomes Kami’s pattern in life. She bounds from one job to another. Her relationship are fleeting at best, but during it all you can tell she wants more. She wants to be a better person, she wants to be loved, she just hasn’t figured out how to make it happen. Kami tries desperately to build a relationship with her mother, who is more concerned with her career and money than her children. Kami’s father might as well be out of the picture altogether. If his children can’t get money from their mother for him, he doesn’t want anything to do with them. It’s easy to see why Kami is having such a hard time assimilating to adulthood. Ex- Rich Girl Tells All can be hard to read at times. After all it’s the painful story of a real person who desperately wants to find her place in the world but doesn’t have any of the tools to get there. Thankfully Kami takes life in stride and was brave enough to share her journey with us. There are plenty of opportunities to see yourself in Kami and to learn from her mistakes. The book also has a great lesson on the use of medications during pregnancy and their consequences, which is still a very real issue even now. Fans of memoirs and stories of intense personal growth may find that Kami is the hero they’ve been looking for. (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author.)
Tolstoy claimed that happy families are all alike, but unhappy ones are each unhappy in their own way. Well, Kami Corbin's family would have made Tolstoy's head explode! Her memoir is proof that affluence is no protection against a dysfunctional upbringing. Clearly affected by her family's problems, she writes of her decade-long quest for love and acceptance by way of sex, junk food, computer programming, and more sex. A real-life combination of "The Graduate," "Looking for Mr. Goodbar," and "Bridget Jone's Diary," the book is at times heartbreaking, funny, jaw-droppingly frank, and, ultimately, uplifting. I can't wait to see who plays Kami in the movie!