Meant to Be: The Lives and Loves of a Jersey Girl

Meant to Be: The Lives and Loves of a Jersey Girl

by Lauren Pizza


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When Lauren Pizza was thirteen, she died. Caught under a small sailboat, she struggled to reach the surface, only to find that what she thought was up was actually down . . . and that’s all she remembers. Ever since being resuscitated by two strangers, Pizza has felt a presence in her life from the spirit world. Is it crazy? Maybe. Her family sure thinks so.

Growing up the youngest, and sometimes forgotten, of five in Little Falls, New Jersey, Pizza continues to live the typical life “down the shore” after her accident. She survives high school (barely), goes to college in Dayton, Ohio (which she might have thought was in Florida when she applied), and is ready to settle down with her “perfect” Kennedy-esque boyfriend in Jersey—until she wakes up.

Suddenly free and single, Pizza relies on intuition (and perhaps a few signs) and finds herself a job in the city, a grungy apartment in the West Village, and waits for Prince Charming. When he finally arrives, she doesn’t recognize him: he drives a red Ferrari, sure, but he has hair like Howard Stern and wears more gold chains than Mr. T.

Meant to Be is the story of a blue-collar Jersey girl swept off her feet by an unconventional millionaire, thrust into an entirely new world, where she makes plenty of mistakes and sometimes feels like “I’m from the Jersey Shore” is stapled to her forehead.

With humor, gratitude, and trademark Jersey spunk, Lauren tells it like it is: the highs, the lows, the bad twists, the good advice from unlikely places, and the times she wished she could disappear. Underneath the designer clothes and private jets, she’s still the same Jersey Girl who took the D train and lived on Snapple. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629143323
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lauren Pizza was born in Paterson, New Jersey and raised in Little Falls. She graduated from University of Dayton. She is the founder and creator of Laridan Productions, which offers a wide array of services to aspiring artists and entrepreneurs. She and her husband, Joe, share the facilities of the family's healthcare group, PharmSphere LLC, which has several locations both in the USA and the EU. Lauren also hosts a web show called “So Tell Me.”

Along with her company, Lauren is involved in helping and supporting several medical care organizations, including The Forum Children’s Foundation and the World Health Organization, as well as several acting organizations, such as The Actor’s Fund, The MusiCares Program, The Acting Company, and The Drama League. Other organizations include The American Cancer Society, The Boys and Girls Club of NYC, International Burn Advocates Network, and Gilda’s Club.

Lauren is also a nominee for the Ellis Island Medal of Honor 2014. She resides in Palm Beach, Florida, and Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 The Lesson 1

Chapter 2 Genes in a Blender 5

Chapter 3 The Great Escape 11

Chapter 4 Sleazeside 14

Chapter 5 Art the Driver 18

Chapter 6 ADD and Subtract 21

Chapter 7 The Y Factor 25

Chapter 8 Touched by an Angel 29

Chapter 9 Give Me Your Hand 32

Chapter 10 Everything I Never Needed to Know I Forgot from College 34

Chapter 11 "Meating" the One 42

Chapter 12 Semester Break(up) 46

Chapter 13 Melt with You 51

Chapter 14 Finding Work and Getting Stoned 55

Chapter 15 Meltdown 59

Chapter 16 Single in the City 63

Chapter 17 Corporations, Computers … and Curry? 68

Chapter 18 The Power of Prayer … and Hair 74

Chapter 19 More Than Meets the Ear 77

Chapter 20 The Streets of New York 79

Chapter 21 A Different Slice of "Pizza" 83

Chapter 22 The "Mane" Attraction 89

Chapter 23 The Parent Trap 96

Chapter 24 A Feverish Proposal 100

Chapter 25 From Danielle Steel to Lord of the Flies 102

Chapter 26 Boxers, Babies, and the Snapple Facts of Life 105

Chapter 27 George, Danny, and My Life as the Nanny 114

Chapter 28 Fish out of Water … Literally 118

Chapter 29 The Littlest Angel 121

Chapter 30 Off to Meet the "Wizard" 124

Chapter 31 Thank God for Red Wine … and Wellbutrin 128

Chapter 32 Paranormal Activity 132

Chapter 33 Fear of Flying 135

Chapter 34 Palm Beach I: Hair Convention 139

Chapter 35 Palm Beach II: PB Perfect 141

Chapter 36 Jerks in Caicos 146

Chapter 37 The Princess and the Pretender 151

Chapter 38 Fifty Shades of Fear 155

Chapter 39 The C-Word 160

Chapter 40 "How Things Are Done" 162

Intermission: Reality Check 166

Chapter 41 Lights, Camera, Anxiety 174

Chapter 42 Technical Glitch 181

Chapter 43 Near-Death of a Salesman 183

Chapter 44 War of My Worlds 186

Chapter 45 Helicopters and Helmet-Hair 189

Chapter 46 Full Circle 192

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