Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way

Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way

by Nene Leakes, Denene Millner
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Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way by Nene Leakes

Outrageous, captivating, and unafraid to tell it like it is, Nene Leakes shares her wild journey from a scandalous past to the pinnacle of reality television stardom. Lauded by her fans for her refreshing honesty, infectiously genuine style, and clever sense of humor, Nene is an empowered, self-made woman who has not forgotten where she came from and knows exactly where she wants to go.

In this straight-talking and provocative memoir Nene charts her journey from family black sheep to single mother to making good and realizing her dreams. With her charm and bold, self-possessed voice, Nene tackles her painful childhood; the abuse she suffered at the hands of a violent boyfriend; her struggle to support her firstborn son; and her path to true love, self-acceptance, and pride.

In Never Make the Same Mistake Twice, Nene dishes on her cast mates; takes on the rumors about her past; and shares hard-earned and inspiring life lessons in her fierce, no-nonsense, and irreverent style.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439167328
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 08/11/2009
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,155,461
File size: 471 KB

About the Author

Nene Leakes is an active member of Atlanta society. She resides in the upscale Sugarloaf area of Atlanta with her husband Gregg, a successful real estate investor and business consultant, and their two sons, 18-year-old Brice and nine-year-old Brentt. Nene donates her time to various foundations and is the founder of The Twisted Hearts Foundation, which brings awareness to domestic violence against women. Never one to sit still, the outspoken social butterfly also hopes to open a luxury boutique hotel in the near future.
Denene Millner is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist who has written more than twenty-five books, including Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, cowritten with Steve Harvey, among others. She has written for a plethora of national publications, including Essence, Women’s Health, Ebony, Redbook, and more. The founder and editor of MyBrownBaby.com, a website dedicated to Black parenting, lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.

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Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
gaylad More than 1 year ago
This is a good book.This is amazing how NeNe overcame adversity.Keep reaching to the sky NENE. God has a plan for your life.Some people can not bounce back from what you went through. But God was all over this.I think this book is honest as one can be.
Booklover67 More than 1 year ago
This book is so refreshingly honest! Nene keeps it "real" when telling about her journey. It is full of insight, humor, and inspiration. She understands the decisions women must sometimes make in order to exist. I appreciate her candor and openness.
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pinky1 More than 1 year ago
This book is a simple and good read (finished it in 2 days). Nene's book simply lets you know more intimate details of her life besides what we see on Atlanta's Housewives show/media. If you are looking for more information about her "desired" foundation Twisted Hearts- this is NOT the book. I would say this book is more like an "abstract memoir". If you are one who loves Nene, this is the book for you because you can't get enough of her and want to know more. If you are one that can't stand Nene, buy the book anyway to know more about her; this book opens her up more and lets you see she is a real person too... just like you and me.
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tnbella3154 More than 1 year ago
it is very clear that Nene views herself as unchanged by the Real Housewives. This book is nothing but her own self promoting version of her life. Not worththe time or money I spent.
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mandersj More than 1 year ago
Nene Leakes is without a doubt one of the more boisterous characters on Bravo TV's "Real Housewives of Atlanta," and even in print she comes across larger than life. "Never Make the Same Mistake Twice", Nene's memoir, is brutally honest and really comes across in the same voice the Nene we see on TV. A fan of all of Bravo's "Housewives" series, I was excited to get to know Nene more as a real person. I think she's a dynamic character and she certainly doesn't hold back. This book definitely reveals there is more to her than just the wealthy outspoken Atlanta housewife shown on TV. From Nene's childhood when her single mother had her and her older brother out of wedlock, then promptly handed them over to her married, childless sister to raise, to not being sure if her current relationship with her husband will work out or not, Leakes shows she has nothing to hide. Nene believes she got a better childhood being raised by her aunt than her mother could offer, yet she laments there was no love in her aunt's household. While she had every material thing she could need, she always wanted more. She also craved the guidance and love a real mother would offer. She really is bitter about the second family her mother started when she married and had more children, yet never offered to take Nene and her brother back in and raise them. Nene's first real relationship produced her first son, Bryson. Nene's then-boyfriend got her pregnant the first time they ever were together, then right before Nene gave birth, she found out he had another girl pregnant too. That girl dropped her baby off on the father's doorstep and never looked back. So, Nene raised her baby and the other girl's baby with the father of the two and his mother. However, nothing Nene did was good enough and often resulted in beatings that he would dole out right in front of his mother. After many years Nene got smart and ran away to live with a girlfriend of hers, taking Bryson with her. However, she found it difficult to have enough money to send Bryson to private school and keep them both in the lifestyle she believed they deserved. Along came a lucrative job at a strip club. Nene goes into tawdry detail about her many years working as a stripper. Much more detail and more pages than she really needed to. Sounded like defensive writing at times. And then she met her current husband, Gregg, who offered her a lifestyle where she wouldn't have to strip for her money and she could be queen of his palace. Reluctantly she accepted his offer, and they eventually had a son together, Brentt, Which leads us to present day, Nene as the star of Bravo TV. She claims she always knew she would be a star, yet seems to overstate her stardom just a tad. An entertaining read, yet the wisdom she offers at the end about which pitfalls in life to avoid seems redundant and unnecessary.
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Grannie_Bev More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Nene Leakes bio. Some of her phrases were a little hard to understand, but overall it was quite an interesting book. She laid her whole life out in it and that takes a lot of guts to do. I am sure very releasing and also stimulating for her. This book should also help others as well out there that might have been in the same situation or are in it right now. I do enjoy her as my favorite Atlanta housewife. She is so much fun to watch. She says what she thinks and that is good to a point as she has realized, sometimes you just have to learn to keep your mouth shut and bite your tongue. I know I am the same way, but know when not to talk and just walk away because it only makes you look like the nut and not the person who should look like the crazy one. I hope she writes a book about being in and with the Housewives of Atlanta. I think that would also be quite enjoyable with a behind the scenes look at what goes on and what doesn't come out as being shown on the screen. Nene, just keep being yourself and you go girl. So buy Nene's book and just see for yourself.
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