Author/s: Gabrielle Reece with Karen Karbo
Publisher: Scribner/Simon & Schuster
Review by: Melody Charles
She’s fit, famous and has a fabulous life as a wife, mother and health advocate, so what insights can Gabrielle Reece have for the rest of us about making do with a less-than-flawless existence?
Believe it or not, plenty, which makes her second book and latest best-seller, My Foot Is Too Big For The Glass Slipper: A Guide To The Less Than Perfect Life, such an informative and insightful read. It’s one thing to want the fairy tale, but it’s another to compares your factual everyday to a fictional pipe-dream and making yourself—and everyone around you—miserable in the process.
Within the pages of Glass Slipper, the volleyball superstar, fitness expert and married mother of 3 keeps it honest and hilarious when she expounds on the everyday issues that impact us the most, such as the realities of relationships, raising kids, growing older and getting into better shape.
Some notable excerpts include…
1) Letting go of the notion of “Happily Ever After”: “In all those fairy tales, and also in a ot of Hollywood movies you wind up Netflixing, the story ends at happily ever. It’s pure [expletive]….in the ever after it’s all about dealing with your lover, with understanding what makes him tick, surviving his crappy moods and working together, always, to preserve what you’ve got and nurture a deeper, more profound and grounded love into the future. Happily schmappily. I don’t think so.”
2) Learning to parent: “…Regardless of of the advice the so-called experts proffer, all of their programs have one thing in common: they are guaranteed to make you feel as though whatever it is you’re doing, you should be doing something else…Forget. All. That. [Expletive].”
3) Squashing conflict in your relationships: “If something makes you clench your teeth or roll your eyes or call your girlfriends and complain like a woman unhinged, you’ve got to deal. Otherwise those issues will go viral and before you know it….the sopping wet towel left on the bathroom floor has transformed into a feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach when you hear his key in the lock.”
4) Winning The Battle of the Bulge: “Since there are 3,500 calories in a pound, just replacing one fast-food meal a day with healthy protein shake would have you on the road to losing two pounds per week. And that’s if you change nothing else about the way you eat.”
It may not be for everybody, especially since she’s fond of dropping plenty of expletives and F-bombs throughout. But Ms. Reece’s wry and witty revelations about everyday life with her equally-accomplished husband, Laird Hamilton, raising her daughters in a bi-coastal celebrity-driven atmosphere and why we need to care for ourselves to be the best women we can be for others are both informative and entertaining. So, from a reader’s perspective, it’s all but another ‘perfect’ score for the Great Gabby Reece.