I’ve been spending time purging and organizing my home lately. It is a project that has taken what seems like FOREVER to do. I pull out stuff that I want to purge and organize and it seems like more stuff just grows behind it. I went through my books to get rid of ones that I’m no longer crazy about or I know I won’t read again and I took them to Half Price Books.
Half Price Books is a store that buys and sells used books. It is a great way to make a little extra cash while getting your book collection organized. While I was waiting on the clerk to go through my books I saw the book, Down the Rabbit Hole Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison on the bookshelf behind me. With the recent death of Hugh M. Hefner, it made me think back to the show The Girls Next Door. You may not believe this, but I LOVED the show. I even have season one on DVD. I was fascinated with Bridget, Holly and Kendra and how they seemed to be in love with a man that was old enough to be their grandfather. Little did I know the more accurate story behind the show. But I was about to find out…
Holly wrote the book in 2015 and I actually wanted to read it when she published it but never bought the book. I was able to read a chapter and a half while waiting for the clerk and I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down. I used some of the money they gave me for selling my books to purchase Holly’s book for $6. I went home and read about half of the book that same day! What is so fascinating about this book is that it is relatable. Sure, you may not have been a Playboy Bunny or slept with a man three times your age, but to me this book in its essence was about self-esteem.
And we all (well most of us) have had issues with our self-esteem at one time or another.
Holly was very open about where her mind was and the reasons why she chose to enter the mansion as a girlfriend. She walks you through the story of what happened after she entered those mansion gates, how some of the other girlfriends were bullies in skimpy clothing and how low self-esteem can have you think you are in love with someone when you are really just lost. She takes readers on this Alice In Wonderland type of journey through her life, choices and ultimately her path to reclaiming her self-esteem and starting a family of her own.
Reading Down the Rabbit Hole was a reminder to me that we are all searching for love and acceptance and how that plays out in our lives is dependent upon our choices. But at the end of the day, Holly like most of us, found a way to make peace with the past and create a future that is build on a solid foundation of self-love and acceptance.
Have you read Down the Rabbit Hole? What are your thoughts?