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Review: Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty

July 24, 2014

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

When Diane Keaton found herself included on a list entitled Top 10 Female Celebrities Who Are Ugly No Matter What Hollywood Says, it got her thinking about beauty.   She wondered what constitutes beauty and why and she shares her thoughts in Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty.

Keaton starts out by talking about beauty fading during the aging process and meanders for a while, covering topics like her passion for renovating houses, shopping at Victoria’s Secret with her daughter, and paintings of our forefathers.  She writes of celebrities she admires mainly because they’re comfortable in their own skin and dare to push the envelope.  She also writes about her personal style which is rather quirky.

I’ve been a fan of Keaton’s since I saw Annie Hall when I was in college and was thrilled to hear her speak at BEA a few years ago.  She came across as genuine and heartfelt so I was really looking forward to reading Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty.  I’m sorry to say the book was just okay for me.  It did have a few high notes but I found it to be rambling and disjointed.   It felt like she sat down and wrote her thoughts out without tying them together.

I enjoyed Keaton’s narration of the book.  It felt like she was talking to me because she read with humor and emotion.  The audio is on 4CDs and last 5 hours so it’s worth giving a try if you’re curious about it.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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27 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2014 4:27 am

    Am an admirer of Keaton myself so disappointed the book was not livelier.

  2. July 24, 2014 7:50 am

    I can always count on you to review the movie star memoirs! :–)

  3. July 24, 2014 8:33 am

    Oh, that’s too bad…I love Diane Keaton, but perhaps her rambling style just doesn’t work in writing….thanks for sharing.

  4. July 24, 2014 8:37 am

    Sounds like it needed better editing. I’m a fan of DK too.

  5. July 24, 2014 9:34 am

    I like her too. I remember when she got a lot of negative talk when she introduced Woody Allen for lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes a couple of years ago…

  6. Patty permalink
    July 24, 2014 10:30 am

    Yep…I agree with Rain…about her writing style…

  7. July 24, 2014 10:39 am

    I like her too. Too bad this one wasn’t a better read.

  8. July 24, 2014 10:51 am

    I like Diane Keaton too. It’s too bad her book isn’t better, but I do like the cover!

  9. July 24, 2014 12:46 pm

    I’m not particularly a Keaton fan, I like her, but I don’t think enough to read this one. It does sound like audio was a good choice, though.

  10. July 24, 2014 1:32 pm

    Thank you for your honest review, Kathy.

  11. July 24, 2014 2:31 pm

    She went off topic in this one and the material wasn’t as enthralling as her last book which discussed her relationship with her mother, but I still enjoyed it.

  12. July 24, 2014 5:41 pm

    Not for me, but I like what is is about

  13. July 24, 2014 7:26 pm

    I started this one on audio and quit. it felt too fragmented. Too bad as I do admire Keaton

  14. July 24, 2014 10:51 pm

    I do love Keaton, but this doesn’t interest me a bit. Great review!

  15. July 25, 2014 10:13 am

    I still adore her, though I haven’t read the first memoir yet.

  16. July 25, 2014 10:15 am

    The concept of the book sounded it good. Thanks for your candid review Kathy.

  17. July 26, 2014 1:49 pm

    I like Diane Keaton but I don’t think enough to read her memoir, especially if it is just okay. She does have a nice reading voice! I always liked her voice.

  18. July 26, 2014 8:37 pm

    What? Who put her on that list? I love Diane Keaton and will watch any movie of hers whatever the review. I also think she is very beautiful and graceful. But I probably will pass the memoir – I don’t seem to have a good record with them.

  19. July 27, 2014 2:29 pm

    What a great idea for a book! Sorry the execution wasn’t the best though. Thanks for putting this book on my radar.

  20. Ryan permalink
    July 27, 2014 10:26 pm

    I don’t understand why anyone would say Diane Keaton is ugly, just don’t get it.

  21. July 28, 2014 9:40 am

    That’s disappointing to hear about this book. I like Diane Keaton, but some books need more editing than others. Sounds like this one could have used a good editor and a little organizing and arranging.

  22. Jennifer permalink
    July 28, 2014 11:57 am

    I would say I’m definitely a Diane Keaton fan so when I saw this book I was intrigued. I haven’t picked it up yet but the subject matter does sound interesting. I find that a lot of these celebrity memoir type books can feel disjointed and more like a rambling conversation than anything else and yet sometimes, I still find myself getting swept up in them and enjoying the insights and observations that come out of such a piece of writing.

    I also don’t think Diane Keaton is ugly at all. I adore her!

  23. sandynawrot permalink
    July 29, 2014 6:24 am

    I did enjoy her last memoir (also narrated by her…but who else?), but even that one was a little rambling and seemed guarded. Like she was not telling us everything. But I like her and her quirkiness. Although that act does get old. But Baby Boom or Annie Hall? I would watch each a thousand times.

  24. July 29, 2014 7:15 am

    If I do try this one, I will go with the audio!

  25. July 30, 2014 2:44 am

    I’m not crazy about rambling narratives but since I do like Keaton, and this is a short book, I’ll probably give it a listen.

  26. August 1, 2014 12:18 pm

    At least the narration made up for the lack of good content.

  27. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 7, 2014 2:56 pm

    Sorry to hear you didn’t love it. I had high hopes.

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