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Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time
Title : Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time
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ISBN : 9780345543226
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256

For fans of "The Happiness Project" and "The Year of Living Biblically" comes a pointed look at our fascination with celebrities, as one woman strives to remake herself in the image of her favorite stars. What woman hasn't seen pictures of Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, or Beyonce and wished she had their clothes, their abs, their seemingly flawless lives? For RachelFor fans of "The Happiness Project" and "The Year of Living Biblically" comes a pointed look at our fascination with celebrities, as one woman strives to remake herself in the image of her favorite stars. What woman hasn't seen pictures of Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, or Beyonce and wished she had their clothes, their abs, their seemingly flawless lives? For Rachel Bertsche, these celebrities are the epitome of perfection--self-assured and effortlessly cool. Yet lately, between juggling her career, her marriage, and her dream of becoming a mother, Bertsche feels anything but put together. In "Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me, " Bertsche embarks on a quest to emulate her Hollywood role models--while sticking to a budget--to see if they really hold the keys to happiness. While trying to unlock the stars' secrets, from Sarah Jessica Parker's wardrobe to Julia Roberts's sense of calm to--maybe one day--Jessica Alba's chic pregnancy, Bertsche learns valuable lessons. A toned body doesn't come easy or cheap, avoiding social media can do wonders for your peace of mind, and confidence is the key accessory for pulling off any outfit. But can she immerse herself in the A-list lifestyle and still stay true to herself? And will her pursuit of perfection really lead to happiness? Praise for Rachel Bertsche's "MWF Seeking BFF" "Written with verve, insight, and humor . . . Bertsche writes cleverly, but not glibly, about the challenges young women face today."--"Chicago Tribune" "[A] charming, funny chronicle."--"People"

Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time Reviews

  • Julie Ehlers

    1. I tried to read Rachel Bertsche's first book, MWF Seeks BFF, and gave up halfway through. Not because the book was terrible, exactly, but because it was so repetitive. I knew the second half of the book would just be more of what I read in the first half, so why bother? 2. When I saw there was a First Reads giveaway for Bertsche's second book, I almost didn't enter, but the subject matter interested me somewhat, so I decided to take a chance. "Besides," I thought, "I'm most likely not going t [...]

  • Sara

    I wasn't sure what to expect with Rachel Bertsche's book, but I liked what I found! While the focus on celebrity lifestyles seems a little juvenile in the summary, I found that her conclusions really resonated with me - that we focus on celebrities because there is some element of their lifestyle or persona that we want in our own lives - be that fitness, style, career or relationships - and the key is not to envy them, but to try and enhance that element in our own lives.She ties these thoughts [...]

  • Cooper

    Awful, Dreadful, and Insipid: How I Can Write a Book Without Saying a Thing.Heard about this book on GMA a couple weeks ago and thought it would be another 'Julie & Julia'. Couldn't wait to get to B&N to pick it up and sit down with a glass of wine and be entertained for a couple hours. Wow, it just wasn't even close to J&J and it wasn't even close to being entertaining.In every bleeding chapter, she discusses her inability to get pregnant. From her husband's low sperm count, to IVF, [...]

  • Kristin

    The premise of this book, to imitate the lifestyle of a specific celebrity each month, is intriguing, for sure. We all know that celebrities use extreme self discipline to subsist solely on kale and salmon (or hot water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper if you're Beyonce preparing for DreamGirls). They workout for five hours a day because they can, unlike those of us holding down 9 to 5 jobs. They have unlimited wardrobe choices and a household staff to take care of the grunt work. Th [...]

  • Ann

    Thanks to the publisher for an advance reading copy.I knew this would be fairly fluffy, but it had a good sense of humor about the author's goal and came to some smart conclusions. I'm a total sucker for "using my life as an experiment" books, and I liked that this one explores how celebrity influences American women's mental well-being. I was kind of annoyed about the baby subplot since that's so not an interest of mine right now, but I thought she ultimately tied it in well by saying that maki [...]

  • Erin

    ARC for review.Love US Weekly and In Style? If you do you'll probably like this book. Well, even if you don't, you probably know more about the celebrities covered in this book than you think you do.or at least that was my experience. In a fun entry in the "I'm going to do something for six months or a year and chronicle it" catalog Rachel Bertsche (author of a book I haven't read but remember hearing about MWF Seeking BFF) decides to jump start her life by mirroring different aspects of celebri [...]

  • Michelle

    "Jennifer, Gwyneth, and Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time": authored by popular journalist/editor (Oprah Magazine) Rachel Bertsche, is a highly entertaining and charming celebrity genre themed book.In NYC, (2006) Bertsche spotted Aniston before her guest appearance on "The Late Show". Celebrity sightings are unforgettable highlights in the lives of ordinary people. Many fans follow/blog about celebrity culture available on media newsfeeds 24 hours a day. Twitter makes the cel [...]

  • Audrey

    I received an ARC through a giveaway. I'm not quite sure what I was thinking when I entered the giveaway since:1. I dislike fake memoirs (where the person thinks of a hook for the year to write about). It's too artificial for me; and2. I don't really follow any celebrity's and have never really aspired to have their lifestyle.But, I enjoyed this more then I thought I would and I thought that the author ended up with a really healthy attitude about just accepting who she is.When the book started [...]

  • Beth Gordon

    I enjoyed her first book, which was about finding new girlfriends through going on "friend dates" with females. You sensed the frenetic pace of these dates, and it was hard to phone in a date a week. This one has a forehead-scrunching premise to begin with combined with a bait and switch combined with phoning it in. Rachel has mad baby fever and a new work-from-home gig (writing), so she likely sold this book based on the concept that she is going to devote a month to being a different celebrity [...]

  • Carmen

    Honestly, at first, I thought this sounded like the most ridiculous premise ever. Rachel Bertsche wonders if she just attempts to imitate some of her favorite successful celebrities that she might just become a better version of herself. She's inspired by a handful of celebrities and she chooses Jennifer Aniston (for her perfectly toned body), Gwyneth Paltrow (for her uber-healthy cooking), Sarah Jessica Parker (for her style), Tina Fey (for her incredible work ethic),Jennifer Garner (for her so [...]

  • Jaclyn

    The book began by recounting a scene from Friends which I remembered in great detail myself, right down to the color and design of the dress Jennifer Anniston was wearing. Maybe the fact that I could recount the exact same scene and outfit from the top of my head the same way the author can is the reason that I felt connected to her, and almost like I knew her in real life. Just as when I read Bertsche's first book, I felt like I knew her personally and I wanted her to be my friend. That's part [...]

  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    2.5 StarsI picked up this book because I read and enjoyed the author's previous memoir, MWF Seeking BFF. Admittedly, I don't follow celebrities, so I probably wasn't the exact target audience for the book. However, I really enjoy reading books about people doing a project for a year and writing about it. If you dislike manufactured memoirs, this isn't a book for you.The initial concepts in the books were fun and relatable. Rachel attempted to improve the various aspects of her life - from excerc [...]

  • Ricki Ward

    Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time by Rachel Bertsche is a very engaging, entertaining memoir of one woman's attempt to model her life after a select handful of celebrities. The author chooses to diet and exercise like Jennifer Aniston, cook like Gwyneth Paltrow, dress like Sarah Jessica Parker, work like Tina Fey, meditate like Julia Roberts, nurture a supportive, healthy marriage like Jennifer Garner, enjoy pregnancy like Jessica Alba, and be the quee [...]

  • Jenny (adultishbooks)

    This was the perfect detox from my 30 Books in 30 Days. It's vapid and fluffy and fun.I do feel that the author did her research on the celebrities. I was familiar with all of them and did relate to the author's idolization of them because basically, I want to be Blake Lively. The book is broken up by chapter and a celebrity quality that the author was trying to emulate. I enjoyed the sections and liked how she put her own spin on each celebrity.ButThe author really got on my nerves. She is neur [...]

  • Andrienne

    I'm not super celebrity-obsessed (although my husband might disagree). I used to subscribe to Us Weekly and People. I used to find celebrity life entertaining enough to subscribe, but now that time is very finite, I'm not as keen as before. Bertsche definitely writes for the former me. There were parts where I am rolling my eyes when she mentions Jennifer Aniston's killer legs (there are better legs) or Sarah Jessica Parker's fabulous style (don't agree). It's a super easy read that can be taken [...]

  • Tamara

    I really hate gimmicky memoirs, so I should have known better, but I'm a sucker for celebrity stuffis was a totally inane read. She basically just did the Happiness Project under the guise of celebrities, and I hated all the research she threw in. The only redeeming factor of this book was reading about her struggle to get pregnant. Skip this one.

  • Roanne

    Vapid. Not just fluffy, but Fluffy Lite. Yuck.

  • Nicole

    Guilty as chargedI now subscribe to Goop

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  • Angela

    I love Jen & Gwyn and thought this was a fun read.

  • Shelby

    2.5 stars. I'd be lying if I said I read this for any reason other than the Julia Roberts chapter.

  • Nclay

    not my cup o' tea

  • Miriam Downey

    Read my full review here: mimi-cyberlibrarian.cIn her delightful book, Jennifer, Gwyneth, and Me, Rachel Bertche channels some "celebrity muses" to make needed changes in her life. She says: "The point of this whole quest is to follow the examples of those who seem to feel the way I'd like to feel, the celebrities who present themselves to the world in a way I'd like to present myself, and see if it makes me feel glamorous, together, and happier."And so she picks a celebrity a month to use as a [...]

  • Patricia Kate

    Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time was available at our library, and I generally like books that follow the year-long quest for happiness/self-improvement (such as The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun or Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the A [...]

  • Monica Lee

    Manufactured memoirs are suspect, but sometimes they deliver.A “real” memoir develops organically, when an earth-shattering event occurs, and the author survives to tell the story, how she coped and what she learned. Think I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala or, yes, The Percussionist’s Wife by none other than yours truly. No one chooses prejudice, a tsunami or a sex-offending spouse, but stories of such terrible circumstances make for good drama.A [...]

  • jeanmarie

    I got this through the First Reads program (my first!) and enjoyed it. I really think this is a solid 3.5 star book. It's fun to read and super quick.I liked the premise and how she sets, and carries out her plan (following the life plan/direction/spirit of different celebrities for different aspects of her life --Jennifer Aniston's body, Tina Fey's work ethic, et). It also seems like it coincided with her life fairly well--she struggles with infertility and feels like her timing to try to be ze [...]

  • Katie/Doing Dewey

    I was a little hesitant to pick up a book about celebrities, since authors are the only celebrities I get excited about. However, I enjoyed Rachel Bertsche’s MWF Seeking BFF enough to just trust her on this one. I’m glad I did, since the book turned out to be very relatable. Rachel’s desire to be more pulled together focuses a lot on working well despite having an unscheduled job and working at home. As a grad student, I completely get that and suspect that many authors and professional bl [...]

  • Kelly

    See this review on 1776books1776books/2014/04Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness by Rachel Bertsche is one of those books that I'm not quite sure how I feel about. On the one hand, reading about Bertsche's common struggles with having a baby will, I'm sure, resonate with a lot of women. However, she intersperses those vignettes with her attempts to lead a celebrity-driven lifestyle that, at times, can seem a little disjointed. It was almost like reading two different books, one [...]

  • Lissa

    3 - 3.5 starsI am completely torn by this book. On the one hand, I understand what it feels like to be in a slump and have to force yourself out of it, on the other hand I found the continuous celebrity advice sort of grating. Rachel Bertsche found herself working from home after being laid off from her job. All of her pre-conceived notions of working at home were quickly dispelled and she found herself in a rut. She slept in, stayed in her comfy clothes all day and found herself skimping on her [...]

  • Jill

    Full disclosure, I do know the author, but I haven't talked to her in years. I'm not a huge fan of faux-memoirs (as I call this genre). I'm also never been a part of the celebrity culture. But, I like Rachel and she is an excellent writer, so I gave it a go. (I was also in the middle of a really technical book, so I needed a break.)This was a fun and honest book. Rachel writes well. One of my many takeaways was that I must read Bossypants by Tina Fey. I've started reading it now and I think ther [...]