If we go way back – and I hope we do! – you might remember that I once reviewed Diane Keaton’s autobiography, “Then Again.” And you might also remember that I haaaaaated this book. I listened to it, and it didn’t translate well to audiobook. It was hard to keep track of what was what.
But, I’m nothing if not a saint. So, I gave Diane another chance. I recently listened to her new book.
“Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty” is kind of a series of meditations on beauty. Written by someone who has been called both a style icon and someone who has “let herself go” by Hollywood standards, this should be a pretty good read, right?
Well … kind of?
I found it comforting to read that she both stands by her style and beauty choices (Turtlenecks! No plastic surgery – at least not yet!) and feels conflicted by them. Movie stars – they’re just like you and me!
But reading an entire book that jumps from confidence to “oh, shucks, I don’t know” over and over again can be … exhausting.
Listening to this audio book, I enjoyed the author reading her own work. So many times it doesn’t work, but here it totally did. Diane Keaton is someone I’d love to sit near in a restaurant so I could eavesdrop. I’m not so sure, however, that I’d actually like to be at the same table. I don’t think my little introverted heart could take a multi-course meal with her. I’d be exhausted.
So, the book. I loved her talking about how Victoria’s Secret is so great because it encourages young women to love their shapes and have fun. I didn’t love the in-depth description of shopping there with her daughter, complete with a rundown of what her daughter purchased with a gift card. This “yes, but I could have done without …” theme kind of sums up my feelings on the book as a whole.
Make no mistake: I love Diane Keaton on screen. I’m so thankful she’s (gasp!) aging like a normal human, even though she’s in Hollywood. Here, she makes some great points and has some interesting stories. But this book? I found it to be a mixed bag.
I give it two mixed bags of dogs. Dogs that don’t necessarily match.
Have you read either of Keaton’s books? What did you think?