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Kendra Wilkinson , Jon Warech
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Oct. 4 2011
KENDRA BARES ALL

 

Fans of the E! smash hit series The Girls Next Door fell in love with sporty Playboy beauty Kendra Wilkinson’s care- free spirit, infectious laugh, and down-to-earth nature. Now that she’s moved out of the world’s most famous bachelor pad and into her own delightfully chaotic world on Kendra as wife to NFL star Hank Baskett and mother to their newborn son, we’ve watched her hilarious antics as she adjusts to domestic life. But how much do we really know about the fun-loving star? In this humorous and optimistic, sometimes heartbreaking, but always unfailingly honest memoir, Kendra reveals the highs and lows of her extraordinary journey.

 

She wasn’t always the quintessential girl next door. Before she was a reality television superstar, Hugh Hefner’s girlfriend, or one of the most popular Playboy cover models ever, Kendra was an athletic tomboy whose father walked out on her family when she was a little girl. She grew into a rebellious teenager with a serious drug habit before she quit cold turkey and beat the odds to graduate from a high school that almost didn’t give her a second (or third, or fourth) chance.

 

Following her rocky teenage years, an out-of-the- blue phone call from Hugh Hefner changed everything. Kendra dishes candidly about life in the Playboy Mansion: the sex, the parties, the show, and even her relationships with her Girls Next Door costars—Hef, Holly, and Bridget. She tells the true story about how she and Hank met and built a relationship in secret while she was still Hef’s girl- friend and a public face of Playboy. Finally, she reflects on the slew of unexpected changes in the short space of a year that have brought her sliding into home from Playboy party girl to wife and mother with a blooming Hollywood career. If you think you’ve seen all of Kendra, think again. She’s only warming up. . . .

 

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Kendra Wilkinson is the star of the hit reality television show Kendra on E! She rose to fame in five seasons on The Girls Next Door, living in the Playboy Mansion as one of magazine mogul Hugh Hefner's girlfriends. Originally from San Diego, she lives in Los Angeles.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad little piece of writing! April 23 2014
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I've always liked Kendra and have watched every episode of Girls Next Door time and time again and she was always the most enjoyable. Whether she actually penned this herself or not, it was a great insight to what life may have been like at the mansion and also what it was like for Kendra growing up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read and insight into the playboy lifestyle May 16 2012
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This is such an easy read, but definitely entertaining. Kendra really opens us about her life experiences as well as life at the playboy mansion....where things weren't always sunshine and rainbows like the "Girls Next Door" series portrays. If you are interested in "Playboy" or the "Girls Next Door' then you will enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sliding Home by Kendra Wilkinson Aug. 19 2010
Format:Hardcover
I just got this book and I like it so far. I mean I know she is very young to be writing a book, but I like it cause in a way I can relate to her. It shows you can be such a punk in your younger years but in the end everything works out. And that is why I love it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Bad" Valley Girl Memoir July 15 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is so poorly written that I can't even believe it was published. Some people are so young who have memoirs nowadays, but sometimes the books are funny or the people behind the books are so amazing that it's definitely worth reading. This book reads like a valley girl is telling you this story of her childhood (full of sex and drugs), how hot her big fake boobs were, and how she loves money.

I wasted a day reading this. Don't let it happen to you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Job On A Life Up To Now July 3 2010
By A. J. Colyer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm going to be like many, perhaps most, of the readers of this book. I got hooked on The Girls Next Door TV series(GND), and that ultimately led me to Kendra's memoir. First, the good stuff. This is a pretty brave book; it's not full of fluff, simply feeding off of GND notoriety. Kendra opened her mental closet and let some of the dark goolies out; not everybody would be that willing to share their past lives to the extent that she has in this book. This is one of the strengths of the book. Additionally, her memoir is interesting for those who are curious about her behind the scenes relationship with Hugh Hefner, Bridget and Holly, as well as other members of the Playboy Mansion staff. There is a fair amount of information and discussion about the people, behind the scenes realities, and routine life during her 4+ years in residence. I am not going to spoil the read by commenting specifically about Kendra's references concerning sex; however, everyone knows that the Playboy Mansion is about sex. Sliding into Home does not ignore this. The author handles this with some common sense and maturity, but she gets the infomation into the book.

The book could have been improved by additional detail. Kendra participated in many trips within the GND series. It would have been very interesting to read about the behind the scenes preparations and activies during more of the various trips. More detail about the workings of the Mansion to include a number of the people involved as well as the commercial side of making GND would have made good reading.

Overall this is a good book. It has an honest feel to it, and is, to date, the best book that has come out of the modern Playboy Mansion/Girls Next Door genre. It is highly readable and hard to put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The term "tell-all book" has new meaning July 8 2010
By ~Mary - Published on Amazon.com
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TMI-too much information-is a legitamate claim when it comes to Kendra's book Sliding Into Home. She gives many details that yes, you wanted to know, but after reading about it, you think "Oh God, I really did NOT need to know that." But the desire for details are as infectous as her laughter and you appreciate the fact that she does not sugar coat anything, blame anyone, or hide behind issues present in her family. She did it, she claims it, and I closed the book cheering that God allowed her to have the storybook ending she deserved. After all, the bad girl image was a cover for a girl full of energy and life and just needed the right direction to channel it in.

The fact she was not close to Bridget or Holly does not surprise me. The fact she didn't settle down over night after meeting Hank didn't raise an eyebrow. What does shock the reader is how candid she gets and does so in a matter of fact way-no hidden agendas. This is the best celebrity memoir I've read in a long time. If honesty sells, this should be a blockbuster.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thankful she made it home... July 10 2010
By Danamite - Published on Amazon.com
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Beginning of the book really went into detail about her "drug life" and becoming a stripper. She's good at keeping secret. Interesting to find out what really happened in the Mansion and her life with Hef. Loved reading about falling in love with Hank. I wasn't always a fan of the Girls Next Door, because the other girls really got on my nerves. However, as Kendra matured I became a fan of hers. I was hooked when she got her own show. Lots of details in the beginning of the book. I do think the end of the book is a bit rushed. I don't know if she didn't want to expose life as a mom or if that is her next book: From Party Girl to PTA mom. I wish she would've gone into more detail about life as a married couple and the changes that brought about, but I guess that is why people watch her show. That's my only disappointment. I'm just floored at what really happened at the Mansion, but in today's world Kendra is your typical All-American girl, because it's changed tremendously in our world today.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Smut Read Oct. 14 2010
By Valerie A. Baute - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I read this book super fast, in one sitting. There were some very interesting stories. I loved hearing about life inside the mansion, and I was amazed by how horrible her childhood was (mostly through her own doing with drugs, sex, etc.)

I heard that she used a ghost writer. That makes it worse. The whole book read like an essay a high schooler would write. There were short, choppy stories throughout the book. Yes, most of them were funny, but they were so randomly placed in the book. Then it would vaguely mention why those stories were important to her life and making her a better person. Also, she would talk about something horrible that she did, but how it was ok, because she still had boundaries and didn't do something else more horrible. Then, a couple pages later, she would do those horrible things too! Sometimes she seemed to gloss over the fact that she was raised horribly. How can someone run away for so long when they are so young and not get carted off to juvie or brought back home!??! Yet she never said anything about her mother not taking care of her.

Her relationship with Hef really bothered me as well. She seemed so disturbed and grossed out by their bedroom antics, yet she still stayed. He was more like a father to her than anything else, which is obviously what she wanted in life. Then she just got paid to do things basically, which seems like prostitution to me. It didn't seem like she was having sex with him in intimate settings because she was so in love with him.

Once it got to the part about Hank, I really lost interest. You can tell what is most important to her life now, so everything seems all perfect and great. I wonder how that part would go if she were writing it 10 years from now. And learning that she was dating him for so long while still appearing to be Hef's girlfriend on the show was bothersome as well.

This was worth 2 1/2 stars, so I rounded up to 3 because it was somewhat funny smut. It wasn't supposed to be life-changing or anything like that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brave Aug. 28 2010
By Sarah W - Published on Amazon.com
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When it comes down to it I am not really a fan of reality television shows, I actually don't watch a lot of television at all. Yet with a reality show there is always that awareness that the `character' portrayed is presented as a stereotype, a mere caricatures of themselves. Sliding into Home does not show us the fun and light hearted Kendra that those of us who have watched her reality shows would be familiar with - at least not to start with - instead the reader is confronted with the real story.

If you had to summarise Sliding into Home in just one word, that word would be brave. The contents of this book are not something that Kendra had to share with the public. The retelling of her adolescence is in no way sensationalised, everything is discussed in a mature and reflective way. Kendra acknowledges her past actions, accepts that they have made her who she is today, and at no point blames anyone else for her rebellious and destructive teenage years.

The retelling of her earlier years, before she became associated with the mansion, provides the reader with an understanding as to why Kendra often referred to Hugh Hefner as having saved her. She goes on to tell of her time at the Playboy Mansion - her relationship with Hef, her feelings towards Holly and Bridget, detailing what that part of her life was really like.
I think my favourite part of the biography was the retelling of when and how Kendra met, and then began dating, her husband Hank. The conflict that is described felt real - it discusses the point in time that someone decides to give up the comfort and security they have, to replace it with a potential happily ever after. The transition to a very different sort of life to what she became used to was refreshing, nothing was glamorised, and it provides a great companion piece to the Kendra reality series.

I really have to admit that the whole concept of Playboy is not my sort of thing, however that said the reality show Girls Next Door seemed like a concept just too interesting to pass up. I have watched every episode of the first five seasons Girls Next Door, and just completed the first season of Kendra's own reality show. I actually miss not having Kendra, Bridget and Holly together on one reality show anymore!

I did not hesitate reading the biography of Kendra Wilkinson when it was first released - and I am glad I did. Reading Sliding into Home allows the reader to see the character they know as Kendra as a real person with her own thoughts and feelings.
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