Nancy Jo, this is Katya calling. I'm calling to let you know how disappointed I am in your story. There's many things that I read in here that were false. Like you saying that "If buddha sat under a tree for four days then I can do this" when Alexis said "FOURTY" days.
Seriously, there were quite a few mistakes in this book that could have been easily picked up on (for someone who is such an expert on pop culture, she couldn't even get the air dates of Girls Next Door right...anyone with access to Google can figure it out) and misquoting people when there are videos all over the internet of their actual interviews. If she can't get small facts like that right, how are we to trust her to report the case accurately?
I bought this book because I had followed this case in the media as it unfolded, and also watched Pretty Wild when it aired. Hearing Alexis Neiers story recently of how she was heavily addicted to hard drugs during the time of the burglary and her reality show, and how she has since completely turned her life around (she's now over 2 years sober, married and with a child) really touched me. I went through similar problems during my late teens/early 20's and was inspired to see a young girl overcome her demons and admit to her mistakes.
While the book was an interesting read, I felt almost disgusted at times by how judgmental and immature Nancy Jo could be - going as far to write in her thank yous "Thanks to my dad, for teaching me to work hard (and not to burgle)" and "Thank you to David, for making me laugh on the phone by saying, "This is upper-middle-class crack head behavior". I miss his wisdom". I felt like this was really inappropriate and unprofessional. My favorite quote (from The Great Gatsby) is "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had" and I think that Nancy Jo needs to remember this - as stated in her book, Alexis was sexually abused by a family member as a very young child, physically abused by her father and given prescription drugs extremely early in her life - all of these things would mess up anyone psychologically. It influenced her behavior and she has grown from it, and for Nancy Jo to offer fake sympathy for her in places throughout the book and then basically turn around and laugh at her is really horrible. Especially since she gave an interview about the famous "This is Alexis Neiers calling" clip from Pretty wild, saying: "I wondered what about that moment people still found so entertaining, three years later. I don't mean to be a party pooper here, but I've never found the clip all that funny. Alexis was in real distress during that call" How nice of her to say, right? Well it would be...if she wasn't CONSTANTLY retweeting other people's jokes about it and referencing it in her own tweets - for all her judgment about "fame hungry" people, she is clearly using this girls pain for her own fame.
The most ironic thing about this book is how the entire thing is about how awful it is that these kids are so obsessed with celebrities - and then on the final page, in Nancy Jo's author bio....she name drops that she's worked with "Damien Hirst, Hugh Hefner, Russell Simmons, Donald Trump, Tyra Banks, Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Taylor Swift". Really??
I have no problem being fascinated with celebrities, in fact, i am myself. But don't pretend to be above it, when you're no better than any of those kids who you're judging for the same damn thing. At least they can admit to it.