Skinnydipping by Bethenny Frankel
A Novel

64%

7 Critic Reviews

... what Skinnydipping lacks is artistry. As a supposed novel, the book lacks narrative arcs, changes in rhythm, differing voices among the different characters to make the dialogue vibrate. In short, it lacks all that makes a novel a novel.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

Four-time New York Times bestselling author and talk show host Bethenny Frankel makes her fiction debut with the novel Skinnydipping: “A totally fun, dishy read. This is the kind of book that is perfect to pack in your beach bag” (Hollywood Reporter).

Beloved by countless fans for being devilishly dishy, outrageously funny, and always giving it to us straight, four-time New York Times bestselling author Bethenny Frankel now makes her fiction debut with the story of Faith Brightstone. Faith is an aspiring actress just out of college who moves to LA determined to have it all: a job on the most popular TV show, a beach house in Malibu, and a gorgeous producer boyfriend. But when reality hits, she finds herself with a gig as a glorified servant, a role that has more to do with T&A than acting, and a dead-end relationship. Finally, Faith decides she’s had enough of La La Land and moves back to New York with just a suitcase and her dog, Muffin.

Five years later, Faith has finally found her groove as an entrepreneur and manages to land a spot on a new reality TV show hosted by her idol—the legendary businesswoman and domestic goddess, Sybil Hunter. Diving into the bizarre world of reality TV, Faith’s loud mouth and tell-it-like-it-is style immediately get her in trouble with her fellow contestants, and she learns about betrayal.

As the show comes to a dramatic close, Faith discovers that the man of her dreams may have just walked into her life. Will she choose fame or love? Or can she have it all?
 

About Bethenny Frankel

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Bethenny Frankel is the New York Times bestselling author of A Place of Yes, Naturally Thin, and The Skinnygirl Dish. She is most recently the star of a new talk show, Bethenny, on Fox and the creator of the Skinnygirl brand, which extends to cocktails, beauty, fitness, and health. In 2011, Bethenny won a Glamour Women of the Year Award and was named one of the Top 100 Women in Entertainment by The Hollywood Reporter. She is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Bethenny lives in New York and Los Angeles with husband Jason, daughter Bryn, and dog, Cookie. Visit Bethenny.com.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Touchstone. 370 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Skinnydipping
All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 09 2012

Although the writing is competent, this novel illustrates the main difficulty posed by “reality-based” fiction: the inherent tedium of unedited real life, however glitzy the surroundings.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Emily Annis on Aug 31 2012

...delightfully sassy and vivaciously hilarious...Skinnydipping is almost like reality television in a book form, which is a whole different guilty pleasure for readers.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on May 01 2012

... what Skinnydipping lacks is artistry. As a supposed novel, the book lacks narrative arcs, changes in rhythm, differing voices among the different characters to make the dialogue vibrate. In short, it lacks all that makes a novel a novel.

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Huffington Post

Good
Reviewed by BROOKE LEFFERTS on May 02 2012

As summer approaches, expect to see Frankel fans in oversized sunglasses sipping Skinnygirl margaritas while clutching a copy of "Skinnydipping" on a beach near you.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Sharon Galligar Chance on Jun 26 2012

“Skinnydipping,” with all its not-so-subtle references to Frankel’s real life, is a hilarious, fast-paced and often scandalous story that is a lot of fun to read, perfect for summer.

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TCPalm / AP

Above average
Reviewed by The Associated Press on May 20 2012

...while it's hardly groundbreaking fiction, her affable doppelganger will likely amuse and inspire young female fans.

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Refinery Magazine

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Archard on Jun 01 2012

Bethenny’s creativity for writing, teamed with her witty, honest and truly funny dialogue, come together to in Skinnydipping.

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