I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends

I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends

Confessions of A Reality Show Villain

Book - 2014
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Revealing the love, heartbreak, and reality behind reality television, a former "Bachelor" contestant who quickly became the biggest villain in the history of the show, dishes on her fellow contestants and what really happened on and off the cameras.
Publisher: New York, NY : It Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062326652
0062326651
Branch Call Number: 791.45028 R5456I 2014
Characteristics: 263 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Baer, Deb - Author

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Staggerwing
Mar 16, 2018

Reality shows have become part of our lives today. Courtney has written a book with no secrets that is worth the read. For those uncomfortable with foul language and sexual openness it might be too much for you.

Sadly, she had a good career before being on the show and it took a tumble due to the things she said and did on the show...after editing. That is where readers and viewers often fail to understand there is a bigger picture when they watch a reality show, the news, or read a newspaper. They all have editors that create the image they want for ratings or readership. Courtney has exposed the other side of the story in her book about The Bachelor and Bachelorette shows. It's surprising anyone has actually found a lasting loving relationship after meeting on the show! There have been a few, but it would be wise for all those who embark on this adventure to accept the odds are very much against that happening and the sacrifices for being on the show may not be worth it in the end. It seems from what Courtney says all the opportunities to make money are there if the couple decides to accept the offers. It explains why so many of these participants always seem to have time to fly all over the place for a social event of some sort, too.

In summary, I'd say this book is a cautionary tale that should be read by anyone thinking of stepping into the world of reality TV.

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kkcraig27
Sep 22, 2017

I LOVED this book! I watched this season of the bachelor (and bachelorette when Ashley Herbert eliminated ben, and I felt bad for him) I just remember reading the prologue and thinking uh oh! I feel like what Courtney wrote I really want to believe, it's amazing how tv can tell one story but some ones point of view can tell another. I was appalled by many of the things that happened between her and Ben, mostly cause he seemed like a good guy on tv but once the cameras turned off he totally flipped a switch on her! I liked how she talked about her life in high school as a teenager, her modeling career, and everything leading up to her being on the bachelor. The chapters of her with the other girls on the show wasn't my favorite part, but the "behind he scenes" interactions with her and ben really intrigued me! Also just all the work they put into the show itself as well, there is SO much! All the name-dropping was cool too, even though most people frown upon it, but I liked it. In the end of the book I just felt bad for Courtney, she seemed so emotionally beat up with her relationship with ben. I felt so bad for her, I unfriended Trista Sutter on instagram because she treated Courtney horribly just on perception and based off tabloids. Courtney outsmarting the paparazzi was also a good part of the book too, the book as a whole was really good, it flowed nicely and I just enjoyed all of it, even though i felt sad for her..

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Mmegood
Apr 18, 2017

I always thought Courtney got a bad wrap on the show. Its no surprise that she was the easy target as a pro model. She talks about her life growing up and shares way more than I would have expected. Some pages left me blushing. I don't think my mom or grandma would have approved of the book.... Or gotten past the second chapter.

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Ehd12345
Nov 26, 2015

Funny and more interesting than I would have expected. Don't know how she can stand revealing so much about her life but it's certainly entertaining.

JMFlaherty Oct 09, 2014

Fascinating and funny book. I wasn't sure I liked her when I saw her on the show, but I like her after reading the book. Very enjoyable and easy read. I was surprised at all the isolation the girls/guys have to put up with. :)

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BigOrange
Sep 06, 2014

A guilty pleasure just like the show. Quick read, entertaining, with characters that don't improve with the extra background. I enjoyed the dirt she dished on other Bachelor/ette's and also enjoyed the fact that as much as she tried to justify her own behavior, it didn't help her cause one bit... but that's ok in my book!

bandblair Aug 25, 2014

Fast read. Not terribly well-written; sloppy editing. You learn a lot about what it's like to be on the show though!

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capezio
Aug 07, 2014

This is a hilarious read! I was not at all a fan of Courtney on the show, but once I read her book I truly saw that every story has two sides. This side is hilarious, interesting and fun to read. Bachelor franchise fans will get the most out of the book. Very easy beach read.

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