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Living Life the Essex Way
Living Life the Essex Way
by Sam Faiers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Truth about TOWIE?, 19 May 2012
So I'm a massive TOWIE, and have been an avid supporter of it since it first launched in 2010, with Sam being one of my favourites, so I was quite excited to read this book after it was described as "the truth about TOWIE" - I've just, this day, finished reading the book after owning it for a week, and all I can say is that I was very disappointed.

The first few chapters start very much like a biography - talking about her childhood and teens, which was quite interested - learning about how she grew up with some of the TOWIE cast members (Lucy and Amy), and her flings with Mark Wright when she was 16. All very interesting to read if you're a fan of the show, but it then quickly just falls down to Sam basically describing her looks and fashion sense. In all honestly, about 70% of each chapter revolves around her appearance; infact in about 5 chapters all she does is describe her hair, her fashion sense, her diet, her makeup and then her tanning.. all very boring to be honest, and almost somewhat "page filling".

In all honest, there is not MUCH description about TOWIE itself - I don't know whether this is because Sam's still contracted into the show, and therefore can't discuss it in depth, or what (as she says - she's grateful for what they have given her), and she only really described the stuff that TOWIE has produced; she discusses her business Minnie's, doing P.A.'s (personal appearances) across the UK, and then TOWIE winning a BAFTA. Besides that, there's not much written about the show, and the cast itself - she only briefly mentions a few occasionally, and even then, she doesn't go into depth - she describes Arg as having the biggest ego, how her friendship with Amy has ended since she left the show, how she doesn't like Lauren G or think Lauren's business is good, and then briefly mentions how Lucy has changed since school (oh, and she mentions how she loves Lauren Pope's hair extensions.. juicy gossip right there!)

Overall, as a TOWIE fan, I'm glad to have read it to see what Sam thinks about the fame, and it was interesting to read about how she set up Minnie's completely on her own, without any help from the TOWIE producers, but overall, it isn't really about "the truth about TOWIE" or "TOWIE & ME" as the title of the book says.. it's much more "Sam Faiers: Beauty Advice... with a quick chapter on TOWIE".

Ghost Hunting with the Only Way is Essex [DVD]
Ghost Hunting with the Only Way is Essex [DVD]
Dvd ~ Yvette Fielding
Price: £4.89

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show, shocking price!, 18 Jan. 2012
Firstly, let me discuss the show itself.. it is hilarious! As a fan of TOWIE (The Only Way is Essex), obviously I was going to be glued to this 90 minute special. It really is hilarious.. you get the hilarity of Amy getting "touched up" by a ghost, plus to see their responses, especially Sam when she gets told "you have to go hunting with Mark" and she responds, "I don't want to go with Mark" (never mind the ghosts, hey Sam!)

The show itself is gripping too, as unlike other "Ghost hunting.." shows, you actually get to see the paranormal activity occur, such as light bulbs smashing, and then doors slamming, as well as stones being thrown from behind the cast (a highlight when this happening Mark screaming like a little girl).

The only negativity of the show itself is the voice over. People probably find it hilarious, I myself found him rather annoying with him repeating the same sort've "these 6... celebrities.." every 20 minutes in the show. Another thing is Mark Wright during the beginning with his constant, "you're lying" everytime something happens. Obviously people react like that, but after a while it grates on you.

Now.. the price.. if I was just reviewing the show it'd get ***** however, the price is ridiculous. Almost £12 for one show, no extras. May I recommend heading over to iTunes and purchasing this show on there. I did that; you get exactly the same stuff you're getting on the DVD but at the price of £1.87 (yes, almost £10 cheaper!)

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