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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Reprint edition (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762432306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762432301
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a riveting read... the Polish-born St James cuts crisply through the bunny fluff to deliver, with Slavic bluntness, a deliciously bitchy memoir of her time behind closed doors at the Playboy mansion... Mean Girls, eat your heart out"!!!'
-- The Sunday Times, 19th July 2009

About the Author

Izabella St. James is a writer and an actress and has never considered herself a "model." She and her pet menagerie live in Los Angeles. She holds a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, and is still hoping to use it one day. She is currently working on her second book.


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By Inkhorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I don't know whether to be intrigued or appalled by this book.

The illusion of Hefner and the seven girlfriends that he has in tow, and how the whole arrangement works. She takes potshots at him in every way possible, and yet tempers that with yet he did pay for my goldfish tank.

Clearly, Ms St James made a choice to be his girlfriend even though she was not physically attracted. She disses this 80 year old man's bedroom performance, and claims he is a manipulator of their affections. All this may be so, but manipulation is a two way street, and the author knows how to work the game.

Hef paid each of these women a cash allowance of $1,000 a week, free facials and beauty work at a Hollywood salon, free medical, free room and board, a $2,000 fashion allowance each for special events, free plastic surgery, usually $10 k for a pair of boobs. In fact Hef must easily be paying close to $500k a year to promote his image.

Hef despite what the author says, appears to be a kind hearted and extremely generous man, giving birthday gifts of $2,000 and giving these ladies lavish cars. Some girls volunteered to be his girlfriend just to get the plastic surgery for free. Whaat?

In fact Ms St James does little else but complain about life with Hef, how she could not always get what she asked for, and when he broke up with girls did not continue to look after them. Insecurity was rampant among the women, and there was continuous plotting to force those who posed a threat to the pecking order out of the house.

If anything Hef was unbelievably generous.

Yet, if they were not paid enough, then why were these women able to buy their own condos and then break up with Hef.
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This book is not well written. If it were, it would not have left the bitter taste it did. Izabella is a manipulative, money hungry, superior individual and these are only some of her better traits. She was engaged in a business arrangement and for an exceptionally nice lifestyle was expected to do some things that were clearly unapalatable to her (have sex with the man who was paying her to) and to make some concessions on her belief system. She was neither subjugated nor exploited so there must be a reason for her rancorous diatribe. Quite simply she was employed to fulfil a job that she was not good at and her elevated sense of worth seems to have made her an unpleasant houseguest. Others pleased their employer in a way that she would or could not and they were ultimately more successful. The book does tell you pretty much everything you would want to know about what goes on behind the doors of the mansion but ignore the author's jibes and attempts to discredit - she's only telling one side of the story and if you believe that she stood on the sidelines while the sexual shenanigans and drug taking took place then you need your head read! A light read that should be passed round for nothing more than a bit of titilation.
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I think a lot of the reviews here are pretty accurate actually regarding the style and the author. Whatever negative comments I'd have about it, I was still intrigued and couldn't put it down. It's an insider account of a fascinating world and I have to admit to enjoying reading the details of how they lived, what money they were given, if they slept with Hef etc.
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Yes, "Girls next door" is popular and yes, it's good to throw your own book on the market NOW. But admidst all the tactical publishing, the diplomatic writing on the the thin line between truth, idealization (and not making Hef and his attorneys too angry) and finding an excuse for her own choices, Izabella St. James offers us good entertainment and a couple of hours dreaming and silently smiling on the couch. It's no a must, it's far away from literature, but it's definitely worth its price and much much better than I expected (and feared). One Star less only because it's still to discreet and the some of the doors stay closed. But who would've expected otherwise? Buy it, enjoy it, than give it to a friend :-)
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She's a narcissistic woman who talks about how better she is than everyone else for most of the book.

Although the delusion about how great she is a little entertaining it can wear on your mind after chapters full.... I started skipping through a lot. The good parts (talking about hef and what he's like) He's an interesting character.
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I enjoyed this book. It was a no holds barred account of life with Hef. I flicked through the start which was a yawn inducing account of her 'difficult' life and her triumphant ascent into Law school. How embarassing then for her to basically end up as a paid escort to a rich old man. Seeing as she makes it quite clear that Hef wasnt to her taste then one can only assume that the reason she stayed for 2 years was for the money, which she goes on and on and on about...She constantly bemoans the lack of money she is given by her 'boyfriend'. The pettyness between the girls would make infants roll their eyes. Still an enjoyable read
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This book is written by a girlfriend of Hef, she was there for Two and a Half Years. This book is not a sleazy slaggy tell it all. Its a well written insight.

She talk about her to start with, her intrests and where she came from and stuff like that. Hefs girlfriends are not always the dumb girls people think they are, Izabella was a lawyer. And she wrote this book well.

It covers a range of things, I found to intrest! Here are a few

-How she met Hef and the process of being invited to Parties and 'Hanging with Hef'

-In detail of every party (annual party) held there in detail, e.g. the decoration, the theme and the dress code.

-About Hef's intrests and his favourite things to do.

-About Playmates, Bunny's, Playmate of the Year and thier roles and what they do.

-About their money, talks about allowances, events they go to, stuff they get given e.g Car, and much more. Including a full description of what luxuries come with the mansion.

- A tour of the mansion.

-What the drama was like between seven girlfriends! And what habits they got up to.

- Hefs type and what he looks for in a women

-The Sex

-Surgery, what everyone had done, who picked up the bill. Including surgery of Holly and Bridget.

And much more. Every question answered. A Must read for Playboy, Hef or the Girls Next Door aka Girls of the Playboy mansion fans.

The book is not bitchy, its leaves comments and you can decide if it was bitchy or not.

Info about Holly and Bridget also a bit about Kendra and the truth about the butlers. A must read.
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