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Living Vicariously Through My Daughter: The Good, The Bad and The Uglies of being a Pageant Mom by [Dickey, Wendy]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2077 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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paid far to much money for this dribble, just an book of bitchy comments......yawn ..... Don't bother just another attempt at 15 mins of fame
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1.0 out of 5 stars Like watching a hair-pulling, name-calling fight 4 Mar. 2014
By Tyr - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not quite sure why I read this book but I read about all sorts of things and I had a mild, if morbid, curiosity to find out about the world of pageants. Urgh. The book was awful. It was badly written and very poorly edited. But the content itself was mind-meltingly uninteresting.

It was like watching a prolonged fight between a couple of kids shouting names and pulling each other's hair. And that was the moms.

This battle of beauties was primarily conducted on Facebook, and this book outlines in incredible detail who said what to whom, when, what lies were told, and who friended and unfriended whom on their various Facebook pages.

I hope the author, Wendy Dickey, goes back to pageants, Sunday school teaching, or whatever makes her happy. Good luck to her. I just sincerely hope she gives book authoring a miss in future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inside look at the tumultuous world of beauty pageants. Hang on to your tiara! 27 Feb. 2014
By Whistlers Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew nothing about this free-for-all until I read the book, but I was fascinated by the author's story. Her hard-scrabble childhood, her oppressive first husband, and her re-invention of herself as middle-class wife, mother, business woman, and Sunday School teacher would have been a good book by itself.

Add in the hysteria over little Paisley and her PRETTY WOMAN costume and it's a tale of epic proportions. The moral of the story is: things can get out of hand very quickly today. Never go into a high-pressure situation without the back-up of a trusted adviser who knows the ropes. And never, EVER think you can talk sense to a talk show host who smells a ratings-through-the-roof scandal. Like many a family that has been caught up in media hysteria, this one will be just fine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars truth revealed 26 Mar. 2014
By Chris T. - Published on Amazon.com
I have read Wendys book and I found it to be quite suprising. She showed the truth behind pageants and how the Media can totally twist what you say and and do. There were many chapters of Wendys Private life that were very heartwarming. as a young girl she had more than her share of hardships. I loved this book and read it all in one night as I couldnt put it down. Kudos to Wendy to be brave enough to share her life, choices and yes even truths and gossip with the world. you can tell she really is a Beautiful woman inside and out. Keep being you and Paisley is a beautiful little girl who Im sure will go far.
4.0 out of 5 stars This woman is 'country' strong! 12 Dec. 2014
By SouthernMama - Published on Amazon.com
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Here are my thoughts on this book:

The media can be a person's biggest advocate or their worst enemy at any given time. Like much of the American population, I have followed the career of Paisley Scott Dickey for years ... from pageants, to reality T.V., and most recently in commercials and sitcoms. She has an innocent, girl-next-door face with an exuberant personality that has won the hearts of many a pageant judge, casting agent, and T.V. producer. But she really became a household name when a particular stage routine, involving a "wardrobe decision", was brought into American homes through the airwaves. Thus began a hellish journey for this sweet little girl and her family.

After news of that performance, Paisley and her family received horrible death threats. Her mother was painted as 'the worst mother in the world' and blasted on social media. Why? Because the seemingly 'bad qualities' of a person are somehow easier for society to accept than the 'good' or unintentional. What began as a simple, comical stage routine (if you read the WHOLE story about it in the book), quickly blew up into an all-out character bashing for this mother.

After reading this woman's story, I don't believe she was or is trying to live "vicariously" through her daughter. I DO believe she is living vicariously FOR her daughter, and her other children--meaning, she wants to give them all the opportunities she wasn't afforded in her young, humble beginnings. She shares in their pain and fears, shares in their triumphs and joys in life, and only wants them to be happy and healthy. She has made some choices for her daughter's career that some would not agree with; however, throughout this book, I never once got the feeling that she would intentionally put her child in harm's way for her own gain; or that Paisley is anything other than a happy, healthy, well-grounded little girl with an incredible father and family who supports and encourages her interests, whatever they may be.

Kudos to Mrs. Dickey for having the courage to share her story--the good, the bad, and the ugly. I'm not certain I could have stepped back into the limelight as she did, after the hell she went through. It just shows how strong and determined she is. Hollywood can make or break a person, but this mom has given her daughter a strong, confident role model to look up to with how she handled herself throughout the situations she faced.

This little girl and her family are going to thrive!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 22 April 2014
By Dorothy Medico - Published on Amazon.com
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It was wonderful to hear Wendy's side of the story. As I have met her, Paisley & Scott - all I saw were 2 caring parents & a happy, healthy, well adjusted little girl.
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