Disclaimer: This review was posted prior to the revelations of the author’s racist actions towards a fellow cast member on Vanderpump Rules. I have removed all promotions of this book on social media & will no longer be featuring this review. Please check out the below list of highly recommended non-fiction books regarding racism on GoodReads.
He’s Making You Crazy by Vanderpump Rules star Kristen Doute is one part memoir, one part Stalking 101. It’s as if Kristen & her alter ego “Crazy Kristen” were dueling with each other for page space. It reminded me a little bit like a non-fiction version of The Dark Half.
If you aren’t familiar with Vanderpump Rules, it was a reality show about struggling waitstaff/models/ actors working at SUR, a restaurant in West Hollywood owned by Lisa Vanderpump, from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It is now a reality show about those same people, who pretend to work at SUR sometimes, while owning million dollar homes.
As a fan of Vanderpump Rules & an unapologetic Kristen Doute fan, I was thoroughly entertained reading her book. It is funny & witty, with dashes of humility, self-awareness & not at all basic. You don’t necessarily have to be a fan of the show or know much about it to enjoy her book. It is written with a much wider audience in mind then just fans of the show. Fellow cast members names aren’t dropped during parts about things that happened or are currently happening while filming. However, fans will know exactly who she is talking about.
While reading about the early parts of Doute’s romantic relationships, I felt like I was reading stories of my own life. I’m about the same age as Doute & grew up in the same area, so I immediately connected with stories of high school parties with Dave Matthews playing, concerts at Pine Knob & trips to Cedar Point. I enjoyed getting to know a side of Kristen Doute that has rarely been given much time on the show.
However, a bit of advice… If you want to avoid a restraining order, I suggest not following some of the “tips” given & maybe take them as anecdotal evidence of what not to do.
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.
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