Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Non-Fiction Books

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. OnlineBookClub.org is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any non-fiction books such as autobiographies or political commentary books.

Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#1 by bookowlie
» 15 Aug 2017, 10:24

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Ex-Rich Girl Tells All" by Kami Corban.]

Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Review by bookowlie
Share This Review

Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban is an unflinchingly honest memoir of the author’s experiences as she navigates the ups and downs of her personal and professional life. She discovers growing up in a wealthy family doesn’t guarantee you will have an easy, happy life. It certainly doesn’t help that both of Kami’s parents are dysfunctional narcissists. They can’t be depended on for emotional or financial support, and frequently suck her into the drama of their own lives.

The story begins when Kami is a senior at Duke University. She flies to England to visit her college sweetheart Tucker, who is starting graduate school there. Well, life doesn’t always turn out as planned. Kami arrives in England to discover Tucker has a new girlfriend. The author stumbles aimlessly around England for a while before returning to the U.S. She continues to fall into jobs and relationships without much thought given to her choices along the way.

I enjoyed this book despite being fairly disgusted with Kami’s parents and her stepmother. At times I felt like I couldn’t put the book down, in the same way people can’t turn away from a car crash. Kami is an interesting yet flawed character. I wished she was more assertive instead of just going along with whatever other people suggested.

All of the characters are vividly written and I felt like I knew each of them. It is said that truth is stranger than fiction, and this is certainly the case here. Kami’s parents and stepmother are horrible in their own unique way. The writing often lacks emotion and the reminiscences have a hollow, distant feel. It’s as if the author was discussing someone she hardly knew, rather than herself.

There are a few errors scattered throughout the book. I noticed a few spelling mistakes (thank instead of think, and the incorrect spelling of the city of Asheville), incorrect line breaks, and indenting errors. An extra round of editing was needed here.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Writing this story seems cathartic for the author. She certainly doesn’t sugarcoat her experiences. While the flow of the story is a bit disjointed at times, the overall effect is that of a woman who keep putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy memoirs and stories of dysfunctional families. It is an interesting yet disturbing account of a woman’s life, one that I will not soon forget.

******
Ex-Rich Girl Tells All
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like bookowlie's review? Post a comment saying so!
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 6173
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 241 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 67%

Did you know?
 
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#2 by gali
» 15 Aug 2017, 23:27

Sounds like a touching memoir. Kami sure sounds like an interesting character. Memoirs aren't my cup of tea, but I am glad you found the book to your taste. Thank you for the great review!
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)
gali's Latest Review: "Enough Rope" by P.L. Doss
User avatar
gali
Site Admin
 
Posts: 24288
Joined: 22 Oct 2013, 07:12
Location: Lost in a good book
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice
Currently Reading: Old Man's War
Bookshelf Size: 1655 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 76%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#3 by LadyClaire
» 16 Aug 2017, 00:14

I find this oddly interesting. We all could learn a lesson from this book but it's too bad that the writing often lacks emotion. Thanks for the review,Bookowlie...glad you enjoyed it.
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
-Bertrand Russel
User avatar
LadyClaire
 
Posts: 265
Joined: 11 Jul 2017, 23:46
Currently Reading: Keys to Tetouan
Bookshelf Size: 80 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 4%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#4 by GCamer
» 16 Aug 2017, 00:27

It is an interesting yet disturbing account of a woman’s life, one that I will not soon forget.


The author's personality might be something I could relate too. I also wish at times that I should have been more assertive in some situations. I guess I could easily relate to this book book and I hope I could learn from her experiences.

Thanks for the great review and I'm glad you enjoyed the memoir.
GCamer's Latest Review: "The Expansion" by Christoph Martin
User avatar
GCamer
 
Posts: 192
Joined: 11 Mar 2017, 21:16
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 141 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#5 by bookowlie
» 16 Aug 2017, 00:29

Thanks Gali, GCamer, and Lady Claire. The book was interesting yet very disturbing. There were so many scenes where I felt I couldn't stop reading in a "seeing-a-car-crash" way. GCamer - it's not so much that I wish the author had been more assertive in the normal sense of the word. It's that her parents, especially her father, talk her into situations that are not good choices.
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 6173
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 241 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 67%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#6 by GCamer
» 16 Aug 2017, 00:58

I guess the saying, "parents know best" does not apply here.
GCamer's Latest Review: "The Expansion" by Christoph Martin
User avatar
GCamer
 
Posts: 192
Joined: 11 Mar 2017, 21:16
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 141 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#7 by kandscreeley
» 16 Aug 2017, 07:30

This sounds extremely interesting. Most of us have some kind of family drama, but this does sound kind of out there. I think it's something I would enjoy reading as you say in a kind of horrified fascination. Thanks for another great review!
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway
kandscreeley's Latest Review: "The Other side:" by Seth Ramey
User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 2613
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
Currently Reading: Strong Heart
Bookshelf Size: 100 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 82%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#8 by bookowlie
» 16 Aug 2017, 10:34

GCamer wrote:I guess the saying, "parents know best" does not apply here.


So true. It is clear that their dysfunctional behavior had a major impact on the author's life.

-- 16 Aug 2017, 11:38 --

Thanks Kandscreeley for the feedback. Your description of "out there" is very approriate. There were times when I wanted to throw the book against the wall while reading.
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 6173
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 241 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 67%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#9 by bookiegalke
» 17 Aug 2017, 02:07

what this woman goes through is something that evoke in me feelings of sympathy for her. this is a beautiful memoir and the review is great too.
'if you encounter a man of rare intellect, you should ask him what books he reads'
Ralph Waldo Emerson
User avatar
bookiegalke
 
Posts: 268
Joined: 07 Jul 2017, 04:02
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 24 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 19%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#10 by bookowlie
» 17 Aug 2017, 09:18

bookiegalke wrote:what this woman goes through is something that evoke in me feelings of sympathy for her. this is a beautiful memoir and the review is great too.


Thanks for the nice feedback! I also felt sorry for the author. Still, she was an adult and I felt she should have been more thoughtful in her choices instead of just falling into careers and relationships.
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 6173
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 241 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 67%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#11 by IsabelMay
» 18 Aug 2017, 14:47

I'm a bit surprised the writing is hollow, but the saying about reality and fiction is definitely true. I got the impression the author only wanted sympathy from others (to help her feel better about taking wrong choices as ''they happen'') and wasn't too worried about how to write the book and edit it in a professional way. I might be wrong, but it doesn't seem too convincing to me. Thank you for the detailed review, I enjoyed reading it.
User avatar
IsabelMay
 
Posts: 211
Joined: 21 Jun 2017, 04:36
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 1939 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#12 by Juliet Esther
» 19 Aug 2017, 12:13

i had to read the review when i saw the title, quiet a catchy one but after reading it now I'm a little reluctant to read the book itself, i like the fact that the author doesn't sugarcoat her experiences but there are also things like the lack of emotions and errors that i cant overlook. Nice review
Juliet Esther's Latest Review: "Raven's Peak" by Lincoln Cole
User avatar
Juliet Esther
 
Posts: 164
Joined: 15 Jun 2017, 03:45
Currently Reading: That place of knowledge
Bookshelf Size: 21 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#13 by Ritikadalal
» 20 Aug 2017, 21:49

Beautifully described review. Makes me want to read the book. Thankyou for such a detailed review
User avatar
Ritikadalal
 
Posts: 20
Joined: 11 Aug 2017, 10:02
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 22 books
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#14 by bookowlie
» 20 Aug 2017, 22:04

Thanks IsabelMay, Ritikadalal, and Juliet Esther for the feedback. There aren't many errors in the book, although an extra round of editing would have helped. IsabelMay - I didn't get the impression that the author was looking for sympathy. I think she probably wrote the book as a cathartic experience.
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 6173
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 241 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 67%

Re: Official Review: Ex-Rich Girl Tells All by Kami Corban

Post Number:#15 by The Researcher
» 22 Aug 2017, 03:41

Nice review! I don't like memoirs much and also the fact that you said that writing seems to be devoid of emotion is a turn off. Thanks for sharing your views.
What is the most special thing I did today- I was MYSELF. Happy and in love and unapologetically myself.
The Researcher's Latest Review: "Imperfect Bond" by Timberly Simmons
User avatar
The Researcher
 
Posts: 445
Joined: 23 Jan 2017, 05:41
Currently Reading: Buried Threads
Bookshelf Size: 97 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 160%

Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: hsimone, Wesono and 8 guests

Navigation

Return Home » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Non-Fiction Books