Jennie Garth: Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde #Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

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I like Jennie Garth, and was even able to sit down in a one-on-one interview with her several years ago when she was working with Hidden Valley Ranch, to talk to her about motherhood. Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde was a light and easy read, which is what I expected it to be. The tongue-in-cheek title sort of indicated that to me. Throughout the book, it was clear that Jennie wasn’t taking herself too seriously.


She starts off the book by saying she’s basically a quiet, shy loner, and so obviously “telling all” would be a difficult undertaking for her.

The beginning few chapters talk about her early life, then moving to LA to try to make it when she was a teenager (and striking it pretty big within that first year). Many celebrity memoirs choose to start off with something that will draw the reader in to the celebrity they know — like something current, or something from the 90210 years for which she is so well-known — and I think that this book would have benefited from that structure, and then going back to her earlier years.

The sections about 90210 were fairly interesting, and I thought they did a good job of portraying the life of a working actress. It’s hard work. I enjoyed reading about her transition to comedy in the sit-com What I Like About You with Amanda Bynes.

Other parts were glossed over, such as motherhood. You can tell her kids mean a lot to her, and I did enjoy reading about how she made it possible to have her first-born with her on the set of 90210, but I think that this would have been a safe place to go deeper and share more about how motherhood has changed her or even her philosophies of parenting (we’ve all got ‘em, right?).

As expected in a celebrity memoir, this one does have a section of color and B&W photos which were fun to see, from her childhood on up to her 40th birthday party.

In general, this was an easy, light-hearted read. Garth’s style is funny and self-deprecating at times, so it was an enjoyable read, even if I would have liked seeing her open up a bit more.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 DEBIJOT March 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I loved Jennie in 90210.


2 shelly March 17, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I really liked her in What I Like About You. Can’t wait to see the new series with Tori Spelling.


3 Jamie Brigham March 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Without a doubt 90210!


4 danielle March 17, 2014 at 11:17 pm

What I like about you


5 Christine L. March 18, 2014 at 3:55 am

I enjoyed her portrayal of Kelly on 90210 (which I continued to watch even after I graduated from high school). She also impressed me when partnered with Derek Hough on DWTS.


6 shelly leatham March 18, 2014 at 4:20 am

My favorite Jenny Garth project…90210!!


7 Ellie W March 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

I liker in What I Like About You, but I’m a sucker for holiday movies so I really liked her in the movie, Holidaze.


8 Jeanna March 18, 2014 at 9:40 am

She was my favorite in 90210!


9 anne March 18, 2014 at 11:08 am

She was Great in 90210.


10 Rhonda March 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

90210 all time favorite.


11 Benita March 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

What I Like About You for sure.


12 Linda Kish March 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I liked her in 90210


13 Lauren March 19, 2014 at 10:34 am

I was a big fan of Jennie Garth when she was on 90210. I used to watch her show at weekly 90210 dinner parties with friends!


14 Katy March 19, 2014 at 10:38 am

Loved her on Dancing with the Stars!


15 Anita Yancey March 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm

My favorite was 90210. I just loved that show.


16 Vickie Couturier March 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm

to be honest,,Im not a fan of hers at all


17 Cheryl Free March 20, 2014 at 3:37 am

I don’t have a favorite. I’ve never really been a Jennie Garth fan.


18 Tracy Melhinch March 20, 2014 at 6:22 pm

When she was in 90210…but her lifetime movies are good as well


19 Xty Cruz March 20, 2014 at 10:09 pm

It would definitely be 90210!


20 Christie Kammerer March 21, 2014 at 12:51 am

90210 all the way!


21 paige chandler March 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I loved her on Dancing with the Stars


22 Megan Cromes March 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

i loved her on 90210.


23 carol w March 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

What I like about you is my favorite


24 Birdiebee March 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I have seen her in a Lifetime movie which I really liked.


25 Mihaela Day March 24, 2014 at 3:46 am

My favorite Jenny Garth project…90210


26 Barbara Platt March 24, 2014 at 6:49 am

I watched her on 90210


27 Pamela j March 24, 2014 at 7:29 am

That would have to be 90210.


28 Heather! March 25, 2014 at 9:18 am

I have always been a 90210 fan!


29 Darlene W March 27, 2014 at 1:11 pm

90210 is my favourite


30 Candie L March 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm

It would definitely have been the 90210 series. Thank you


31 Charlene S. March 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Beverly Hills 90210 is my fave :)


32 Daniel M March 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

i’ll go with 90210


33 MARIA simon March 28, 2014 at 8:49 pm

we use to watch 90210 …loved her in that and just carried on..we are big family and I :) thanks


34 christina moore March 28, 2014 at 9:56 pm

My favorite Jenny Garth project 90210!!


35 Trisha McKee March 29, 2014 at 12:56 am

I grew up with 90210 – that was my favorite Garth project!


36 Tim Moss March 29, 2014 at 5:52 am

It has to be 90210 of course!


37 Sue J. March 29, 2014 at 7:34 am

When she was on Dancing with the Stars!


38 Buddy Garrett March 29, 2014 at 8:05 am

90210 was my favorite so far.


39 Jane H March 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

I was hooked on Beverly Hills 90210. Thanks for the chance to win this.


40 James Coyne March 29, 2014 at 11:34 am

Beverly Hills 90210 is the only one i know


41 Teressa Kloss March 29, 2014 at 1:03 pm

What I like About You was to me her best project.


42 Sand March 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm

90210 and some of the Hallmark movies that she’s done.


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