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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (700 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Molly Ringwald Narrator: Molly Ringwald Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780061988059
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The iconic Molly Ringwald shares intimate stories and candid advice in this fun, stylish, and sexy girlfriend's guide to life.

To her millions of fans Molly Ringwald will forever be sixteen. As the endearing and witty star of the beloved John Hughes classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink, Molly defined teenage angst, love, and heartbreak. While remembered eternally as the enviable high school princess Claire, or the shyly vulnerable Samantha, Molly is now a wife and mother, and just celebrated her fortieth birthday. Facing a completely new, angst-inducing time in her life, she is embracing being a woman, wife, mother of three, actress, and best friend with her trademark style, candor, and humor.

In this book Molly encourages every woman to become "the sexiest, funniest, smartest, best-dressed, and most confident woman that you can be" by sharing personal anecdotes and entertaining insights about the struggle to get through the murky milestones and identity issues that crop up long after prom ends. Whether she's discussing sex and beauty, personal style, travel and entertaining, motherhood, or friendship, Molly embodies the spirit of being fabulous at every age, and reminds us all that prettiness is a state of mind: it's "the part of you that knows what you really want, that takes risks."

Getting the Pretty Back is sure to charm women of all ages with its unforgettably personal, refreshingly outspoken take on life, love, and, of course, finding that perfect red lipstick. . . .

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A lighthearted guide for women…who want to be reminded of their youthful, carefree selves.”

    New York Times

  • “She’s not afraid to dish…Ringwald shares the secrets of what has worked well in her life…[She sheds] light on who she’s become off-camera, and that person has a lot of good advice to share.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[Ringwald’s] book offers tips on prettifying from the inside out.”

    People

  • “[A] woman’s dream bible: It is about finding inner beauty when you are no longer 16…Ringwald truly wants women to feel admired and confident at any age, and her passion comes across as clearly (and quirkily) as it did in her teen movie years.”

    The Daily Beast

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassie | 2/20/2014

    " I struggled with this book. Some parts of it were very entertaining but other parts felt a little to "preachy". I enjoy her writing style but didn't love this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leofwin | 2/20/2014

    " Wanted to like it, fooled by an NPR interview. Sorry, Molly - take a pass on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 2/15/2014

    " I, like others, was expecting this book to be more of a memoir and was surprised when it really wasn't. But this book, had a charm about it that made me smile as I read. There are little tidbits of her life, career and family that were fun to read about, as well as her views on wardrobe, make-up, and working out - just to name a few. It was a cute read and was glad I finally had the chance to sit down and read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tara Lynn | 2/14/2014

    " Waste of my time. Period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen On the Edge | 2/10/2014

    " A must-read for any 30- or 40-something woman who loved Molly back in the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon Hale | 2/2/2014

    " Does it count as reading if I'm listening to the audio book? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 1/31/2014

    " This book was more "self help"-ish than I expected, without actually being relevant or helpful to my life. That being said, there were several parts that I found interesting or funny, so I don't feel my time was wasted by reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Anne | 1/30/2014

    " This was pretty much what I thought it would be: a light and frothy advice book from every quirky Gen X girl's hero, Molly Ringwald. It's full of sensible, if slight, reminders that turning 40 doesn't mean you lose yourself. Is it pretentious? Yes, of course. Our girl is a food and wine snob of the highest order, and her indie music sensibility is firmly intact. But would you want anything less? Her vintage coolness was always aspirational, and this book proves she's still got it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan Nehls | 1/20/2014

    " Technically, I did not finish this book. Very superficial and actually really boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juju (Tales of Whimsy.com) | 1/11/2014

    " This is a cutie. Nothing overly insightful but it is fun and full of great glimpses into Molly's life, past, and what she learned in France. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 1/6/2014

    " Eh... some ok points but mostly nothing great. Short book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian | 12/26/2013

    " This was a cute, fast, girly-girl read. I mostly picked it up to see illustrations by Ruben Toledo, but I did learn that I should be storing tomatoes stem-down, outside of the fridge...so there you go! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thenareading | 12/10/2013

    " This book was okay. I read it, got bored at parts, while other parts had me laughing out loud. Written for the older crowd, more-so, but I love Molly Ringwald, so I had to give it a chance. Overall, glad I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 9/5/2013

    " I love Molly Ringwald! She is a huge favorite of mine. I enjoyed this book as well as "When it Happens to You." I like her writing style and would read more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 8/13/2013

    " I love Molly Ringwald for her 80's movies alone. This was a fun little insight into her personality, life and experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kathi | 7/10/2013

    " I liked the parts of classic clothes and also on make up, some of the other subjects didn't really interest me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MzDivaDawn | 4/14/2013

    " Awful - only lasted 10 minutes into this before I realized it wasn't what I thought. Don't really need "pretty" tips from Molly Ringwald "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doughgik | 9/4/2012

    " I enjoyed this in audiobook form, twice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate Lynch | 4/18/2012

    " Not my kind of book....it's more of a self-help then I realized. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Priscilla Marie | 3/22/2012

    " I thought this book would be more my speed. I mean, it is written by Molly Ringwald, but when I started to really read it, I realized that the target is for women in there 40's. Not that tha's a bad thing, but most girls in there 20s are not going to need to know how to get the pretty back. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pandora | 8/9/2011

    " Was looking for more stories from her life and less self-help book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 5/11/2011

    " This book lacked focus and direction. it was part a style how-to and memoir and it switched back and forth without warning. But it's Molly and I will always love her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/10/2011

    " This book read like an extended Cosmo article. It's Molly Ringwald giving advice on fashion, food, relationships, motherhood, and the like. The illustrations really make it feel like a Cosmo article. It's a super quick read, and I skimmed toward the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 5/7/2011

    " Thought it would be a good read but was mainly fashion and not really a biography. I ended up taking it back to the library after flipping thru. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 trina | 4/28/2011

    " fluffy go-girlfriend good times, with a slight french twist. like a palate cleanser for the brain! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 4/21/2011

    " Does it count as reading if I'm listening to the audio book? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 4/20/2011

    " I loved the book. The illustrations are amazing and give the book just the right touch. I liked Molly's honest and chatty approach and felt like I was reading a letter from a friend. Picking this book up each day was something I really looked forward to. Wish I knew Molly personally : ) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/13/2011

    " A pretty entertaining book by one of my favorite actresses... kind of a different spin on the usual celebrity autobiographies with tips and even recipes thrown in. A fun read for anyone who's a fan of Molly Ringwald. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 3/23/2011

    " A perfect book to read with a newborn and not much sleep. It has tips/advise on food, fashion etc. I liked Molly's writing style and the information in the book seemed pretty down to earth. The topics were nothing new, but a nice refresher. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cara | 2/5/2011

    " I guess I didn't get this book - but I still love Molly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 1/28/2011

    " Not at all what I was expecting. I was hoping for more of a biography about Molly Ringwald, not some fasion advice book. "

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About the Author
Author Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald's work in film is characterized by what the renowned New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael called her "charismatic normality." Throughout her extensive career, she has worked with such directors as Paul Mazursky, John Hughes, Cindy Sherman, and Jean-Luc Godard. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Parade, Esquire, and the Hartford Courant. She lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles.