Published by BenBella Books on June 2, 2015
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For a decade, Confessions of a Video Vixen author Karrine Steffans and the details of her private life have been the subject of debate and scrutiny. But, as gossipmongers and critics speculated, assumed, and manufactured tall tales about the New York Times bestselling author, Karrine hid herself and her truth from the world, imprisoned by an abusive marriage and the judgments of society.
In Vindicated: Confessions of a Video Vixen, Ten Years Later, Karrine takes readers into the belly of the beast as she harrowingly chronicles the systematic breakdown of her mind, body, and spirit at the hand of one man and the events that propelled her back to prosperity after losing everything. She candidly shares her struggle to be what others demand, her obsession with the American dream, her desperation to appear normal, the lengths to which she went, and the price she paid for it all.
This dark, long journey into the life of an abused and tormented woman, wife, and mother uncovers a long-guarded set of painful personal truths, reveals the inspiring details of her life-saving triumph, and will change everything you thought you knew about Karrine Steffans.
Vindicated: Confessions of a Video Vixen, Ten Years Later… This is the first novel that Karrine Steffans is pictured standing up on the cover. In my opinion, the cover tells a story of a woman who has overcome many obstacles, and that has remained standing through it all. I can’t believe it has been ten years since I read Karrine Steffan’s memoir, Confessions of a Video Vixen.
Now to the book – When I finished the book I had to take a few days to digest what I read before I was able to write an honest review.
Let me make this clear, Karrine Steffans has never been a woman to mince her words – that is one of the main reasons I became a fan of hers. I respected her for naming names, and being very unapologetic about it. When it comes to men, they can sleep around with as many women as they like, and it’s considered cool. Once a woman plays the same game – she is considered a whore. Karrine has been knocked down more than a few times, but she always seem rise again like the Phoenix.
I think that’s why I had a very hard time writing a review for this book. Most of the book focused on her on and off relationship with her famous child star ex-husband. In the book, her ex-husband goes by the pseudonym of Aeron. I know the back story of why she chose to do this – so I will refer to him as Aeron. If you follow Karrine’s story – you will know who she is referring to in the book.
Part of me wishes she would have left Lil Wayne & Bow Wow out of this story because the same stories were told in her previous novella, How To Make Love To Martian. But this is her story – and she felt it was important to add them to the mix.
Karrine warned me that this book would be sad and evoke a lot of emotions from readers. I hope this book serves as a cautionary tale to readers of what can happen when you continue to repeat the same destructive pattern over and over again.
Karrine Steffans said this would be her last memoir – I’m praying it is. I hope her next book focuses on the wealth of knowledge she shares on her website. If you visit Karrine’s personal website, she has everything from cooking tips, beauty tips, and decorating tips.
Is Karrine Steffans finally Vindicated? I’m not sure I can answer that question after reading this book. I guess only time will tell.