Page Turner: Holly Madison, ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ Makes You Rethink ‘The Playmate Mystique’

Holly MadisonFor those who are not reality television junkies, Holly Madison spent five seasons on the #1 rated E! hit reality show The Girls Next Door before landing the leading role in the Las Vegas strip’s smash hit , Peepshow. She also starred in two seasons of her own hit E! series Holly’s World.

‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ is a fast paced fun romp with a good girlfriend. The whole book reads like Holly  is sitting across from you while you toast the pass with a great bottle of Moscato. I am an avid reader. I can down most any book if it is good in about 4 days.

Holly’s book was delicious. Absolutely delectable to be honest with you.  She does not spare you any of the details.  All your questions are answered. The taboo and salacious query of whether the women he has in his house sleep with him is answered. As matter of fact that answer comes pretty early on in the book.

You feel her uncomfortable vibe watching some of the crazy scenes play out.

Do  you as the reader believe her? Yes, hands down you believe her. There is a tone  of sincerity that rings true whether she is talking about their club nights or their scheduled movie nights. There are a few stories that are so hysterical you will laugh out loud. When Holly describes the multi levels  of Playmate life, laugh and thank your lucky stars you never had to live through that.

If they ever make her story into a film the song that should be a theme song  is  the duet by Rihanna and Eminem called ‘The Monster.’ Listen to the lyrics and they paint the tarnish on the gold well that was Holly’s time at the mansion.

Holly writes on meeting  Hugh Hefner at a party:

‘I’m Holly,” I repeated , a little louder.

“Oh, hi.Nice to meet you darling,” Hef said before turning his attention to the next person. There were no fireworks, no “Rhapsody In Blue,” and there certainly wasn’t any audition.

Right after that exchange she takes you off on a ride with her.

That  spontaneous decision at age twenty-one transformed small-town Oregon girl Holly Sue Cullen into Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner’s #1 girlfriend. But like Alice’s journey into Wonderland, after Holly plunged down the rabbit hole, what seemed like a fairytale life inside the Playboy Mansion—including A-list celebrity parties and her own #1-rated television show for four years—quickly devolved into an oppressive routine of strict rules, manipulation, and battles with ambitious, backstabbing bunnies.

Life inside the notorious Mansion wasn’t a dream at all—and quickly became her nightmare. After losing her identity, her sense of self-worth, and her hope for the future, Holly found herself sitting alone in a bathtub contemplating suicide.

But instead of ending her life, Holly chose to take charge of it.

In this shockingly candid and surprisingly moving memoir, Holly’s  thoughtful and introspective and absolutely raw memories  of  life inside the Mansion, the drugs, the sex, the abuse, the infamous parties, and her real behind-the-scenes life with Bridget, Kendra, and, of course, Mr. Playboy himself depict a cautionary tale of how youth is sometimes a weakness.

Holly shares the details  of her troubled relationship with Cris Angel. She explains the trial and tribulations of  landing her own successful television series, and the hard work of healing, including her turn on Dancing with the Stars.

This autobiography is cautionary tale and a celebration of personal empowerment, ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ reminds us of the importance of fighting for our dreams—and finding the life we deserve.

Should you give it a read? Yes, go to the book store, download it to your tablet, do whatever you must, but read it. It is a cautionary tale of what happens when legends drink their own brew.

When you get to the end of the book you will understand a few things about the Playboy mystique and why Playmates end up in crazy situations.