A Book Review of Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison

Book Review-Down the Rabbit Hole

A few months back I purchased the audio book for Holly Madison’s autobiography called “Down the Rabbit Hole”. It was a surprisingly entertaining and good book so I decided to do a book review on it. I was a major fan of the show The Girls Next Door and Holly was always my favorite bunny. I have followed her career after she left the mansion and started her new life out in Las Vegas. I watched her spinoff television show “Holly’s World” and was always very curious about her departure from the mansion. She never publically addressed the full break up but I always knew there was a lot more to the story then what was released. Let’s be honest, we have all been super curious about what happened behind the mansion doors and what it was really like to be there, a fly on the wall so to speak. So without further ado here is a full review of the book below.

Mansion Life

The book starts out with Holly talking about her childhood then moving to Los Angeles. She started out as a Hooters girl and was invited to one of the mansion parties. She become friends with one of the girlfriends of Hugh Hefner at the time and that is how she was invited to the parties. Holly talks about how when you first come to the mansion as a guest you have to get your photo taken. The photos are then rated and put into three categories A, B or C.

If you were on the A list then you were considered top of the line guest and would always be invited back to every event etc. If you were on the B list then you were only invited to events as a “filler” if they needed guests to fill an event etc. If you were a C then you pretty much were not invited back to the parties etc. All guests have to be rated and photographed no exceptions. Holly discusses in great detail how Hef was obsessed with documenting and photographing everything. He has a massive collection of scrap books dating from the 60’s on to present day. When he dies he plans to donate all of these scrap books to a museum.

This includes all photos of test shoots, photo shoots, personal photos, events, clippings of stories, diaries and letters of Hef. Pretty much all of his personal and professional life to be on display. Even letters between Hef and his girlfriends nothing was off limits all was for public consumption. This was a sore spot for Holly and I could only imagine about having your personal life on display.

Holly talks about the first time Hef really paid attention to her at a party. She was there with the girls and he offered her “thigh opener” drugs. She declined but did proceed with him and the girls back to his bedroom one night. In order to become a girlfriend with Hef you had to sleep with him. Let’s just say that the event that unfolded was a real page turner! After this night Holly was invited to move in the mansion but not as a girlfriend right away. She moved in and hung around the girls and Hef but was a guest and not a girlfriend.

Mansion Rules

Finally after a few weeks she was invited to be a girlfriend and moved to a bigger and better bedroom down the hall. Shortly after Holly moved in she noticed the steep competition, the fighting and the constant tug and pull for Hef’s attention. The girl that was once her friend quickly turned on her and now she was on the outs with the other girls. They were mean bullies and she started to develop low self-esteem and was constantly worried about her appearance. She got a nose job and a boob job while at the mansion which Hef paid for. He wanted all of the girls to look exactly alike and no one was allowed to pretty much have their own look or even own opinions. Stepford girlfriends can you say?

Holly describes the strict rules of the mansion the 9pm curfew, never being allowed to stay overnight anywhere, not even home for the holidays. They had a weekly schedule that they had to stick to no matter what. The house revolved around Hef and they were just window dressing. They were given a salary but that was for hair, makeup and clothes. They spent their days getting ready to go out or to entertain guests that Hef always had over. They were not allowed to work or even go to school outside of the mansion. Nothing could interfere with their schedule. So basically they were a bunch of pretty birds in a nice mansion cage.

After a few years Holly worked her way up to be the “main” girlfriend this was something that Holly really didn’t want but was given anyway. She had to move into Hef’s bedroom and share his bed nightly. She wanted her old room but now had to share with Hef. Being the main girlfriend caused her stress and there was a lot of politics involved with the other girls. Finally Holly was able to help weed out the other girls and it was just Holly, Bridget and Kendra.

The book went into a lot of details and it was really interesting. As a fan of the show looking back now, I can see a lot of what she was talking about. There was a lot of “fakeness” and tension on the show and Holly really thought that marrying Hef and having his baby would solve a lot of these problems. She dealt with Hef’s verbal abuse and manipulation of her. She even talked about how Hef and E! Entertainment network cheated the girls out of money and in the beginning of the show didn’t want to pay them much money. Most of the earnings was going to Hugh Hefner as they considered him the “star”. She also goes into a lot of detail about Hugh’s obsession of being a celebrity and all of his rules and conditions etc.

Life After the Mansion

After a few years life with Hef became unbearable for Holly and being under the constant control and scrutiny was starting to take its toll out on her. So Holly decides after 7 years that it is time to leave and moves to Las Vegas. There she stars in a broadway show “Peep Show” and starts a strange, romantic, relationship with Chris Angel. This story was very interesting as well and again it is worth reading for the details.

The book ends with her current life and her becoming a mom and getting married. I am still a fan of Holly Madison’s and I loved this book. Really, I feel like she is telling the truth and I did have a better understanding of what she was going through after reading this book. I actually did the audio book where she reads it in her own voice. So if you are not into reading or do not have time to read a book. I highly recommend her audio book that you can download through Audible.com. I listened to the entire book in two days, it was really good and addicting!

You can get her book by clicking on the link below or by going to Audible.com and downloading the audio version.

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Michelle Norman is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Puregoddess University. She is also the owner of Puregoddess a women's brand that features clothing, accessories and makeup.

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