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15 December 2014

Book Review | 'Not Quite A Geordie' by Holly Hagan


"I wasn't going to get anywhere without causing a stir. The way I saw it, if people don't gossip or talk about you, you are not making waves. And I was making huge rip curls on Geordie Shore."

Busty babe Holly Hagan has had viewers of 'Geordie Shore' glued to their screens ever since her arrival in the first series.

Fed up with her dead end job at a call centre, and with dreams of being a star one day, Holly applied for a new reality TV show. She couldn't know it was to catapult her into fame and make her one of the most recognisable faces on British TV. Fame and fortune, though, came at a price - the road from the call centre to the celebrity circuit has been far from smooth. For the first time, Holly is lifting the lid on the perks and perils she's faced ever since her topless hot tub antics shocked the nation.

Holly owes her success to a very simple change of look, which involved both a new bottle of red hair dye and a new-found confidence. Ever since then, audiences have been in stitches as they watch Holly (and her flame-red hair) flirt her way around Newcastle's famed 'Diamond Strip' and places further afield such as Magaluf, Cancun and Australia.

In this action-packed, revealing, funny and sometimes heartbreaking memoir, Holly recounts her life in and out of the limelight with brutal honesty - from her childhood days when she was badly bullied, her shocking take on sex and dating, her liaison with bad-boy musician Frankie Cocozza and what really goes on behind-the-scenes on the UKs biggest reality TV show.

Filled with genuinely touching stories and inside accounts of what they don't show you on TV, Holly has laid herself bare, first physically and now emotionally. If you think you know all there is to know about Holly from Geordie Shore, think again.

- Taken from the back and inside cover of 'Not Quite A Geordie'.


Back in 2011 when 'Geordie Shore' burst onto TV screens across the nation, I was in shock. I was a student yes, and used to constant nights out every day of the week, but to see the stars get into such states was absolutely shocking. But I couldn't look away, or stop watching. And as the show went on, I grew to love it.


So when one of my favourites in the house announced she was bringing out a book, I knew I had to get it. Since release, I've read it twice now and still can't get enough.

Starting with her childhood, Holly gives us a very intimate look into her parents relationship and how she grew up. Added to that, she goes on to talk about her experiences with bullying and her constant struggles with weight. I have to say, it's interesting to see someone constantly in the limelight be so open with how she's struggled with bullying. Holly is so honest about it all that sometimes it seems so downright heartbreaking. Nobody should ever have to suffer through bullying, and Holly even advocates talking out if you're a sufferer: 'Bullying has to stop, so please don't suffer in silence.'

If the bullying and weight loss chapters weren't harrowing enough, Holly goes on to talk about her struggles through school and her promiscuity. It's heartbreaking to see someone talk about themselves thinking that they're worthless, and to struggle with self-harming and depression. It's quite frank and truthful, and I can't praise Holly enough for bringing to light the struggles some teenagers go through.

Then came 'Geordie Shore' - Holly's big break. I remember watching it on TV when it first aired and noticing she seemed alienated from the outset - what with a boyfriend, and not being from within Newcastle, she seemed different to the other housemates. And in the chapters about her life in Geordie Shore, she showcases exactly how she felt - warts and all. 

One of the most fascinating things for me in the book was her relationship with co-star James. I've seen on screen the relationship blossom, and then come to an abrupt end. And how poorly James seems to treat her - it's absolutely disgusting, and to be honest I'm glad he's finally leaving Geordie Shore really. Nobody should make a woman feel as low as he made her felt, it's just completely wrong.


The entire book has been completely eye opening from the start, and has made me look at Holly in a new light. I loved it from start to finish, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Such an amazing, insightful look into the life of a reality TV star. Plus if you know someone who's a fan of Geordie Shore, I think it would make a perfect present for Christmas!

Have you read Holly Hagan's book? What are your thoughts?

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Siân Marie said...

I really want to read this! I adore Holly :)

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