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What Melania wants, Melania gets. The former director of special events at Vogue and producer of nine legendary Met Galas, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff met Melania Knauss in 2003 and had a front row seat to the transformation of Donald Trump’s then girlfriend from a rough-cut gem to a precious diamond. As their friendship deepened over lunches at Manhattan hot spots, black-tie What Melania wants, Melania gets. The former director of special events at Vogue and producer of nine legendary Met Galas, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff met Melania Knauss in 2003 and had a front row seat to the transformation of Donald Trump’s then girlfriend from a rough-cut gem to a precious diamond. As their friendship deepened over lunches at Manhattan hot spots, black-tie parties, and giggle sessions in the penthouse at Trump Tower, Wolkoff watched the newest Mrs. Trump raise her son, Barron, and manage her highly scrutinized marriage. After Trump won the 2016 election, Wolkoff was recruited to help produce the 58th Presidential Inaugu­ration and to become the First Lady’s trusted advisor. Melania put Wolkoff in charge of hiring her staff, organizing her events, helping her write speeches, and creating her debut initiatives. Then it all fell apart when she was made the scapegoat for inauguration finance irregularities. Melania could have defended her innocent friend and confidant, but she stood by her man, knowing full well who was really to blame. The betrayal nearly destroyed Wolkoff. In this candid and emotional memoir, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff takes you into Trump Tower and the White House to tell the funny, thrilling, and heartbreaking story of her intimate friendship with one of the most famous women in the world, a woman few people truly understand. How did Melania react to the Access Hollywood tape and her husband’s affair with Stormy Daniels? Does she get along well with Ivanka? Why did she wear that jacket with “I really don’t care, do u?” printed on the back? Is Melania happy being First Lady? And what really happened with the inauguration’s funding of $107 million? Wolkoff has some ideas...


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What Melania wants, Melania gets. The former director of special events at Vogue and producer of nine legendary Met Galas, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff met Melania Knauss in 2003 and had a front row seat to the transformation of Donald Trump’s then girlfriend from a rough-cut gem to a precious diamond. As their friendship deepened over lunches at Manhattan hot spots, black-tie What Melania wants, Melania gets. The former director of special events at Vogue and producer of nine legendary Met Galas, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff met Melania Knauss in 2003 and had a front row seat to the transformation of Donald Trump’s then girlfriend from a rough-cut gem to a precious diamond. As their friendship deepened over lunches at Manhattan hot spots, black-tie parties, and giggle sessions in the penthouse at Trump Tower, Wolkoff watched the newest Mrs. Trump raise her son, Barron, and manage her highly scrutinized marriage. After Trump won the 2016 election, Wolkoff was recruited to help produce the 58th Presidential Inaugu­ration and to become the First Lady’s trusted advisor. Melania put Wolkoff in charge of hiring her staff, organizing her events, helping her write speeches, and creating her debut initiatives. Then it all fell apart when she was made the scapegoat for inauguration finance irregularities. Melania could have defended her innocent friend and confidant, but she stood by her man, knowing full well who was really to blame. The betrayal nearly destroyed Wolkoff. In this candid and emotional memoir, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff takes you into Trump Tower and the White House to tell the funny, thrilling, and heartbreaking story of her intimate friendship with one of the most famous women in the world, a woman few people truly understand. How did Melania react to the Access Hollywood tape and her husband’s affair with Stormy Daniels? Does she get along well with Ivanka? Why did she wear that jacket with “I really don’t care, do u?” printed on the back? Is Melania happy being First Lady? And what really happened with the inauguration’s funding of $107 million? Wolkoff has some ideas...

30 review for Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lois

    This could best be described as Stephanie likes to whine. First about Ivanka and her staff as well as the media at large being 'unfair' to bobble-head Melania. Then about bobble-head Melania's supposed betrayal of the author. It's messy, messy. The author's hypocrisy is laughable. One of the opening anecdotes of the book is about the author and Melania laughing at lunch over chumps 'grab 'em by the pussy' statement. Yet when Melania is outed as a former sex worker the author is suddenly extremely ups This could best be described as Stephanie likes to whine. First about Ivanka and her staff as well as the media at large being 'unfair' to bobble-head Melania. Then about bobble-head Melania's supposed betrayal of the author. It's messy, messy. The author's hypocrisy is laughable. One of the opening anecdotes of the book is about the author and Melania laughing at lunch over chumps 'grab 'em by the pussy' statement. Yet when Melania is outed as a former sex worker the author is suddenly extremely upset about slut shaming, mansplaining and sexism. The author literally ONLY cares about issues that personally impact her life. She never once mentions the rabid racism displayed by chump and Melania herself. Folks seem to forget that Melania touted that same racist birther bullshit as her fascist husband. The author makes strategic use of coded racist language in relation to Black employees of the Obama Administration and White House. She tries to obfuscate this by omitting the race of the person being discussed but her coded speech makes her message crystal clear. The author had never previously voted in a presidential election. She gives some nonsense playing on outdated sexist bimbo stereotyping to explain about not understanding the difference between candidates or party platforms.🙄 She never explicitly says why she did not want the first white woman president instead of a fascist racist assclown. She never once says she thinks chump is a better candidate, just that it's a great opportunity for Melania. The author actually meant a great opportunity for herself. The author’s step father is famous and well connected. She makes a huge big deal about earning her place but it's clear she traded on his connections. I don't give a shit that's how this works but I truly hate it when folks act like they worked for something their connections earned them. Especially white folks. Just admit you have privilege rather than the obnoxious pretense. The author worked for Anna Wintour for Vogue at the Met Gala which is how she met Melania. I was surprised because Melania's style choices generally suck. Melania has no taste at all. Her decorations are Tim Burtonesque in stark creepiness without the cutesy charm or fun. I refuse to believe the author controlled an event like the Met Gala AND did those scary ass Christmas decorations in 2017. It's clear that the author wasn't more than a lunch date/society friend whom Melania considered an acquaintance at best but primarily an employee. The author emphasizes that prior to the election Melania basically only contacted her to meet for lunch occasionally and to ask for favors. They sent birthday and Christmas cards and texts. That's pretty much it. They were not friends outside of lunch and the favors only ever went one way. Melania's bff is her sister, according to this author and it appears she only confides in family. The author is the scheming social climber Meghan Markle is accused of being. She took a relatively casual lunching relationship and tried to use her access to Melania to launch her career to the next level, get 15 minutes of fame or make herself relevant. The author wasn't damn near killing herself working for free because of 'friendship' or her oft-stated desire to protect Melania. She characterizes Melania as distant, polite, removed and uncaring. The author weirdly labels her cold due to being raised in a communist country. At the same time the author describes her family as unusually close. Melania simply wasn't her friend and viewed her as an employee. I think because the author went so above and beyond, in her own eyes, she thought it earned the title friend from Melania. I believe Melania rightly saw her as an employee, opportunist and social climber🤷🏾‍♀️ Lol, it's clear the author doesn't even really like Melania. She just likes to name drop famous people. She pretends she's close to Anna Wintour too. No, she was trying to see how far she could ride this friendship to advance her social cachet and career. I mean Melania is trash too. Let me be clear here. The author’s repeated attempts to normalize Melania's behavior as First Lady, for example not moving into the White House post inauguration, is tiresome. This absolutely was out of the norm and as such newsworthy. Melania not having staff or participating in her duties as flotus was out of the norm and the media was actually quite easy on her. As evidenced by the 'free Melania' rhetoric. Pretty white women are often excused from the horrors they participate in and benefit from. As such Melania has not been held to much of a standard at all. The media has been warm and welcoming. Melania has no interest in politics and chump is so unusual a candidate she's able to get away with basically showing up and smiling. There's no there, there. Her convention speech was plagiarized much like her Be Best campaign was, from a much more prepared and professional presidency, The Obama's. If you consider that Melania's fumbling meant that White House tours couldn't be given for close to 60 days it's not media bias or bipartisan/liberal agenda to point out how often she fucked up protocol. That the author plays into 'the chumps were given biased/bipartisan media coverage' nonsense is bullshit. The Obama's scandals were Barack's tan suit and Michelle's sleeveless dress. That doesn't compare to the fuck ups misuse of campaign funds, paying off of sex workers, profiting while in office, etc which is just a standard Tuesday in chumpland. Its not bias to call that out. The author glories at her son being near this turd of a human with feel good stories about her families access to the fascist first family. She cares way more about the optics of Finding Nemo being screened at the White House than kids in cages. If this author had done even basic research into the procedures surrounding the change of administration she'd know that the Obama's and White House staff behavior was textbook standard. The president elect is expected to both have a plan in place and staff ready to be deployed when they win. That's not up to the outgoing president and their administration to finesse. That's for the elected president and party to have in place and execute. That chump was unprepared is not a reflection on either the Obama's or the white house staff. That's a reflection on chump. He was unprepared to be president. He doesn't really even understand his role or the established traditions, rules and laws surrounding it. This has been blatantly obvious since he was elected and noted abroad as well. Chump is failing miserably, horribly and will go down in history as a disaster and fascist. It is what it is. It's not because of anyone but chump himself. The author watches the chumps use up friends and then gleefully throw them to the wolves and STILL continues working with no official title or pay. Not only work for free but to be actually giving cash to the chumps 😂🤣😭 This silly foolish racist was renting a room at trump tower or hotel. She was literally paying the people that she was working for free for. I shit you not. Also this author, and according to her Melania, detest Ivanka. The author referred to Ivanka throughout the book as 'princess'. Shit Melania's an ice queen so it fits I guess. I hope Melania sues this 'friend' into oblivion. I'm tired of chump stooges thinking they can write a tell-all and that excuses their support of an openly fascist president. Nope. I actuality laughed out loud when this blew up in the author's face and the inauguration misuse of funds was blamed on her. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. I love how shocked chump cronies are when they face actual consequences for their behavior. The author closes the book by comparing her support for an openly fascist, antisemitic, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic and ableist president, political party and administration ('Melania's betrayal') to what her grandparents suffered during The Holocaust. I'm not sure she could be a more garbage human if she actively tried. The author gleefully worked for Hitler. I hope she never recovers🤷🏾‍♀️ Also white Jewish folks are white first and Jewish second. As evidenced by this Karen, Michael Cohen and Jared Kushner to name a mere few. I love gossip and am glad I pirated this. What a mess!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    “An emotional washing machine”.....for Stephanie. “Fact is: you cannot change anybody. No matter how much you try.... no matter how much you think you can make a positive difference... no matter how much you wish… You simply cannot change people”....says Stephanie Winston Wolkoff It wasn’t until three years ‘after’ the inauguration.... that Stephanie became aware that she was made the scapegoat. Paul liked listening to this friendship-loss-revenge-audiobook more than I did.......but I enjoyed his “An emotional washing machine”.....for Stephanie. “Fact is: you cannot change anybody. No matter how much you try.... no matter how much you think you can make a positive difference... no matter how much you wish… You simply cannot change people”....says Stephanie Winston Wolkoff It wasn’t until three years ‘after’ the inauguration.... that Stephanie became aware that she was made the scapegoat. Paul liked listening to this friendship-loss-revenge-audiobook more than I did.......but I enjoyed his company. Paul and I agreed — it’s about 3 stars. Not a horrible waste of time ( our discussions together were worth it)....but not earth shattering enlightening either.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    The difficulty with tell-all political books is that the authors, especially relatively unknown authors, spend a great amount of time justifying their own behavior and explaining themselves. Sadly, that is not why we or I choose these books. We want the specifics about the primary character. MELANIA AND ME fails because author Wolkoff writes primarily about her journey and travails. Melania Trump is a relative bystander in this book. I don’t know any more about Melania Trump after reading this b The difficulty with tell-all political books is that the authors, especially relatively unknown authors, spend a great amount of time justifying their own behavior and explaining themselves. Sadly, that is not why we or I choose these books. We want the specifics about the primary character. MELANIA AND ME fails because author Wolkoff writes primarily about her journey and travails. Melania Trump is a relative bystander in this book. I don’t know any more about Melania Trump after reading this book than I did when I started. It was just an average book about a very capable woman who has a nasty comeuppance while doing some work for the Trump Administration.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Rubenstein

    A shallow, vapid, sophomoric diary of the emoji-driven relationship between 2 vapid, shallow women - one of them being the wife of the American president. The other is a socialite who naively took the fall for the financial fraud surrounding the Trump inauguration. Nothing new here folks. Trump, fraud, manipulation, graft, lying, hurt feelings and tears. Yawn

  5. 4 out of 5

    TrashyT

    Excellent! I can't adequately express my disgust for how Stephanie Wolkoff was used by the Trumps and tossed to the wolves. And, silly me, I always thought Maggie Haberman was a good reporter who actually got to the facts of a story. No apologies from her or the NYT for the hatchet job done to the author.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Another victim of the Trump dynasty Why is it that every person who comes in contact with the Trump family ends up destroyed? I'm glad the author fought back against former best friend and first lady Melanie Trump. She proved the old maxim- your best friend is your worst enemy. Melania is Donald's accomplice. She comes across as another narcissist, like her husband. Melania is selfish, plastic and ignorant. She's the type of woman who climbs up the ladder of success and pulls the ladder up behind Another victim of the Trump dynasty Why is it that every person who comes in contact with the Trump family ends up destroyed? I'm glad the author fought back against former best friend and first lady Melanie Trump. She proved the old maxim- your best friend is your worst enemy. Melania is Donald's accomplice. She comes across as another narcissist, like her husband. Melania is selfish, plastic and ignorant. She's the type of woman who climbs up the ladder of success and pulls the ladder up behind her and sets fire to it. I can't say I'm surprised by anything I just read. Between this book and the Mary Trump book, the cat is out of the bag. The Trump family is CORRUPT! Melania is one of them. Ivanka, Jarrod, Don Junior, Eric and Donald all belong in prison. I hope they end up there. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who thinks poor little Melania is innocent. She's not. She's just as evil as her husband and his children. The Trump family is on the wrong side of history. To Stephanie - I wish you all the best. Thank you for sharing your observations with us. It's always sad when our so-called friends throw us down a sewer. Stay strong.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    The material on the inauguration was unexpectedly entertaining—and her rage comes through very energetically—but honestly, how fucking stupid is this woman? She clearly liked Donny beforehand, referring to his “usual jovial self” at one point. She had no trouble voting for him. No doubt she still would if she hadn’t been stabbed in the back. And she breathtakingly compares what she went through to what her grandparents, honest-to-God Holocaust survivors, went through. There are some fun catty bi The material on the inauguration was unexpectedly entertaining—and her rage comes through very energetically—but honestly, how fucking stupid is this woman? She clearly liked Donny beforehand, referring to his “usual jovial self” at one point. She had no trouble voting for him. No doubt she still would if she hadn’t been stabbed in the back. And she breathtakingly compares what she went through to what her grandparents, honest-to-God Holocaust survivors, went through. There are some fun catty bits in here—she notes that Melania only spoke English to her stylist, a Frenchman, despite her claims to be fluent in French, and she’s satisfyingly nasty re Ivanka. But I can’t get over this woman’s cluelessness, including about her own privilege.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzi

    Melania is irritating, calculating, and self-centered. The author puts a lot of stuff in quotes so I hope she taped the conversations and phone calls. It's a long and tangled story with way too many details. Melania will be fine, with the AmEx card and her glam team. The author probably needs the book money just to pay some of her legal bills. My favorite part was Michael Cohen calling to tell her he'd taped their conversations and was turning them over to the DA. Wow, just wow. She states her d Melania is irritating, calculating, and self-centered. The author puts a lot of stuff in quotes so I hope she taped the conversations and phone calls. It's a long and tangled story with way too many details. Melania will be fine, with the AmEx card and her glam team. The author probably needs the book money just to pay some of her legal bills. My favorite part was Michael Cohen calling to tell her he'd taped their conversations and was turning them over to the DA. Wow, just wow. She states her disbelief in "friend" Melania with "A Trump is a Trump is a Trump" I can only imagine what Baron or Barron will become. Ivanka is def a Princess. Originally I gave this book a bad review and then realized I was mad at Melania, not the author. Melania deserves all the blame for what she is and the criticism she receives. She is very calculating and appearances matter, just as substance does not. She does not live by her motto: Be Best.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Kordesh

    I'm not totally sure where to start with this one, beyond saying if you can find excerpts from various articles about the book you may be better off sticking with those, unless you are, in fact, very interested in the details of communication between the author and various other members of the PIC/its subcontractors in day by day blurbs leading up to the inauguration. (And that's great if you are!) I picked this up because I read an article about it that contained an excerpt (which turned out to I'm not totally sure where to start with this one, beyond saying if you can find excerpts from various articles about the book you may be better off sticking with those, unless you are, in fact, very interested in the details of communication between the author and various other members of the PIC/its subcontractors in day by day blurbs leading up to the inauguration. (And that's great if you are!) I picked this up because I read an article about it that contained an excerpt (which turned out to be a series of excerpts from very different parts of the book) and I was immediately interested so I pre-ordered and started it as soon as it released to my Kindle on the 1st. I know I'm not alone in my general curiosity about the current FLOTUS. There is certainly this kind of wall of secrecy and mystery around her, which is partially explained by this book; and there's also the general media spin about that secrecy and mystery around her, even though when I think about it I sure don't remember knowing much/hearing much about Barbara Bush, for example; but most importantly I think there's a general huge question mark around the kind of person who can be married to Donald Trump and stay married for as long as she has. In terms of satiating my curiosity, this book was very satisfying. Without being too biographical it provides some history and context regarding Melania as a person, paints a picture of what she was like as a friend, and drives home the kind of critical aspect that ties together and succinctly answers pretty much every question you could have about her: she doesn't care. I've heard some people's takeaways of this book are that Melania is ultimately unknowable, and I couldn't disagree more. The one major positive I'm taking away is that the combination of emails/texts/and personal accounts the the author provides are very consistent and paint a very, very clear picture of who Melania is, what she's like, and what her ultimate goals and motivations are. They aren't surprising. Melania enjoys the life she lives, is entirely unbothered by and uninterested in other people's opinions, benefits from the world her husband creates, sees her ultimate job as supporting him, and prefers not to do anything she doesn't want to do. In some ways I do admire her for that, and for her clear confidence and ability to say, "Nope," to anything she's not down for. In many other ways I know what I already knew before reading this book, which is that Melania is not a damsel in distress in need of saving and she is also not the savior who has the power/desire to fix or stop some of her husband's general Donaldness. Honestly if I'd been writing this review after the first half I'd have given it a much higher rating because, aside from some very bitter lines thrown in here and there to try to help readers remember that the author and Melania are no longer friends and that the author entirely blames Melania for that, it's an addicting tale about the close friendship of two women, one who happens to be at the top of the country right now and who does not have many close friends who can speak about her. The story started to lose me when Stephanie got into her account of what happened leading up to the inauguration. For me this was a huge part of where the book started to lose its focus. I understand why all of what was recounted showed up-- this book was, ultimately, Stephanie's chance to clear her own name. It was her opportunity to tell her side of things, after having been dragged around in the press and having been silenced due to any variety of NDAs. That's all fine and good, except up until that point it feels like a story about Melania and her friend, and from then on its a defense article. The weird thing about the second half, once the election happened, was the constant shifts in tone and focus. The author comes off as obsessed with Ivanka and Ivanka's efforts to silence Melania from the public. She is clearly, in her own narration, obsessed with the concept of Melania as FLOTUS and the potential initiatives that Melania could be responsible for. She recounts the loss of her sanity and health as she works tirelessly for Melania against the staff she believes are ultimately answering to Ivanka and as she works to create Melania's initiative as FLOTUS. The problem is, the way the story is told, the conversations that are recounted, everything we actually get from Melania makes it clear that Melania, in true Melania form, really did not care about these things. The person that cared about these things was Stephanie. The author was the one who so badly wanted Melania to have a certain kind of presence in the public eye, she was the one who was passionate about the children's well-being initiative, she was the one who wanted Melania to have a certain legacy. And like there's nothing necessarily wrong with that; I think it's natural to want your friend to shine. It's natural to think you can make a difference using a major platform, and natural to want to be involved in that. The issue is that she puts all the pain and stress and mental and physical damage she suffered onto Melania. She makes it Melania's responsibility that she broke her literal back for her, when it's clear Melania would have been happy for her not to do any of these things because Melania never cared about her own press image or expanding her platform beyond the cyberbullying cause she initially and continually mentioned she cared about. It made me really uncomfortable to read Stephanie's constant prose about the emotional and mental and physical pain she was experiencing and to hear her keep crying "but it was FOR MELANIA" when it could not have been more obvious that no, it was for Stephanie. I am not saying that the author is wrong in feeling betrayed by Melania's decision not to clear her name when she was made the scapegoat for the mess that was the PIC funding debacle-- that was cold and awful and yes, they should no longer be friends. That is a legitimate hurt and a legitimate trauma. But the themes of the book that arose very quickly and continued were (1) that Stephanie was upset that she was getting no credit for the work she was doing. She was consistently in both her narrative and the provided texts and emails, asking for credit and getting upset when her name was left out. She was also (2) driven by her own agenda and her own desires and needs and continually masking that as being for Melania's sake, which starts to rub you the wrong way early on and by the end just make me roll my eyes a lot. The other major issue is that Stephanie herself can't seem to figure out how she feels about Melania and when things started to fall apart. The book oscillates very confusingly between her singing Melania's praises and declaring her love and devotion to Melania and then throwing in some very bitter and nasty lines here and there to express that don't worry, she no longer thinks these things or feels this way. It's just that there's no consistency to how the two things were thrown in and used, and it created a lot of whiplash like one second, "Because I LOVED HER SO MUCH" and then "she's just an empty shell" and it's like whoah what's going on here. (Like obviously what is going on is a friend processing her feelings about a lost friendship but the crafting of it could have been... so much clearer and smoother). The other thing that really got my goat, as it were, were the narrative bits that would say things like "I could tell there was distance between us" or "a wall went up and that was clear in our communication" but then a new section, during the exact same time period, would start out with, "Communication carried on as normal between us, and the texts and emails kept coming." And I was just SO DEEPLY CONFUSED by that, like were things normal or were they not normal? You have to pick one. In general I get why this book is what it is, and the author even mentions towards the end that in many ways its her attempt at processing her feelings over this huge and life altering event. I don't begrudge her that. I just don't know that it's really worth everyone's while to read it. A nice little bit of summarized points would do the trick for anyone interested in Melania and the fallout, the rest is pretty personal and comes off as not at all favorable for the author, so I don't know that this is one that thousands (millions?) of people should really waste their time reading.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I see a lot of one-star reviews -- clearly from cult members who are angry at the author for tarnishing the reputation of the First Lady. Also lots of multi-star reviews, seemingly from people who appreciate a fairly well-written and very detailed story of how SWW was thrown under the bus (or the train, as Michael Cohen said) by the Trumps. As for her BFF and what she felt about the way Ms. Wolkoff was treated? The famous green jacket says it all “I really don’t care, do you?” SWW says the First I see a lot of one-star reviews -- clearly from cult members who are angry at the author for tarnishing the reputation of the First Lady. Also lots of multi-star reviews, seemingly from people who appreciate a fairly well-written and very detailed story of how SWW was thrown under the bus (or the train, as Michael Cohen said) by the Trumps. As for her BFF and what she felt about the way Ms. Wolkoff was treated? The famous green jacket says it all “I really don’t care, do you?” SWW says the First Lady is “...either a long-suffering victim of her unfaithful husband or a coldhearted gold digger. “ Why is it either/or? I think she’s both. She knows exactly what she has, and how much it costs. Or, more accurately, how large the reward. My biggest question (which I kept screaming internally after it became so clear that her “job” at the WH was a sham and she was just being used and treated badly); WHY THE F%*K DIDN’T SHE LEAVE? Fun read. Hope the investigations turn up what happened to that 80 million dollars!! BTW I shelved this with "true crime" deliberately!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    The tea! The hot Goss! The betrayal! The life of the rich and famous! The overwhelming amount of privelege! The lack of self insight! The self pity! The emoji abuse! All this and more can be yours for the low low price of 28 US dollars. Or you could just pirate the e-book and skim over all the alternating self-aggrandezing to self-pitying parts, to what you are really here for: What is Melania really like behind her cold exterior? Exactly that. A cold woman who doesn't care about anything but he The tea! The hot Goss! The betrayal! The life of the rich and famous! The overwhelming amount of privelege! The lack of self insight! The self pity! The emoji abuse! All this and more can be yours for the low low price of 28 US dollars. Or you could just pirate the e-book and skim over all the alternating self-aggrandezing to self-pitying parts, to what you are really here for: What is Melania really like behind her cold exterior? Exactly that. A cold woman who doesn't care about anything but herself, dressed in a veneer of ridiculous emoji abuse, that the author somehow found charming. I am still at a loss for how she could become seduced by her personality (really lack thereof) into giving up her life and career to work FOR FREE AND CONTRACTLESS as a simultaneous image consultant/press person/babysitter/homework-doer for Melanie, convinced that somehow, somewhere there was a good person in there, and if only everybody else could get a chance to see it... Except Melanie gets numerous chances to show her true colors, and she does, and the author still believes that it's everybody else's fault/sabotage that Melanie is percieved "wrong", as an empty headed trophy wife who only cares about her next facial. Gurrrlll. Take a hint. I think it must be the bias of survivorship: "Because /I/ survived growing up in a neighbourhood a tiny bit less prestigious than the rest of the New York elite, and didn't at all bank on my last name being Winston, because I'm only an adopted Winston, and I worked my way up from the bottom through my prestigious job at an auction house straight out of college, and worked /so hard/ at my job at Vogue afterwords, which I got on merit alone, not through a direct interview with Anna Wintour, whom I was recommended to due to my last name being Winston, no because I was SUCH a HARD WORKER and ALL AROUND SAINTLY PERSON who throws SO MANY CHARITY BALLS and I know THE STRUGGLE because my son has a LIFE THREATENING NUT ALLERGY and participates in GROUND BREAKING MEDICAL TRIALS AT WORLD CLASS HOSPITALS because of THAT, because I HAVE SUCCESS BY BEING A HARD WORKER and SUCH A GOOD PERSON, then everyone in my position MUST BE A HARD WORKER AND A GOOD PERSON and ergo Melania must be too! She came from an even poorer background than me! She came from (scare chord) COMMUNISM LAND where they teach little girls not to show emotion! That's why she doesn't show it! Not because she's a vacuous semi-sociopath!" *surprised Pikachu-face* when Melania throws her under the bus at the first convenient moment. At least the author seems to gain some insight into how she was played, but very little at the end. It's all about her ~personal betrayal~ and how ~I thought we were friends~ not about how the author herself sold out the poor and disenfranchised, the immigrants, the sexually abused to a literal FASCIST REGIME just so she could have her own days of feeling important in the White House (no sorry, checks notes 'could change children's futures' and 'do her patriotic duty!!!1one!'). Theres a scene in the last third of the book, and one of the turning points where the author starts to become disenchanted with Melania. Melania is touring the Holocaust Museum as the First Lady, and gets a personal tour by the museum director. The other guests, including the author walk behind and are not included in the presentation/photo op. The author's family apparently was affected deeply by the Holocaust, and she feels affected by the museum, and hurt in not feeling included by Melania. She expresses her sadness to Melania on the limo ride back, who then shoots her a faux sympathetic look, and goes back to Instagramming. Meanwhile THE AUTHOR CONTINUES TO SUPPORT FASCISTS OUR MODERN DAY HITLER. Pirate the book. Eat the rich. 2 stars (when u don't pay for it) for its potential as a mobilisation tool, and the hilarious emoji abuse. But seriously, do not give this woman any more money, pls.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Probably the most interesting of all the Trump tell-alls I’ve read. I appreciated getting the truth about little moments like Melania’s frown at the Inauguration (Barron kicked her) and the reason why her husband always does his dumb thumbs up during photos (so he doesn’t have to touch anyone). There is no Melania to “free”. She’s void of passion, empathy, and a personality, quite frankly. She and Donald don’t have a marriage that *I* envy, but they seem to get along fine, and she only ever does Probably the most interesting of all the Trump tell-alls I’ve read. I appreciated getting the truth about little moments like Melania’s frown at the Inauguration (Barron kicked her) and the reason why her husband always does his dumb thumbs up during photos (so he doesn’t have to touch anyone). There is no Melania to “free”. She’s void of passion, empathy, and a personality, quite frankly. She and Donald don’t have a marriage that *I* envy, but they seem to get along fine, and she only ever does exactly what she wants to do (which is not a lot, in fact!). We would do well to remember the message on her infamous green jacket: “I really don’t care”. She doesn’t care about being First Lady, she doesn’t care about the American people. Queen Melania only cares about herself. Truly the Trump way. P.S. Bitch definitely does not speak 5 languages.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    About one-third in, the book seemed lopsided --too much of the “Me” part and not enough “Melania” -- but in the end I concluded that the background and buildup were key to understanding the story and why the author wrote it. I had forgotten about newspaper articles mentioning the author, and I’m glad I had because it kept me reading through the long “rise” mentioned in the title and intensified her account of the “fall.” One doesn’t need to view the story through the lens of party politics to ap About one-third in, the book seemed lopsided --too much of the “Me” part and not enough “Melania” -- but in the end I concluded that the background and buildup were key to understanding the story and why the author wrote it. I had forgotten about newspaper articles mentioning the author, and I’m glad I had because it kept me reading through the long “rise” mentioned in the title and intensified her account of the “fall.” One doesn’t need to view the story through the lens of party politics to appreciate its essence. It’s an enlightening story for anyone who has been in an unequal friendship, one with a giver and a taker. And anyone who has planned and produced a large-scale event will enjoy going along for the bumpy ride.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marcy

    A friend of mine had bought this book but for some reason didn't want to read it, or be the first to read it, so she asked me to. I should have known better, honestly. I don't really read super political books or "tell alls" especially in this current political climate. Let's start off by saying, this should have and could have easily been called "Stephanie Feels Betrayed and Whines" because a good majority of it, when not spent being hypocritical in regards to DJT and MT, was spent telling us ab A friend of mine had bought this book but for some reason didn't want to read it, or be the first to read it, so she asked me to. I should have known better, honestly. I don't really read super political books or "tell alls" especially in this current political climate. Let's start off by saying, this should have and could have easily been called "Stephanie Feels Betrayed and Whines" because a good majority of it, when not spent being hypocritical in regards to DJT and MT, was spent telling us about how she is the victim and how MT "betrayed" and "destroyed" her. It starts off with how she's disgusted by DJT's leaked audio of him telling another dude to "grab 'em by the...." but then she tells us what she feels is a "cutesy" story of how her and her husband met... with him asking a mutual friend "who that broad on the left" was. Can you say "hypocrite" much??? Then she rails against slut-shaming later on when they go after MT. Throwing that aside, she explains that the 2016 election was the first time she has ever participated in the voting process, and that her reasoning is that she could "never pull the trigger" on a candidate because neither candidate in previous elections fit her worldview and belief system 100%. Ok... So you decide to go vote for a man who says disgusting things and has a history of conning people and throwing them under a bus when their usefullness is used up? You're telling us that THAT is your belief system? Mmkay.... She tells us how she nearly worked herself to death for DJT and MT and wasn't paid. That she paid to help them. That she could "change" them. That she could "protect" MT from the "supervillain" Ivanka. As if MT was such a fragile person and incapable of defenseless. She really builds herself up as being the "selfless hero" in all of this. The entire time this is going on her family and friends and work colleagues are practically BEGGING her to not work for the Trumps or to STOP working for the Trumps. Red Flags. She see's first hand how they dismiss and throw people under the bus. She ends up having surgery and is out of the picture for a couple months and there's even MORE red flags after she comes back. Now, any logical or sensible person would probably at this point have said "Look, this is starting to affect my health in a major way and I'm feeling unwelcome and having to jump through hoops to do basic things so I'll just stop" but she.... she decides she wants a second helping. She wasn't betrayed by MT. Hands down. Her "betrayal" is more of the realization that she set Melania up on a pedestal because Melania made her feel "needed" when Melania wasn't an actual friend of hers. They were tea buddies/socialites at best. And later, she was an employee of Melania, and Melania treated her as such. True friends do not expect perfection, ass kissing, jumping through hoops, nor the movement of mountains. Melania didn't jump to her defense simply because they were not friends and it was easier to do nothing than get involved in the PIC drama. Was this woman betrayed? Yes. By other players in this political game. She was set up hook, line, and sinker. But NOT by MT. And it was a betrayal of her own creation to an extent. I feel sorry she ended up in deep shit, but I don't buy this "Melania and me was besties and she betrayed me and is a fallen, empty vessel of a woman." This woman can be a reminder of what happens when you hang out with people who are users of others.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Read

    This is a very well written and engaging book. So many books have been written contemporaneously about the Trumps that it leaves almost nothing for historians to uncover in the future. The history is being written in real time - with lots of documentation and evidence. What's different about this one is that is one of the few books written about Trumpworld by a woman who was a close family friend for 14 years. Friend or not, she was expendable. As is everyone in Trumpworld. These people are abou This is a very well written and engaging book. So many books have been written contemporaneously about the Trumps that it leaves almost nothing for historians to uncover in the future. The history is being written in real time - with lots of documentation and evidence. What's different about this one is that is one of the few books written about Trumpworld by a woman who was a close family friend for 14 years. Friend or not, she was expendable. As is everyone in Trumpworld. These people are about self preservation. What is poignant about this book is how the author, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, humanizes a First Lady who is a person few people know anything about. Ultimately their friendship and its demise is like a Shakespearian tragedy. It *is* a tragedy on so many levels. What is sad to consider is how easily Melania Trump was willing to allow a friend to be thrown under the bus to preserve the Trump family. When Donald Trump is in a prison jumpsuit in a cell between Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, Melania might need a friend or two, but I can't imagine who will be there. Not Stephanie. Ultimately, this is a book about politics, friendships and what it means to care about someone so much that you lose your own sense of self preservation. I highly recommend it. I learned a lot.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Right from the beginning of this book, irony abounds. The author actually dedicated the book: To Melania. it is ironic because if even 80% of this book is accurate, Melania will not care about what the author has to say about her, let alone feel any emotion concerning the depth of Wolkoff’s friendship and loyalty to a person who apparently never cared about her. – anyone who was a friend and/or worked for her. And I mean worked for her, Melania did almost nothing. Wolkoff took copious notes durin Right from the beginning of this book, irony abounds. The author actually dedicated the book: To Melania. it is ironic because if even 80% of this book is accurate, Melania will not care about what the author has to say about her, let alone feel any emotion concerning the depth of Wolkoff’s friendship and loyalty to a person who apparently never cared about her. – anyone who was a friend and/or worked for her. And I mean worked for her, Melania did almost nothing. Wolkoff took copious notes during their relationship and never tossed out their texts, which were replete with Melania telling her she loved her with added emojis. Wolkoff, despite her affluent life, is a hard-working, charitable woman, and mother of three children and an adoring husband, whom she says is a great dancer – loved that part. Wolkoff worked very hard to become the great advisor, director and professional who was able to create and organize big events. She has a valid, impressive resume. Wolkoff became a convert to Trumpland. The night of the election, she was very happy for Melania and the Trumps. Up to that time, the author supported Melania’s rise to First Lady and advised of her personal and national responsibilities. She counseled her and was sincere in her support. She wanted Melania to be the “best,” sound familiar? They became friends or at least Wolkoff thought they were. They always said they loved each other as many close girl friends express... Melania cared about her son, possibly Donald, since she is so much like him, her parents and sister. At one point, Melania asked her to help her sister obtain an O-1 visa which is granted to non-Americans who have achieved an extraordinary achievement or ability that would benefit our country. The author did not know her sister but wrote a recommendation for Ines. Ines was granted the visa but Stephanie Wolkoff never received a thank you. As an American citizen and referencing Trump’s penchant against immigrants, I do not approve of Wolkoff’s help in obtaining a visa for someone she did not know. But apparently, she would do anything for Melania. Everything came crashing down when Stephanie was expelled from the Trump kingdom. Apparently, there were serious problems concerning the finances of the inauguration. Melania could have assuaged any culpability directed at her, but she didn’t. Stephanie begged Melania to just explain everything. She didn’t. Their relationship was all but over. Our author was devastated and needed legal representation. She was betrayed and then began to tape pertinent tapes of Melania regarding the questionable usage of substantial inaugural money. We may hear Melania discussing this money - STAY TUNED. Wolkoff can support conversations, texts, notes, events, etc. She is meticulous; after all she is an event planner. Many readers may find the references to Ivanka and her relationship to Melania very interesting. Personally, I am still waiting for Melania to do something for our country. Almost all First Ladies had an active goal: literacy, obesity in children, women’s rights are a few. Apparently, Melania does not want to be bothered. Wolkoff finally understood why Melania remains with Donald, she is just like him. 427 people found this helpful

  17. 4 out of 5

    Misha Kaura

    Wolkoff is a backstabbing b*tch. I don't need to read this book to know she's human trash. What kind of friend would throw their friend under the bus? It just goes to show you that you can't trust anyone.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Don’t waste your time reading about Melania here. Unless you want to listen to/read hours worth of rants by a self-righteous, scorned, victim-y former friend who for some reason felt compelled to write a book. Mostly I felt embarrassed for the author and also cringed when I saw her awkward interview by Rachel Maddow. I listened to the audiobook- which was read by the author. It felt like one long, angry rant and put me in the worst mood!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jayne

    "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." OUCH, OUCH, OUCH!!!!!! If you're in the market for a huge dose of toxic venom, this is the book for you! I listened to the audio version of this book, read by the author....and the intense hatred for the Trump administration and Melania could be felt in each word that this backstabbing author uttered. It's interesting to note that the title of this book is very misleading. Instead of "Melania and Me", this book should have been entitled "It's All About Me" "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." OUCH, OUCH, OUCH!!!!!! If you're in the market for a huge dose of toxic venom, this is the book for you! I listened to the audio version of this book, read by the author....and the intense hatred for the Trump administration and Melania could be felt in each word that this backstabbing author uttered. It's interesting to note that the title of this book is very misleading. Instead of "Melania and Me", this book should have been entitled "It's All About Me" because the author is very, very, very narcissistic and this book is really not about the author's alleged "BFF" relationship with Melania. Instead, this book showcases the author's role in planning Trump's inauguration and denial of responsibility for mismanaging inauguration funds. To gain a better understanding of who this author really is and where she was coming from, please note that at age 26, this author was "adopted" by her mother's second husband, Bruce Winston, the son of jeweler Harry Winston, Who gets adopted at age 26 by a wealthy man? Someone who puts "social climbing" and "prestige" high on her priority list. As previously stated, I found the author to be extremely narcissistic; constantly in need of adulation. In addition, I felt that although many of the author's grievances had merit, many of the author's complaints were also groundless. The author's son had a peanut allergy and the author was angry at Melania for not confiding in her about her own almond allergy. The author was hurt that Melania did not recognize her expertise in food allergies and also that Melania did not view her as a worthy confidant. (I wonder why!) The author personally received $1.62 million for her work for the inauguration and claimed that she used that money to help pay other inaugural workers; while keeping a well-deserved stipend of over $400K for herself. (HUH?) Quite frankly, the author's feeling of entitlement was pretty mind-blowing to me. The author always expected Melania to think of her (the author) first before any decisions were made and became disgruntled each time Melania did not solicit and/or follow her advice. The pre-press publicity for this book mentioned that Melania and Ivanka's relationship was strained and that Melania called Ivanka Trump "The Princess" behind her back. In fact, the book never directly attributed any negative Ivanka quotes to Melania and it was the author(and not Melania) who felt that Ivanka was a publicity hog who frequently tried to sabotage many Melania events that the author had planned. The author also hinted that Ivanka was the reason she never landed a paid position at the white house. Two final comments about this author: 1) The author and her children allegedly had a close relationship with Barron Trump. So why would the author write a book about Melania, Barron's mother??? I totally understand the need to defend oneself against false allegations, but there are certainly better ways to do this than capitalizing on your alleged BFF's friendship and throwing your children's friend's mother under the bus. 2) The author had loved her "volunteer post" at the White House and had been consistently pushing for a contract and paid position. It was only when it became clear that the Trump administration did not "share the love" and that there would be no paid position at the White House, the author's "Never Trumper" transformation began. It's not fun to be scorned and I "get" where this author's despair, unhappiness, disappointment, frustration, and hatred were coming from. MY POINT? If the author had secured a paid position at the White House, the author would be White House staffer and this book never would have been written. SIGH, SIGH, SIGH. So many "I Hate the Trumps" books.....so little time. To the author's credit, the book really moved and it was well researched and very believable. It was just moving in the wrong direction for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ericka Clouther

    This is a good primer on what happens when you try to befriend the devil or the devil's "sweet" wife. But this doesn't just apply to the Trumps or evil people in politics more generally, I think it's a pretty good breakdown on how and why you can't expect to successfully deal with people who break rules, laws, take advantage of others, or lack basic empathy. It's also an excellent reminder of why it's important not to sign non-disclosure agreements, though frankly, I have signed one myself. Often This is a good primer on what happens when you try to befriend the devil or the devil's "sweet" wife. But this doesn't just apply to the Trumps or evil people in politics more generally, I think it's a pretty good breakdown on how and why you can't expect to successfully deal with people who break rules, laws, take advantage of others, or lack basic empathy. It's also an excellent reminder of why it's important not to sign non-disclosure agreements, though frankly, I have signed one myself. Often, when people are confronted with such agreements they are tied to money and the signee feels that they don't have a choice of whether or not to sign. But if you don't absolutely have to sign one, do not sign! Also, I find am very suspicious of Maggie Haberman's journalism now.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dale Clark

    The detailed, enlightening overview of the disorganized, chaotic daily activities during the planning of Trump's 2016 inauguration was somewhat tiresome but it is good that she has shared what she knows with the public - especially now that it is under investigation (for illegal activities and embezzlement of funds). I had mixed feelings about her relationship with Melania as I read the book, between what a devout friend the author was to how gullible and overly trusting and forgiving she was. T The detailed, enlightening overview of the disorganized, chaotic daily activities during the planning of Trump's 2016 inauguration was somewhat tiresome but it is good that she has shared what she knows with the public - especially now that it is under investigation (for illegal activities and embezzlement of funds). I had mixed feelings about her relationship with Melania as I read the book, between what a devout friend the author was to how gullible and overly trusting and forgiving she was. The author's degree of detail about that relationship, as I saw it, took her to the level of martyr. The author is and knows that she is blessed to have a husband and family who stuck by her and supported her during some VERY trying times when she was involved with the Trump inauguration and as Melania's advisor at the White House! Her description of Melania enhanced my perception that she is a cold, calculating, self-serving and self-absorbed woman, from having read "The Art of Her Deal". That aside, I do believe she is a good mother. That all said I don't know her nor do other underlings in the public and she will keep it that way. WHY? And Ivanka? Seems like they are birds of a feather. I wish for the author a clarity of purpose and wisdom from here on. She has a long row to hoe yet but she can sleep nights if what she has told us in this book is all accurate.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Juliana

    Vapid. Uncaring. Selfish. Disloyal. In other words, Melania is a Trump. When Melania wore that jacket that said, "I really don't care, do you?" it sort of sums up her entire career as First Lady and frankly, her as a person. I mean, really, what has she done? I had nothing to admire about Melania, and even less after reading Winston's account, yet another account, of someone paying a heavy price for entering the Trump inner circle. Winston, perhaps, being the fall guy for inauguration money laun Vapid. Uncaring. Selfish. Disloyal. In other words, Melania is a Trump. When Melania wore that jacket that said, "I really don't care, do you?" it sort of sums up her entire career as First Lady and frankly, her as a person. I mean, really, what has she done? I had nothing to admire about Melania, and even less after reading Winston's account, yet another account, of someone paying a heavy price for entering the Trump inner circle. Winston, perhaps, being the fall guy for inauguration money laundering. Everything this family does is a grift, and Melania is right at the center. There is a part of me, the part loves reading Vanity Fair and Us, which found lots of juicy stuff in this book. I especially liked reading about Melania and Ivanka--it fed my inner mean girl. I was highly entertained and appalled at the same time.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book was kind of punishing to read. Like the author, I was left wondering why I did it to myself. It's hard to believe the author got herself into the position she did (I mean, I believe it, and I am sympathetic towards her and everything she's had to deal with). BUT...how do you work for the Trumps (without pay even) and not think you're going to get screwed at some point? I also am astounded how it took her so long to see how one-sided her *friendship* with Melania was. That said, while sh This book was kind of punishing to read. Like the author, I was left wondering why I did it to myself. It's hard to believe the author got herself into the position she did (I mean, I believe it, and I am sympathetic towards her and everything she's had to deal with). BUT...how do you work for the Trumps (without pay even) and not think you're going to get screwed at some point? I also am astounded how it took her so long to see how one-sided her *friendship* with Melania was. That said, while she didn't deserve what she got, how do you willingly take part in this shit show from the beginning? Great, you're BFFs (or at least you think you are) with MT, that doesn't mean you sign up to help your friend and her husband destroy the country. Anyway, some good details (hello private email servers for practically every Trump), the inauguration finances were criminal, and Melania seems like a cold, calculated, and awful person. If you're up for another read about these horrible people, this is entertaining at least. But I can't wait to never have to think about them again. Oh, and I hope there really are tapes. (Disclaimer: I had a B&N credit and after I saw the Maddow interview, I was curious to read the whole book. I probably would not have bought this otherwise.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Hand-Fager

    Thank you, Rachel Maddow I happened to see the interview with Stephanie Winston Wolkoff on the September 1, 2020 Rachel Maddow Show. That interview peaked my interest and I purchased Mrs. Elliott's book shortly after the interview. Being a life long (I am 71) Democrat, I knew next to nothing about First Lady Melanie Trump. I was fascinated by their story. It is a well written, fast paced page turner ( I started reading at 9 PM, next thing I realized it was 3AM). I am sorry Mrs. Wolkoff got caught Thank you, Rachel Maddow I happened to see the interview with Stephanie Winston Wolkoff on the September 1, 2020 Rachel Maddow Show. That interview peaked my interest and I purchased Mrs. Elliott's book shortly after the interview. Being a life long (I am 71) Democrat, I knew next to nothing about First Lady Melanie Trump. I was fascinated by their story. It is a well written, fast paced page turner ( I started reading at 9 PM, next thing I realized it was 3AM). I am sorry Mrs. Wolkoff got caught in the political mire, and I hope being able to present her side has been a healing balm. Great Book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is at great pains in this book to explain exactly why she is not the Trumpian grifter she was portrayed in the press after the scandal of the financial side of the inaugeration was exposed, instead she was in fact made the scapegoat. So this is the goal of her book: to regain her reputation. When I'd first heard of her I assumed she was just a another shady oddball associated with the Trumps, but in fact she was a high level event planner - The Met ball multiple times a Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is at great pains in this book to explain exactly why she is not the Trumpian grifter she was portrayed in the press after the scandal of the financial side of the inaugeration was exposed, instead she was in fact made the scapegoat. So this is the goal of her book: to regain her reputation. When I'd first heard of her I assumed she was just a another shady oddball associated with the Trumps, but in fact she was a high level event planner - The Met ball multiple times and NY Fashion week, so a serious player - who just happened to know Melania Trump. I read this book because I was intrigued to get an insiders perspective on MT, and you do get that incidentally, but there is simply too much detail and the book is so repetitive that I found myself becoming as exasperated as some of the authors colleagues seemd to be have become with her at the WH. SWW has a gap in her self awareness: her job at Vogue came about because she was at a dinner party hosted by other senior Vogue Bigwigs who provided the intro to Anna Wintour - oh and she is the step daughter of NY society royalty Harry Winston jr, hmmm maybe those things helped her land her big break.....eye roll. Sure she was good at her job and worked hard but she was there because of connections from the start, she addresses this to a degree but not fully. In her role as a society maven in Vogue-world she met Melania and became friends. The insights into Melania's cool and dispassionate demeanour, and how she and DJT are actally well suited, was probably the big takeaway from the book. It's good to learn how much MT dislikes "Princess" Ivanka. SWW is not self aware enough - or perhaps more accurately, so busy trying to salvage her reputation - that she is not clear-eyed about her and Melania's friendship. It's maybe more a reflection of the shallow image and media obsessed fashion and society world in which her relationship with MT flourished. The book was okay but could've been better. I'll look out for an article in a few years time reflecting on her experiences in more depth. MT emerges as a typical foreigner on the make who has little understanding of democratic American multi-culturalism, she is an old-fashioned, old-Europe, post-Soviet girl just out for herself ( a not unreasonable reaction to the stultifyingly crummy life of Soviet-bloc Slovenia) so the cynical deal she has made with DJT makes sense in this context.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    A loyal whiney friend, what can you expect when the wife has the same emotionally detached realities as her spouse, they are a marriage matched in hell, she needs to pick better friends. Personally I felt it wasn't worth reading, nothing new, same bs we already know, I would prefer to pick friends with higher moral fiber and ethics, her egocentricity is as glaring as her counterpoint, I cannot wait to see our country cleansed and healing in the future. Sadly the author is in pain, she was blind A loyal whiney friend, what can you expect when the wife has the same emotionally detached realities as her spouse, they are a marriage matched in hell, she needs to pick better friends. Personally I felt it wasn't worth reading, nothing new, same bs we already know, I would prefer to pick friends with higher moral fiber and ethics, her egocentricity is as glaring as her counterpoint, I cannot wait to see our country cleansed and healing in the future. Sadly the author is in pain, she was blind to countless huge glaring realities, this book is her catharsis, but it feels far to tame to rid her of her demons...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    Melania Trump is a bad friend. She has friction with Ivanka, seems devoted to her husband, focuses on fashion instead of policy and is otherwise completely irrelevant & vapid. The author made some terrible business decisions, was loyal to the Trumps and got burned. The only thing I found enjoyable about the book was how much Melania swears. Melania Trump is a bad friend. She has friction with Ivanka, seems devoted to her husband, focuses on fashion instead of policy and is otherwise completely irrelevant & vapid. The author made some terrible business decisions, was loyal to the Trumps and got burned. The only thing I found enjoyable about the book was how much Melania swears.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    3.5 stars. The author met Melania in 2003 when she was dating Donald and they became friends. They often did lunch, called and texted each other. The author was working for Anna Wintour at Vogue. One of her duties involved organizing the Met Gala each year. Then she worked for Melania at the White House, although unsalaried. Given her background, the author was asked to plan the Trump inauguration and a major part of the books addresses that. I had no idea that job was so complex and outrageousl 3.5 stars. The author met Melania in 2003 when she was dating Donald and they became friends. They often did lunch, called and texted each other. The author was working for Anna Wintour at Vogue. One of her duties involved organizing the Met Gala each year. Then she worked for Melania at the White House, although unsalaried. Given her background, the author was asked to plan the Trump inauguration and a major part of the books addresses that. I had no idea that job was so complex and outrageously expensive. The journey through many of these inauguration details is arduous. The author obviously referred back to her texts, emails, and journals as it's quite detailed. My eyes started to cross in spots. My biggest impressions - Melania is more concerned about fashion than substance in her role as First Lady. She's very calm and doesn't embarrass easily. She accepts Donald as he is. I also get the sense that the author is very angry at the way she was treated by the Trump administration and Melania. She has documentation to back up her assertions and that includes tape recordings.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Well, this one had new information. It seems Melania isn't much different from her husband.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Marsh

    Oh boy. I have so many thoughts on this one. Am attempting to focus on what will serve readers best. First, I have known the author (@sww) over the years professionally and have had good experiences. One telling moment -- I came upon her dining with an asst/intern during NYFW, joined them and was taken about how she was taking care of her employee. This is not typical in fashion. My opinion: she wrote this as a defense, an attempt to redeem her reputation, an explanation and to a degree, as an e Oh boy. I have so many thoughts on this one. Am attempting to focus on what will serve readers best. First, I have known the author (@sww) over the years professionally and have had good experiences. One telling moment -- I came upon her dining with an asst/intern during NYFW, joined them and was taken about how she was taking care of her employee. This is not typical in fashion. My opinion: she wrote this as a defense, an attempt to redeem her reputation, an explanation and to a degree, as an exposé of Melania Trump, who crossed SWW, her "best friend." You can read the hurt in every chapter. I hope she has someone helping her find closure (i.e. therapy). And here's the skinny -- #MelaniaTrump is as much a grifter as her conscience-less husband. Even more so, as she's not just grifting the US, she's also grifting that ding-dong she married. This book goes deep into the Inaugural planning -- really too much -- but that's the defense part. Plan for a few chapters of eye-glazing words. I feel like this thing could have been better with a little less SWW personal, a little less numbing detail and a little more editing. I used to give MT the benefit of the doubt. She's just a woman making the best of it when she signed up to be a wife and mother, living in luxury. No more. She's as complicit as the rest of them. And a terrible friend to boot. And don't get me started on #IvankaTrump She's absolutely a villain in every circumstance, as this book details. SWW admits that she never voted until casting a ballot for the orange one. I bet she'll be front-of-line to vote and she won't make that mistake again.

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