Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly MadisonDown the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny

byHolly Madison

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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Lost in Wonderland . . .

A fairy-tale dream that became a nightmare, and a woman whose strength helped her find a way out to the other side

At 21, small-town Oregon girl Holly Cullen became Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner’s number one girlfriend. But like Alice’s journey into Wonderland, Holly’s plunge down the rabbit hole took her to a world where all was not as it seemed. The fairy-tale life inside the Playboy Mansion—which included A-list celebrity parties and starring in a number one television show—quickly devolved into an oppressive routine of strict rules, manipulation, and battles with ambitious, backstabbing Bunnies that nearly drove Holly to take her own life.

Down the Rabbit Hole is her introspective account of her time inside the Mansion: the drugs, abuse, infamous parties, and Holly’s real behind-the-scenes life with Bridget, Kendra, and Mr. Playboy himself. It is also her chronicle of healing and hope. By telling her story, both a cautionary tale and a celebration of personal empowerment, Holly reminds us of the importance of fighting for our dreams—and of finding the life we deserve.
Holly Madison was born Holly Sue Cullen on December 23, 1973 in Oregon. She has worked as a model, showgirl and television personality. She is widely known for being one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends on the reality television series The Girls Next Door and for her own reality series, Holly's World. She has starred in four films includin...
Title:Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy BunnyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062372114

ISBN - 13:9780062372116


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This! I couldn't stop reading! Amazing! So enlightening! As someone who watched and loved "The Girls Next Door", it was interesting to get the truth about things, or at least from her side. Watching the show back, you notice those little details she speaks about. She's a true survivor and amazing role model to women of all ages. Would give it 1000 stars if I could!
Date published: 2018-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down The Girls Next Door is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine so I was excited to read this book. Given who she is, and what she is famous for, I thought this book was well written. I read through it very quickly and it was intriguing to hear about Holly’s experience and version of what happened at the Playboy Mansion. One of the few memoir books I would read again! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Glimpse Into Narnia This book was so interesting to read, and the writing is very well done. I watched "Girls Next Door" and it was so intriguing to find out what was happening behind those scenes.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Window to Hidden World This was great! Part reality TV, part fashion, part Playboy Mansion, part Vegas and all brilliantly written in accessible prose. A great book about a great journey. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes. Love this Such an interesting read. I was so happy I picked this up. I loved it
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I usually don't like books like these but I found myself not wanting to put it down, the way its written is easy to follow and has such a great tale of her life. She's all around serious and funny such a perfect mix. I would totally recommend.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just...Wow! #plumreview I didn't really know anything about Holly Madison and so I decided to pick it up one day after going through some of the reviews on various of websites all claiming how good it was-etc. It actually was really good! I have yet to read you other book but hopefully will get around to do that fairly soon.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I enjoyed this book. It was interesting to see the other side to being a playboy bunny. How what is perceived on the outside is not always what it seems. What you have to give up for fame. I really enjoyed this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy, fun read! Great story of holly's life. Would recommend this book for an easy summer read while sitting on a beach or on a deck enjoying some bevy's.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Saw Holly in Vegas at her Peepshow show. Love her! Great read and love the behind the scene of the playboy mansion.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Behind The Scenes Tell All This book was very entertaining bringing you behind the scenes to the realities of the show Girls Next Door. I would recommend it to anyone who watched the show!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Gave a whole other light on the goings on in the Playboy Mansion. Any fan should read this book!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really enjoyed kept my interest and really enjoyed this read, it was a great second perspective then what is presumed by the majority of people
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good read. As a 22 year old (not older than her when she went through this journey) this was an inspirational read and puts things into perspective.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! As a fan of Holly since Girls Next Door this book is a must! Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!! This book was amazing! I couldn't put it down! If you watched The Girls Next Door this is a must read!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun and easy read Great casual read, fun and entertaining ! good for a tanning or take your mind off something book! try it out.
Date published: 2015-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought it was ok Thought it was ok. Bit of a 'poor me' book. Blames Hef for the way she was treated, but yet she let him treat her like that. She was happy to be his friend after they split, but all of a sudden changed her point of view. I think this book has a lot of blame on other people, rather then herself. Doesnt contain many juice details either.
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bril Book is a great read . Different look at holy herself. Addictive. Really speaks the truth . Good for her.
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! such an easy read, if you are looking for something fun and sexy. Holly definitely tells you how it is in her tell all, book
Date published: 2015-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the juicy tell all it's made out to be I understand that as part of her process Holly needed to tell her side of things which is great. I however found this book to be very whiny and repetitive
Date published: 2015-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Down the Rabit Hole Fascinating look into the life of one of Hugh Hefner's girls who went on to become her own person.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great summer read A nice easy read filled with juicy Hollywood behind the scenes info and the tale of quit an ambitious and smart woman! Was so happy to see the way the book ended and the picture section was truly icing on the cake putting faces to all the names and different times in Holly's life
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! I really enjoyed Holly`s book! It was an intriguing story about her time with Playboy, but also her story of triumph. She is also very witty and intelligent- you won't be reading a story from any uneducated blonde bimbo here! LOVE! I would definitely recommend this.
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wasn't bad! New perspective on Holly Madison. I had watched a few episodes of GND (if it was on) back when it aired. I wasn't a hater, but I wasn't exactly a fan either. I decided to read this book because i'm a sucker for hollywood-esque memoirs and I had seen her ad for Peepshow all over Vegas previous years. Overall, the book seemed to be a bit boring at times, but never caused me to lose interest. I'm glad I read this book, Holly was keen on exposing Hef and the Playboy mansion, I learned a few things (negative) that I otherwise would not have imagined. I read reviews where people had mentioned she was "feeling sorry for herself" or "being dramatic", though I agree, she did put up with a lot of BS. In some ways, her story was actually quite relatable. (the struggle to be satisfied with yourself and come out as your own person). Reading this book, I actually realized there is more to this women than being a blond, fake boobed, ex-girlfriend to Hugh Hefner. She's actually goal oriented, shes a dedicated hard worker, shes smart and she's gone through experiences similar to the rest of us. The part where she talks about dating Criss Angel caught me off guard- wow lol. Overall, not a bad read.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from D0wn the rabbit hole Don,t waste your time ,not well written and not even interesting,real sorry I spent the $$ Well I think I wil not go down that rabbithole again Lol1
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lifted weight Fantastic read. The depiction of truth Holly lays out in this book feels genuine and heartfelt. By the end of this I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off her shoulders along with mine. I applaud her for her honest potrayal. Hef never seemed like a genuine character, a man who created a life like that could never be sincere. I had no problem believing her version of events. Good on you Holly.
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Revealing Finally, a peek behind the iron gate! A truly great read, without being too sensationalistic, and with good pacing.
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner! Not just a book about playboy. Its a book about fixing yourself if you are broken rather than relying on others. Very inspiring.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read After watching every season of gnd, this rewrote what i had seen on the show. Great book, i would definitely reccomend it to anyone who has ever had an interest in Holly Madison and the other girls. This book wil be read over nd over again in the coming years
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good! An intersting prospective. It gives you a juicy and often creepy look at what really happend behind the scenes. I thought she did a great job writing this book. It must have been difficult to lay it all on the line like that. Everyone has made a bad decision or two in their life, but it is nice to see how she grew and learned from some of hers. Kudos!
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I loved it. It was an honest book about her life and what she went through to get where she is today. I also love te fact that she is showing that looks come and go and that even girls who fit into the pretty category also feel self doubt about themselves. Its not always whats on the outside but what is in the inside that counts
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read As a huge gnd fan, inwas super excited for this book. I didn't put it down and reqd it cover to cover instantly.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Tell All You Wanted Since I was a closet viewer of the show The Girls Next Door back in the early 2000s I was slightly eager to see what tell-all information Holly was going to share in her book. Along with all the sad details of what life was like as Hugh Hefner's #1 Girlfriend I do like that she wanted to share her mistakes so they can prevent someone else from making similar ones. I do think the goal was also to give someone the courage to leave a bad situation (while blasting her past in a book for us all to read).
Date published: 2015-06-12

Editorial Reviews

“Reads like a celebrity memoir infused with The Bell Jar and Going Clear.”