Playground: A Childhood Lost Inside the Playboy Mansion by Jennifer Saginor

Playground: A Childhood Lost Inside the Playboy Mansion

byJennifer Saginor

Kobo ebook | March 17, 2009

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You are six years old. Every day after school your father takes you to a sprawling castle filled with exotic animals, bowls of candy, and half-naked women catering to your every need.

You have your own room. You have new friends. You have an uncle Hef who's always there for you.

Welcome to the world of Playground, the true story of a young girl who grew up inside the Playboy Mansion. By the time she was fourteen, she'd done countless drugs, had a secret affair with Hef's girlfriend, and was already losing her grip on reality. Schoolwork, family, and "ordinary people" had no meaning behind the iron gates of the Mansion, where celebrities frolicked, pool parties abounded, and her own father—Hugh Hefner's personal physician and best friend, the man nicknamed "Dr. Feel Good"—typically held court.

Every day was a party, every night was an adventure, and through it all was a young girl falling faster and faster down the rabbit hole—trying desperately hard not to get lost.

Title:Playground: A Childhood Lost Inside the Playboy MansionFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 17, 2009Publisher:HarperCollins E-BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061749532

ISBN - 13:9780061749537


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dubious Memories I bought this book because I am fascinated with the Playboy Mansion. However, this book does not really go into a lot of detail about the Mansion. It touches more on Jennifer’s father, Dr. Feel Good, who was a regular at the Mansion, and how he would bring Jennifer to the Mansion at an early age. Jennifer was exposed to a lot of mature things at the Mansion (sex, drugs, alcohol), and her father was controlling, manipulative, and a womanizer. A better suiting title for this book would be “My Life with Dr. Feel Good”. I am uncertain about how much I actually believe Jennifer. She either has an amazing memory or she was picturing this book to read more like a movie. With basically every memory that she shared, she would state what song was playing in the background, what people around her were wearing, and what A-list celebrities were present. These details rarely ever had any relevance to her memory. The dialogue also made you question the truthfulness of those memories. The book actually left me questioning why Jennifer wrote it. If she were so damaged from her childhood at the Mansion, why is she still hanging out there? She also refers to almost every single woman in the book as a whore. This could be explained by the way her father raised her and how he had zero respect for women and viewed them as whores and commodities. However, most people write a memoir to show how they conquered a weakness and became a better person from it. For a 30-something-year-old woman, I think she still has a lot of growing up to do. If you are looking for a book that tells a story of a love-affair with a playboy bunny, lots of name dropping, and dubious memories from the author, this is the book for you. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Salacious and Kinda Sad I read this book on a 4 hour flight and was so engrossed in it that I didn't even remember I was on a plane. I've read other 'inside the mansion' books but this is the best so far, a lot of dirt and dishing, but well written. There are some sad elements though so if you are a softy like I am you will want to have tissues on hand.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! This book is one of my favorites! She's brutally honest, and she has an amazing story to tell. She's very descriptive and it's a pretty well-written book. I liked the mention of all the songs that were playing. It adds a sense of the times. One complaint: she still pities herself a lot and is quick to place blame.
Date published: 2011-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from She was just six years old... Jennifer Saginor was six years old when she was introduced to sex, drugs, and alcohol; all at the infamous Playboy Mansion. After choosing to live with her father her freedom from reality soon becomes a prison, but by the time she realizes, she's too far gone. I had to keep reminding myself that this was non-fiction. To even imagine growing up in her circumstances is unbelievable.
Date published: 2009-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Playground This was a really good book. It was intense, yet sad. You feel for this young girl, and you hope she can get thro all of this. But near the ending it starts to get boring, and she just bitches about how the past when she could have changed it.
Date published: 2009-05-08