Off with My Head By Stassi Schroeder
Book/Novel Author: Stassi Schroeder
Book/Novel Title: Off with My Head
The New York Times bestselling author of Next Level Basic and fan-favorite alumna of Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules returns with the definitive Basic Bitch handbook for surviving your rock-bottom moments. The year 2020 was going to be the best year of Stassi’s life. Besides getting engaged and feeling like she was on top of the world career-wise, she bought her first house and was planning her dream Italian wedding. The future showed so much freaking promise—until it all went to hell. Stassi may not be perfect—she may have made some (major) mistakes—but she does feel like she has some insight (and plenty of hilarious tales) about getting knocked up, called out, and learning from what went wrong. Through stories, confessions, illustrations, and plenty of self-reflection and self-deprecation, this new bookgoes behind the scenes and addresses the experience of getting cancelled, getting that positive pregnancy test, and saying “I do” in the backyard instead of in Italy. Stassi won’t hold back about her transformation from proud basic bitch to… proud basic bitch who has a deeper appreciation for what’s really important in life: love, relationships, mutual respect, and, okay fine, an Aperol spritz and some showtunes when you need them most. Stassi hopes her story will help others see the light at the end of the tunnel in their own lives and make them laugh along the way. She writes about the importance of having a good cry (at work, in the shower, in your closet), ways to navigate social media responsibly (sometimes that means logging the eff off when crowds are chanting, “OFF WITH HER HEAD”), how to practice self-care when wine is not an option, and how nottobecome a Bridezilla—plus she’ll offer tips on marrying your f*ckboy, embracing pregnancy sweats (both cashmere sweats and night sweats), and styling baby OOTDs. So roll up your bedazzled sleeves…or the sleeves of the tattered robe you’ve been wearing nonstop because you’re at rock bottom; grab a cocktail; and let your favorite (more evolved) basic bitch take you on a wild ride inside the bumpiest year of her life.
This is wonderfully witty and raw with an honest account of love, loss, growth, humility, accountability and also unfairness and societal hypocrisy thrown at someone who reveals pain and growth and honesty with grace and grit. Keep these gems coming. This family and Stassi’s razor sharp wit is golden.
A fresh perspective on handling many of the challenges or changes that life can throw – even if you’re not a reality star. While this book does touch on some of the events of 2020, Stassi also provides insight on dating, moving and pregnancy in a way that only she can. Stassi takes accountability and remains transparent and honest while remaining in her signature tone of voice. An easy, fun read and perfect for the beach.
I read the first book written by Stassi. It was lighthearted and certainly not a difficult read. The stakes were low with that book because we knew her has a funny and bratty character on a trashy show. This book, however, leaves a lot to be desired, which includes humility. The first portion of the book seems to be semi-earnestly addressing her “canceling”, but I never found her to be taking ownership of the situation. She talks about the backlash from what happened to her and how people were saying terrible things about her, but at the same time, she stalks a mom board online and loves to read about all the drama. As the book continues, her true colors (that we’re familiar with from her “character” on the show) are resurrected: complaining about not traveling to Europe during Covid, her house in the Hollywood Hills needs to be renovated because she didn’t like the color of the wood, and being frustrated with too much time doing self care- it’s the same person that annoyed us before summer 2020. It’s a sequel to her first book, not a story of the journey of a woman that has changed for the better.I gave it 2 stars because it is an OK book. It’s nice as an audiobook in the background while I’m working, something that Stassi is unfamiliar with.
Poor child. She had a good life. She thought she was special, learned that no one Is….met her match in crap men, crazy friends….was growing up….and then WHAM! Got caught in the crossfire of systemic racism’s, me too, BLM, cancel culture. LBGQX7. Absurd.Yeah I wish I was young, blonde, smart as hell, funny and charming! Sure she was privileged….let’s all hang her out to dry for it.She was a little brat about her stupid birthdays and if I heard about Ranch in her pizza one more time, I was going to hurl but we don’t watch these shows to watch ourselves live our little lives.How about we all just agree the child learned some tough lessons and let her go be smart, sassy Stassi!
Stassi is privileged. What she participated in was wrong, hurtful to many, and potentially dangerous. So —what happens next? Many people believe that there is no way forward after participating in something that had such a negative impact, and for some that may be best, but I don’t believe that is the case for those that want to do better. I am convinced after reading her book that Stassi does want to do better, and is acting on it. People that don’t want to do better seek out audiences that wouldn’t respond positively to a section about cultural competency. They don’t write about white privilege, & they certainly don’t admit they acted with it. They don’t share what they’ve learned about systemic racism. They don’t admit to their discomfort while demonstrating that adults push past discomfort to do what is right. People are entitled to their feelings about what Stassi participated in —but it sure does seem a lot less productive than what Stassi has done with this book. I look forward to seeing her continue on the more positive path she chose.