Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Cherry Bomb: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Flirt, a Tougher Chick, and a Hotter Girlfriend, and to Living Life Like a Rock Star  (Simon Spotlight/Simon & Schuster, 2008)

“You go, grrrl. Rock n roll isn’t just a musical genre; it’s a mentality.” – Vogue Fashion Rocks

“Think of it as a cool girl’s guide to life.” -CosmoGirl! magazine

“For the barely legal Hot Topic generation, this lil’ purple and black confection might just be life-changing.” -LA Weekly

“Borzillo flips the idea of a “girl guide” head over spiked heels and delivers an encyclopedia of awesomeness for gals who aren’t afraid to take life into their own hands and live by their own rules.” -SuicideGirls.com

“It’s a wickedly funny, informative and alternately sexy and cute book… Carrie is indeed an expert and an authority on how to be a chick who rocks and her tone is always affectionate and supportive of her fellow femmes and she never adopts a snarky, ironic or sarcastic tone.” -Hit Parader magazine

“Borzillo shines in this funny, smart and unabashed tribute to the inner rock goddess in all of us.” -Pasadena magazine

“Carrie Borzillo has taken the fluffy and tired genre known as “grrrl guides” (the girl-powery nonfiction sister to chick lit) and given it claws – black, of course.” -LA Weekly

“Few books explode with the passionate joie de vivre of Carrie Borzillo’s Cherry Bomb.” -Connecticut magazine

“With plenty of off-the-wall references and lots of good advice, this is a book that should please girls of all kinds”-Curve

“Cherry Bomb delivers on all its promises and does impart relevant and easy to follow tips on how to become a better flirt, tougher chick and hotter girlfriend. The tips are practical and easily doable, no matter who you are or what kind of budget you are on.” – Desicritics.org blog

“Borzillo has given a voice to young adults that is nonexistent in the self help/guide book category.” -Play New Haven magazine

“Borzillo-Vrenna has made her mark in lifestyle books. She was put on twist on life that is refreshing and new.” -Lumino magazine

“The book is fun, edgy and witty.” -The Observer

“For women who want to make it in the all too male-dominated music industry – and music journalism in particular – writer Carrie Borzillo is an inspiration.” -PopDose

“It’s empowering to a whole new generation of girls from those who have “been there.” -Gothic Beauty

Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn By Tera Patrick with Carrie Borzillo (Gotham/Penguin, 2010)

“I can think of no one more fascinating than Tera Patrick-porn star, model, and businesswoman-as readers of this book are certain to agree. It’s all here-her passions, triumphs, and defeats-in more detail than we have any right to expect.”
-Larry Flynt

“This book is an inspirational read with a clear message: There are no limits when one is determined, motivated, and driven.” -Red Hot Chili Peppers/Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro

“Orgasms, like laughter, can be faked, but it’s better when they’re not. Tera doesn’t fake anything in this revealing and inspiring book.” -Margaret Cho

“She’s a girl who knows what she wants and gets it. That’s what’s cool about Tera Patrick.” -Carmen Electra

“Sinner Takes All, ghostwritten with Carrie Borzillo, works well as a biography. And as with all well-written bios, we learn more about the subject than the subject may have intended. There’s an honesty in this book that is at once tragic, funny, scary, and savvy.” – San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Sinner Takes All serves up a pungent cocktail of real-life romantic melodrama and perverse Miss Manners column. With pathos, humor and squirm-provoking detail, Patrick relates her courtship by and marriage to Evan Seinfeld, the former Biohazard vocalist and bassist, and, in an unexpected last-chapter coda, their breakup.” -The Dallas Morning News

“As a work of literature, Tera Patrick’s memoir is as straightforward as they come, and offers an intriguing look into how Tera became one of the most powerful and recognizable women in the adult film industry.” -Edge Boston

“Sinner Takes All lets fans and interested parties alike get the down and dirty details on the personal and professional life of one of the biggest names in a multi-billion dollar industry.” -Seattlest

“Even porn stars have romantic illusions. Just take a stroll through the new Sinner Takes All by Tera Patrick. The fast-reading memoir whips from knowing to naive and back as it tracks its plucky protagonist from ugly-duckling school days to international adult superstardom.” Dallas Morning News

Eyewitness Nirvana: The Day-by-Day Chronicle (Carlton Books, 2000-2014)

 “She manages a careful balance between the heartbreaking and the humorous.” – The Dallas Observer

“Fastidiously slotting in facts and figures amid the once-mischievous Cobain’s growing despair… essential reading for any fan still hungry for a piece of the ‘90s finest” – Kerrang! 4K review

“Borzillo did her homework, researching every stop on every tour and interviewing key players… useful and interesting.” – The Chicago Sun Times

Nirvana: In the Words of the People Who Were There is one raw and powerful book, where Borzillo has done an excellent job writing and outstanding researching, to the point where she truly captures the conscience of the rock legend quite well. Borzillo tackles all of these events with sincerity and authenticity, and I commend her for not sugarcoating anything.” -Digital Journal

“Borzillo hits this one out of the park with her exhaustive research, interviews and insight. Borzillo has created a real gem with this biography and has tackled the insurmountable task of a true in-depth reporter. After endless research and interviews, the final result of her efforts has produced an accurate, all-encompassing, behind-the-scenes account of how it all went down, right to the very ugly end. Nirvana fans, if you have not read this one, then you need to get your hands on it as soon as possible. Even if you are only a casual admirer of the band, this is a must-read for all music lovers. Signed copies of this book can be purchased at Borzillo’s website, with a percentage of sales going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. – Ink 19

“Placing more emphasis on chronology and therefore on narrative, Carrie Borzillo’s Nirvana: In the Words of the People Who Were There is a painstaking day-by-day account of the band’s career. A reprint of the original 2000 edition, it renders Cobain’s life in such matter-of-fact detail that the story becomes newly chilling, especially as Borzillo describes—without editorializing or sensationalizing—Cobain’s final days. (The author is making a limited number of signed copies available through her website, with a portion of the proceeds going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.) – Pitchfork