Southern State of Mind

Reviews of Bethenny Frankel’s and Jep & Jessica Robertson’s Books

Happy Saturday! I can not believe it is already mid August. Where has this month and year gone to? Seriously! I feel like I have been finishing up quite a few books know just killing time before football starts. I mean pre-season is right around the corner sooo I guess I have that to look forward to!

Anyways, I recently just finished reading…

Bethenny Frankel’s book, I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To


I am a little bias and she is one of my favorite housewives from like the only Real Housewives show I watch which is NYC. I actually never really watched any of the franchise until recently. I’ve always enjoyed Bethenny’s brand, Skinny Girl and never watched too much reality shows. I figured this time around I would go ahead and watch her show too. She obviously promotes her brand a LOT through the media which is a good thing.

OKAY, so her book. It was a pretty good read to me. Frankel discussed everything from her relationships in her 20s up until now in her 40s. Some of the material was not relatable to me. For instance, divorce and marriage issues. Divorce sex, marriage sex, spouses, money issues in marriages, kids. But she did give out advice on dating at any age and how all guys are the same at all ages.

You’ll always have the gentleman who wants to stay single and string you around, the one who wants to settle down and start a family, a gentleman who thinks he is superior and above you. You get my point. A great point she made is to let the guy come to you and not go out looking for him. Which myself and like all of my friends nowadays have a hard time doing especially with those dating apps like bumble, tinder, hinge, ok cupid…TOO MANY TO NAME.

Frankel made a great observation by getting to know the man you’re dating by the way he treats others, you and his history. You don’t want to be around someone who treats a server poorly with language, tips, etc or the way he speaks with his family members like his mother, siblings and so forth. Overall, I would highly recommend this book if you’re a guy or a girl. A guy can read it in his perspective for their spouse as well.

Jep & Jessica Robertson: The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God


I am not sure how many of you are actual Duck Dynasty fans but even if you’re not, it was still interesting to get some insight on their marriage and past relationships. Another relationship book but not so much a total giving straight up advice to you all the time. I really enjoyed reading this book because it gave insight to me on how this couple met and their life stories. Of course, everyone on TV seems like they have a perfect life and nothing is wrong in it. We all know that is far from the truth.

At first, Jep and Jessica weren’t even to really be on Duck Dynasty as much as they are now. But after quite a few seasons, the show has actually brought their family closer since they have to film together at most times. I never knew about Jep’s battles with alcohol and drugs and Jessica’s food disorder. Although, we all have our flaws, it was interesting to see how they coped with their issues and how they are bringing awareness to others in their story.

If you are looking for an intriguing autobiography with the ups and downs of a couple and family, then this is the book for you. It did not take long for me to read and I practically finished it on my flight to Nashville a few weeks ago. I am not going to lie but Jep and Jessica are my favorite on Duck Dynasty too. SOOOO these books are by my favorite people in a couple shows that I watch but I am being HONEST about my opinions on their stories.

Have a great weekend y’all! xx


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