From the woman who is credited for launching what we know as the celebrity focused, “brand” driven, social media obsessed popular culture of today, comes an honest and surprising memoir that reckons with that truth, and shows that there is so much more to Paris Hilton than you might believe.
I was born in New York City on February 17, 1981, three days after Valentine’s Day.
From the time I was a toddler, my brain skipped and flickered with the chemical imbalance of ADHD. Sometimes it was too much.
I’m not bragging or complaining about it, just telling you: This is my brain. It has a lot to do with how this whole book thing is going to play out, because I love run-on sentences—and dashes. And sentence fragments. I’m probably going to jump around a lot while I tell the story.
I came of age during the most turbulent pop culture period ever.
The character I played—part Lucy, part Marilyn—was my steel-plated armor.
People loved her. Or they loved to hate her, which was just as marketable. I leaned into that character, my ticket to financial freedom and a safe place to hide. I made sure I never had a quiet moment to figure out who I was without her. I was afraid of that moment because I didn’t know what I’d find.
I wrote this book in an effort to understand my place in a watershed moment: the technology renaissance, the age of influencers. I also wrote this book so that the world could know who I am today. I focused on key aspects of my life that led to what I am most proud of--how my power was taken away from me and how I took it back, how I built a thriving business, a marriage and a family.
There are so many young women who need to hear this story. I don’t want them to learn from my mistakes; I want them to stop hating themselves for their own mistakes. I want them to laugh and cry and embrace every aspect of who they are with fearlessness and pride. We all have our own brand of intelligence, and, girl, f**k fitting in.
Paris Hilton is the world’s most recognizable influencer, defining and dominating pop culture for over two decades. She has built a multibillion-dollar global empire as an entrepreneur, tech pioneer, DJ, recording artist, and philanthropist. In 2021, Paris launched 11:11 Media, a next-gen company at the center of pop culture– connecting content, commerce, and community. Her proudest achievement is her continuing impact as an advocate and activist dedicated to empowering and elevating young women and girls, including spearheading meaningful legislative changes in the troubled-teen industry. She lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles.
"One of the world's most recognizable personalities delivers a memoir with surprising depth and purpose... The most impressive thing about this memoir is the gracious and compassionate eye with which Hilton views her past. Unlike many other similar stories, there is no tone of self-pity or martyrdom. Delivering a masterclass in owning your own story, Hilton shows how to live with purpose, compassion, and beauty." -Kirkus, starred review
"Hilton's memoir is perfectly poised as society starts to reflect on how we treated young women in the early 2000s. An unputdownable reckoning for anyone who lived through that time." -Booklist, starred review
"Revealing... Affecting and triumphant, this is a must-read." -Publisher's Weekly
I love Paris Hilton and this book was a gift. I got to listen to the story behind many pop culture moments. I also got to listen to Paris tell her story about her traumatic time as a teenager in reform schools, in detail. She was robbed of so much. While listening to that part of the book, I thought to myself, this seems like fiction. This can’t be real. Unfortunately, it was. Paris tried to escape these ‘schools’ only to be caught, taken back, and punished. She has been through a lot. She is not only a survivor but a fighter. Paris Hilton inspires me.
Overall, a great read and I can’t wait for my physical copy to arrive.
This audiobook feels like a hug. A few paragraphs in, I was instantly hooked. The vulnerability and authenticity is refreshingly comforting despite the darker trauma it originates from. It makes me want to give Paris Hilton a hug while simultaneously making me feel like I’m being hugged in a compassionate, older sister, “I need you to see how important you are” and “you deserve all the good love and support” kinda way. Growing up in the early aughts, I was obsessed with Paris & Nicole, the iconic it girls who were pretty and funny and everything I wanted to be. Heiress and Siren were my signature fragrances. Hearing this perspective and learning about Paris’ experiences makes me love her even more. I’m grieved over what she has gone through and what many other youths have experienced in the “troubled teen industry.” I am equally as inspired and in awe of the resilience and ability to not only survive, but thrive and to do so in a way that she refused to let the world and its darkness dull her sparkle. I never realized I could relate to Paris’ experiences or life, but the more she spoke, the more I was taken aback of how beautifully she describes the way I’ve felt as as a girl with undiagnosed ADHD growing up in an environment in which appearances were important and certain things weren’t talked about. There is so much wisdom and vulnerability in this memoir. I feel like I’m sitting on the couch at girls’ night and I’m listening to a friend share her heartaches and successes and it makes me want to root for her even more. Paris shows that while there is darkness in the world, there’s also goodness and light and not only can we be it, but we can spread it.
The intention and raw honestly behind every word is palpable. I devoured this book. What a beautiful and powerful story about. I loved this book