Getting Real - Gretchen Carlson

I remember watching the Miss America Pageant in 1988 with my mother. I bet my mother that Maya Walker, Miss Colorado would win and she chose Gretchen Carlson, Miss Minnesota. Obviously, as a Minnesotan I secretly wanted Gretchen to win but the fun of the competition is to bet against each other. My mother and I sat watching Gretchen during her violin performance in the talent competition with tears streaming down our cheeks. I had to quickly brush the tears away so I wouldn't be a traitor to Miss Colorado. I was truly happy for Gretchen Carlson and Minnesota even though I lost the bet and had to cough up $5 (my Dad gave me the $5 - ha!).

Gretchen Carlson is the real deal! She shares her experiences and struggles with weight loss, learning the violin, becoming Miss America, breaking into television news, and the balance of marriage, motherhood and a career.

I found her story to be an inspiration to anyone that has a goal to achieve; whether it be weight loss, winning a competition or going after your career. I highly recommend this book!

"I'm a person who likes to give 100 percent to everything I do. I want to be the best at my job and as a mother. But I realize I can only give 100 percent in the moment."

"I know from experience how wonderful it to compete and win, and while it is disappointing to lose, it's also an opportunity for parents to teach kids a very important lesson - that failure is the key to success."

I received a free ARC of this book via NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.