After reading a few books that required concentration, I decided I wanted something quick and trashy to read, so the Kardashian Dynasty seemed to tick all the boxes for all the wrong reasons.
I know this may come as a surprise to many of you, but I have dabbled from time-to-time in the watching of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and some of the many poor spin-offs that were made. I justify it to my boyfriend like this; I don’t watch TV to learn things, I read books to learn things, I google to learn things, I watch YouTube to learn things — when I watch television, I want to absorb something that is so insipid that I am suspended from my own reality.
So I don’t have a great deal to say except that this story begins with Halperin delving in to the family background of Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner — and I found that to be interesting, but that’s where it ended.
The writer reads like a FoxNews tabloid reporter (anyone remember Roger Freidman??) who got his sources from a junkie in an alley. He often referred to himself and name dropped contacts — if he wasn’t name dropping contacts he would refer to a “friend of mine”, “a girl I dated that once knew a person who knew a person who met them once”. I began to grow irate and tired of the fact that he referenced that he lived in Florida and often seen the Kardashian, or .. like, someone who he knew might know them.
Then, my friends, Halperin got particularly seedy. He refers proudly to how he went ‘undercover’ to a trans meeting to infiltrate to see how the community felt about Bruce Jenner’s transition and if it was positive or not. I mean, was this truly necessary? Couldn’t he have pulled out a surveymonkey like all self-respecting uni-students and investigative journalists do? Couldn’t he have taken a poll on Twitter? Did he really have to make a mockery of a support group that are dealing with very real issues?
He went further; infiltrating the same surgeon who helped with Bruce Jenner’s transition surgery. He tried to get the staff to fold on some information and got nothing.
Seems like a lot of work for nothing. And man, its seedy.
What I learned from this book that I didn’t already know was not a great deal. Anything inside the folds of Halperin’s book could have been learned from watching the Keeping Up With The Kardashians. What we know is that they are spoiled. Kris is a savvy, if not, gross, manager of her family who carefully and manipulatively works to keep them relevant (by media standards). We know Kim is different to Paris Hilton because she is more clean-cut, actually does work hard (at whatever it is that she does)– and the rest reached the success that she did based upon association and not much else.
What I learned about this most of all is that Halperin is a poor “investigative” “journalist” who dabbles more on the seedy tabloid side and I’d never pick up another one of his books… Oh, did I mention how he kept referring to himself at least twice or three times as a NY Times Best Selling Author?
Anyway, 2 out of 5 from me! Also, it didn’t satisfy my hankering for a good trashy non-mummy-porn book. So, suggest one, pls.