Turning the tables book review

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Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again by Teresa Giudice

It is SO EMBARRASSING that I read this and paid money for it. Ugh. But whatever. I watch bad reality tv all the time and always thought Teresa was funny. I wanted to know the backstory to her arrest and legal trouble but in the book she glosses it over and focuses on prison (she claims innocence but doesnt really give any information to back that up). Her prison descriptions sound like theyre written by a fifth grader and at the end of the book I found myself disliking her when I originally didnt. She talks about how much she loves Trump and says some weird, vaguely classist stuff about prison. She also says over and over that these women are criminals! SO ARE YOU. She and her husband committed fraud to earn over $5 million. Probably did more damage than the women in there for longer sentences for drugs. But, according to her, they were the real criminals. Jesus. Overall, how could I not have known this would be terrible?!
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