In Flight Reads: The Blonde by Anna Godbersen

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The Blonde by Anna Godbersen


Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope Santa was good to you this year. We are having a warm, stormy Christmas at the moment but I’m not complaining. 🙂

Today, I thought I’d talk about this lone physical book that I brought with me on this trip. I’m the type of traveller who usually brings a suitcase full of books anywhere I go, but I surprised myself this year by practicing restraints. It’s not that I didn’t plan on reading too much, it’s just that I know I’m going to find myself at a bookstore somewhere, so I wanted to make sure I’ll have room by the end of this trip.

Anyway, this is everything you’d expect from a book that features a fictional spy Marilyn Monroe: sordid tales of affairs, personal heartbreaks, and a line of men using her for sex. So far, I’m seeing JFK in a different light. His charisma is enigmatic, as is the seemingly sexual creature Ms. Godbersen painted him out to be.

This book opens up with a prologue of a teen Marilyn blowing off a man’s face with a gun as he was trying to sexually molest her. It leads me to believe that KGB knew this crime and was using it as blackmail material. Though as I get further into the book, it tells me that the reason she signed on so easily was that Alexi, the man who recruited her, was a person for whom she owed a great debt. He was the one who saved her when she was a struggling actress on the verge of prostituting herself for good just so she could eat.

Marilyn’s personal life is in shambles. She lives on a steady diet of alcohol and sex. She works hard to be appreciated by the many men in her life, but the people she wants the most were the ones that seemed unattainable: her father and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Arthur Miller.

So far, the information she’s gleaned from JFK are useless, but I remain hopeful that whatever it’s leading up to will blow me away.

Stay tuned!

  • This sounds really interesting! I love the idea of a fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe that involves her being a spy. I didn’t realize Anna Godbersen had another book besides the Luxe series, either 🙂

  • Merry Christmas Joy, and hope you’re enjoying the holidays <3

    All your covers featured are epic, and this one is no different. Marilyn as a spy? It would be nice to see another side, even fictional, of the woman who basically played the sexy vixen to the media. The woman who was probably the beginning of the epitome of the 'dumb blonde', which she was probably anything but. Pity it's fictional though, I'm still going to chase this one down.

    Looking forward to your review Joy and thanks for sharing <3

  • Merry Christmas, Joy! I saw this book a couple of months back and I’ve quite interested in reading it. It sounds pretty good so far.. Here’s hoping to read your full thoughts about it soon 🙂

  • I am also one to take a lot of books, but with my kindle, its mostly on there now.

  • Merry Christmas! Honestly this book sounds really interesting! I didn’t know that Anna Godbersen had written this one. Hope you enjoy it! And it’s cool that you’re practising restraint. haha.

  • That reminds me, I need to go to GR and update my list with new books 😉

    Merry Xmas!

  • I hope this so-so read for now blows you away in the end. I love Godbersen so I have faith that she’ll deliver (hopefully).

    Have a safe trip and Merry Christmas!

  • Merry Christmas! This is new to me but it sounds completely entertaining. I can’t wait to see how you like it when you finish.
    Safe travels and I hope you have some fabulous book stores and deals.

  • Merry Christmas! I didn’t know about the book but I like stories about her even if for me it’s more movies. I hope it will get better.

  • Merry Christmas Joy 😀 Hope you have the best one yet. <3 Ohh, plane picture, lol 😀 Hope you are enjoying this book. <3 Not for me, not at all, ack, but it do look kind of interesting 😀 Hope you don't hate it, hih. <3 Thank you for sharing about it 🙂