I have vaguely fond memories of watching The Golden Girls on Nick at Nite back when Nick at Nite didn’t suck, and then I kind of forgot about Betty White until a couple of years ago when the press started going nuts for her and she was back in the spotlight. But seriously, how can you NOT like Betty White?
Basically, this book is her thoughts and recollections more than an autobiography, but it was enjoyable. It reaffirmed everything that we feel about Betty when we see her – that she’s funny, sweet, and has a great zest and passion for life.
If You Ask Me was a super quick read – it was 258 pages long but I read it in about two hours, thanks to lots of photos and huge margins on the pages. Betty made me chuckle a few times, but more than anything she just made me wish that if I have to grow old, I can be a little like her. One of my favorite quotes from the book came near the end, but it’s so great:
“Let’s say I meet someone I find attractive. I have to keep reminding myself of how old I am, because I don’t feel like I’m that old. I fight the urge to flirt and try to shape up. No fool like an old fool.”
Right there she makes clear that she doesn’t feel like an old lady, that she has to refrain from flirting, and that she’s a classy lady. Such spunk! It was also nice to read about all of the awesome things she does for animals and the environment. And she shares her disappointment for the young actors and actresses that take their good fortune for granted and basically act afool, and says that she thinks it’s the height of ungratefulness.
The only downside is that I didn’t learn as much about her as I would have if this was a traditional autobiography or memoir, I got a good glimpse. And besides, she has other books out too.
Anyways, Betty White is pretty awesome. I could stand to be more like her NOW, not just when I’m a little old lady.
Sarah Says: 3 stars