Monday, May 5, 2014

Review: I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends by Courtney Robertson

Goodreads Summary:

Courtney Robertson joined season 16 of The Bachelor looking for love. A working model and newly single, Courtney fit the casting call: She was young, beautiful, and a natural in front of the cameras. Although she may have been there for all the right reasons, as the season unfolded and sparks began to fly something else was clear: She was not there to make friends.

Courtney quickly became one of the biggest villains in Bachelor franchise history. She unapologetically pursued her man, steamrolled her competition, and broke the rules—including partaking in an illicit skinny-dip that sealed her proposal. Now, after a very public breakup with her Bachelor, Ben Flajnik, Courtney opens up and tells her own story—from her first loves to her first moments in the limo. She dishes on life before, during, and after the Bachelor, including Ben’s romantic proposal to her on a Swiss mountaintop and the tabloid frenzy that continued after the cameras stopped rolling.

For the first time ever, a former Bachelor contestant takes us along on her journey to find love and reveals that “happily ever after” isn't always what it seems. Complete with stories, tips, tricks, and advice from your favoriteBachelor alumni, and filled with all the juicy details Courtney fans and foes alike want to know, I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends is a must-read for every member of Bachelor nation.

Publication Date: June 24, 2014

As soon as I saw this book available for review, I knew I had to check it out. I’m a fan of The Bachelor and although Ben’s season wasn’t my favorite, I did find it compulsively watchable because of all the Courtney drama. I thought the novel was an attempt at an image overhaul, but that wasn’t the case.

The beginning and end of the book were boring. I didn’t have much interest in how many celebrities Courtney banged before The Bachelor or the end of the book chronicling the demise of her relationship with Ben. The middle was great with all of the insider gossip about The Bachelor production and her tense relationships with the women of the mansion.

This is definitely a guilty pleasure book. It had the feel of a tabloid magazine because of the way she spoke about celeb’s “bushes” and who was good in bed. A few big reveals were made about Ben’s season, but since that season aired a while ago, I didn’t really remember a lot of the women on it. I was definitely relying on Google while reading to figure out who the heck she was talking about.

I thought maybe this book would improve her likability, but I suspect most people will still find her polarizing. She makes it seem at times as though she was treated unfairly meanwhile she still makes fun of the other women. To sum it up, all women seem to hate Courtney while all men want to do her.

This book is really ideal for serious fans of The Bachelor who want to know more about Ben and Courtney’s relationship and the fallout from the bad press both of them received because of the show.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!


  1. Well, at least the middle was entertaining. I don't know that I could have gotten past the slow/boring beginning.

  2. I don't like The Bachelor, because I hate the way it makes women into some kind of commodity. Seems to me, if you can't find a good relationship outside the show, what makes you think you will while on TV? How can you be certain this guy is "the one" you've been waiting for? That was an awesome review, I'm just not a fan of anything that pits woman against woman and turns us all into "men hunters" with no scruples. How fun would it be to write a parody? :) WRITE ON!

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