Reviews of Bella’s books
There are memoirs that are just quirky, funny, enlightening and make you want to grab the world by the collar and shake it! The latter is how I felt when reading Biting the Big Apple by Bella Vendramini.
There are stories that’ll make you laugh so hard, and stories that will make you cry, but each and every adventure is Bella’s own, and it’s so easy to fall in love with her.
- COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE
“A fascinating memoir.”
- THE AGE
You feel every inch of emotion that Bella goes through. You laugh out loud, you chuckle to yourself, you grow so inspired you feel you could conquer the world and you, too, get scared. I guess it’s because you connect.
- MINK MAGAZINE
Bella Vendramini effortlessly brings NY to life. Her love and passion for the city is evident as she takes the reader on a carnival ride of experience. An acting career may have been the destination but it is the path taken that is Vendramini’s starring role.
- CANBERRA TIMES WEEKEND MAGAZINE ‘RELAX’, COVER STORY (BELLA WAS ON THE COVER).
Bella Vendramini (an Aussie version of Carrie Bradshaw) will crack you up with quirky quips on life, love and breaking into the biz. Someone tell this girl her calling isn’t on stage, but on the page!
We give it four stars
- OK MAGAZINE.
THE HOTTEST THINGS YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE TO SURVIVE THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS IN STYLE. You won’t be able to put this intriguing tale down of an Aussie girl in NYC- she’s the down-under Candace Bushnell.
- FAMOUS MAGAZINE
Also set in New York but a much warmer book than Candace (Bushnell’s) thanks to its wide-eyed Aussie innocence. You can’t help but love Bella for this starry-eyed tale about moving to New York and living your dreams.
TOP TWO PICKS
- NW Magazine
Part travel memoir, part confessional, this is the laugh-out loud story of Bella Vendramini who dared to chase her acting dreams in New York, throw away the map along the way and embrace the unknown. Written with charming irreverence and laugh-out-loud humour, Biting The Big Apple tells how Bella took on New York and embraced it with gusto. You’ll feel as though you’re right there alongside Bella as she candidly recalls the good, bad, sex, love and life in New York City. If you like Sex And The City, you’ll love this
- DOUBLEDAY ENTERTAINMENT
An edgy, witty true story of a young Australian girl trying to make it as an actress in New York
- FROM THE 20 BEST CHRISTMAS READS – AUSTRALIAN WOMENS WEEKLY
But if both Vendramini’s books tell us anything about her, she’s one of those irrepressible, larger than life spirits. There’s a sweet innocence about her way of looking at the world, her heart always open to the experience and – good or bad – diving into it headfirst.
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER
With passion, humour and just a dash of despair Aussie girl Bella escapes to NY to fulfill her desires. Her loves, her friends, her acting career and learning to live in the Big Apple are all vividly explored.
TOP TWELVE RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS
- The Independent Book Guide Independent Booksellers’ Group
This is a great read about taking chances and being able to laugh at yourself.
From one of two Must-Reads,
- NEW IDEA MAGAZINE
Frank and uncluttered….and full of endearing down-under brassy-brash swearing, Bella transitions from LA to the Big Apple, and starts classes at the renowned Method-acting school, the Lee Strasberg Institute…. The gamut of what you might hope to eavesdrop in or perve on can be found within the book’s pages. Vicarious pleasure is to be had, so go on, be tempted to take a bite.
- INDEPENDENT WEEKLY
In Biting the Big Apple, Vendramini springs on the world fully formed, like Venus,
- THE FACE. THE AUSTRALIAN
Bella’s writing is spellbinding, I couldn’t put it down… An inspiring read… You will definitely love taking a bitE out of this apple curled up on the sofa with a bottle of red wine”
- SASSISAM ONLINE
Vendramini’s book finds its dramatic weight and, ultimately, becomes something much more interesting than high-end chick-lit. It’s a literary cliche, but in this case it’s also true: the best of Vendramini’s writing comes from suffering. Although the basis of the tale is her developing acting career, fuelled by study at the renowned Strasberg Institute, alma mater of everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Dennis Hopper, the book is most interesting for its examination of Vendramini’s personal life – and she is relentlessly honest..
- COVER STORY FOR ‘CANVAS’ MAGAZINE, NEW ZEALAND HERALD (BELLA WAS ON THE COVER)
Bella is fantastic!
- FOX ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
The Team at Gloss Magazine fell in love with Kiwi author’s Bella Vendramini’s Biting the Big Apple
- GLOSS MAGAZINE
Bella Vendramini is being described as the Australian Carrie Bradshaw and it’s not difficult to see why. Bella is savvy, funny and has amazing adventures in New York.
What makes the read all the more amazing, however is it is a memoir not a fictional flick-
- VIVA MAGAZINE
Fun and uplifting
A touching, entertaining and often hilarious account of Bella’s loves and losses, successes and adventures in New York
- PERTH VITA
Bella Vendramini is a larger-than-life personality who falls so in love with the possibilities of moving to New York to be an actress you can’t help but be swept along with her. It’s a classic gutter-to-the-stars princess adventure
- SUN HERALD
After reading this book you might need a little lie down, a neat whiskey, a cup of tea, or whatever it takes to settle your nerves. Vendramini is a whirlwind with a mean line in metaphor and a tendency to risk-taking behaviour and here she takes the reader on a blistering tour of her life since her first memoir, Biting the Big Apple. Vendramini’s talent at laying herself bare in public is strangely mesmerising, largely thanks to her self-deprecating sense of humour and sass.
- THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Naked In Public. What a story! This fast-paced read takes us from her quickie New York society wedding to a quickie separation, followed by her madcap overseas adventures. Vendramini is a talented writer and sure is entertaining for her readers.
Naked In Public. Brace yourself for the hilarious follow up to Bella’s sensational debut. As you’d expect, it’s chock-full of love affairs, madcap adventures, plans gone awry and enough champagne to fill a swimming pool.
- FAMOUS MAGAZINE
An enjoyable sequel to Biting the Big Apple. Plenty of distractions emerge to launch her on another roller-coaster of madcap adventures.
- SUN HERALD