I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain - Courtney Robertson

She was the villain The Bachelor fans loved to hate. Now Courtney Robertson takes us along on her journey to find love and reveals that "happily ever after" isn't always what it seems . . .

Courtney Robertson joined season 16 of The Bachelor looking for love. She fit the casting call: She was young, single, a working model, 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, Courtney tells her own story—from her first loves to her first moments in the infamous Malibu mansion. She dishes on life before, during, and after The Bachelor, including the tabloid frenzy that continued after the cameras stopped rolling. Complete with tips, tricks, and advice from your favorite Bacheloralumni, I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends is packed with all of the outrageous stories and details Courtney fans and foes alike want to know.

 

I haven't watched Robertson's season of the Bachelor, nor those of the people she talks about, and in that regard I might have missed a lot of the gossip that this book contained. However, I found this fascinating looking at it as a memoir with a little insight into reality television.

 

This really is a memoir--it includes more about Robertson and her life than the television series she took part of, but as an avid memoir reader, I enjoyed this. She is unapologetic about her life and her actions which is refreshing; she doesn't try and justify her actions with anything other than her experiences and thought processes. Even in this book, she isn't here to make friends.

 

The show barely seemed to take up a handful of chapters, and these were very concise and didn't reveal much more than any personal blog on the series would. Still, hearing about how she was selected, turned down the producer's offer, and reconsidered, was intriguing.

 

Her relationship with Bachelor Ben Flajnik evoked sympathy as it seems that the person she had dated on the show was different in real life, though I think that in a way is to be expected. In this regard, the book provoked interesting thoughts about how people present themselves in early stages of relationships versus how they do after one gets to know them.

 

This was nothing spectacular, but an easy read about a model with an intriguing backstory and an affinity for heartbreak.