betterthanBetter Than New is a book by Nicole Curtis, who if you watch a lot of HGTV like I do, you will recognize from Rehab Addict.  In the book she talks about both her show and her personal life and a little bit of behind the scenes with the show and the houses and how she got them.  She seems to have struggled a lot with her personal life, but she continued to stand up for herself and fight for her homes and what she believed in.

Unfortunately I received an early copy of this book so all the photos that will be included in the final copy were not available for me to check out, which is a bummer because I’d love to see some of the before and afters of the homes that she worked on on Rehab Addict! I guess I will just have to get myself an actual copy – it was published on October 18!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.


About the Book
For the first time, Nicole Curtis, the star of the megahit HGTV and DIY Network show Rehab Addict, reveals her private struggles, her personal victories, and the inspiring lessons we can all learn from them.

Part celebrity memoir and part self-help book, Better Than New goes behind the scenes with an entrepreneurial single mom who worked her way from waitress/real estate agent to home renovation expert, preservationist, and television star. With eight chapters in the book—eight lessons told through her life story and through several of the homes she has remodeled—readers will get to see another side of Nicole Curtis, including the private and personal struggles that are not seen on TV. Working in Detroit and Minneapolis, Curtis has opened her fans’ eyes to the beauty of older homes and the value of reclaiming and reusing authentic original materials rather than sending dumpster loads to the local landfill. Curtis applies the same principles to her personal life—valuing old friends, rescuing dogs, and advocating for the wounded, the elderly, and the disadvantaged. Readers will find inspiration to apply to their own lives supplemented with never-before-seen photos of Curtis and the homes she renovates.