13 Most Cringeworthy Celebrity Book Covers

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From the most famous A-list movie and music stars, to the D-list reality TV stars cashing in on their 15 minutes of fame, many celebrities believe they are interesting enough to warrant a book.

The fame and vanity that drive these celebs to "write" books also produce the most hideously awkward and odd book covers, whether they realize it or not.

Check out the 13 worst celebrity book covers that span the decades! 

Have you read any? Confess in the comments!

13. Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life by Teri Hatcher

Burnt Toast by former 'Desperate Housewives' star Teri Hatcher is not only a bad title for a book, it's cover also is one a huge disconnect: Fancy dress? 6 pieces of toast being kicked into the trash can? With stilettos? Huh?

It makes no sense. 

12. Don't Hassel the Hoff: The Autobiography Hardcover by David Hasselhoff

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, "The Hoff" actually has an autobiography that was written in 2007.

In case you didn't catch the title, Don't Hassel the Hoff, it's written on his shirt. Poor cover design, cheesy presentation, much like David Hasselhoff himself.

11. Still Standing by Carrie Prejean

The full title of Prejean's book is Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks, which seems to be a theme with celebrity books— longwinded subtitles.

It was written in response to her conservative stance on gay marriage during the Miss USA pageant, and subsequent media attacks.

For a former beauty queen, she could have picked a less boring and ultra basic book cover. She looks like she is trying to (badly) imitate Hilary Clinton.

10. Life Is Not a Reality Show by Kyle Richards

Like all the 'Real Housewives,' Kyle Richards (aunt of Paris Hilton) has no business writing a book. Especially one called Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All, because anyone who watches 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' knows that Richards is the phoniest one of them all.

It's just a regular day, lounging on the kitchen counter in a ball gown while your child is unattended on the floor and a camera crew films you. What? No that is not anyone's reality, especially yours, Kyle RIchards. 

9. Going Rogue by Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin's Going Rogue: An American Life was published on the heels of her disastrous campaign to be John McCain's Vice President.

Nothing about the book cover or the picture says "rogue" at all, let alone "Presidential." It is a pretty unremarkable book cover, much like the author herself.

Harsh, but true.

8. Confessions of a Guidette by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

Nicole Polizzi aka Snooki lives up to her guidette name with the cover of this book.

Orange tan? Check.

Tanning bed? Check.

Hair poof? Check.

Tacky outfit and heels? Check.

7. Staying Fit! by John Travolta

Staying Fit!: His complete program for reshaping your body through weight resistance training and modern dance techniques is a book that is totally 80s, and was probably very chic when it was released in 1984, but today it is pretty laughable. 

Look at Travolta's hair and outfit, they just scream "I was in Saturday Night Fever and now disco is dead!" The exclamation point in the title just makes it even better.

6. Confessions of an Heiress by Paris Hilton

Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose is the full title of this book— what does that even mean? Does she have a signature pose that no one knows or cares about?

If there is anyone little girls should NOT emulate it is heiress Paris Hilton.

With her jail time, arrest record, and general rich, socialite-ness, Hilton is the last person who needs to be putting her thoughts out into the world.

The book cover is a total pink overload, and just, ughh Paris. I have no other words.

5. Wild by Fabio

Fabio is literally the poster boy for cheesy romance novel covers, so why wouldn't he "write" one himself called Wild?

The cover is classic Fabio: bare chest, wild hair, beautiful woman all equal a winning combination for tackiness!

4. Ice by Ice by Vanilla Ice

Ice ice baby! 

Ice by Ice: The Vanilla Ice Story in His Own Words by rapper Vanilla Ice looks like it could be easily stuck into the 'Saved by the Bell' opening credits and no one would bat an eye. The cover is so 90s, it's radical, dude!

3. Vanna Speaks by Vanna White

Vanna Speaks by 'Wheel of Fortune' sidekick Vanna White is another gloriously 80s book that literally came out 4 months before I was born.

Who chose that font? And the colors? The headshot is so tacky, it looks like a Glamor Shot that came from a local mall. 

2. Be Gone Demons! by Saddam Hussein

Yes, that is correct, THE Saddam Hussein wrote not one, but multiple novels.

In this (final) one, Be Gone Demons! an Iraqi hero fights against the horrible enemies named Ezekiel (the Jews) as well as the Romans (Americans). You can't make this stuff up.

Plus, the cover is a strange dreamlike blur of blues & yellows that are distracting to the eye.

1. If I Did It by O.J. Simpson

If I Did It by O.J. Simpson (later re-released by Ron Goldman's family, one of the victims of the brutal murders) is the worst celebrity book cover simply because of the audacity of Simpson to write such a book.

It is thought to be a detailed confession by Simpson, written under the guise of fiction, which makes it even worse.

The 2 book covers are still chilling, especially the 2nd one, which (purposely) makes it appear that the title is I Did It.

Listen to 'Real Housewife' Nene Leakes!

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