I recommend it to mid-30s girls like me who grew up watching Clarissa Explains It All wondering what it would have been like to be her. It's fun following normal celebrities who are my age. Since I am Melissa's actual age (thus older than her Sabrina character), I didn't really watch Sabrina. I recently caught up on Melissa & Joey on Netflix and enjoyed it.
It was herself, real and familiar. I would not have purchased it otherwise. She did great.
Yes I pretty much did, and I felt like I was spending the day with Melissa. But I reeeeeeely had questions that I wanted to ask her and wished I was having an actual conversation.
I recommend this for some "light listening." I enjoyed listening to Melissa speak about her life and experiences, and a bit of behind the scenes. The book is exactly what it claims to be. Maybe when she is older she'll write another book which would be juicier!
Scarlett. Here is the reason I have listened so many times: I am trying to figure out, for the life of me, HOW Scarlett is a sympathetic character! She's conceded, arrogant, self-centered, a HORRIBLE mother, incapable of being a friend, treats people as disposable objects to be used as a means to an end, et cetera! Yet, I root for her the entire time! Why?? I love her and think she is great and amazing, and I don't know why.
This book is a work of art. It enhances the movie and vice versa. The description of each and every character in the book is SPOT ON in the movie. I don't know how they did it! They omitted the most appropriate aspects of the book for the movie, for instance Scarlett's first child. Every book-based movie has to take a lot out, but I thought they did a wonderful job of telling the story with all the important details in tact, such as the depth of the characters.
Vivien Leigh is a literal embodiment of Scarlett (aside from the first lines in the book which describe Scarlett as not particularly pretty despite her attractiveness).
Really enjoyed this book. I liked hearing about his life from HIS perspective. I know that Sampras and Brooke Shields have wildly different perspectives, but I thought this inside-Agassi's-head memories were really fascinating. It was cool that he effectively conveyed humbleness about his tennis, somehow. The whole thing was a love letter to his wife, which is super sweet. And damn, he trashed Brooke Shields! I am team Brooke all the way but this didn't make me angry or anything, it was interesting to hear unabashed one-sided thoughts from a man (a jerk).
Not from author. Definitely yes from narrator; she had a fake southern accent that came and went, but she was good.
The characters had so much potential, and I enjoyed each and every one of them, but they fell flat because they weren't given enough story to work with. I wanted more depth and juice, more dirt in the gossip, more...I don't know... just more. The sex scenes were NOT hot. It's like this book couldn't decide if it wanted to be a sexy romance or an interesting coming of age, so it failed at both. If I knew that the story were to get more involved in the following books, I may want to listen, but I'd rather find another book at this point.
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