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Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life | [Melissa Joan Hart]

Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life

Thousands of young people consider Melissa Joan Hart an integral part of their childhoods. She played the title roles in the trailblazing Nickelodeon series Clarissa Explains It All and the wildly popular Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, but she never let fame go to her head.
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Publisher's Summary

Melissa has been entertaining audiences most of her life; when there were no girls named Melissa on her favorite show, the forceful four year old decided she’d get on TV her way. From that moment on, Melissa has shown a singular determination and focus whether it’s for booking three national commercials so her dad would build her a tree house or for nailing the audition for Clarissa.

From her first commercial to her current starring role in ABC Family’s hit Melissa and Joey, Hart never let fame go to her head. She always had one foot in Hollywood and one foot in reality - and still does. Melissa makes us laugh along with her as she talks about:

  • guest appearances in shows like Saturday Night Live and The Equalizer
  • auditioning for Punky Brewster and Clarissa
  • her early Broadway days
  • wacky parties she’s thrown and attended
  • the actors who influenced her and whom she befriended, worked with and competed against
  • her experiences both on and off-set - with Sabrina’s Salem the Cat and Elvis the Alligator on Clarissa
  • how she met the love of her life at the Kentucky Derby

Melissa Joan Hart explains all that she’s learned along the way - what’s kept her grounded, normal and working when others have not been so fortunate - and that she’s the approachable, hilarious girl-next-door her fans have always thought she’d be.

©2013 Melissa Joan Hart with Kristina Grish (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    donna sydney, Australia 11-05-13
    donna sydney, Australia 11-05-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a 25 year old mum to my beautiful nearly 2 yr old daughter and i LOVE books , both reading and listening to them :D

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    "Very Enjoyable listen LOVED IT !!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes differently , if your a fan of her work this well ad to her awesomeness ! and if your not (your crazy) still a great listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    first that melissa is the narrator and to get a personal look into her life both with her work and personal life


    What about Melissa Joan Hart’s performance did you like?

    that its her lol she does an awesome job !


    Any additional comments?

    5/5 listen, i listened in one go .. its now 4.36 am lol either use credit or buy wont regret it!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jill BROOKLYN, NY, United States 05-12-14
    Jill BROOKLYN, NY, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Engaging Yet Hammy, Like Nickelodeon Acting"
    What did you like best about Melissa Explains It All? What did you like least?

    I loved hearing about how Melissa got started as a child actor: being brought to auditions by her mom, with her gaggle of siblings; being rewarded with new toys for bagging commercials?! Crazy.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect is that she seems to have turned out pretty normal (with an expected degree of self-involvement, but then again, it's a memoir).

    The least interesting aspect is her relatively normal life these days: I was semi-interested in her meeting her husband and whatnot but then there's a whole chapter where she describes different types of theme parties she's planned and I'm shouting "Why am I listening to this??" (and I love theme parties).


    Do you think Melissa Explains It All needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No thank you.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Williams Wichita, Kansas 01-29-14
    Christina Williams Wichita, Kansas 01-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Melissa Explains It All in three words, what would they be?

    Heartfelt, fun, interesting


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved hearing about her life as a mom, and about her time on Sabrina.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    oh yeah, I would have too...just needed more time!


    Any additional comments?

    bear with me this is my first review on audible.
    I really enjoyed this book, I think you would too! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jswdrysdale Virginia 11-03-13
    jswdrysdale Virginia 11-03-13 Member Since 2012

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    Would you recommend Melissa Explains It All to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    What about Melissa Joan Hart’s performance did you like?

    It was herself, real and familiar. I would not have purchased it otherwise. She did great.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Likeable romp with limited depth"
    If you could sum up Melissa Explains It All in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, superficial


    What does Melissa Joan Hart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her distinctive tones and tongue in cheek


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    This book is nice enough. There is no depth or darkness to it at all. It is very much like the rest of the MJH brand. It made me laugh a couple of times and for the most part fore filled it's part of the deal. I guess i should be pleased that she has remained relatively normal dispite her fame at a young age.

    I think the thing I didn't warm too was the name dropping - but the reality is that is a big part of her life. She grew up wanting to be, working hard to become famous. From a young age she fought for it but it does mean her life is full of other famous people.

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  • Chelsey
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    "melissa really does explain it all"
    What did you like most about Melissa Explains It All?

    I really am a big fan of Melissa joan hart, and even more so after reading all about her interesting life.


    Any additional comments?

    you will not be disappointed!!!

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