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Melissa Explains It All Audiobook

Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life

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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!!

    3 of 3 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 2014
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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.


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    jwaldo Virginia 11-03-13
    jwaldo Virginia 11-03-13
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    "A good listen"
    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    Funny stories that are relatable! Fun inside info about other celebs. Loved this book! Highly recommend!

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    EBeautySue Utah, USA 04-21-16
    EBeautySue Utah, USA 04-21-16
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    "Wonderful"

    I feel like I grew up with Sabrina, and love Melissa in other roles. it's nice to hear how she got there and that she really is just a normal girl.

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    Khristal 04-06-16
    Khristal 04-06-16
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    "Loved it"

    I've always been a fan of Melissa Joan Hart & this book made me a bigger one.

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    Kelly 02-25-16
    Kelly 02-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Abnormally Normal is perfect!"

    No better way to describe this memoir. So well written and a story well told. Melissa tells her story in a way that makes you truly feel she's your friend, neighbor, sister, etc. She comes across so down to earth and just really reiterates that she is just a normal person who people happen to know and recognize for her body of work. I found myself rooting for her, hearing details of stories and times in her life I had heard about or remembered from magazines and tabloids but didn't have the whole scoop on, and crying tears of joy when she would succeed at something or during her proposal stories. I laughed out loud during the tales of the beginning stages of her relationship with her now husband and was just never bored with this memoir.
    As a fan since the Clarissa days it's refreshing to feel like a role model truly deserves that title and legacy. Thanks for the stories Melissa! And listening to your stories from your mouth was even better! I highly recommend this read for any MJH fans or any person who ever questioned the relatable-mess of a celebrity.

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    Melanie Woodbridge, NJ, United States 09-22-15
    Melanie Woodbridge, NJ, United States 09-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Melissa is like your best girl friend!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Melissa Explains It All to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print but this was an awesome version!


    What other book might you compare Melissa Explains It All to and why?

    Just like a diary of your best girl friend!


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

    Her down to earth, funny and honest nature!


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

    Yes... the juicy stories and the funny stories made it hard to stop listening too


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reader 02-20-15
    Reader 02-20-15

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    "It was so entertaining! Thanks for the peek!"

    I loved Melissa Joan Hart before the book now even more. Shes not a phoney celebrity. Shes real and honest about her weaknesses and laughs at her mistakes. Shes the best funniest girl next door. I love her humor. Shes very pretty and has a kind soul. I know people that went to school with Joey Lawrence in Abington Friends and he's always been a nice person since Melissa and Joey are friends to me birds of a feather.....

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    Christina Williams 01-29-14
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Susanne
    3/28/15
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    "This book needn't have been written"
    What did you like best about Melissa Explains It All? What did you like least?

    I can't really say what I liked the best, nothing really stood out, which is quite representative of the book. What I liked the least is that she brought up things that you might tell your friends about, but certainly not write about in a book. I understand she is proud of her party planning, but why would she write page after page about it, describing all the decorations etc??


    What could Melissa Joan Hart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Take out all the superficial fluff, or mention it in just a sentence. Go more in depth, with more feeling. She wasn't very good at describing things in a way that made me care, or understand why they were important. And I don't think it's because of the events themselves, but about the way she described them.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. But she wasn't very good, sometimes sounding monotone, sometimes using a cadence that just sounds off and didn't make any sense. It was okay, but I would expect more from an actress, or any professional audiobook narrator.


    Was Melissa Explains It All worth the listening time?

    No, sorry, can't say that it was. And I probably liked Melissa Joan Hart better before I read this book. She comes off a little full of herself, and shallow.


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  • Mel
    12/11/14
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    "Takes me back to my childhood!"
    What did you like most about Melissa Explains It All?

    I loved this book as it took me back to being a teenager! I feel that I have grown up with Melissa through her programmes and it was great to learn about how she got into this business. But most of all I love the fact in how she remains down to earth and her most important role is being a Mother.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was obviously Melissa herself!


    Have you listened to any of Melissa Joan Hart’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book on audible but what I enjoyed the most was the author was also the narrator.


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

    I really enjoyed listening in how to Melissa acting was something that was a natural hobby and how she explains she got into it very young but was in no way forced into it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. Bailey
    United Kingdom
    4/22/14
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chelsey
    PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom
    11/12/13
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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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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