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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

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!!

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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!

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  • Jill
  • BROOKLYN, NY, United States
  • 05-12-14

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). <br/><br/>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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Love!!

This was a beautifully written and cleverly presented book. I enjoyed it so much that I finished it in one sitting! I just adore audible!! (And Melissa Joan Hart).

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not what expected

she read well and the beginning was good but lost me when talking about planning parties and doing her own hair. Didn't want to finish it.

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  • K-dog
  • Ohio USA
  • 06-27-17

Great insights into Clarissa Sabrina and Mel

Loved hearing about all the shows she starred in, her celeb and personal life. Well delivered, not a dull moment!

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Huge MJH Fan

I absolutely loved this book! It was a great listen! Sabrina is one of my all time
Favorite shows and at 36 I still watch it :)

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Inside Nick and Hollywood

Any additional comments?

I love that she kept herself humble. She talked real talk about life as a child actor and even how that went to her head at some points.

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Good story but hard to follow at times

Would you listen to Melissa Explains It All again? Why?

No. It wasn't enjoyable enough to listen to a second time. At times Melissa would be rambling a 100 miles an hour.making it hard to listen too.

What did you like best about this story?

It had a good story of her life story.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Slowed down her reading of the book. At times she was talking so fast that she seemed to ramble on and on making it hard to understand what she was saying.

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

yes

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I love her honesty.

very down to earth and simple. it's as if I was sitting across from her and chatting away. effortless story.

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  • crystal
  • 10-14-17

brilliant read 100%

I really enjoyed it and even better that melissa was reading it to me lol I would recommend if your a fan of her shows you will enjoy this book. hope she writes more books I would buy them

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  • Mark L.
  • 09-30-16

All is explained

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME- it was great from start to finish. Melissa has a very beautiful voice

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  • Susanne
  • 03-28-15

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

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.

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  • K. Bailey
  • 04-22-14

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. <br/><br/>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
  • 11-12-13

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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  • Matthew
  • 01-22-17

Zzzzzzzzzz

It was painful, too much name dropping and very impersonal. If you don't want to let people in, don't write an autobiography. I nappy story near the end was funny, but not worth the rest of the book.

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  • Eliza Cumberland
  • 01-19-15

Very honest and insightful

She's a great storyteller! Doesn't leave out any juicy gossip or scandals. Very honest and truthful throughout.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her.
Wish there was more!