The Picky Bookworm

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Author: Rose McGowan

Date Started: June 13, 2019

Date Finished: June 14, 2019

Overall Score (out of 10): 4.0

The Review:

Rose chronicles her life in such an engaging way, but at the same time minces no words.

It’s not necessarily a happy story, because it’s filled with all these horrible things that have happened to her. She starts out her story with her life in a cult, and moves on to her life in Hollywood.

Rose mentions in an interview for this book that she isn’t a linear thinker. I totally saw that in this book. It was like she had to force herself to think chronologically. In other memoirs I’ve read, there has been distinctiveness in each story. Not just in the stories themselves, but in the way they are told. This book is no different.

I mentioned to my boss at one point that “I’d be bonkers if all that stuff happened to me.” to be discovered for your looks, or even to feel that way, then become a movie star before you even have a chance to find your identity. That has to be extremely hard.

Rose went from being a homeless teen to a very well-paid actress in a very short amount of time, but she paid a LOT for that. In one of her first meetings with a studio executive, she was assaulted in a very violating way. I won’t go into details, but if you get queasy, skip over this part because she doesn’t mince words. AT. ALL.

UPDATE: I couldn’t actually finish this book. I got through about half of it, and couldn’t take the negativity anymore. It felt like she simply wanted to complain about all the bad things that have happened to her, because she mentions almost no good at all. That really bothers the optimist in me. I believe wholeheartedly that there is always something good to be seen, and if you can’t see it, you’re not looking hard enough.

I won’t go so far to say that no one should read this book. I just couldn’t. It’s rare for me to find a book I can’t finish, but I’m sure there’s people out there that can get something out of it that I couldn’t see.

Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought!

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