Between this book and Gabrielle Union’s, I have realized that celebrity memoirs may be one of the genres I have a harder time reviewing, especially when they use more of an essay style than writing a straight up bio. It’s a nice mix between sharing more of her background and how she even got into acting, revealing some of her more entertaining interactions with celebrities, and gushing over her hand bags.
She mentions that “Treat Yourself” has become the phrase she is most associated with, naturally, and while it can get a bit much sometimes, she appreciates it, understands that it will be on her gravestone, and has had some amazing opportunities as a result. I would love to go to a hockey game with her, and I have only been to a few college club games. Her excitement and passion were so much fun, and she even got to share a box with Joshua Jackson (!!!) and Channing Tatum at one point. Not too shabby at all for a role that started as a non-speaking role and allowed her to grow into such an important and heartwarming character.
Basically, I would say go read this but that is a lie! I read it and one chapter in, I already regretted not getting this in audio format because Retta is a gifted story teller. I could absolutely imagine how she would have said certain things but it would have been so much more fun (and funnier) to actually hear her say them rather than imagining her telling the stories. I’m sure this is a five-star audio book even if I am going to give it 4 stars as a read.