Friday, February 23, 2018

My Review of Brave by Rose McGowan

First the book description:

"My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same." -Rose McGowan

A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto – A voice for generations

Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.

In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for profit.

Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She reemerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.

BRAVE is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE .

My Review:
How do you review a memoir about being a sexual abuse survivor?

I’ll start by saying the book was well written. My only complaint about the actual writing is that Rose shares her first experience (of many) of sexual assault in the very last chapter. I wish she had placed it at the beginning of the book instead.

As for Rose herself she is a fascinating person. I was not aware that she is European and not American. She does an excellent job of nailing sexist attitudes in Hollywood and how it shapes culture about how women are viewed. The beauty and diet industry is basically created by Hollywood. Even how we view each other in relationships is created by Hollywood. But I don't quite hate men as much as Rose seems to. I understand why she does after the life she has had, but I can't imagine having so much anger inside of me.

However I have issues with Rose's personality. First of all, she thinks very highly of herself. I’ve never met someone who is an abuse victim that seems to think she’s smarter, more talented, and generally better than every person she encounters but Rose is a snob and a half. She also seems to think she was a sexual icon equal to the likes of Marilyn Monroe. Where I come from she was considered a B-list actress and not quite the sex symbol she seems to think she was.

Most of the book was about her life before going vocal about Weinstein who she calls the Monster. This was actually only a small part of the book as most of it was how Rose got to the point of meeting Weinstein. I really liked those parts. She explains why she continued with acting even though she seemed to hate it. Her life growing up in a cult and coming to America was fascinating.

However Rose is not as self aware as she thinks. She talks about having depression but never talks about her biggest issue which is PTSD. I had really hoped the book would be more about how to recover from abuse but Rose barely talks about it. I also had hoped Rose would talk more about her decision to come out about Weinstein after all these years. Rose seems to completely ignore the fact that she took a settlement from him so she would stay silent. Why did she do that? If it was explained then I must have missed it. Because of these things I only gave the book Photobucket

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I Can't Wait for...The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Can't Wait-Wednesday is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read and is hosted by Wishful Endings.

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Money is tight right now so anything that I read has to be from the library. Unfortunately I am number 140 in the hold queue for a hard copy and number 58 in Overdrive for the ebook. My library allows books to be checked out for three weeks so....


I can't do the math. What I do know is I'll have the money to buy it by then. But maybe I can catch it in my library's 7 day Express section. 

Top Ten Books I Feel Meh About Reading But Might Be Really Good

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

The topic this week is Top Ten Books I'm No Longer Interested In Reading but I tweaked it little to Top Ten Books I Feel Meh About Reading But Might Be Really Good. I just don't have the heart so say I'm not interested or that they probably aren't good.

I've read book 1 and book 3 of The Hunger Games trilogy but never book 2. (Yep, that's right. This was on the previous list. It feels weird to read it after knowing how it all ends.)

I read the first book. That seems good enough. I include the ones from Christian's point of view too. So the title of this post really should be the top fifteen books. 

This series is so soap opera-y and formulaic. I expect it to be more of the same.

I started it but just didn't like this version of Diana. I haven't felt the urge to finish it.

They're cats that fight. How much more could they possibly do?

I loved the first two Shadowhunters series. I'm afraid this will ruin that love. And it's so long!

She's a super hot princess who wants to open...a bakery?

I loved Mad About a Boy but because this is a prequel who the baby daddy actually will be is obvious. 

9. The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1)by Nora Roberts
This book is super popular but in Overdrive it's never not available. How can a book that popular never be checked out?

10. Turtles All the Way Downby John Green
I read a few chapters and my eyes glazed over. Teenagers don't talk like that and there was no story goal.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

My Review of The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

First the book description:

When Thorin Oakenshield and his band of dwarves embark upon a dangerous quest to reclaim the hoard of gold stolen from them by the evil dragon Smaug, Gandalf the wizard suggests an unlikely accomplice: Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming Hobbit dwelling in peaceful Hobbiton. 

Along the way, the company faces trolls, goblins, giant spiders, and worse. But as they journey from the wonders of Rivendell to the terrors of Mirkwood and beyond, Bilbo will find that there is more to him than anyone--himself included--ever dreamed. Unexpected qualities of courage and cunning, and a love of adventure, propel Bilbo toward his great destiny...a destiny that waits in the dark caverns beneath the Misty Mountains, where a twisted creature known as Gollum jealously guards a precious magic ring.

My review:

I’m trying to work my way through the classics of the fantasy genre so of course The Hobbit was a must read. I'm so sorry this review is so brief but this is one of those books that are nearly impossible to review without giving away spoilers.

What I love most is that the story of Bilbo Baggins is both character driven and plot driven. Yes it’s a great adventure story with a wizard, dwarves, elves, goblins, monsters, a dragon, and a great battle at the end. But seeing Bilbo grow from a scared, weak hobbit to a respected friend, warrior, diplomat, and all around strong physically and morally character is a delight.

This classic adventure fantasy has heart. I didn’t give it a full five stars though because I never understood one vital thing, why did Gandalf choose Bilbo? At the end Gandalf hints at him fulfilling some prophecy but it’s never clear how Gandalf knew to choose Bilbo for this adventure.

My rating is Photobucket 

 Turns out it is addressed in Unfinished Tales. See here.