Apologies for not uploading anything last week, I’ve suffered from a few technical issues, but I’ve decided not to let that stop me from sharing content with you all. I know this book review is waaaay overdue however, better late than never, right?
Now, I’m not sure I have openly shared this, but I’ve always been a big fan of Gabrielle Union, right from her acting days on Bring It On and all those other high school movies. First off, who would have that that she was already in her 20s when she was acting in all these roles? I digress. As soon as I heard that she had written a book, I knew I had to have it. Much like I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, I’m more inclined to support books written by African American/African writers just because I feel like their time is now. They finally have the space to share their work and I’m so here for it! I was lucky enough to receive this book as a gift, because I received SO MANY questions on where I got it from! It was from Book Stop at Yaya Centre. You can also order it online from Amazon US or UK (UK would definitely ship faster for obvious reasons).
In this book, Gabrielle recounts various parts of her life from when she was a young girl living in the suburbs to when she began her acting career all the way to when her career had taken off and was well into becoming a celebrity. I love her writing style because in this book she takes no prisoners. Her writing is so raw and so honest. She speaks openly about her struggles to date- being a black woman in America, to being raped at work and how her mental health took a toll on her after that sad and unfortunate incident. She unpacks the truth that encompasses all it is to be a woman, to be a woman who had grown up being called a nigger, to a woman in the public eye open to all sorts of scrutiny on her marriage and why people feel entitled to knowing facts about her life as a celebrity.
I’m pretty sure that there’s nothing I dislike about this book other than the fact that I wish it were longer just so we could enjoy more of it. I can tell you that because I read it at a time when work was so hectic for me that reading the book provided me with the chance to forget about being busy and burying myself in the book, even if just for 20-30 minutes a day.
There’s so much to learn from this book that I’d love to list down, except that I’d love it even more if you bought the book and read it for yourselves to experience how much of a great book this is! My favourite chapters were about sex miseducation and grown-ass women blues. If you’ve read it, what did you think of it?
I give it a 10/10.