Review: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Quick review for a quick read. I’m surprised it took me this long to pick up Leah Remini’s autobiography on growing up in the Scientology community and her narration of her overarching acting career, but I’m finally glad I had the chance to read it. It helped that Remini narrated her own audiobook and had a brutally honest and humored flair throughout the narration, though the book also had heavy notations within it given the level of adversity she endured fighting for what she believed in. There were definitely more than a few tidbits from her entertainment history that I didn’t realize and found interesting to learn (i.e. I didn’t know she auditioned for the role of Monica on Friends – her story involving that made me laugh a bit as I heard the narrative. I knew of her from King of Queens and one of the short lived series that she mentions she was on before then).

It’s a short read, though it does a great job of outlining not only details of Remini’s life and career, but an inside look at Scientology – from its history and perspective points to Remini’s observations of particular people in the Scientology community. It doesn’t delve as deeply as the series that Remini hosts, but rather provides a precursory and personal look from Remini’s viewpoint. I think it’s an autobiography that was well worth picking up.

Overall score: 4/5 stars.

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