Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

TroublemakerI had heard about Scientology here and there through snippets of news articles and conversation but I never understood how much was involved. Like any religion, you can’t really understand a particular faith unless you have lived through it or you have done your research.

So upon reading Leah Remini’s book, what I thought I knew was peanuts compared to what I would learn.  Granted, this is a one-sided view of a religion and one person’s personal experience, but Remini does a good job in providing the facts, aka, the history of Scientology, it’s mission and what the church expects of its parishioners before going into her own experiences.

Right from the beginning, Remini grabs the attention of her audience, explaining some embarrassing things about herself, knowing that the church is going to do the same. She wants to “beat them to the punch” so to speak. So right away, you know the story she is going to tell is going to be a good one.

What I liked most about this book is that Remini doesn’t hold back. She tells it all, the good, the bad and the ugly and you can’t help but being on her side. It’s not a bashing fest of a religion that didn’t work for her but rather how Scientology shaped her life, helping her to get into acting, interacting with the people around her and ultimately her decision to leave a faith she had followed her entire life.

I listened to this on audio narrated by the author and as I mentioned in previous audio reviews, I felt like I was having a one-way conversation with the author. There were times I felt that she was a bit monotone but overall I enjoyed listening to it.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Let’s discuss!

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