Published in 2017
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Sypnosis from Goodreads:
In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins—star of Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Rules Don’t Apply—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more.
For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She’s learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone.
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.
This was such an enlightening read, I have liked Lily Collins ever since I saw her perform as Clary Fray in The Mortal Instruments; City of Bones film, and I always liked her personality and how she delivered herself when being interviewed.
Truthfully I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but as soon as I started reading it, I was instantly drawn in, honestly it felt like I had been invited to tea with her and she was talking to me about her life, broken down into different headings.
Each topic was so heartfeltly written, it was fabulous, she talks about her eating disorders, to her absent father, to her heartbreaks, but nothing at all was like “oh, woe is me.” Lily Collins is engaging with the reader and invites them to learn from her experiences, and what she’s taken from them and how she’s grown for the better.
A highlight for me throughout this book was just how her radiance and unique personality shone through, she encourages the reader to own their quirkyness and to stand out from the crowd. Lily was never one to conform, I mean sure there’s a point in this book where she explains her insecurities, having come to the States from the UK, but she then explains how she started to own her accent and be proud of it.
Each essay component is marked with an uplifting quote, I think my favourites are:
‘I will never need anyone to complete me, I am enough on my own.’
‘Standing out in a crowd is much more rewarding then blending in.’
‘Sources of weakness can transform into your most important and influential sources of inner strength.’
Collins also talks about the importance of relationships, and I really admired how she handled the toxic ones in her life, and how she learnt to grow from them. Throughout the book, there’s a constant female empowerment, how girls can learn from one another and everything.
Hands down, an amazing memoir, and I definitely recommend.
And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,