Troublemaker by Leah Remini, Rebecca Paley
Date Read: January 2016
Genre: Biography, Non-Fiction
The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.
Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.
That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.
Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.
But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.
Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.
Publisher: Ballantine Books
JUST A NOTE: These are books that I have Snagged @ The Library . Some of the reviews will be long and others will just be quick thoughts on the story.
Read for Fun (Library Book)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Read Rating: 4.00
First Thought when Finished: Troublemaker was a few things: fun, blunt, straight t0-the-point, and overall an interesting look into Leah’s life!
Quick Thoughts:I really had fun reading Troublemaker. I wasn’t sure what to expect because to be honest based on her interviews–Leah really isn’t one of those celebrities that I exceptionally like. However, after watching Going Clear about Scientology I thought I would give this a whirl. I am so glad I did! First, Leah is way more likable than I gave her credit for. She is straight-forward, doesn’t try to make herself look better than the people she is dealing with, and really her flaws are very easy to identify with. That made reading about her life both interesting and very eye-opening. Y’all Scientology is a bit horror show, corporate scheming, and yet I could see where the communication “classes/activities/lessons” could be totally helpful. This had more than Scientology: King of Queens, Marriage, The Talk, Growing Up, and Dancing with the Stars. Lots of great information and in the end–made Leah very likable. I hope her life just flourishes from this point on.
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