Some of us are just born loud. We are loud from the moment we take that first breath. We are constantly having to be moved to a different seat in class because they think that will help but guess what, we will talk to anyone, even ourselves if that’s how we have to survive. And many of us that are loud are often drawn to others that are loud. It is like a secret club, and volume and persistence is the secret knock to open the door. This is my explanation for being drawn to reading actress Leah Remini’s book Troublemaker – Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. I have been drawn to the actress since the first moment she appeared on Who’s the Boss back in the 80s and when news broke that she was releasing a book, I couldn’t wait to read it. Due to my time management and schedule I didn’t end up getting to “read” this book but listened to it on audio book.
The first thing I will say in my review is that the audio book is read by Leah Remini and well that’s a requirement. Her voice and inflection and her true personality come through in every single word. It is clear that she knows who she is and she’s good with it. Her book is really her story.
Her experiences are clear and she provides an honest reflection of what she witnessed in her life. Her truth as she knows it draws you in and makes you feel like you know her and you experienced it with her. I found it interesting that this was not an attack on Scientology at all. This story was hers and it was honest in that she had a religion she completely believed in and was committed to including in her life and when she didn’t like things that were happening she had to really step back and make some very hard decisions for herself and for her family. Are there things that some of us would have found unbelievable and horrible and couldn’t understand because it’s not how we were raised, sure. But again each religion/denomination has their special practices and beliefs that are foreign to others. She shows how for her this was normal and then when it became something she had to question, she did. She used her voice and she was afraid to be a “troublemaker”. And that is in my opinion what makes her so special.
If you want to experience an inside look at life, Scientology and a little taste of Hollywood, I highly recommend you check out this book. If you have the time and can listen to the audio version I would recommend that even more. Leah’s voice will draw you in and make you feel a part of her story. I have decided that if I ever get to meet her, I would just like to hug her and say “Well Done!”. She would probably hate that, but well I’m a hugger. She impressed me and I wish she was one of my friends. So if you have a chance in your own life to be a Troublemaker, I would have to say go for it. And when that moment comes just know, you can do it too.