Reading my way through Popsugar’s 2016 Book Challenge.
Category: A book written by a celebrity
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood & Scientology – Leah Remini (256)
Favorite Line: In a time of universal deceit—telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
I gave this book four stars not because of how well written it was, but because of how interesting it was.
Leah Remini, who is known mostly for her lead role in The King of Queens, has a very commanding control from the start, and she definitely does not hold back anything at all. If you are familiar with her acting, you will probably be able to hear her voice through the entire book.
The book goes through Remeni’s life, from growing up in New York to her family moving to Florida in order to work for the Church of Scientology.
I did not know much about the Church of Scientology before reading it, and while it’s not the best idea to get all your information from somebody who has essentially declared World War III on the organization, but if it is even half of what Remini described it as then it is absolutely insane.
Remini describes her leaving Florida, moving to California, starting her acting career, getting married, and going deeper into the world of Scientology. She discusses the amount of hours, money and “counseling” spent with the church and how much the church controls the life of its parishioners.
“You were either all in or all out. It is an extremist religion. There is no middle ground. And there within its structure lies the danger.”
Remini then takes the reader through the difficult process of her leaving the Church and being exiled from the community she has known her whole life.
I was not expecting much from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a quick read and it keeps you reading. It’s full of straightforward language and Remini’s fun New York attitude all while giving some inside to a ridiculous new age religion. It’s no wonder this book was a New York Time’s Bestseller.
Leah Remini is an actress and producer originally from Brooklyn, NY. She has also been featured discussing Scientology on many documentary series, including an episode of ABC’s documentary series “20/20” called “Troublemaker.”