Wednesday, January 15, 2014

(7)Melissa Explains it All by Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Explains It All 

Pages: 288
Publication Date: October 29, 2013


One of my earliest memories of the kid network Nickelodeon was the skit show You Can't Do That on Television and Clarissa Explains it All.  Because of that show I knew who Melissa Joan Hart was and followed her to the TGIF (awwww, the days of TGIF!!) hit, Sabrina the Teenage Witch.   She seemed like a normal person to me and I don't recall hearing a lot about her in the tabloids over the years, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started to read her new memoir, Melissa Explains it All. 

Melissa Explains it All is probably the most interesting, most dishiest memoir I have read since Rob Lowe's book a few years ago. Because we are roughly the same age I could totally relate to most the pop culture references she made and especially to the famous names she was friends with over the years. Friends like Solei Moon Frye (also known as Punky Brewster) and Kelli Martin show up several times throughout the book, and her life.Not to mention Jerry O'Connel, Britney Spears, and those boys from NSync.  Melissa regales us with tales of life on the set in Florida for Clarissa and life on the set of Sabrina and everything that happened in between.  Including her party sessions, experiments with ecstasy, and other things girls our age did while growing up into adulthood in the nineties.  She tells us about meeting her now husband, Mark and their courtship/marriage.  She even devotes an entire chapter to his and his family's devotion to Alabama football. Which I could totally relate to, because my family bleeds Husker Red. And of course there was great time and consideration given to her children.  A topic that many of you can understand.

Bottom line, as far as celebrity memoirs go, this one was right up there.  I enjoyed everything about it and found myself devouring it in less than twelve hours.  If you enjoy memoirs, celebrities, and grew up in the late eighties/early nineties you will find yourself devouring this book just as I did!  Enjoy!

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