Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Book Review: Rearview Mirror

By Tracey Meyers

I have to admit, celebrity memoirs fascinate me.  Nobody's life is perfect - even celebrities.  Sure in this day and age the tabloids, gossip magazines and TV shows that report celebrity gossip give us a glimpse into the trials and tribulations of our favorite celebrities, but they aren't as up close and personal as hearing it from the celebrities themselves.  There is something about hearing firsthand accounts of the struggles they face that take these larger than life individuals and make them more real, and human.

In the case of the tell all book, Rearview Mirror, Alana Stewart takes readers on a journey through her humble beginnings in rural Texas to the seemingly glittering life of an internationally known model/actress to her present day life where she runs The Farrah Fawcett Foundation.  In between it all is a life filled with an exciting world of a celebrity mixed with turmoil, adversity and lack of inner peace.

My initial anticipation for this book was that it would start where most celebrity memoirs do - at the very beginning; however, that is not the case.  Instead, Alana purposely starts this book recalling one of the hardest experiences of her life - when she was raped.  To say this grabbed my attention immediately is an understatement.  What I liked about this approach is that she states that she started with this story for the sole purpose of letting reader know what the book wasn't about, yet sharing this significant event in her life that would shape it in more way than she could ever imagine.

As one would anticipate, the stories Alana has to share include a "Who's Who" of celebrity royalty - actually she even acknowledges this by titling a few of the sections of her book, "The Glamorous Life" and "Rock n' Roll Royalty".

Lastly, as readers will see from reading this book is Alana's acknowledgement and understanding that until she dealt with the demons of her past, a peaceful future was out of reach.  And then, all that happened once she did finally find that peace.

Thanks to Get Red PR for the book in exchange for an honest review. Alana is visiting CLC today and we're giving away TWO copies of Rearview Mirror over at her interview.

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Unknown said...

Sounds like a great book! I read Rod Stewarts's Biography before Christmas (and he wrote very lovingly about her), can't wait to get her take on the story!

fredamans said...

I have to add to my wishlist! Awesome review. Makes me want the book even more. I want to hear all the dish... LOL

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a book that I would like. I love the clear connection between the past and future happiness. Thanks for your awesome review.