Author: Rose McGowan
Price for Hardback: $16.96 / Kindle $3.55 / Audible $0
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A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto – a voice for generations.
“My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another, the biggest cult of all: Hollywood. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.”
Why I chose to purchase this book:
Brave was purchased on my return from a weekend away with my sister and Mum. It was sometime after the ME TO movement, which I knew Rose was apart of. I wanted to know more about the girl who played Paige on Charmed. The girl the Daily Mail constantly inserts into trashy articles. Most of all, the girl who had survived.
I could not have read this book quicker. You know when you’re reading a book in bed and you’re so tired that your eyes won’t stay at open but you just can’t stop reading? That was me each night while reading Brave.
Brave was not at all what I expected. It’s not just another celebrity memoir full of fluff. Rose takes you on a journey through her life. From the day she was born into a cult in Italy to her time being both homeless and living the high life as a TV star in America.
There is very little that is off limits.
She is one strong woman:
Rose touches on some very hard topics that must have been extremely painful for her to share. Her stories show so much strength and resilience.
Rose was born into a cult where her life was, to put it simply, messed up.
I couldn’t even imagine living as Rose did. She was made to sleep on a mat on the floor, was physically abused, forced to beg on the street and never able to feel safe.
While watching Rose play Paige on Charmed, I could have never imagined she had spent her early years living in a cult, sleeping on the streets and having been sexually assaulted by a disgusting monster.
Rose’s words about Hollywood can only be described as sad. It depicted as a horrible place where nobody cares about anyone other than themselves. I realise this is a generalisation but her experiences and stories are really confronting.
Should you read it?
Brave isn’t as miserable and depressing as I have probably made it sound. It’s truly an inspiring and eye-opening memoir. Rose writes in a way that makes you want to read the entire book in one sitting (which I almost did).
I think all men and women should read this book and see life from another perspective. The perspective of someone who has had it pretty darn tough but still climbed her way up to have a successful career.
Right at the end of the book, Rose asks that we demand different from those who are pushing a damaging narrative. If they don’t change, then we shouldn’t buy what they are selling. I loved this paragraph and it cemented in my mind how important this book truley is.
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If you missed last months book review, you can find out what I thought of Canna Campbell’s $1000 project here.