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Done. I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read, and it was fast. That’s always a bonus for me.
I felt like Carrie Fisher was talking to me while reading, and that was fun. You can really feel her spirit in the book. She definitely captured the addiction struggle well, as she dealt with it in her own life. A lot of the book was about figuring out relationships, and her struggles with that as well. Toward the end of the book, when Suzanne is talking with her friend Lucy, Carrie exactly captured what I was feeling for much of the book. Just the overall sense that Hollywood people are a bunch of spoiled, entitled, pretentious brats with loads of First World problems. I feel like that about “Hollywood” or showbiz in general. I can’t imagine being in that life, nor would I ever want to. It doesn’t sound appealing at all. As a therapist person, I want to empathize with them as people. But, it’s awfully hard to feel bad for them sometimes. There is so much craziness that goes along with the industry, but much of it is of their own making. A lot of it doesn’t even seem “real.” It’s like one giant Woody Allen movie. Suzanne was never freaking happy with anything in life, and was always a head case about something. And it drove me crazy as a reader. People who are constantly down or unhappy or having problems are tough for me to connect with and empathize with. But, it’s Carrie speaking through Suzanne, and I feel like that the book probably paralleled her life in many ways.
Now, the movie is definitely different. I haven’t seen it in years, so I need to revisit it. But, I remember it being more about Suzanne and her mom.