Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up (英語) ハードカバー – 2016/9/13
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Funny and deeply personal, Sorry Not Sorry recounts Glee star Naya Rivera's successes and missteps, urging young women to pursue their dreams and to refuse to let past mistakes define them.
Navigating through youth and young adulthood isn't easy, and in Sorry Not Sorry, Naya Rivera shows us that we're not alone in the highs, lows, and in-betweens. Whether it's with love and dating, career and ambition, friends, or gossip, Naya inspires us to follow our own destiny and step over--or plod through--all the crap along the way. After her rise and fall from early childhood stardom, barely eking her way through high school, a brief stint as a Hooters waitress, going through thick and thin with her mom/manager, and resurrecting her acting career as Santana Lopez on Glee, Naya emerged from these experiences with some key life lessons:
- All those times I scrawled "I HATE MY MOM" in my journal. So many moms and teenage daughters don't get along--we just have to realize it's nothing personal on either side.
- At-home highlights and DIY hair extensions. Some things are best left to the experts, and hair dye is one of them.
- Falling in love with the idea of a person, instead of the actual person.
- That I don't always get along with everyone. Having people not like you is a risk you have to take to be real, and I'll take that over being fake any day.
- Laughing at the gossip instead of getting upset by it.
- Getting my financial disasters out of the way early--before I was married or had a family--so that the only credit score that I wrecked was my own.
Even with a successful career and a family that she loves more than anything else, Naya says, "There's still a thirteen-year-old girl inside of me making detailed lists of how I can improve, who's never sure of my own self-worth." Sorry Not Sorry is for that thirteen-year-old in all of us.
"Just like Naya’s singing voice, Sorry Not Sorry is powerful, genuine, and full of soul. I’ve known her for almost a decade and still I learned something new about her in every chapter. After reading Naya’s book you’ll admire her spirit, talent, and wit more than ever before.”
—Chris Colfer, actor and New York Times bestselling author of The Land of Stories series
The part that stuck out the most to me were when Naya talked about how everyone should be a slut at one point in her life. She wasn't actively telling readers to go out and have sex, but was reassuring them that it's alright to just have a lot of sex at one point in your life, just so you can get it out of your system and learn about yourself and what you like during the process. Not many people are willing to talk so openly about that, so it's refreshing to read about sex in a positive light. Also where she talks about her breast implants being for herself as a confidence booster and how it was one of the best decisions she's ever made.
I loved how Naya talked about how much she loved Dianna and Cory and gave examples of good times she had with them (when she and Dianna went away to Paris, and when her and Cory shared a friendly kiss when they tried to figure out why they never dated each other). I was a little surprised she didn't mention her friendship with Heather very much, except for saying how she's one of her closest friends and that she did not stick her tongue down her throat during the wedding episode (even explained how to make it seem like they had). Then how she slammed the truth that gossip articles got wrong (like how her and Lea didn't hate each other, but they didn't get along the best, or how she didn't key Mark's car but threw sludge on it--she really regretted dating him, especially after he was charged with possession of child pornography).
She also talked about how her engagement to Big Sean was just too fast and he didn't help her with planning it at all and she was fed up with him not caring in the end, especially when Ariana Grande started to hang out with him while they were still together. Then there were parts that she talked about when she dated her husband and how he was the best guy she ever dated and that she was scared/dumb and dumped him because she didn't know what to do with someone so great.
I honestly finished this book in about a day and I don't regret purchasing it.
As someone to whom Glee is very near and dear to my heart, I was of course the most interested in the parts of the book that dealt with that period in her life. And, although she doesn't linger on it nearly as long as I thought she would, there is still plenty here to read. Lots of fun anecdotes, reflections, and a quite sobering/touching passage about the death of Corey Monteith. The parts that weren't about Glee, though, were equally as good: for starters, there's lots of boy drama. She talks openly about issues such as abortion, anorexia, being a minority, and a girl's right to be a whore (yes, you read that right. It's awesome.) I was particularly surprised by her openness about her Christian beliefs; she brings up her relationship with God quite frequently throughout. Not in a preachy way at all. In fact, even though I'm not religious I think it would have been a shame if she hadn't included it. It's clearly a major part of who she is.
In summary, the book does an effective job of stripping down the star that you've read about in the tabloids and instead painting a portrait of a living, breathing woman who has experienced joys and sorrows just like anyone else. Why, then, should you read it? For me, it's because whether I like it or not, Naya Rivera became a part of my life when I started watching Glee in 2009: her work, her voice, and her talent have entertained me for countless hours in the last seven years. She was one half of Brittana, which changed countless young queer women's lives forever and opened doors for more (hopefully not-accidental this time) LGBT representation on television. I don't know her at all and I never will, but I care about her, god damn it. If any part of what I said speaks to you, then you should definitely buy this book.