|(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)|
In this deeply personal collection of essays, creator of the The Conversation Amanda de Cadenet shares the hard-won advice and practical insights she’s gained through her experiences as businesswoman, friend, wife, and mother.
Amanda is on a mission to facilitate conversations that allow all women to be seen, heard, and understood. Through her multimedia platform The Conversation, she interviews some of today’s most bad ass women—from Hillary Clinton to Lady Gaga—in no-holds-barred conversations that get to the heart of what means to be female. Now, in It’s Messy, Amanda offers readers an extension of that conversation, inviting them into her life and sharing her own story.
From childhood fame to a high-profile marriage (and divorce) to teen motherhood to the sexism that threatened to end her career before it started, Amanda shares the good, the bad, and the messy of her life, synthesizing lessons she’s learned along the way. Through it all, she offers an original perspective as a feminist on the front lines of celebrity culture. Edgy, irreverent, poignant and provocative, It’s Messy addresses the issues, concerns, and experiences relevant to women today.
The only thing I've heard about Amanda de Cadenet is that she's a great interviewer who's able to get her subjects to let their guard down. Oh, and that she had a show on Lifetime called, The Conversation. So, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from her book of essays, It's Messy: On Boys, Boobs, and Badass Women. Luckily, the book turned out to be quite a fun and fascinating read.
De Cadenet shares with us stories about her life: getting married by twenty, having twins, her career, etc. She provides these stories in such an open and honest way, that you feel as if you are getting to know her, just like you would a new friend. Her writing is clear, precise and insightful. You can't help but easily get caught up in reading about her personal history - you find that you love learning about this strong, determined woman. I definitely enjoyed spending time with de Cadenet through her essays and look forward to reading more of her work.
I would happily recommend It's Messy to fans of Amanda de Cadenet and anyone looking for their next great read - you will LOVE this book!!
Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: It's Messy