Book Review: Where Am I Now?

You all know who Mara Wilson is, even if you don’t realize it. She is best know for her roles at Natty in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and Matilda in the movie based off of the book of the same name. Based on the information I’ve gathered by following her on Twitter for a while is that everyone had a crush on her at one time.

I waited all summer to read this book and I’m proud to say I was the first person to get the book from the local library.

In her memoir that just came out, she gives us a glimpse into the life of a child actor. It includes learning about new things at a young age (sex, I’m just going to say it, sex), dealing with losing a parent, and finding out that Hollywood may no longer want you.

My favorite chapter was when she writes a letter to the character Matilda and apologizes for hating her at one point. She didn’t realize that the character meant so much to so many people and she isn’t ashamed to be recognized as the little book worm anymore.

What I love about this book is that is dives deep into issues that most people don’t want to talk about. She was diagnosed with OCD at a young age after she read the book “Kissing Doorknobs” and brought it to her father’s attention. Likewise, I realized I had OCD and Asperger’s Syndrome after watching the TV show Parenthood. That’s why it’s important for people to speak up about their mental illnesses. It lets people know they aren’t alone and may make them realize that they need help.

Mara has come to terms with her time in Hollywood, but she’s staying busy by writing and being an active member in the community.

 

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September 25th. I love it.

Roller coaster emotions this week friends, but I still love it.

First up this week, having a visitor. I love it. Carmen (a dog) has been staying with me since Friday. It’s been really nice because there’s someone else for Yogi to play with. They’re about the same size and they both love playing fetch so when Yogi tosses a toy across the room, they both chase it and chaos ensues. It’s like I’m living with the 3 Stooges.

I love it.

Next up, reading. I love it. I know this one is obvious, but this week alone I read three books and I loved them all. The first was “I Kill the Mockingbird” then it was “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” and I finished off the week with “Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere.” I highly recommend all three. I gave myself a break from reading this weekend to catch up on some shows, but I’ll be back at it this week with Mara Wilson’s (Matilda in the movie way back when) autobiography, “Where Am I Now?” I tweeted that I’m going to pick it up from the library tomorrow and she liked my tweet! It’s fun to know that people you admire acknowledged your existence even if only for a second.

I love it.

Finally, book reviews. I love it. If you’ve noticed, I’ve started putting short little book reviews on my blog. I don’t try to give away spoilers and I often go off on tangents, but if theres a book that you think I should read, let me know! Of if you wrote a book and want a review, let me know too!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.