Title: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
Author: Leah Remini
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Non-fiction; Memoir
Where I got it: Public Library
Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.
That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.
Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.
But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.
Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.
One of my bookish goals was to read a Memoir, and I knocked it out in January!
I have to admit, I wasn’t a huge Leah Remini fan. I liked her in Saved by the Bell, but I didn’t watch King of Queens. But then I discovered the Scientology show she was doing on A&E and I became a huge fan!
Hearing things from Leah’s point of view about Scientology was nice. She focuses on her guests on her show, and doesn’t talk a ton about her experiences (which I appreciate because it shows she really cares about those she’s interviewing). I didn’t know much about her backstory, or about her husband and daughter, whom she doesn’t talk about on the show.
Another interesting aspect was reading about people we’ve seen on the show. It seemed more real to me.
The writing in this book was really good. I felt like I was listening to Leah talk the whole time.
This was a good book and I would recommend it.