Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

About
The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

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.

My Thoughts
So, first of all, I’m a huge Leah Remini fan. I loved her in King of Queens and wish she was in more movies (Hey, Kevin James, you and her need to reunite please, and thank you). I admittedly read this book for all the juice on Tom Cruise that I read about was in it. I wasn’t disappointed about that aspect, thanks for that Leah. But, what I was surprised about was how interesting her life was from her joining scientology to getting out. It actually broke my heart reading some parts- especially how the higher ups treated people, like the young newbies. I knew somewhat about scientology, mostly the craziness of their religion, but really hearing from someone firsthand about what they went through as a young scientologist, the surpressing of feelings, the amount of money they donated over the years and how the church gets people to keep donating all their money, it really makes you question why but then you sort of understand because that’s what they know.

I don’t read a lot of autobiographies or biographies but this one is worth a read. It’s amazing what you learn and understand about the scientology religion. It makes you heartbroken for Leah because of how she was treated when she and her family decided to leave. Leah’s honesty though, makes this such a great and powerful read that it won’t disappoint. And her humor, y’all, her humor is just real and wonderful!

 

5 out of 5 stars! LOVE YOU LEAH!

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