This is a book for this month’s Canadian Book Review Challenge. It is a book about one woman’s courage in the face of all the inauthenticity of Hollywood’s glam world. This book is such a testament to how a strong woman should behave under such circumstances.
Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another more visible cult, the cult in Hollywood. In many ways it is a sad story, but it is mostly a story about empowerment and emancipation.
Rose escaped the Children of God as a child, moved to the US, and then ran away at the age of thirteen. She lived a transient punk lifestyle on and off the streets until she was discovered in LA. Overnight she became one of Hollywood’s most desired actresses.
IN a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare, as it usually does for all thinking actresses and actors. She was constantly exposed and sexualized.
Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with each script, role, public appearance and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell. She hated this image because it hijacked her image and identity and marketed her for profit.
She finally rebelled when she had enough. She wanted to assert her true identity and voice. She re-emerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real! These are all things that Hollywood doesn’t necessarily admire in a woman.
She because a fearless activist, and an unstoppable force for change who was determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry.
Brave is a raw, honest and poignant memoir about one brave woman’s challenge and ability to overcome all the inauthentic glamour. In its place, she put in authenticity and real-ness. How wonderful!
I loved this book! I just bought my own copy of ABE.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth