Book Review:A Glamorously Unglamorous Life by Julia Albain
As a Starkid fan when I heard that Julia Albain, known for her various roles in the Potter musicals and her more recent role of Specs in Starship, had a book I was intrigued. I was even more intrigued when I found out the book was about her experiences with moving to a new city and starting out life as an adult, a situation in which I am currently finding myself in. So I got on Amazon.com, one of the few sites where her book can be found, as my Borders and Barnes and Nobels do not carry it, and ordered a copy.
I finally got my book today and it was much smaller than I expected it to be, but knowing that it was based off of a series of blog posts I guess it shouldn’t have been that surprising. It’s less than a hundred pages and a pretty quick read, and at 10 dollars a copy it’s pretty much a get what you pay for kind of thing. I really don’t reccomend paying for overnight delievery, as the shipping will be more than the book itself and honsetly it’s probably not worth it.
While I wasn’t expecting the book to rock my world I did not expect my actual reaction of “eh” after reading it. Expecting to hear stories of both good times and bad ones I was highly dissapointed to find that there aren’t really any full stories told. We know that the kids she nannied were bratty and awful, we know she meets a musician that she likes and at least at one point seems to like her too, and we know that she cried…a lot. What we don’t know is what was so absolutely horrible about all of these things that makes her cry so much. Anyone going through life, and big life changes like the ones Julia must have been going through should know that really it was probably just everything happenning at once piling up causing all these crushing feelings that Julia half describes, but really it just sounds odd. We go from one moment where Julia reminds herself that she is blessed despite all the bad to the next, with no real knowledge of why she needs to keep reminding herself.
On the plus side Julia does a good job of putting into words all of the fears and questions that anyone and everyone in similar situations has had. And when she goes into these moments, most vividly done in her conversations with herself, you get that feeling of a story being told about a life that you can relate to. Unfortunately there aren’t enough of these moments for me, and I tended to feel very disconnected from the book, and really don’t feel like I know anything that happened in her life during her year in New York.
Would I recommend this book to a friend? No. Would I warn them to put it down if they picked it up? No. It’s not something you should pick up if you’re looking for life guidance, or a story to relate to, but if you have an hour or two to kill and someone you know has it. Go for it.
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It’s a disney coutdown I’ve seen online….
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Oh hello thee my one and only follower :D I just thought I'd drop by to see what you do and I realized we were at the same starship premiere event (I think ... the 2 pm one right?) so yeah *wave* hello! I was sitting right beside the gril (my sister) who asked the question about how it felt to be separated from the other starkids! (and if you went to the 10 am one well .. nevermind me! XD )
I’m your only follower?I feel so special! And yes we were at the same premiere 2pm NYC! I went with my best friend and I’m pretty sure we were the oldest people there other than the parents some people had with them lol.