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This is the most egotistical, annoying and self-obsessed memoir ever. The writing is like an attention-seeking teenager writing an essay for mid-term exams. The content is neither interesting nor inspiring. It is so bland and putdown-able that the best thing about this memoir was the cover (as cliched as it may sound). The author appears far more interesting in late night shows than this book where she is trying to bare her real self out. I kept reading it hoping I would get some genuine insights. Considering this was a memoir of a former beauty pageant winner and an actress, I was not expecting a lot out of it. But, it failed me on all aspects - honesty (nothing has been revealed other than what anyone who has seen a bunch of her interviews does not know), inspiration (her mom came across as someone deserving a memoir more than her) and humor (not a single funny line or encounter). There were few good things though - her production company and how it is encouraging local talent deserves an applause and seems like a step in the right direction. The chapter on grief is deeply personal and worth a read - it could have been far better if a mature author with depth and better writing skills wrote it. Writing this review to ensure others don't spend a penny on this extremely stupid string of essays of a self-obsessed, pseudo-smart and over-confident woman who should have learnt something about writing before publishing a novel and selling it at such high prices. I am sure this will add another achievement to the list of nonsensical achievements listed by her in the book (since when did investing in a company become entrepreneurship). It is being marketed beautifully and might become a best-seller soon; a fact I should not complain about considering how I fell in the trap. The world needs better memoirs on women of substance who actually achieved things and have something meaningful to offer when they speak about their lives. Even the UNICEF bits are contrived and seem like someone is suffering from do-some-philathropy-to-be-kind-syndrome (and her husband thinking she has a sense of purpose because she is with UNICEF was laughable- we all wish it was that easy). It is almost hypocritical to just visit a few slums for UNICEF while spending crores of money and showing off all the excess in getting the longest veil in the world (again extremely self-obsessed). I do not mean to say that rich people should not spend their money but gloating over all the excess at her wedding while harping on about voicing her concerns for the downtrodden seems like an extremely confused soul. My biggest gripe is the writing style - it is childish, tries too hard to be sassy (using hashtags in a book as if twitter was not enough) and lacks coherence. There are too many arcs which were never explained later like her relationship with her brother. The dialogues do not seem spontaneous and it appears like the author could not recall the real situation and has used fillers everywhere. The book seemed more like a handbook/guide to educate fellow Americans on indian culture than an autobiography. For example, a paragraph explaining how we address our relatives in India and unwanted explanation on Indian wedding ceremonies. I felt there was no real content and the book had to be filled with such fluff to sell it globally in the name of love for our own culture. Sadly, anyone who wants to learn about indian culture can read online or google it without buying this book. Stay away at all cost. You can see her chats on youtube to get the exact same information for free and without crying for a refund later.
It started of amazing, the childhood part, the teenage part and the pageant stories were bang on , the part of describing her father's struggle were painful to read. The part of describing wedding in length and how she met her husband felt like fillers because all most all of the stories written were published in magazines and in interviews. She could've done better in writing about her Bollywood part I felt she played too safe I remember those cruel articles and magazines written in 2010's about her which seemed a whole lobby of Bollywood was behind and love affairs with married men and friction with their wives and many co stars (she could've written it without naming names) I respect her but wish she would be little more honest, people who were expecting closure on those stories surely be disappointed, the surgeon cut her tip while removing polyps didn't felt honest to me either I've been through it and it doesn't involve dissecting cartilage wat seemed to in her case is called pollybeak deformity caused by lack of support to the nose tip during rhinoplasty procedure for cosmetic or medical purpose. But that's her story and her autonomy to share how much she felt like she was comfortable with
There is no structure to the story. It's sounds a lot like someone who gets lost mid story to talk about something that has nothing to do with the current flow. The vocabulary varies between a first grader who makes up their own words and Oxford literate. There is no consistency and it's a disappointment to read.
Her achivement and her life is indeed inspiring but writing skills are questionable. Also it feels like the book was not edited.
So disappointed in this book! The writing is so bad! Very unnecessary things are spoken about and most of the content is already publicly available through her interviews! She could have spoke about her mistakes and humanized herself a little more. But all she did was glorify her achievements. Don’t get me wrong, I really admire her work. But this book is a big disappointment! Not worth reading!
I have just started reading but still wanted to add a Review. I'm a huge fan of Priyanka Chopra Jonas. She is one of the brightest, talented and beautiful female stars from India. So far she has lived her life for herself and steps taken were all PR enabled to further her career and status. But hopefully now she is older, wiser and settled she will use her fame and status to fight for other women and people in India. But I have just read in her book that she is doing so via her foundation. She has the substance to do it and I'm glad that I was not misinterpreting her. She does have the substance. The book does show you how privileged her life has been. She has not really been touched by any real hardships and the book covers very little on any lack in her life. Its like reading Sheryl Sandberg's book and wondering why Sheryl is so successful. With all the privilege that Life has given to Priyanka its little wonder she is a successful lady. Yes, there is hard work from her part, but her life has been privileged.
This book is totally disappointing to me. Rather than focusing on things like, what hurdles she faced everytime in each of her endeavour and how she overcame all of those which can inspire youth, she is more focused on giving each and every tiny detail about her family, relatives, extended family, and bla bla bla... The things she has mentioned about herself are already in public domain and nothing new to know here except that every person she has met in her life was so nice that everyone was working only for 1 common goal which is making Priyanka Chopra successful which looks so unreal and nothing is there to learn from the book.
It was a quick and easy read. I did finish it in 2 days-after some books which required to think a lot it was a nice change and a good time-pass. I was interested in the bio, knowing PC's story more or less, by just reading some additional information. She is not an professional writer-which is reflected by her easy words, however she writes good. If you feel like having a nice and quick read - this def is a good choice.