Sunday, May 29, 2011

Unbearable Lightness Portia de Rossi

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Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain In Unbearable Lightness Portia de Rossi chronicles her struggles along her way to stardom. Born and raised in Australia as Amanda Rogers, she started her career as a child model. This is where her obsession with weight begins. Portia believes, from a young age, that the only way she can be famous is to be as thin as possible and therefore beautiful. She moves to America to become an actress and shortly after her dieting reaches a new extreme. Over the years she suffers from anorexia, bulimia, food binging, excessive exercise and the fatal effects they have on her body and health. Portia faces her body image challenges alone as she is far away from family and unable to be in a relationship. She is terrified that the media would discover she is gay and it would ruin her career and her hard work.

Unbearable Lightness reminds us that celebrities and actors, at the end of the day, are just like us (aside from the mansions, cool parties, and millions of dollars).  Portia shows us that acting is hard work. Maintaining a celebrity status in the media is no easy task and there is a lot of pressure especially about body image and weight. While body image is a main theme, she also reveals her struggles with health, divorce, family relationships and being gay. Unbearable Lightness is really about the insurmountable challenges of becoming a perfect celebrity with a perfect body and the fatal consequences it can have.

The narrative transitions nearly flawlessly between her childhood in Australia and her new found celebrity in the hit show Ally McBeal. Portia de Rossi is a first time writer and it is obvious in her writing style. There are many repetitive words and thoughts and even mistakes in editing such as a missing word and a duplicate sentence.  However, these issues are forgivable because the story is so enticing and interesting. I found Portia's story to be both fascinating and inspirational. It was difficult to put this book down. I give this book a Thumbs Up.

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  1. Great review, Amanda! I especially appreciate the way you handled the "new writer". Thumbs up to you, too!

  2. Ruthi . . . thanks for the compliment. I thought De Rossi did well for her first book. I think if she was an experienced writer I would be disappointed with the book.

  3. Precisely why I am against "bashing" books and authors, especially when most I read are new authors and/or self-published authors.

    I came by to snag your blog button and can't find it ... help, please!

  4. Ruthi . . . Im glad you want my blog button. I have a Widget on the left side of my blog under followers that you can use.