Book Review for BRAVE by Rose McGowan
BRAVE is much like its author. It is an in-your-face memoir sharing the life, inner thoughts, and now vocal opinions of a woman who has decided to stop being quiet. Rose McGowan lays it all out there for us all to read. She courageously talks about her childhood, relationships, and what was forced upon her by an industry focused on sex appeal and power. I know that there are many opinions about McGowan and this book. I will tell you mine.
In many ways this book is an awakening for the author and the reader. I am in awe of the strength this woman has gathered to stand up for herself and all of us after what she has been through in her life. The power in her words come from her resilience and her experiences. With every word, sentence, and paragraph in this book, I felt the emotion the author put into it. I can imagine that this was not an easy book to write. However, as I sat reading the book, I got the sense she needed to write this book. She needed those like her to know they are not alone. Not to be trite, but her trauma, pain, and suffering is helping others.
For years, I had an opinion of who Rose McGowan was. Looking back, I understand this impression might have been carefully curated by others to make me see her a particular way. Now, I look at her and I am making my up my own mind. I see a woman who could have been broken and hidden under her bed, but instead is fighting back. I see resilience and unabashed honesty.
BRAVE is written in a way that is uniquely the McGowan. Some may like it and others may not. However, I find that the best memoirs take the author's voice and allow that to dictate how the narrative will be put out into the world. This book does that.
It is time that we all wake up and be BRAVE. #RoseArmy
My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. Brave is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.-Rose McGowan
A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto – A voice for generations.
Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.
In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. 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, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for profit.
Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She reemerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.
Brave is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be Brave.
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: HarperOne (January 30, 2018)
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