First off, I ugly cried hard while reading this book. But not always in a bad way. It was mostly from laughing, relating to East Bay weirdness, and finally finding a book that encapsulated so many of my issues. Gabrielle Union, if you’ve been living under a rock or haven’t seen Being Mary Jane or Bring It On, is an actress I’ve always looked up to. She always seems to be completely honest and authentic. And I’d love nothing more than to kick it with her for even 5 minutes. But I’m sure she gets that all the time. Union is also a fierce advocate for reproductive health and sexual assault survivors — two causes incredibly near, dear, and close to me. This woman not only talks the talk but also walks the walk. And I feel like that’s such an understated power in Hollywood today. Especially when everyone & their mom is writing a memoir, it feels like a lot of them of forced.
Anyway, this book is fantastic and doesn’t feel forced at all. It’s story after story about what she’s been thru after growing up in Pleasanton, CA — which fun fact, is only a few towns over from where I grew up and I can perfectly envision some of the people she’s discussing — and what it takes to not only make it in Hollywood but what it takes to be successful if you’re not tiny, blonde, and hugely stacked. It was great and made her even more real in my book.
She swears more than I do (which is just impressive) and is exactly the kind of person I want to be when I grow up, whenever that happens. Gabrielle Union seems like the kind of celebrity who puts her money where her mouth is, will help you unbreak a heart, and help you thru all the gnarly heartache that life brings with a refreshing wit.
Gabrielle Union apparently went by Nikki growing up and the way she tells stories envelops you. You’re hooked from the very first word — even before then too. I love how there’s little to no BS in any of her stories and the fact that she’s married to Dwayne Wade is just straight up goals.
Anyway, Union’s book is funny, heartwarming, and gut-wrenching all at once. She’ll make you cry, laugh, and want to punch walls with mere sentences. And more importantly, I’ve never needed a book to come into my life more so than this one. Like I said, I ugly cried so hard my dog was worried about me & proceeded to sit on my stomach & lick my face until I started laughing. I feel like Gabrielle Union would approve.