Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I went back and forth on whether I wanted to read this book, then a reviewer I follow gave it a good review. I’m glad that I listened to the audiobook. Remini’s performance is entertaining, but not funny (nor is it meant to be) because of the depressing subject of the book.

It’s well-written enough. I have mixed feelings about the asides to her Hollywood career. I liked hearing the stories, but they seemed off topic sometimes. I would have rather she went deeper into one or the other (the career or the Scientology) instead of dealing with both in one book or explained more how her religion interacted with her career.

I was most impressed with Remini’s courage. She’s a second generation Scientologist, raised in the church, and truly believed its doctrine. She stood up against church leaders several times because she thought that poor leadership was ruining her religion.

Remini has a big heart and her own set of strong morals. It pained her every time she saw the church treat someone unfairly (except when it was her, then she blamed herself). In the end, she risked everything and allowed herself to be labelled a “suppressive person” to file a missing person report for someone she believes the church is keeping imprisoned. Because of this, no Scientologist can have any contact with her. This includes any friends and family members that stayed in the church after she left.

Much of the information about Scientology was new to me because I’m not particularly interested in it. I don’t think that there is anything in this book that would be new to someone who has done even a cursory amount of research on it, though.

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