Gabrielle Union’s book tells stories that are funny, complicated and true.
The “mean” girl as she called herself, she has played on in some movies and in real life was “that” girl. I have been a fan of Gabrielle since the first time I saw her on a movie, I have always looked at her with admiration gives stories about being and becoming the her that we all see lives her life to the fullest. She doesn’t go in order from younger stories to adult stories, but her life as it comes to her. She talks about getting raped in a Payless, stress of fertility issues, the dating and marriage conflicts, and being a figure in the public eye as a step mother and a black actress. She talks about multiple friendships, relationships and people she has been uplifted by.
In her stories, Gabrielle Union tells her accounts of all things in her life and the meanings she got from them. Some are funny, some are terrifying but they are all genuine and real. You can feel the emotion in her tone of voice where she needed to walked away, or she choked back a tear. She held nothing back as she gave account to all her stories.
Within this book of essays it tells the story that all women of color fear being a parent, becoming replaceable and just being in control. This book made me look inside myself and realize that I have always looked at every day like a start of something new. I remember being in the corporate world and allowing everyone else to dictate my life, when I went to the doctor. How I kept in contact with my family and my friends. I didn’t get a chance to enjoy life and my children.
Here I am years later and I am glad that life has given me a chance to take a moment and breath. To take a moment and get healthy due to me taking care of my mother and grandma, I have had a chance to take care of me.
As Gabrielle ends her book talking of her friendship with Sookie and her battle with Breast Cancer, I am in tears, as we don’t all get a chance to enjoy life, because we are too busy trying to fight it. To busy trying to live it and beat it.
I enjoyed Gabrielles book. I recommend it to all aspiring women, parents and even men to understand the things that a lot of us women deal with. Thank you Gabrielle, you have made me appreciate my life more and more.