Don’t Book Back // Melissa Explains It All by Melissa Joan Hart

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I read Melissa Explains It All over my Fourth of July vacation. I purchased this book along with Danielle Fishel’s and Lance Bass’s memoirs and, while I read those last summer, I wish it had not taken me so long to get around to this one. It is easily digestible; I read it in two sittings.

MJH (I feel like I can call her that. Can I call you that, Melissa?) has always been such an affable and charismatic celebrity. She never seemed to be too cool for school and that is something to be admired, especially since she really is. Who did not look up to Clarissa {radical idea of Nickelodeon to develop a television show around a young lady to whom both girls and guys could relate}? Her older alter-ego, Sabrina, was a treat to watch on TGIF and later, the WB. Did you know that MJH’s mom, Paula, did not love the quality of roles that her daughter was being offered {she was onto this unfortunate, misogynistic trend much sooner than another one of my heroes, Reese} and as such, licensed the iconic Archie comic character for a television movie and later television series? With that, their own production company, Hartbreak Films was formed.

My adolescent impressions of MJH via Clarissa Darling were consistent with the stories that she recounts in Melissa Explains It All. As I was reading her memoir, my impressions of grown up MJH reflecting upon her experiences were self deprecating and candid; I especially appreciate when celebrities do not hold back or paint their pasts with rose colored glasses when it comes to their autobiographies. MJH does not hold back when it comes to disclosing her more risky behavior, which makes her all the more relatable. We have all been there right?


Melissa Explains It All by Melissa Joan Hart

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