Who: Lily Collins, hands down one of my favorite actresses in the whole wide world.
What: “For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She’s learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone.” Amazon’s description
When: First real leisure read since I read Magnolia back during Christmas break! It took me a few days to get through this but only because it came out right during midterms – my guilty conscious about wanting to read for fun was over shadowed by my guilty conscious that I should be studying.
Where: Written about a collection of essays by Lily Collins, she takes the last chapter to say she’s been writing this while living in Seoul for her most recent film – other than that, the rest of her chapters are set within her every day life, in LA or the UK.
Why: I loved this book, that may be a biased opinion because of the fact that I’m a big fan of Lily Collins. I loved being able to see her in a different light, she seems so genuine in her films and interviews, reading about her life made her more of a real person, more relatable. I did skip through a couple chapters and then go back to the skipped one laters because a few of her chapters seemed repeating, unfortunately the ones about her eating disorder.
Her eating disorder was easily the most surprising chapter/essay to read, I never would have thought she was anorexic. To read her experience and her recovery gave me a sense of wanting to be unfiltered about my own snuggles with body issues or mental health. I’m not one to hold things back, but if it’s not brought up I won’t talk about it. The first couple chapters about her eating disorder I really enjoyed, I was able to step into her life and try to relate or understand it on another level – however, by the third chapter about the same thing, it felt a bit regurgitated, so I skipped and went back the next time I sat down with the book.
The fact that she’s continuously remind teens and young adult that you’re not alone is an impressive platform to stand on with the amount of people she can reach in the world. If you’re more into audible books, I suggest buying that instead! I haven’t had a chance to start it, but I’ve been told it’s a lot like chatting with a friend, she makes you feel included. She’s honest about issues that we all go through; whether it be her eating disorder, or dating someone with an addiction, or her fathers alcoholism, or her devotion to her mother – it’s all something we can relate to one way or another.
All in all, I loved Unfiltered. She’s sweet and open about everything you can think of. I’m so glad she came out with a book that really does make me want to live my life unfiltered.