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Review: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

“Never have been asked, “Who do you think you would’ve turned out to be if you weren’t an intergalactic princess?”

I’d be me.

You know, Carrie.

Just me.”

I’ve never seen Star Wars. I can already hear the gasps from all around the world and see pitch forks being picked up. In fact, I have not seen a lot of classic/popular films. But that is a topic to cover on another day. Back to Star Wars- although, I haven’t seen the franchise, I’m aware of what it is about.

I know the characters. I know the actors, and last year I started to understand why everyone loved Carrie Fisher. And like many, I was shocked and deeply impacted by her passing at the end of last year. She was an extremely funny individual. She also was very candid about her struggles and wanted to educate people on mental illnesses.

The Princess Diarist is a collection of many diaries during the filming of Star Wars. Carrie talks about her first film role, how filming was with Star Wars, and even drops a big secret from the set.

“If anyone reads this when I have passed to the big bad beyond I shall be posthumously embarrassed. I shall spend my entire afterlife blushing.”

This book was both funny and heartbreaking. It is something that you don’t want to stop reading, and wish that there were more pages because you don’t want it to be over. Because when it’s over. It’s over.

Carrie’s humor is sprinkled throughout. There are amazing one liners and funny tales. It’s heartbreaking because you feel her pain while reading her diaries. She was deeply affected by something in her life, and after years of keeping it a secret, she finally told the world.

In addition to her big reveal, you also get a sense of what Carrie felt about Hollywood and what parts she struggled with. She didn’t want to be an actress; it was something that sort of just happened.

It was also heartbreaking because she mentions death multiple times and even thanked her mother for not dying in the acknowledgments. Tissues are definitely needed while reading. After reading this, I want to read more of her books because she was a talented writer and that is showcased in her poetry throughout the book.

You can’t help but feel connected to Carrie Fisher after reading this book. She was more than just Princess Leia.

Final Analysis

The Princess Diarist is an autography that centers on Carrie’s life before, during, and after Star Wars. It’s full of humor, secrets, and heartbreak. It feels personal, and it makes you miss Carrie Fisher even more.

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