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Review: All the Lives I Want by Alana Massey

If I were to write a book, this is the type of book I would write. I’m so fascinated by celebrity culture, and I’ve spent a great majority of my life obsessed with it. It would interesting to see how my life has been impacted by particular moments pertaining to Hollywood and particular cultures.

All the Lives I Want was a good read. At times I did feel that some essays were a little too long and others a little too short, but nevertheless, it was an overall good book. It was entertaining with a wide variety themes.

It was interesting to see how Alana Massey discussed and incorporated different celebrities into her writings. It did not feel force or out of place. She made an effort to connect her experiences with those “famous strangers.” She is well spoken and takes time to do some analyzing. Readers would be able to tell that she had done her research.

She had a wide variety of celebrities who she mentioned. And it was great to see why she had a strong connection to those she had chosen. She mentions everyone from Lil’ Kim to Courtney Love to Sylvia Plath.

Alana Massey was also brutally honest about her experiences and about the public’s perceptions of the celebrities. However, it is worth mentioning that she doesn’t demonize these celebrities or pin them against them against each other. She’s treats them like regular people.

Final Analysis

All the Lives I Want is a well written book that manages to not feel uncomfortable or demonizing. It’s an honest account of a person’s connection to a group of people who happen to be famous.
 

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