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Brunette Ambition

Author: Lea Michele
Originally Published: 2014
Publisher: Crown Archetype, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House
Source: Received a copy for review from the publisher

The Story

Brunette AmbitionFrom the cover flap of the book:

Lea Michele is one of the hardest-working performers in show business. Whether she’s starring as Rachel Berry on Glee, rocking a glamorous look on the red carpet, recording her solo album, or acting as the spokesperson for L’OrĂ©al, Lea is the ultimate multitasker. She knows better than anyone that it is difficult to be your best self and keep things in perspective when your to-do list is overflowing and you are faced with challenges, so she’s developed a foolproof system for remaining healthy and centered.

In Brunette Ambition – an illustrated book that’s part memoir, part how-to, and part style guide – Lea reveals the lessons and advice that have worked for her, from how she keeps comfortable on the red carpet and maintains flawless hair and makeup all night, to how she stays motivated to work out (even when she just wants to sit on the couch!). Lea shares her favorite recipes – for the hair masque she uses to restore fried ends, the comfort soup she eats to unwind on Sundays, the vegan grilled cheese she indulges in when she wants a treat, and many more. Most important, she reflects on the ways she remains grounded, centered, and true to who she is.

Filled with never-before-seen photos and revealing anecdotes, Brunette Ambition is the book Lea wishes she’d had when she was younger: a practical and inspirational guide to harnessing tenacity and passion and living the fullest life.

The Response

I love the music from Spring Awakening. Have since I first heard it. When I heard of Glee, watched the pilot, and realized that some of the stars from the Broadway musical were going to be in Glee, I was thrilled. And during the first couple of seasons, I loved Glee. Lea Michele plays Rachel Berry, one of the stars of Glee, and it really showcases how super talented Michele is.

This is part memoir, part self-help and part cookbook. Lea Michele comes across as such a down-to-earth person, and I really liked learning more about who she is. There are chapters talking about Michele’s upbringing, about her first Broadway roles, as well as about her early experiences in Glee. Then there are chapters about how she maintains a healthy lifestyle – the food she eats, her fitness routine (which she outlines with pictures, if you want to learn the routine yourself), as well as her makeup and hair routines. We also get to read about what Michele likes to do for fun.

I can definitely see how some of Michele’s younger fans could benefit from this book. There’s a lot of really good advice about learning to love yourself, how your differences make you beautiful and special, and about how to take care of yourself. Plus, it’s a refreshing look at how not every Hollywood celebrity has to be the Lindsay Lohan type. Michele really seems like she would be a great role model for girls – she’s definitely the type that I would have wanted to look up to when I was growing up.

I am also looking forward to trying out the recipes that have been included here as well – both the actual food recipes and the beauty recipes (such as the hair masque). In fact, the lentil soup recipe looks utterly divine!

This really is one of the more beautiful books that I’ve seen in a long time. The content is great, yes, but the actual design and the crafting of the book are absolutely first-rate. The stock it’s printed on it beautiful and glossy, the typography is absolutely lovely, the pictures are high resolution, crisp and clear, and the overall layout and design just blew my mind away. I would highly recommend this to designers who are looking for examples of awesome graphic design.

The Bottom Line

This book has made me respect Lea Michele even more than I did. I would definitely recommend Brunette Ambition to any fans of this wonderfully talented actor.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:04 am July 16, 2014.
Category: Non-Fiction
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  • Kyla @ Mommy’s Weird

    REALLY? The LM book is good!? I totally trust you.