So I have an interest in Scientology, and when the lovely Lisa Dimaline offered to send me her own copy of this book, I jumped at the chance to read and review it.
This novel chronicles Leah's life in Scientology from her mother bringing her in as a child, right through to when she left. After she became disillusioned with the organisation.
The moment I knew I was going to enjoy this book, was from the very first page, where Leah lays out all of her mistakes and shortcomings. I believe she did this in an effort to ensure her book couldn't be discredited by her former church. She laid out everything bad herself, so no-one else could do it and use it against her.
I found myself actually laughing out loud at some parts of this book. Leah's personality really comes through. I felt kind of like I was being talked to in a conversation rather than reading at some points, which I enjoyed. Its a very frank account and in parts her colourful language is used at its best.
The parts where she writes about Tom Cruise and the leader of Scientology, David Miscavige, were really interesting. I felt like she really opened the curtain on what goes on behind the scenes.
One question that I have always wondered is - "How does someone as outspoken and vivacious as Leah Remini end up in something like this for so long?" By the end of this book I felt like I had an answer to that question.
All in all this book is great! An honest, funny sometimes sad account of a woman's experience in this organisation. And from reading how scientology twists your thinking to make you believe anything bad that happens is your own fault, to how disconnection is so destructive to family's, I can see why she now tries her hardest to get her message out there. No matter what anyone thinks of her she sticks to guns about her beliefs about Scientology and the damage she believes it does.
If anyone has read this book let me know your thoughts in the comments.