Admit One: My Life in Film by Emmett James
Review by: Lauren
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Official Summary: Set in Croydon, South London, in the 1980s, Admit One details how self-deprecating writer Emmett James escaped from the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema. Through wry wit and observation, the writer reflects, obsesses, and rages about film and its correlation to our pasts. Life soon imitates art, and the narrator finds that his true calling is in transcendence from one side of the screen to the other. He decides to leave England for the only place where he can realize his dream of becoming an actor--Hollywood.
We follow the narrator on his numerous adventures: as he jumps from forgery to pornography to crashing the Academy Awards under the alias of a nominated writer. All the while, the films that inspired each tale contextualize this humorous collection of stories. The narrator ultimately provides a unique insight into the fascinating industry of film, eventually himself stumbling into the biggest box-office grossing film of all time.
This is a very unique memoir, using the titles of films to head each chapter and give readers a look into the author's life at a certain point in time...which somehow relates to the title. It is humorous and fun, with some wonderful moments of dreams coming true.
Emmett has a lot of bad jobs trying to make it in Hollywood but he takes what he can, works hard, and doesn't give up. It eventually leads him to a part in Titanic and with some captivating stories that only someone who was part of the film would know. As a movie that I saw when I was young, it was fascinating to hear about how meticulous James Cameron was or what Kate Winslet went through to make the movie seem realistic. These moments are only two chapters in the whole book, however, but some of the most interesting to me.
I did like seeing chapters for other fun films such as The Karate Kid as well and how it related to Emmett's own life. He has a great way of writing that keeps the book moving with a lot of amusing moments. I would recommend something like this for older teens and up. It seems like something they would understand and relate too more as Admit One is a lot about growing up, keeping dreams, and doing what you love regardless of the trouble that comes your way.
I'm definitely glad I was able to read this book. It would be a fast, fun read for the summer.
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