Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele
Review by Lauren
Source: copy for review; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: The star of the hit show Glee shares her experiences and insider tips on beauty, fashion, inner strength, and more in an illustrated book that’s part memoir, part how-to, and part style guide.
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’Oreal, Lea is the ultimate multi-tasker. 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, she reveals the lessons and advice that have worked for her--from beauty and fashion secrets to fitness tips, and career insights. Supplemented with never-before-seen photos and revealing anecdotes, it’s the book Lea wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties: A practical and inspirational guide to harnessing tenacity and passion and living the fullest life, no matter what obstacles life puts in your way.
Review: I've been a fan of the show Glee for a long time, and through that, I have become really interested in Lea Michele. I think she is definitely a hard worker who isn't afraid to go for what she wants, which is something that many of us could find inspirational. The book starts out talking about Lea's life in the spotlight before Glee, when she grew up on the Broadway stage. She gives the lessons she's learned, she talks about important role models (like Barbra Streisand), and how her family has always been there to keep her grounded.
I loved the two Question and Answer sections, one of which focused on the industry in general and the other was specifically about Glee (which got its own section of the book of course!) I don't think you have to be a fan of the show to enjoy this book, however, as Lea focuses on a lot of tips and topics that many women are interested in from beauty for various occasions, recipes of healthy foods, and work out tips. She even lets her trainer, hair, and beauty experts share their personal secrets in the book too, which is awesome. I definitely want to try out some of the exercise ideas she includes, and I know my mom is really excited about the recipes!
This would make a great gift for young girls in your life who you want to grow up happy, healthy, and proud of who they are!