Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up by Naya Rivera

Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up by Naya Rivera

To Glee or not to Glee. I totally Glee

“Success is not defined by what the people around you want. It is based on what you want for yourself.”


I have had my need for memoirs more so this year then in the past and I am so glad that this made it on my kindle. I am not sure if I did one of those accidentally buys, or if I meant to actually get it, either way it is Christmas day Merry Christmas to everyone and not even four hours I finished yet another book.

I read the whole thing in one sitting. Not at all what I was expecting, but 100% worth it. Ms. Rivera comes across as intelligent, funny, frank, and quite authentic. There’s some pretty good gossip (engagement to Big Sean, fights with Lea Michele/Ryan Murphy, etc.) that you can probably snatch from reviews on the typical celebrity websites, but in my opinion, you’d be missing out by not reading this book  in its entirety.

As someone to whom Glee is very near and dear to my heart, I was of course the most interested in the parts of the book that dealt with that period in her life. And, although she doesn’t linger on it nearly as long as I thought she would, there is still plenty here to read. I was lucky to see the cast of Glee do an interview at are local mall here in NJ my first year in college and knew I had to see the show. there are Lots of fun anecdotes, reflections, and a quite sobering/touching passage about the death of Corey Monteith. The parts that weren’t about Glee, though, were equally as good: for starters, there’s lots of boy drama. She talks openly about issues such as abortion, anorexia, being a minority, and a girl’s right to be a whore (yes, you read that right. It’s awesome.) I was particularly surprised by her openness about her Christian beliefs; she brings up her relationship with God quite frequently throughout. Not in a preachy way at all. In fact, I think it would have been a shame if she hadn’t included it. It’s clearly a major part of who she is. Overall I think it was her truths written her way and I am here for it because honesty is always needed.

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