I wasn’t planning on reviewing this book, but I felt the need to share my thoughts about (and explain my Goodreads rating of) Lily Collins’s memoir, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me. I love Lily Collins, and, like many of you, was very excited about this book when I first saw that it was being released. Hopefully my review is helpful for those of you planning to pick this one up.
(From Goodreads) In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins—star of Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Rules Don’t Apply—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more.
For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She’s learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone.
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.
As I said, I’m a big fan of Lily Collins. I’ve seen most of her movies (yes, even Mortal Instruments), and definitely have a little bit of a girl crush on her. I’ve also been really into celebrity memoirs lately, so I knew I had to read this one. In many ways, it’s exactly what I was expecting: a fun, insightful look into her life. I learned a lot about her that I wouldn’t have otherwise (like her penchant for baking and why she decided to learn). I thought it was surprisingly well-written and organized in a way that makes complete sense. And I really enjoyed Lily’s narration of the audiobook (which has become my favorite way to ingest celebrity memoirs).
I definitely didn’t dislike this book. However, it fell a bit flat for me because of it’s purpose. This might have been a four- or five-star read had I read this at sixteen or seventeen. Because Lily shares a lot of life lessons, and really makes a point of imparting the wisdom she’s learned from her mistakes. Had I been younger, I think this would have been a great read! However, I’m exactly the same age as Lily Collins. Which means I’ve already had to go through many of the same struggles (obviously not the celebrity parents thing), and learned the same lessons, even if it was in a different way. The things I haven’t personally encountered (i.e. the pressures of modeling), I had trouble relating to. Because I’m edging closer to thirty, this wasn’t a book I could read and look up to; it addressed things that were already in my past, or would have been in my past had they happened to me at all. So I really didn’t get as much out of it as I wanted to, and because it was structured in a way that was clearly meant to impart this wisdom (which I do think is entirely valuable for any young person), it wasn’t quite as enjoyable for me.
My rating of this book is much more personal than my ratings and reviews usually are. So I really wanted to discuss my thoughts on this book with you, lest you think my three-star rating on Goodreads was in any way negative. I do really think this is a great book, and would highly recommend it to anyone still in their teens, because I think it may provide a lot of insight to those still going through the things mentioned in this book. But, for me, unfortunately, it wasn’t a book that I absolutely loved. I will still be picking up any books Lily Collins may write in the future, because I did really admire her writing.
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me is available in bookstores now. You can order your copy of Unfiltered on Amazon!
I also highly recommend the audiobook, because Lily does a fantastic job of reading it! If you’re interested, all you have to do to get a copy for free is sign up for a free trial of Audible (using this link) and choose Unfiltered as one of your two free books (which you get to keep even if you cancel).
If you’ve read this book, share your thoughts below! I’m especially interested to see what those of you a few years younger than me thought of it.