Book Review: Brunette Ambition

leaBrunette Ambition is by Glee star, Lea Michelle.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from the hard cover book that arrived at my house from Blogging for Books, but I dove right in and have to say this is an autobiography but at the same time it is also a recipe book, an exercise book and a beauty tip book.  The book is full of photos from Lea’s career – starting with her as a baby and then moving on to her Broadway career.  She talks a bit about each of the shows she has been in and what she learned from each of them.  There are recipes for her favorite things to eat and an indepth look at her beauty regime. (She’ll put on makeup before heading to the airport in case she bumps into paparazzi, but will take it off as soon as she gets on the plane to let her skin breathe and puts on moisturizer again)

Many who criticize Lea have been saying that she has been using Cory’s death to further her career – there is barely a mention of him in this book.  She started it before his death as she mentions in the beginning that he had already read most of it – but there was no last minute addition of anything about him, so suck it, haters!

Overall this was probably one of the most fun autobiographies I read – I liked that there were recipes and other information throughout the book that made it stand out a bit from your typical I was born, I was on Broadway, now I’m on TV type of biographies that are out there.  I also loved all the photos included – from Lea with friends, to dressed for roles, to showing her exercise routines!

I received a free copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

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.

Throwback Thursday – LFO 2000

Headliner: LFO
Opener(s): SK8, Boyz N Girlz United
Cost: $15
West Side Story
Baby Be Mine
I Will Show You Mine
My Block
Think About You
I Don’t Wanna Kiss You Goodnight
Can’t Have You
Girl On TV
Wild Wild West
Limp Bizkit Medley
Summer Girls



We went to see LFO for my friend’s birthday (the show was 2 days before) somehow we suckered her Mom into taking us both.  We ended up getting let in first so that I could be in a good spot to balance so Shea and I ended up front row and her mom hung in the back further away from all the crazy.  I remember that one of SK8’s dancers threw a towel and Shea and the girl next to her caught it, so they got someone to find scissors so they could cut it in half and share it.  Devin’s Mom and Brother were there and so was the original 3rd member of LFO so we got to talk to them a bit since the door to outside/backstage was right by where we were standing.  The guys posed for my camera a couple of times. That was my first time being front row.


Where Are They Now:

SK8 – The Internet doesn’t even seem to believe that such an artist ever existed. I have no idea what her real name is so I can’t tell you what she’s up to now!

Boyz N Girlz United – Robbie from this group auditioned for American Idol a few years back and made it to the top 24.  They opened for Britney Spears and NSYNC and toured on the All That Music and More tours but never released more than one album.

LFO – LFO reunited briefly to tour in 2009. Sadly, Rich passed away in 2010.

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