Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
This review does not contain spoilers.
Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to losing her mother at a young age, to getting her first kiss (or was it kisses?) on a celebrity canoe trip, to not being “cute” enough to make it in Hollywood, these essays tell the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. But they also illuminate a universal struggle: learning to accept yourself, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Exquisitely crafted, revelatory, and full of the crack comic timing that has made Mara Wilson a sought-after live storyteller and Twitter star, Where Am I Now?introduces a witty, perceptive, and refreshingly candid new literary voice.
I listened to this on audiobook over the last couple of days and I quite enjoyed it! It is read by Mara Wilson herself, and I am always interested in looking up child stars and reading into what they are up to nowadays, especially if I haven’t seen anything about them in the media recently. I can remember one of my favorite movies as a kid was ‘Matilda’, and wanting to be like Matilda, with all her books and her powers. I also remember that Mara Wilson was the little girl in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’, which I have seen a numerous amount of times. I found it interesting to hear all about Mara’s personal life, and what she had gotten into after she left Hollywood. I actually found that we are pretty similar in a lot of ways, and I could relate to many of her experiences. She is an excellent story teller, and it amazes me that she can remember so many little details about the things that she has done from many years ago. She also talks about what it was like to know and work with Robin Williams, which I enjoyed. While this book was nothing spectacular, I found it an entertaining audiobook that is worth a listen. Overall, I rated this 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.