This is my story of looking back. Of a journey that took on a whole new meaning and purpose. A year in New York City. A year of discovering the best and worst parts of myself. A year of learning the lessons that you can only learn the hard way. Julia Albain is an actor, director, writer and lover of storytelling.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Girl gets a reality check. This is the story of a year in my Glamorously Unglamorous life. This is my story of looking back. Of a journey that took on a whole new meaning and purpose. A year in New York City. A "Girl has dreams, girl decides to move to New York City. A year of discovering the best and worst parts of myself. A year of learning the lessons that you can only learn the hard way.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Glamorously Unglamorous Life. May 10, Alyssa marked it as to-read Shelves: actually-goingread. Not sure if she can write, but it's worth a try Jan 06, Maddie rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction , indie-books. I read this right before my first year of college and it definitely settled with me.
Julia's journey on her own in New York City without parents or family really inspired me and taught me valuable lessons about homesicknesses and becoming independent. It's a short read, but it manages to resonate deeply regardless of length. I've written down several quotes from the book to keep with me when I start doubting my ability to live on my own. So when Julia released this book, I entirely meant to read it I'm just a few years late lol. And as such, I'm sure my perspective is a little skewed.
At 20, this would've been a magnificent introduction into the isolating reality of adulthood. I would've identified entirely too much with the struggles of self-pitying Julia and scared Julia, and I definitely would've feared NYC much more than I do now. But at 25, I've faced and moved past many of the same struggles.
Jan 17, Miriam rated it really liked it. For a more detailed review, take a look at my blog. There is also additional information that might be useful if you are not familiar with Julia Albain and Starkid Productions. A Glamorously Unglamorous Life consists of two different parts: One the one hand, there are blog posts that Julia published during her time in New York from August until July On the other hand, there are sections called Lessons, in which Julia reflects about her life back then and that basically sum up her exper For a more detailed review, take a look at my blog.
On the other hand, there are sections called Lessons, in which Julia reflects about her life back then and that basically sum up her experiences and what she learned from it. Both parts of the book are presented alternately and there is definitely a good balance between the blog posts and the life lessons. Even though the book is self-published and so contains some mistakes in grammar and spelling every now and then, I really enjoyed this book a lot.
It tells the story of a girl that wants to achieve something in life, but is not completely sure what to achieve and what to do. Even though Julia graduated in acting, she does some nannying and writing once she gets to New York. And of course this limits and opens possibilities at the same time. Julia is not afraid of questioning herself and her actions. And above all, she is not afraid of putting in words how awful and unfair life can be sometimes. The thing I loved most about this book is how I could relate to her - the not knowing what to do with life, the many possibilities you have, the way life just is miserable sometimes and you don't even know why you feel that way.
Don't get me wrong. This is not a sad book or a book in which the author just complains about life. In fact, this book is really the complete opposite: It is a book about the beauty of life. Because even though life may just suck sometimes, Julia still stays strong and she works and tries to do everything to stay positive and get the most of every day.
And that is what really made me enjoy and love this book: It is inspiring, because you want to be as strong and as self-confident as Julia. Still you know that everyone has their bad moments and it is okay to have them as long as you go on fighting afterwards. Would have been a 4. This came recommended to me by a friend who is a huge fan of the production company that the author belongs to.
It's a page softcover that it seems she published on her own, as evident by the numerous typos but hey, you do what you gotta do. Her journey seems to be a future echo of what mine might be and since we graduated college the same year and share the same birthday it just seems to fit.
The format of the book switches between les Would have been a 4. The format of the book switches between lessons to learn and her blog entries of varying lengths. I really enjoyed and flew through the book up until the end mostly because I wanted her to succeed in New York and I was looking for that aspect of the book as opposed to her succeeding in her life, although I'm very happy for her that she did. I, however, wanted her to delve into her time in New York more and for my own fears wanted to see her finish out the book in the city.
There were a lot of parts of the book that spoke directly to me as where she is, is exactly where I am in my life and that's always a good selling point. You'll read this in a night, and you'll enjoy it, especially if you're in your early twenties and planning on moving to the city soon. Aug 24, Samantha rated it it was amazing. This book has given me inspiration to believe that I can do what I want in life. She has reminded me that life would be boring if things happened without anything busting in to ruin plans not that it's fun but it is what makes life, life.
Hardships are what makes us look back and go, "wow, I worked hard for that, and look where I am now! So thank you, and I cannot wait to see what else life has in store for you! Oct 19, Lisa rated it it was amazing. I'm a huge fan of Julia through my love of Team StarKid. However, when reading this book, I tried to forget about the fact this was a book by 'Julia from Team StarKid' and instead, read it as a book by Julia Albain.
Julia has a wonderful way with words, and tells her story in New York in a funny, but emotional way. In particular, the end of the book had me in tears. She finds a way to use her stories to inspire others. Oh, and if anyone is reading the reviews doesn't know about StarKid and is worried they won't understand the book because of it: there's only a couple of brief mentions of StarKid, so don't feel like it'll affect your enjoyment of this book.
Apr 04, Bethany rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction , mental-health , read-in The memoir of Julia's post-college year in New York City is resplendent with epiphanies and the rollercoaster that is life. Specifically, it is the story of how Julia sank into her quarter life crisis and how she overcame it.
As someone who is also experiencing the doldrums of post-college adult-life monotony and boredom, questioning "What's next? It gives me hope and inspiration on how to overcome this The memoir of Julia's post-college year in New York City is resplendent with epiphanies and the rollercoaster that is life. It gives me hope and inspiration on how to overcome this own downward hill of the quarter life crisis. I highly recommend this memoir-novella to anyone trying to overcome their own quarter life crisis.
ISBN 13: 9780786752966
A Glamorously Unglamorous Life