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Book Review: All the Lives I Want: Essays About my Best Friends Who Happen to be Famous Strangers

All the Lives I Want: Essays About my Best Friends Who Happen to be Famous Strangers by Alana Massey

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 In All the Lives I Want, Alana Massey writes about the intersection of pop culture with snippets from her personal life, and about how the lives of females in the public-eye have very much shaped the lives of the women who idolize them from afar (namely, us!). The book is a collection of essays, each framed around the lives of different iconic women, and each intriguing, informative, and badass in their own right. Alana’s tell-it-like-it-is voice resounds in every chapter, and her words ring true as she weaves a thread between her own life experiences and those of famous strangers, like Amber Rose, Nicki Minaj, Courtney Love, Lil’ Kim, and the legendary Miss Britney Spears, to name a few.

All the Lives is a tribute to the power of the female experience. Massey almost-invasively teaches us about the complexity and brilliance of these misunderstood women, challenges us to look beyond the superficiality of headlines, and reminds us that the celebrities we worshipped as teens (and in some cases still worship today), are often just famous reflections of ourselves. I’d describe it as a little bit memoir, a little bit self-help, a little bit investigative journalism, a little bit gossip column, and a lot a bit of boss, bitch. It’s a perfect book for a girl on the go; keep it in your bag, read a chapter here and there, and think about all the famous strangers (aka our celebrity BFFs) whose stories inspire, haunt, challenge, and excite us. You’re sure to find something—or someone—to love within the pages.