I grew up watching Melissa Joan Hart as Clarissa on the Nickelodeon hit Clarissa Explains it All and then later as Sabrina on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. So it’s understandable why people relate to her and love her, because they feel like they grew up with her.
Her book was a really fun and easy read. I liked how honest she was about her life. She talks about her childhood and her parents’ divorce. She started acting at age 4 in commercials. It was fun to hear about other child actors she went to school with and worked with such as Macaulay Culkin, Lacey Chabert, and Sarah Michelle Geller. She chronicles her acting career and how she got to be where she is today.
She also talks about her days partying in Hollywood when she was in her early twenties. It’s cool to get a look into her life as she gained fame and money. I always wonder how celebrities deal with people recognizing them in public, especially when they have kids and she has a few funny antedates about it in her book.
My favorite part about her book is how down to earth and relatable she is. She has a chapter dedicated to her husband’s love of college football. It was one of the first conversations they had after meeting and he continues to be obsessed with football which I’m sure a lot of women can relate to with their significant others. Melissa addresses being a working mom and balancing it all. She said that for her she enjoys being fulfilled at work as well as at home.
It’s incredibly refreshing to hear about a child actor who turned out so well and normal. She has a husband and three boys and has her own production company called Hartbreak Films which she runs with her mom. I was a fan of hers before and am even more so after this book.