Need a dessert? Try reading this book!
Troublemaker is a memoir that starts out by Leah Remini making a list of negative things about herself such as she tends to threaten people, she swears a lot, and she knowingly had an affair with a married man.
It’s a book about how Remini got into Scientology and acting and how she was equally committed to both. It is clear that at the time of its 2015 publication, Remini was still reeling from the realization that all her time, effort, money, and energy she put into creating a better world via Scientology was baseless.
Although she was a devoted Scientology member, Remini kept one foot out the Celebrity Center’s door; challenging authority, maintaining friendships with people who had left the church—a definite No-No, and not allowing her child to participated in the church’s programs. She also didn’t go out of her way to recruit new members.
Remini comes across as blindsided at the treatment she received after attending Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding in Italy, as well as the threatening way she, her mom, and her stepfather, were treated once she started asking questions about policy and how much Tom Cruise got away with. She was genuinely confused and stated she kept waiting for someone to step in to quell all her fears and questions so that she could return to studying Scientology.
The book was a fascinating look at her life and at what happened when she started looking at the threads that held her life together. Although Remini is brash and foul-mouthed, she is positive, authentic, funny, and charming. Despite the fact that the way she went about improving the world fell apart, the world is much better for her being in it. It’s a fun, quick, and entertaining 256 paged read and I recommend it!