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Review: Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song

Sara Bareilles - Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song
Expected publication: October 6, 2015 by Simon & Schuster
Pages: 208
Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads, Book Depository
Rating: 2.5/5
A candid and down-to-earth collection of essays by five-time, Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, exploring her life in song; raw, evocative, and utterly unforgettable.

Sara Bareilles shot to fame in 2007 with her hit single; Love Song, and her more recent chart-topping hit; Brave, but her journal as a songwriter started long before. In this candid book of essays, Sara pulls back the curtain to expose her songwriting process, revealing all the struggle and joy inherent in creating great work while staying true to yourself.

Showcasing her stripped down and confessional writing style, Sara's entertaining and inspirational book tells the inside stories behind her most popular songs and offers insights into finding balance between making art for herself and commercial music for her listeners.
Honestly, this was unnecessary.

I don't read too many memoirs. I used to obsessively read the autobiographies of rockstars and Riot Grrrls (i.e. Cherie Currie, Scott Weiland), but after awhile, those stories bored me. They were filled with the same clichés. Bashing others. Unsold records. Heartbreak. Some still are. And to an extent, Sara's is, too.

Sara Barielles is a musician. Obviously. Her biggest hit to-date is "Love Song", which originated because her record label asked her to write a love song, she said no, wrote the ultra-glam, anti-love hit, instead, and became 2007's leading feminist messiah.

Each chapter is named after one of Sara's songs (i.e. Brave, Gravity) and she includes about eighty thousand pictures, which was gag-worthy, because I hadn't exactly wanted to read a picture book. She also namedrops other celebrities frequently, which I guess is a requirement in a celebrity memoir. I had no problem with her saying how she was college buddies with the boys from Maroon 5, until she was like, "I performed with Stevie Wonder and Taylor Swift! I also sold out Radio City Music Hall, too, if you didn't know!" Like, chill, hon. We get you're famous.

Besides, the origin of "Love Song", honestly nothing interesting happens in this book. She faced heartbreak, depression, and proved celebrities! they're just like us! No offense to Sara, but they should've just given her a VH1: Behind The Music episode. For the most part, her life has been relatively average.

Although, it was nice to know she'd actually written this book without a ghostwriter, which is a rarity in itself these days in celeb memoirs, I could've done without. I think
I'll stick to YA.


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