Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life [NOOK Book]

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Melissa Joan Hart explained it all—from dating to bullies—in her groundbreaking role as Clarissa Darling on Clarissa Explains It All. She cast a spell on millions more viewers as  Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Now, in Melissa Explains It All, Melissa tells the frank and funny behind-the-scenes stories from her extraordinary past and her refreshingly normal present.

Melissa has been entertaining audiences most of her life; when there were no girls named Melissa on her favorite...

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Overview

Melissa Joan Hart explained it all—from dating to bullies—in her groundbreaking role as Clarissa Darling on Clarissa Explains It All. She cast a spell on millions more viewers as  Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Now, in Melissa Explains It All, Melissa tells the frank and funny behind-the-scenes stories from her extraordinary past and her refreshingly normal present.

Melissa has been entertaining audiences most of her life; when there were no girls named Melissa on her favorite show, the forceful four year old decided she’d get on TV her way. From that moment on, Melissa has shown a singular determination and focus—whether it’s for booking three national commercials so her dad would build her a tree house or for nailing the audition for Clarissa.

From her first commercial to her current starring role in ABC Family’s hit Melissa and Joey, Hart never let fame go to her head. She always had one foot in Hollywood and one foot in reality—and still does. Melissa makes us laugh along with her as she talks about:

--guest appearances in shows like Saturday Night Live and The Equalizer
--auditioning for Punky Brewster and Clarissa
--her early Broadway days
--wacky parties she’s thrown and attended
-- the actors who influenced her and whom she befriended, worked with and competed against
--her experiences both on and off-set—with Sabrina’s Salem the Cat and Elvis the Alligator on Clarissa
--how she met the love of her life at the Kentucky Derby

Melissa Joan Hart explains all that she’s learned along the way—what’s kept her grounded, normal and working when others have not been so fortunate—and that she’s the approachable, hilarious girl-next-door her fans have always thought she’d be.

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Melissa Joan Hart claims that her life has been abnormally normal, but it certainly hasn't been typical: She starred in her first television commercial when she was only four and before her twentieth birthday, she was already appeared as the lead in a TV show (Clarissa Explains It All) and a TV movie that blossomed into a long-running, mega-popular TV show (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch). In this diverting tell-all, she describes the strange effects of her double life as a pint-sized Hollywood icon and a young girl trying to make sense of it all. One for her millions of adoring, nostalgic fans. (P.S. Ms. Hart is still very much among us. She co-stars in the occasionally autobiographical Melissa and Joey.)

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"A delightful and refreshingly honest memoir about growing up Melissa/Clarissa/Sabrina. All the women who grew up with her will go wild for this book."—Delia Ephron

"I don't know if Melissa can write, and I don't know if you can read, but I know you and I have made bigger mistakes than trying to read her book."—Bill Murray

"From the moment I met Melissa, she charmed me instantly. Melissa's delightful, witty, frank and thoughtful book shows a side of her we've never seen before."—Garry Marshall

"You will enjoy nothing more than Melissa Joan Hart’s sweet, sane, mildly tell-all-ish memoir, complete with James Van Der Beek and Adrian Grenier makeout stories."—New York

"I loved Melissa’s book! Her voice is so unique and strong. As a reader I felt in the moment, as if Melissa were telling me her stories firsthand. Proud of my fellow momista!"—Tori Spelling

"[Melissa’s] stories include dishy memories…that contributed to who she is today."—TIME

"Very candid."—Entertainment Weekly

"Who knew Sabrina the Teenage Witch was such a badass?!"—Perez Hilton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250032843
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 32,632
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author



MELISSA JOAN HART is an actor/producer/director who made her first national commercial at age four. Melissa currently co-stars in the ABC Family comedy series Melissa & Joey. She made her first big splash in the title role of Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All. . Both in the United States and abroad, Melissa is perhaps best known for her starring role in the Showtime movie-turned-network series, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.  Melissa has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, That 70’s Show, and Law and Order: SVU, among others. Her production company, Hartbreak Films, has produced projects including Sabrina, Melissa & Joey, and a number of television movies and feature films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    This book made me feel strange after reading it. I found myself

    This book made me feel strange after reading it. I found myself going from really liking Melissa Joan Hart and her work to feeling annoyed and simultaneously bad for her. She comes across as full-of-herself throughout the entire second half of it, and the celebrity name dropping seems to come across that she's trying to convince herself that she is/was relevant. Her mom also seemed a bit Kardashian-like even though she claims her mom was her biggest supporter. I think I would have enjoyed it more if she came across more humble and "normal" as she claimed to be. Overall, the book made me like her less.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Let me start off by saying that this book was great and I could

    Let me start off by saying that this book was great and I could barely put it down. I really don't like how other reviewers are saying that she is full of herself. The whole point of the book is that she is very humble and appreciates not be an A list celebrity because she wouldn't lead a semi-normal life if she was. The spotlight for her growing up was a lot different then how kids now a days have to deal with being known. I think you should read this book because you are interested in finding out more about Melissa. I found it to really interesting and I loved all the juicy details of her past that I never would have thought she would do.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Good read!

    Love MJH! Great book with lots of interesting facts about her life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

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    Makes you love her more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Me...myself...and i...

    This woman is so full of herself. I can almost hear her narrating in an obnoxious know it all teen voice. Very disappointing. The book has no message. Just talks about how great she is and how boring and lame other child stars were. Insulting to people...wishing she could hit Oprah because she wasnt able to promote her book on her show...to allowing Ryan Reynolds to make out with her. Pathetic attempt at a memoir. Reads more like a diary.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Made me hate her

    While an ok read she shows her conceited side. Disappointed with her as a writer. Could have been worse.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

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    While I have not read this book, the reviews confirm my impression of this person. I have seen her in many interviews, and she comes off as being rude and very full of herself. I have no desire to read this book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Fang

    Here.

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

    Melissa Talks About Life - Hers That Is Since I'm about the sam

    Melissa Talks About Life - Hers That Is

    Since I'm about the same age as Melissa Joan Hart, it was only natural I'd become a fan early on, and I've watched most of her work, including some of all three TV shows (didn't watch much TV growing up, so I've only see a few episodes of Clarissa) and her one big movie.  Naturally, I was interested in reading this book.

    Starting with her career in commercials, Melissa talks about everything in her life, from her big hits to her parent's divorce and meeting the love of her life.  It's pretty much what you'd expect from a celebrity autobiography, which can be good and bad.  As a fan, I enjoyed it, however if I weren't a fan, I wouldn't be that interested.

    A couple of the chapters were filled with a bit too much information for my tastes, and she does have a story or two that puts celebrities in a not so flattering light.  However, she doesn't spread too much dirt around.

    My bigger disappointment was that I wanted more info on what happened behind the scenes on her shows.  She shares some, but I wanted more.  Heck, I could take an entire book about the behind the scenes decisions on Sabrina alone.

    Still, I am glad I read this book and I enjoyed getting to know an actress I like a little bit better.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    A good book for fans and non-fans of MJ Hart

    I liked MJ Hart before, but am a HUGE fan after I read her book. She gives you a look behind the scenes of her shows. I wish she would have spent more time with her shows, though. Quite a bit of the book is her life as a mother. Even still, a good, entertaining book from a funny, hard-working woman. You even learn on Sabrina the Cat worked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    I'm returning this book. I struggle to read almost all of it. I

    I'm returning this book. I struggle to read almost all of it. I just couldn't get interested in it. She does brag about herself in the whole book. She jumped around in the chapters. The last few chapters she wrote about made me think she had nothing else to write about, so she just made up stuff. For example, the chapter she wrote about her husbands obsession with the Alabama Crimsons. I get her husband likes the football team but do you have to write 13 pages about it. I got so sick of reading about the football team I just skipped to the next chapter. I'm so disappointed. It makes me like her less now.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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