Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life

Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life

by Melissa Joan Hart
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Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life by Melissa Joan Hart

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 television 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250054982
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/25/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 276,102
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you love her more!
JMTJTC More than 1 year ago
“I remember asking my friend. . .for tips and her best one was: When watching football with your man, just look up once in awhile and ask, Now who did he used to play for?' He'll talk for at least fifteen minutes, you'll seem like you care, and then you can go back to your In Style or whatever.” Genre: Celebrity Memoir. Number of Pages: 276. Perspective: First. This is a memoir by the former child star, Melissa Joan Hart. She details her life growing up in front of the camera and her adventures into adulthood. I listened to this as an audiobook, which was enjoyable since Melissa provided her own voice. She definitely made this one of the easiest to listen to audiobooks I have experienced. However, the content left me wanting more. I really enjoyed hearing about Melissa’s childhood and how she got into acting. I also liked the nostalgia of hearing about the behind the scenes of Sabrina: the Teenage Witch. I’ve always seen Melissa as one of the “good” celebrities that stayed out of the paparazzi's slimy fingers and focused on her career. However, I felt that this book was her trying to shout, “Look at me! I’ve done some mildly bad things!” Some of it just felt insincere and like she was trying too hard. To read the rest of my review, go here:
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
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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bleacherbum99 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love MJH! Great book with lots of interesting facts about her life.
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While an ok read she shows her conceited side. Disappointed with her as a writer. Could have been worse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just turn to porn like all the other actress s .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 allowing Ryan Reynolds to make out with her. Pathetic attempt at a memoir. Reads more like a diary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.