Inspirational and Thought-provoking | Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins

Friday, April 08, 2022

 Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins

Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 3/7/17
Pages: 228
Source: purchased

In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins—star of Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Rules Don’t Apply—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more. For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She's learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.
In her debut book, Lily Collins gets real with readers. She brings us on a journey of her own self-acceptance. However, her collection of essays ring true with so many that I would not be surprised if you find something to relate to within its pages.

Lily Collins is an actress, best-known for her roles in City of Bones and Love, Rosie. She has proved time and time again to be a fantastic actress that encompasses her characters. With Unfiltered, she takes on the role of herself: the real her—and shows readers how magnificent of a role model she is. Her collection of essays give us a glimpse of her life in an inspirational and thought-provoking light.

Unfiltered plays out as an extension of Collins’ true self, enabling the reader to connect with her experiences. It rings extremely raw, true and fantastically unfiltered. It is a love letter to self-acceptance, an inspirational journey which relates to all ages. Collins discusses her struggles with bullying, insecurities, peer pressure, abusive relationships and eating disorders. These are issues that need to be heard. Unfiltered is the type of book that starts discussions, movements and change.

As each chapter is an essay, this makes reading the book incredibly easy and fast. In Unfiltered, the essay format becomes most evident in her repetition in the introduction and conclusion of the chapter. It does take some getting used to. Collins continuously repeats her highlights and other important things she wants readers to remember. It is extremely quotable and, despite the repetition, these points concern issues that should be repeated.

Unfiltered is so much more than a memoir; it is an inspirational, empowering piece of work that demands several rereads.

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