Adult · Autobiography · Nonfiction · young adult

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me

In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins―star of Mortal Instruments and 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, proving 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 realise 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.

(Goodreads)

Genre: Nonfiction/Autobiography/Young Adult/Adult

Pages: 199

Rating: 4/5 Stars

First Line: “I used to be extremely insecure about my eyebrows.”

Lilly Collins has been a favorite actress of mine for a while now. I’m not sure if this started with Mirror Mirror or City of Bones, but I am sure that I loved her commitment to characters and quirky personality from the moment I watched these movies.

I am not a big reader of biographies or autobiographies. Or anything nonfiction, really. But when Lily posted something on Instagram back in December about publishing her own autobiography, I went straight to my Christmas list and added it on (even though it didn’t come out until March)! Unbeknownst to me, my mom preordered the book and had it delivered to my dorm the day it came out (yes, my mom is that awesome).

This book is funny and inspiring and heartbreaking and honest. Collins shares some of her most vulnerable moments in a way that is graceful yet genuine. Many of the discussions in the book are aspects of her life no fans would know about if she had decided not to share her story. Collins said she decided to write the book after many of those fans shared their own stories with her, along with disclaimers like, “I’m sure you’ve never been through something like this but…” or “You probably won’t understand but…”

I think that is why this book is so powerful. Reading about the honest life of someone you look up to (and sometimes put on a pedestal) can be so enlightening. Lily Collins is not immune to insecurities or bad relationships. She’s made mistakes too. And knowing that does not make me look at her as anything less–in fact, it just makes me admire her more. Look at how far she has come. How brave it was to share her story. How sensitive she was in sharing that story, so as not to hurt anyone (even the people who hurt her).

Unfiltered is so easy to read. It came out on the seventh and I’m already here writing this review for you guys. It’s one of those books that makes you think, that challenges your opinions, and that maybe explains some of your own ideas that you could never put into words (hello tattoo chapter)! The one negative thing about this book is that, at times, it seems very clearly aimed at girls more so than boys. Even so, I believe boys would enjoy the book. It’s just a matter of interests.

If you’ve ever compared yourself to someone in the media, ever wondered how they live, or ever felt alone in your struggles, this book is for you.

I hope it inspires everyone to live life unfiltered.

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