Book Review

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher


In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. “But it isn’t all sweetness and light sabres.” Alas, aside from a demanding career and her role as a single mother (not to mention the hyperspace hairdo), Carrie also spends her free time battling addiction, weathering the wild ride of manic depression and lounging around various mental institutions. It’s an incredible tale—from having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, to marrying (and divorcing) Paul Simon, from having the father of her daughter leave her for a man, to ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed.

I got this book from my sister. She knew I loved Carrie Fisher and instead of giving it away; she gave it to me when she heard I did not have it. I own most of her books, but this is the first one I have read. After reading this, I am going to bring the others out!

One thing you need to know is Carrie had a dry sense of humor. I have been to multiple conventions (Star Wars of course) and went to her panels and she was a hoot. This book is no exception. If you need a good laugh, this is the book for you. I do not know if she does this in her other books and it would not surprise me if she did, but she practically makes fun of herself. It is kind of why cry when you can laugh about it. On the other side, you can see the love she had for her mother and how close both of them were.

In this book, and again, I do not know if this is the same in her other books, Carrie writes like she is talking to a long-lost friend. The way she wrote, you can feel some emotions, the talking of the hands, and the eye-rolls. Once you are aware and learn Carrie’s humor, you can catch and laugh at the jokes told within the book. This was a fun read, even though you learn how rough her life was from day one.

After reading a few chapters of this book, I did not realize this was her show in book format. I did not see it live, but I saw a special on HBO and it was hilarious. To some, this was a letdown because it did not differ from the show. But, I enjoyed seeing her writing style and how she could transfer the show to book……. or was it book to show, and still keep the light atmosphere the show had.

Even if you have seen the show, I still recommend this book. If you like memoirs, sarcasm, and nonfiction, you would enjoy this. Remember, Carrie had mental issues, and she addressed it in this book. If you are not comfortable, then I would not recommend this book.

I give this book a 4/5

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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