Book Review: Admit One: My Life in Film by Emmett James

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

I was looking for something different to read this new year and my friend Jen loaned me the Kindle version of this book. I’m glad she did! I loved it!

The book’s description from Amazon:

Set in Croydon, South London, in the 1980s, Admit One details how self-deprecating writer Emmett James escaped from the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema. Through wry wit and observation, the writer reflects, obsesses, and rages about film and its correlation to our pasts. Life soon imitates art, and the narrator finds that his true calling is in transcendence from one side of the screen to the other. He decides to leave England for the only place where he can realize his dream of becoming an actor–Hollywood.

We follow the narrator on his numerous adventures: as he jumps from forgery to pornography to crashing the Academy Awards under the alias of a nominated writer. All the while, the films that inspired each tale contextualize this humorous collection of stories. The narrator ultimately provides a unique insight into the fascinating industry of film, eventually himself stumbling into the biggest box-office grossing film of all time.

This book is hysterical! I laughed most of the way through it. I love that each movie captures a different growth stage in James’ life. This was an interesting way to journal his life and I thought it worked well! And for those of you who haven’t heard about some of these movies, there is a synopsis of the movie to start each chapter.

My favorite chapter is the Ghostbusters chapter. The story that surrounds it and the disappointment that ensues is comical. James’ writing style is something like I have never read before. If you are looking for something different and funny to read. Pick this one up. You won’t regret it!

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