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About the Book
In her uniquely provocative voice, Amanda de Cadenet offers an original perspective as a feminist on the front lines of celebrity culture.
Through her interview series, The Conversation, Amanda de Cadenet talks with some of today’s most badass women—from Hillary Clinton to Lady Gaga—in as-honest-as-it-gets conversations that speak to what it means to be female. Now, in It’s Messy, Amanda shares her own story: a portrait of childhood fame, teen motherhood, a high-profile marriage (and divorce), and the sexism that threatened to end her career—all before she turned nineteen.
With the raw honesty and intense passion for which she’s known, Amanda tackles uncomfortable yet familiar topics: ambivalence about motherhood; marriage; sex; body image; and the cultural influences that shape unrealistic expectations for women.Part manual, part manifesto, this intimate, hilarious, and insightful collection of essays challenges stereotypes and social norms, and examines the universal experiences relevant to women today.
“(De Cadenet) is like a wise older sister that commands your respect with her wit, humor, and no-nonsense advice giving.” —Erin Mckelle, Bustle
“A deep and brutally honest dive into the struggles of living under a microscope.” —Girlboss.com
“This collection of essays from the famed lady boss lives up to its title--from her high-profile divorce to sexism...yeah, it’s messy. But it’s also hilarious, inspirational and always, always honest.” —Entertainment Weekly, “Must List”
“Serious and thought-provoking….the overwhelming feminist message on its pages is one of positive resurrection against all the odds. If you want advice on how to ignore the haters on the road to happiness, then this your next read.” —Sunday Times (UK)
“[Amanda is] iron-willed and eloquent…her humor and heart are apparent from the very first page. De Cadenet boasts a triumphant and storied past, and her essays are a treat to devour.” —Courtney Eathorne, Booklist (starred review)
“Intimate and revealing, It’s Messy reads as part confessional memoir, part raw essay collection on the challenges—and power—of being a girl and woman in the world today.” —Goop