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The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House

2.58  ·  Rating Details ·  964 Ratings  ·  258 Reviews
When other girls her age were experiencing their first crushes, Melissa Sue Anderson was receiving handwritten marriage proposals from fans as young, and younger, than she was. When other girls were dreaming of their first kiss, Melissa was struggling through hers in front of a camera. From age eleven in 1974 until she left the show in 1981, Melissa Anderson literally grew ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Globe Pequot (first published 2010)
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Relyn
Jul 19, 2011 Relyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, really
Recommended to Relyn by: Allison Arngrim
Shelves: abandoned, memoir
I recently read Little Bitch on the Prairie by Allison Arngrim. It was interesting and funny and a really good read. It wasn't at all like what I have long assumed celebrity autobiographies are like. Not full of name dropping and self promotion. Not full of so much "who the heck cares?" detail. Allison's book was funny, witty and full of heart. And she didn't seem to think much of Melissa Anderson. So, of course, I had to find out more.

Bummer. Melissa's book didn't shed much light on what I was
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Kressel Housman
After reading the memoirs of “Little House on the Prairie” actresses Melissa Gilbert and Alison Arngrim, both of which depict co-star Melissa Sue Anderson as aloof at best and downright mean at worst, I thought Melissa Sue deserved a chance to defend herself in her own memoir. Whether or not she’s mean, I can’t say. As I think she wrote her memoir after theirs, she had her chance to get back at them, and she didn’t. She told only one negative story about Melissa Gilbert’s attention-seeking and w ...more
Thebookthief
I'll be honest; I tried to read this book. In the end, I wound up skimming it because it was written so badly.

Anderson spends rather too much time addressing what she wore to bring out the colour of her eyes, or otherwise flattering herself, and the majority of the book is little more than recaps of various Little House episodes. Then there are the scenes where she will recount conversations from decades before, miraculously word for word. Sometimes she even attempts to recreate them by writing
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Cara
This book was super boring. After reading Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by the actress who played Nellie Oleson, I was very curious about Melissa Sue Anderson, who played Mary and was apparently quite a little snot to the other child actresses, if not to everybody. I was hoping this book would give her perspective and explain what was going on. Totally not, however. The vast majority of the book was a rehash of the plots of the Little House episodes featuring Mary. That was probably 85%, then a ...more
Halpey
Jul 07, 2010 Halpey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Whoa. Wow. In a word, 'Craptacular'. This book was majorly disappointing. After reading Melissa Gilbert and Alison Arngrim's books, I have to rate this one fifth. Yes, fifth place out of three books. It's that bad. I'm guessing the actresses that played Carrie and perhaps the dog who played Jack would be better reads than this waste of time, money, and effort. If you take away the retelling of Little House episodes, you'd have about five pages of text. I'm baffled why Melissa Sue Anderson would ...more
Cheryl Malandrinos
In her new memoir, "The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House", Melissa Anderson, who played Mary Ingalls on the classic family show Little House on the Prairie, shares her memories of several Little House episodes and her career during her time on the iconic show.

Taking readers from her initial meeting with beloved creator, actor and producer, Michael Landon, through After-School Specials, Love Boat episodes, The Equalizer, and more, Anderson speaks fondly of the career she temp
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G
Jun 12, 2010 G rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Way I See It A Look Back At My Life On Little House by Melissa Anderson was the most disappointing memoir I've EVER read. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was to read this book, especially after meeting Ms. Anderson at the Book Expo America in May. I even had a nice conversation with Melissa and she was kind enough to not only autograph my book but she posed for a picture with me as well. You seem, I loved Little House on The Prairie, as did most girls back in the 70's and 80's, ...more
Rhonda
May 13, 2010 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
have to honestly say that this book was so much better than the Melissa Gilbert book. The reason that it was so much better and deserves five stars is because it focused more on "Little House", had a lot of wonderful stories, the pictures were great and went deeper into the life of Melissa Sue Anderson without having anything vulgar in it. I reccommend it to all of the bookworms like me, and also for big fans of "Little House"(which I am also.)


You get to see more of the personality of Michael
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Kristin
Nov 13, 2011 Kristin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This may be the worst Little House memoir of all. It is the unemotional and cold account of Melissa Sue Anderson's time on Little House On the Prairie. It was so unbelievably dull. At the time I read it my life was extremely stressful and this book certainly didn't tax my brain and it enabled me to fall asleep each night with ease.

I have to wonder what the point of this book was? To relive a cherished time in America's golden age of wholesome TV? Um no. To put to rest the rumors that she was unf
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Carolyn
May 19, 2012 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I appreciate Melissa Anderson's clean approach to telling her story which means "no use of profanity." It was an easy read, unlike Melissa Gilbert's book which contained too much unnecessary use of profanity and sexual relationships. Melissa Anderson's story shows that actors and actresses can lead a clean life without constant marriage breakups and having sex with every person one meets. She has a lot of morals about her that is highly appreciated. This is a book tha ...more
Cheryl Gatling
Remember that opening scene to The Little House on the Prairie, when the girls were running downhill in a field of wildflowers? Well, nothing was actually growing at that time of year, and all the flowers were plastic, stuck into the ground on little wires. That's the kind of fun thing you learn reading this book. Word on the street says that this is one dull memoir, and by today's standards, it is. Melissa Anderson (called Melissa Sue Anderson back in the day) was never abused, never did drugs, ...more
Lori
Apr 09, 2010 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I heard about this book, I literally could not wait to dive into it. I was like a kid on Christmas morning, opening the book with the same type of awe usually afforded to that Red Ryder BB gun or Barbie's deluxe penthouse. So I should probably begin this review with a disclaimer - - I love Little House on the Prairie. I loved the books when I was little, I loved the television show and I love reading about production of the show and what went on behind the scenes.

The Way I See It is Meliss
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Amy
Apr 06, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-actors
Finally ... an autobiography by a child star that has not screwed up her life by doing drugs, alcohol, etc.

In the book, Melissa says that if she could advise child actors, she would tell them: Make sure you have something you can fall back on. Make sure your life doesn't only revolve around show business. Develop different interests and, most of all, get to know the great person that is way down deep. Spend your hard-earned money wisely. Furthering your education is a good idea. Make the most of
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Natalie
Jan 26, 2012 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was DULL. I liked the beginning, highlighting the pilot and little insider notes. I found myself Googling the area in California where it was shot and feeling nostalgic for the 70's. After the first 20 pages, I even Youtubed the pilot, and watched it again, some 30 years after I watched it as a kid. But the format in which this memoir was written was too weird to be engaging.

Firstly, it feels like she had the whole series out and was watching the episodes while writing down notes then
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Kim
Jan 18, 2012 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished, library
You have to be a real Little House fan to even care about 3/4 of what she has written. Apparently, her "research" for this book involved watching every old episode of the show, and giving her memories from the shooting of each. Each chapter contains a episode summary form one or two shows, with passive-aggressive stabs at her co-stars sprinkled throughout.
I picked up this book, because I kind of felt she was being portrayed unfairly by her costars in their memoirs.... What do you know: they wer
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Kristina Hoerner
May 23, 2010 Kristina Hoerner rated it did not like it
I would give this book a half star if I could. It was horrible and gives autobiographies a bad name. Having read Melissa Gilbert's memoir and Alison Angrim, I was looking forward to the third take on growing up in the Little House series. Melissa Sue Anderson really did not understand the point. This book did not mention her parents or life before she auditioned for the series. You don't know until the last page whether or not she had siblings. You have only a couple of pages on her
husband and k
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Sara
Boring, so boring. Who is Melissa Anderson? I hadn't a clue before and I haven't a clue now. Not as good as Melissa Gilbert's bio. Not as good as Alison Arngrid's, either. Is she hiding something?
Sharon
Apr 09, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
After reading some of the other reviews, I was a little nervous about reading this book, but I am finding the book to be charming. It is as though little Mary Ingalls was writing it. Like some other reviewers have stated, it is apparent that Melissa is watching the episodes as she's writing it. I find that to be interesting because it's as though one is sitting beside her watching the episodes with her as she shares her personal experiences, her thoughts and views of the episodes and those that ...more
Leslie
Oct 10, 2010 Leslie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Way I See It lacked any depth. The book made me wonder if she remembers her time on Little House. She mentioned at the beginning that she was doing her research for the book by watching the episodes over again. That was obvious: The book read very much like a report. It consisted of synopses of various episodes with an occasional "It was neat to work with that actor/actress," etc.

Any mention of her co-stars is very vague, with comments of, "So-and-so probably wasn't happy about that." The ex
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Ashley
Feb 07, 2011 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I wanted an episode guide to Little House, I would use Wikipedia.

I found this book painful to read and ended up skimming the last half of it. Where's all the behind-the-scenes stuff? It was very lightly sprinkled in with boring episode descriptions. I felt like I was reading an essay written by a 6th grader.

I also found the book to be completely unrealistic. It read as if Melissa rarely had problems, and the problems she had were made cute by her dialogue and dry descriptions. When I read a m
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Myra
Dec 30, 2010 Myra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Anderson reminisces on her years playing Mary Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, and what it was like to grow up on this classic show.

Overall, I was very disappointed in this book. Melissa spent at least half of the book basically transcribing scenes from various episodes that she was in, occasionally offered a comment about them here or there. After about the tenth time this happened, I found myself basically skimming those parts, hoping for some substance. Sadly, I never really fo
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Camelama
Another autobiography that could have used a lot more editing, some writing assitance, and a few more revisions.

Hated - oh so strongly hated - the faux screenplay text portions of the book. Geez. Just tell your story. Don't make us parse through a fake screenplay to figure out what's going on.

Hated the line by line re-enactments of individual Little House episodes. We know - we've watched them. We don't need you telling us all about them again. Spend more time on how you felt in those episodes,
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Leigh
Jun 27, 2010 Leigh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am only halfway through this farce of a book and I just finished Alison Arngrim's memoir of her time spent on LHOP...everything Alison says about Missy Anderson being rude and standoffish is being confirmed for me. Melissa comes off as incredibly snotty and arrogant in her book and the writing is just terrible. The "scripted" dialogue is distracting and Melissa takes every opportunity to praise herself, praise herself through others' comments and slam her former co-stars. Not my cup of tea. Al ...more
Carry
Jun 08, 2011 Carry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What utter tripe. Wow, this woman really thinks highly of herself. I can't tell you the amount of times she wrote about her white teeth and how she used Pearl Drops to get them that way. Most of the book is a re-telling of each of her best episodes. There was little information about her relationships with family or cast. She is quick to point out how beautiful she was, how talented everyone said she was and how she is the perfect parent. It's quite disgusting. She seems to believe she was the b ...more
Rj
Jun 01, 2010 Rj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2010
I was a HUGE Little House fan! And Mary was my favorite character. This book, however, was a huge disappointment. Melissa Anderson is not a writer. I found her sections written in the form of a script annoying and disruptive to the flow of the book. There were certainly some interesting tidbits in there. Mostly though, Anderson just gave a recap of some of her most memorable epidsodes. She obviously didn't like Melissa Gilbert and I wish she would have just come out and said it rather than putti ...more
Corey
Jun 18, 2010 Corey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010, kindle
Since I'd read all of the other little house alums books, I figured that I would give Melissa Anderson's a try even though the reviews were pretty bad. What I've read review wise is pretty dead on with how the book is. Very bland, dry and boring. Melissa makes it sound like she was the best thing about little house and is almost just too perky about the whole experience. She summarizes a few shows from each season she was in and throws in the rare tidbit about filming here and there. The beginni ...more
Wendy McClure
Aug 21, 2010 Wendy McClure rated it did not like it
If you've ever wished that you could read an actor's DVD commentary in expensive hardcover book form, you are so in luck.
Kelly
Jul 09, 2011 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
I got this book at the same time I got Alison Arngrim's book and since it was a lot shorter I read it first and finished it quite quickly. I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Most of the book was just a rehash of the plots of the Little House episodes she was featured in with a few extra tidbits here and there. It did bring back a lot of memories of watching these episodes but the book read more like a movie commentary, you know where the director or one of the actors just gab while the movi ...more
Sarah
Sep 13, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
"The Way I See It" starts abruptly with the author getting a call from her agent about auditioning for Little House. There is no back story given, and from the start, it is assumed that the reader already knows quite a bit about the show and the actors involved. The writing was choppy, often moving from one topic to the next from paragraph to paragraph with no transition. Much of the book was recaps of her favorite episodes, which she was apparently watching as she wrote the book.
I wanted to rea
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Jennifer Melnyk
Jun 14, 2013 Jennifer Melnyk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't make myself finish reading this book. I found myself WANTING to read a book but then remembering that this was the book I had borrowed from the library and just... I didn't want to read anymore if this book was my option.

Melissa Sue Anderson stated MANY times in this book that people told her that she "had a story to tell" here. Man, I really wish she would have told it. Also, some of her recollections are soooo detailed that they become unbelievable.

I agree with another reviewer he
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