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Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

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The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasio
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Ballantine Books
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Franny lu check your library, download to a mp3 player.. this lady sure has herself some pair. If I was in trouble I want Leah on my side.
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I'm going to admit. When I heard the this book was coming out I was curious and then I why did she stay in that religion so long if it's so crazy? Is she nuts?
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I'm so damn nosey about stuff like this though. I want to know the secrets without having to enter into the realm of the crazy.
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Shut up, Xenu. My ass is broke so I can't fork over enough dough for you anyways. Plus, I'm a bit on the big mouth side like Leah Remini...but think the southern version of her.
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Upon startin
Miranda Reads
If the Church Cult of Scientology doesn't horrify you, then you don't know enough.
By their actions, they will show you who they are.
Leah Remini was indoctrinated into the Cult at a young age by her mother. Her mother, stuck in an abusive relationship, broke free with the help of the "benevolent" Cult. Little did she know that she was signing away her family's freedom.

As a result, Leah spent many of her formative years internalizing and projecting their beliefs. Her "basic training" cons
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I just spent an embarrassingly long amount of time going down the Scientology rabbit hole. How do people follow this so blindly. Pay me more to get to the next level?! 😮😮😮🤯🤯 it’s straight up bonkers. The parts of this book about her life took a backseat to this crazy religion. And am I the only one left wondering where the leader of the cults wife is?? Really.... where is she????
Steph Sinclair
I tend to listen to autobiographies on audio because I love hearing stories in the voice of the teller. And I've been a huge fan of Remini for years because she's hilarious such a badass in my eyes. So I purchased this without any second guesses and was not disappointed. This was absolutely excellent, horrifying, hilarious, disturbing and addictive. It reads like a mystery/thriller and then I'd remember it's real life and become super horrified on a loop. But I could not stop listening.

Petra eXpects nothing & so won't be disappointed
What I got from this book is the usual stuff about Scientology. No one writes anything good about it. It's all what a terrible scam and wicked cult it is that absolutely controlled their lives. And how the author (any author of these exposé books) was deluded for many years as were there entire families and friends and suddenly they realised the truth. Do these authors realise how stupid they sound?

All these conversions from are about as convincing at conversions to. I could never take Karen Ar
Justin Tate
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whoa!! This is EYE-OPENING. Went in knowing nothing about Leah Remini or Scientology, left feeling overwhelmed and a little freaked out about this whole world of existence. I can and can't believe it. I grew up within "normal" organized religion and that was creepy enough. Sadly, it's easy to see how Scientology gathers followers by exploiting the basic human need for spirituality, then adds in some sinister mobster stuff to keep them trapped.

The book is certainly not your typical Hollywood rag
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Oh Leah. Leah, Leah, Leah . . .

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While this book had my curiosity peaked (EDIT: like a peak higher than Mt. Everest, Ron) upon release (I mean who DOESN’T want to know about the Cult of Personality Scientology at this point, right?) I didn’t have plans on reading it. Why, you may ask? Mainly because I had almost convinced myself the story would be nothing but bullshit before even reading the blurb. Leah Remini’s run on a successful
Mariah Roze
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mariah Roze by: Delaine
Leah Remini is an actress that I have never heard of before and knew nothing about. However, I just recently read another book about Scientology: Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill and Lisa Pulitzer, that was suggested to me by a Goodreads' friend. That book was fantastic and sparked my interest in learning more about Scientology. When I reviewed that book another friend suggested this one to me. I am so glad she did because this book ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unlike most celebrity tell-all's Leah Remini doesn't try to paint herself as perfect or attempt to whitewash her past. She starts the book by telling you about all her faults & I think it makes her all the more believable. Troublemaker is a harrowing glimpse inside a cult that paints itself as a religion. A must read. ...more

I may write an in-depth review after I’ve had time to think on this one some. Right now I don’t even know where to begin really. The stuff in this book, which I’m sure is the unvarnished truth, is off-the-charts crazy. It's very tempting to write a detailed review laying the whole thing out, but I’m going to try to refrain from doing that; people really need to get this right from Leah Remini. And it’s a very easy and entertaining read. Suffice it for now to say Scientology is absolutely
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars.

2017 The Most Average of Average Award

I will not be writing a review for this one.
I guess in a way...that is my review.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

While this isn't the most well written book around, the audio version is magnetic and you won't be able to turn away.

I loved, loved, loved listening to Leah Remini tell her story. Her Brooklyn accent sounds like home to me (I have no accent, but most of my family is from Queens and pronounces words the same way- "whoo-are!"). She was a really engaging narrator and she made her story come alive.

I've already read a ton and watched a ton about the cult of Scientology and the crooks that run it, so
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 eye opening stars !
I wasn't a fan of her before I listened to this. I've never seen any of her shows. I'm not a TV watcher. When I ended her story I was her fan, not for her acting but for her mouth, her loud never cower attitude. She was beaten down emotionally, publicly, and she slightly bent but never broke. She witnessed the crazy, was aware that something was not as it was said to be. Double standards, backstabbing, preferential treatment, mental abuse, physical abuse, money gorging, an
I love Leah Remini. I love her attitude, her candor, her directness...I think she's hilarious even when she's not trying to be. When I decided to read her memoir: Troublemaker, I expected a lot more comedy than I got. But I wasn't disappointed, I was actually pleasantly surprised.

The audiobook experience was excellent in my opinion. Leah narrates it herself and it's like she is speaking directly to the reader. She discusses her childhood, her family, her entry into the church of Scientology, an
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
“There is no shortage of people who would be willing to say “Leah can be an asshole”—my own mother can attest to that. And if I am all these things the church may claim, then isn’t it also accurate to say that in the end, thirty-plus years of dedication, millions of dollars spent, and countless hours of study and training didn’t really “fix” me? Perhaps Scientology doesn’t work.”


Good question. And wow! Millions of dollars spent for a religion. Why would anybody do that? Why must people be fi
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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Leah Remini was an actress on a lot of TV shows I didn't watch. She also used to be a Scientologist. TROUBLEMAKER is a celebrity memoir about her big break and her rise to fame, but it's also about growing up as a Scientologist, an inside look at some of the inner-workings of a religion that is known for being secretive and invasive, and a tell-all about why she chose to leave.

This is a really compelling memoir and I breezed through it i
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued about Leah's story since she hit headlines when she left the "church" of Scientology. I finally got my hands on a copy- audio, and immediately fell in love with it. She is a very specific character and knows who she is to the point, that it was like she was sitting next to me telling me her very personal story. She tells it like it is, and I appreciated the no-nonsense writing and the stories. I don't know which to recommend more- the audio, which was incredible, or the book- as ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was really good. It was equally about Leah and Scientology. If you're interested in Scientology, you should definitely read this. Sometimes reading biographies makes me like the person less but this book made me like Leah Remini a lot more. ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Initially a bit challenged (or dare I say put off) by the cadence of this audio, I eventually got used to the speed and unique structure of the author’s reading style. She had to read her own story, of course, and to hear her read it is to connect to its authenticity.

This book surprised me, but not in the ways I expected. I marveled at her ability to balance her life in the Church with her life outside of it. It seemed as if she spent a tremendous amount of time doing Church things, yet she did
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Belief and faith are great, but very few people have been led astray by thinking for themselves."

I finished this book at one AM on a work night, when I had to be up at 6 AM the next morning. I did this even though I knew I would feel like shit the next morning, because I just couldn't help myself. I was thinking, boy, I should go to bed! I'm going to regret this tomorrow (and probably the days after)! And then I just kept reading. That is the power of this book. In the morning, my eyes were so
Having pretty much no idea of who Leah Remini is, I still enjoyed listening to this autobiography/scientology-bashing book, which she narrated herself.

I am not a religious person, having soured on my Catholic upbringing during my teens. However, I still respect those that choose to believe in Catholicism because it brings them happiness and often provides them support in tough times. I do not have any respect whatsoever for Scientology; I cannot believe that any true religion that is interested
Kathy W
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Scientology is going to be sooooo pissed! This book is good, dishy and fall down funny. Leah is loud, brash and very NY. LOVE IT!!

update: So I just finished this book. OMG it DOES NOT disappoint! It's deliciously dishy and totally in your face like Leah herself.

Boiled down it's the classic story of a person leaving an extremist religious group/cult. If you enjoyed Deborah Feldman's UnOrthadox, you'll love this book!
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Leah Remini
I've loved Leah Remini since watching her on The King of Queens. She's funny and raw. When I heard about her autobiography, I knew I had to read it. But when I found out there was an audiobook version and Leah Remini herself narrated it, I had to listen to it.

“How the fuck did you get into some crazy shit like this?”

Who better to narrate Leah's story than Leah herself?

Just as the title suggests, this memoir is mainly about Hollywood and Scientology. Having watched Going Clear, the documenta
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I have read several "tell-all" books from those who've left Scientology so a lot of what I saw here isn't really new. That said Ms. Remini does by relating her life endorse what's been said by others who have written about their lives and experiences within Scientology.

Some of it is really (I'm sure) unbelievable to anyone who hasn't been in or at least known some one who has been in or involved with a cult.

There is however a look at Scientology that we haven't gotten (or if we have I'm not awar
When I realized that I had to read a biography for my reading challenge with the Machalo chicks this year, I was like, "No, please God, No!! I hate biographies! Just strike me down instead! Take my first born child!"

Okay, maybe that was a little crazy. But, you know what's crazier? Scientology!

And, the weird thing is that she doesn't even talk about the alien part of the religion. Yet, it still comes off as bat-shit crazy - along with being an extremely dangerous cult.

This book will make you so
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was so excited when I heard that this book was coming out.

I LOVE Leah Remini, and after she left Scientology in 2013 my curiosity about both her and Scientology increased.

This was also only my second audio-book ever! I have nothing against audio books I just hadn't had the opportunity to listen to one until recently.

Considering I really like Leah and that I'd been wanting to learn more about Scientology for awhile, I figured this would be a good one. And it really was. I enjoyed listening to
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Combative, inquisitive, and argumentative is how Leah Remini describes herself. As such, it makes me wonder if she ever would have become a Scientologist of her own free will. Instead, her mother got herself and two daughters involved shortly after her divorce from Leah's father, a mean and verbally abusive person. So from a very young age, Leah was brainwashed or indoctrinated into the "church" of Scientology and Tom Cruise's odd ways. (The quotes are mine as I don't understand how this cult wi ...more
Jen from Quebec :0)
I am fascinated by the subject of Scientology, and have watched Leah Remini's TV show on A&E about the topic, SO I didn't think I had any real need to ALSO read her book- but I was wrong.

This is a fantastic, insider account of the 'church' and it is different (and more interesting, IMO) than other stories/books about Scientology since, AS a celebrity, Remini was granted access to people and events that ordinary Scientologists do not get to experience. Such as the use of the 'Celebrity Center' S
Frau Nightingale
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read this within a day. It is well written. Remini reflects also her earlier years with Scientology. Like expected pretty shocking and disturbing. Tom Cruise gets a lot of attention from her.
So glad for Leah Remini that she is now free of these inhuman behaviour and can live her life with her family. I hope, she will find peace with herself.
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