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Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  45,583 ratings  ·  5,152 reviews
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 occasion
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Ballantine Books
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
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 starting this bo
Sh3lly (

Yes, this is a book about Scientology. But it's not *just* about that. In a way, this book is a typical memoir. It talks about Leah's childhood in Brooklyn, her early career in Hollywood, and her struggles in relationships, etc. I first remember Leah from "Saved By the Bell."

And of course, I loved King of Queens. I think her and Kevin James had great chemistry - and Jerry Stiller was brilliant. I enjoyed the anecdotes about her experiences with other big-name actors. (She has only good things to
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" consiste
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.

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 tel
Petal Eggs
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
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

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
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.
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
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 fixe
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
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
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
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
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
Shelves: nonfiction, z2017, ebook
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.
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!
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
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 Cente
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 documentary
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
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
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.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I knew Scientology was kind of crazy, but this was still surprising. Though I did notice that Leah didn't discuss the exact details of the beliefs behind Scientology, just some of the basics of how things work. I will say she seemed oddly fixated on Tom Cruise who seems to be main catalyst for her break with the religion. Though definitely there's a lot of other things she now realizes were not right with the other people, the system, and the financial demands of the religion.

Side note: Leah na
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A binge watch of the Hulu Originals series "The Path" with Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan (really weirdly excellent, almost worth getting Hulu for this series alone) reminds me I enjoyed the sheer inanity of Leah Remini's Scientology tell-all Troublemaker. If you have even the slightest interest in Scientology's wackadoodle-ness (and I have, but only tangentially: Several Cause Celebre mid-to-late-'90s years volunteering for the food bank for AIDS Project Los Angeles soliciting donations out ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

I thought I knew the insanity of Scientology until I watched the HBO documentary, Going Clear, several months ago. Since then I have been fascinated with the people who have renounced themselves from the cult and have been bold enough to speak the truth of their lives in and now out of the evil philosophy, brainwashing and warped teachings of L. Ron Hubbard. Furthermore, the documentary confirmed and exposed the epic crazy of L. Ron Hubbard, Tom Cruise and David Miscavige which I believed to be
Rachel the Book Harlot
"But that was the policy of the church. You were either all in or all out. It is an extremist religion. There is no middle ground. And there within its structure lies the danger." - Leah Remini

In Troublemaker, Leah Remini takes the reader on a candid tour of her life, from her childhood in Brooklyn, New York through her days as a well-known actor in Hollywood. What ties all of her experiences together was her time as a member of the Church of Scientology. Indoctrinated at the age of 10, Remini r
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Leah Remini’s memoir, “Troublemaker,” delves into the actress’s life as she juggles both her acting career and her participation in the cult known as Scientology. After watching the first two seasons of Remini’s A&E docuseries, I knew I needed to know more. I, of course, had seen “King of Queens,” but I wasn’t overly familiar with Scientology, so both the TV series and this book tuned me in to how utterly insane that “religion” is. It’s so fascinating.

I was already invested in learning more
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Leah Remini is an actor, producer, and #1 New York Times bestselling author. A fixture on television since the age of eighteen, Remini is best known for her beloved role of Carrie on the nine-season hit The King of Queens. Remini went on to produce and star in one of the earliest and most successful comedic web series, In the Motherhood, and appeared in the movie Old School alongside Will Ferrell ...more
“If there is one thing I can brag about and be proud of in my life, it’s my dedication to friendship. If I call you a friend, I mean it. You are now on par with being a family member. Friendships are not made overnight; it takes time, effort, and energy. For me, friendships are tested not in the best of times, but in the worst of times. You don’t always get a second chance to be there for someone when they really need you. So when I say I will be there, I mean it.” 38 likes
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