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Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,360 ratings  ·  464 reviews
Navigating through youth and young adulthood isn't easy, and in Sorry Not Sorry, Naya Rivera shows us that we're not alone in the highs, lows, and in-betweens. Whether it's with love and dating, career and ambition, friends, or gossip, Naya inspires us to follow our own destiny and step over--or plod through--all the crap along the way. After her rise and fall from early c ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Tarcherperigee
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Luna Totally! Anya doesn't speak about breakups that much, maybe once or twice. This book is more about her life experience with family, friends and learni…moreTotally! Anya doesn't speak about breakups that much, maybe once or twice. This book is more about her life experience with family, friends and learning about life.(less)
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Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rest In Power Queen.


Praying for her family, friends and fans.

2020 just keeps getting worse.

I didn't expect my first read of the new decade to be a book written by Santana from Glee...

But here we are.

Sorry Not Sorry by Naya Rivera was unexpectedly good. Celebrity memoirs are hit or miss but Sorry Not Sorry was most def a hit.

Naya has lived quite the interesting life. For most celebrity memoirs the most interesting parts are when they hit it big but with Naya's book her Glee years w
Tylah Marie
For anyone who knows me knows that Naya Rivera has been my celebrity crush and idol for as long as I can remember. It’s a funny story actually but back in the day when Glee was on - I was obsessed. I lived and breathed Glee and Naya (and Brittana). I had a fan account on Twitter for the show and Naya. And that’s how I met my girlfriend. We both had fan accounts on Twitter for the same show and person and now here we are - still dating 4 years later. Crazy how things happen. I was supposed to get ...more
Krista Regester
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
edit: I've gone back and forth on changing/editing my review since Naya's too early departure, but I stand by what I stated below about this book, so I won't delete it. Although please know: I feel so much more than this about her. I think I expected 'Santana' when I first started reading, and because I didn't get that I was of course: disappointed. What Naya Rivera accomplished on Glee was so far beyond what anyone could have imagined. She gave a strong, badass, voice and presence to a gay char ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, audiobook
I listened to this book on Audible. It was narrated by Naya Rivera.

Like I've said before, I'm not a big fan of audio books. I usually can't really get into them. This one though was well done and very enjoyable. The only complaint I have is that it seems forced at times, which is something I hate and even more so when it's read by the author, but it wasn't often enough to really get on my nerves. I also have to say that I watched Glee. I wasn't a big fan of the show overall but I was a Brittana
Lyn Couey 📚
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up. is about Glee actress Naya Rivera, who played Santana Lopez on the show. It's really what you would expect from any book of this type, it's not going to change your life or give you any deep insights. Naya starts by talking about being successful at a very early age and then not being able to get a job for years and years after. Her accounts are very honest but very blunt and that's not going to work for some readers. She's not 100% likable beca
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a funny, intelligent and bullshit-free account of Naya’s life to date. I devoured it in one sitting. This is a fun little read that will take you behind the scenes of Naya Rivera's life. If you weren't a fan of hers before, you sure as hell will be after reading this honest and heartwarming account of a life journey full of mistakes and great triumphs.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
An autobiography where Naya inadvertently shows that there wasn't too much acting involved playing Santana.
Chloe (Always Booked)
I didn't know who this girl was going into it so I'm not a fan or a hater, but I definitely did NOT like her. She's immoral, arrogant, and haughty. The whole book is her saying things she's sorry and not sorry for. It details all of the terrible things she's done, but not in a self deprecating or more mature way. It's just like- here's what I did- suck it. She name drops and talks about how she's not going to use the book to exploit or trash other people, but then she turns around and does exact ...more
Ashley Marie
I appreciate celebs who read their own memoirs, regardless of whether they actually wrote them or not. Naya made Glee one of my favorite shows; I was so happy when Santana was featured in songs and got good storylines. Overall this was a solid memoir.

But I also appreciate people who don't beat on other people. I'm not going to pretend like I know your life but I don't care what your issue is -- violence is not the answer unless it's self-defense and someone deserves to get maimed. This book felt
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading this book I never thought I would have given it 5 stars as it seemed a pretty frivolous, fun read. I used to watch Glee for a while. I wondered what it was like behind the scenes. It is so much more than that and a bullshit free zone.

I'm giving it 5 stars because it had me doing what all my favourite books do; carrying it everywhere in case a spare minute presents itself to read more, sneaking away from my colleagues to read uninterrupted at lunch, simultaneously anticipat
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I knew I'd read this quickly as it was short and was hoping to get some insider Glee knowledge, of which she provides some but not much. I appreciated her honesty about some tough issues but still sense she is a little full of herself. Which is fine, she's an actress and that can be expected but it comes off that way in the book. So a quick and fine read but nothing that will stand out.
Marisa Bisaccia [book whisperer]
I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to read how she started out and all the troubles she went through. Not only as a child but, as an adult too. She had to face a lot but, never the less was able to overcome everything and power through! Great story and a wonderful and amazing woman!!!
Kori ☾
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, memoir, favorites
I just want to say that all these 1 and 2 star reviews are from Big Sean fans or Rachel lovers (I joke). Now, on to my VERY BIAS review. I say bias because I currently have a huge crush on Naya (thanks Step Up)

I read her bio in 2 days. Front to back. Everything. Every little thing. That’s rare because I hate sappy intros, dedications and whatever. Honestly, I would have read it one day if I stayed up a bit and read when I got home from work. Also, yes you read that correctly.... I read this whil
Valerity (Val)
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2000s, 2020, 1900-s
I enjoyed this audiobook narrated by the author a great deal. It was so impressive to hear her talk about her career that started so young, yet still sounding so very down to earth. It held my interest all the way through as she talked about growing up, and her family, being broke at times when she didn’t get a lot of acting gigs around her early teens, etc. I went into this not knowing a lot about Naya Rivera, as I’ve not really watched Glee, so this helped me to feel like I know more about her ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This turned out to be a pretty good memoir about Naya's experiences of getting an abortion, being on glee, success, family life, and even her relationship with God. Just taking off a star because some of the things I just found kind of boring, I would definitely recommend this one though, especially if you are a fan of Glee because this had LOTS of tea.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars (rounded up after some internal debate.)
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I purchased this book on Tuesday as part of my women-authored-memoir spree. So far I’ve read Mara Wilson’s and Abby Wambach’s; I have two book club books to read before I can dive into Diane Guerrero’s book. As evidenced by the photo I’ve included, this book was perfect as the fall equivalent of a good beach read – enjoy it with a cup of cocoa or tea, and be ready to go through it in one sitting.

Ms. Rivera is best known to most of us as Santana from Glee, but this is not a Glee memoir (and that
Emily Nicholas | Emily The Book Nerd
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I have always loved Naya Rivera ever since she was on Glee. I had no idea she had been in show business since childhood. Her quirks and stories were very relatable and I very much enjoyed reading them. The back stories and behind the scene stories from the set of Glee were my favorite. This wasn't surprising to me since it's one of my favorite shows even to this day. I actually met Naya when she was touring for Glee and I was very much surpr
Feyzan - The Raven Boy
After rewatching glee on Netflix I got this undeniable urge to read this book mostly for behind the scenes TEA and to know the woman behind my favourite character from the show - Santana Lopez, the mean Biatch. And the Queen didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed the book.

This book was a quick and fun read. Naya was as funny as her character was in glee but not as mean (Thank God) Her writing style was good, it kept me engaged.

This book is something that i think only glee fans would appreciate. H
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this! I actually legitimately read passages out loud because they were so funny and on-point. As someone who didn't pay attention to Glee gossip while it was airing, it was interesting to have my first journey into that world be through Naya's perspective. Also the stories from her early life were so fun and relatable, and made me love this random celebrity that I previously hadn't cared about at all.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Read it through in one evening.
The stories in itself are honest and funny. But i am not entirely convinced how they were put together. (It gets better towards the end, but misses a real conclusion)
Still it made me laugh out loud more than once, and although i do not completly agree with all her views it made me respect her honesty.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs, audio-books
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I won this book in the goodreads firstreads giveaways. I like to read memoirs so tried out for Naya Rivera's. My daughter and I are fans of the television show "Glee" Naya writes about her life growing up in California and starting out as a child actress. She worked with Redd Foxx, and in some of the tv sitcoms in the 90s for awhile her career as an actress was not going anywhere. When in 2009 she landed the role of Santana Lopez in Glee. Naya writes of her regrets and not having regrets ending ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I've read snippets of the book in several articles and it got me intrigued.
Looks like she spilled really hot
May 25, 2017 added it
First Who? Weekly book club book down, a million to go! How long before these very sad celeb memoirs break my spirit entirely? Tune in next month to find out!
Jan 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
well that was a waste of everybody’s time
Jenna Vahue
I've been wanting to get my hands on this book ever since I heard it was in the works to be published last year. I was unfortunately a Glee fan in high school until the show descended into madness during its last two seasons. I didn't initially like Santana Lopez's character, but I thought she was pretty and her voice was better than the main character's voice.

I switched to a new audiobook app called Hoopla that offers free audiobooks based off of my library card instead of wasting money on Aud
Katie Harder-schauer
I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program in the hopes that I would leave an honest review.

This book was one of my most desired wins on Goodreads. I literally squealed when I got the email informing me that I'd won, because I'm a big fan of Santana on Glee. Actually, my feelings for Santana are kind of love/hate types of feelings because she's really not a nice person for quite a while, but she grows on you in the end. Reading about Naya's feelings playin
Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up

I Picked Up This Book Because: Curiosity… I guess.

The Story:

Naya has lived an interesting life. Not as wild and crazy as some Hollywood child stars but definitely different than your traditional upbringing. Going into this book I only knew Naya from her role as Santana Lopez on Glee. While listening to this book I discovered she’s been acting all her life. Turns out one of her first big rolls was a character I loved on the TV
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