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It's Your Universe: You Have the Power to Make It Happen

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Ashley Eckstein grew up inspired by all things Disney. She launched Her Universe, an apparel company catering to fan girls, which has become a preferred partner for Disney and their girl power initiative.

In IT'S YOUR UNIVERSE, Ashley shares her own life lessons, as well as lessons from iconic Disney characters, as a way to inspire girls to create big dreams and work to mak
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Hardcover, 204 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Disney Editions
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Elizabeth Gold
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved how this book was made with love and heart. It is one of my favorite reads, Ashely Eckstein did an amazing job! It inspired me to work harder at making my dream come true!
Jordan Lynch
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I've always been a Star Wars fan, it wasn't until a few years ago that I started getting into the expanded Star Wars universe. The books were obviously my first move, but I quickly found myself intrigued by the lone Star Wars television show: Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It seemed like there were a lot of varying opinions about the show, and the most controversy surrounded the creation of a single character. Ahsoka Tano was created specifically for the show, and although her role as Anaki ...more
Cambear
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Part biography, love letter to Disney and a roadmap for girl empowerment.

This is Ashley’s tale of how she grew up as a Disney fan girl and became an entrepreneur with a successful business. She frames her life story around life lessons and inspiration from Disney movies to help motivate readers to chase their own dreams. It’s positive, honest and optimistic which is great inspiration for young teens everywhere. Bonus points for some of the cute illustrations throughout the book.

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Laura
Dec 22, 2018 added it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
I’m not going to rate this because I couldn’t finish it. It was so twee? Which I guess I should have expected for a book about Disney - this isn’t a knock on Disney or people who love it, because I do too. It’s just that it shouldn’t have been hard for me to see that there’d be a lot of overly sentimental sap in here.

I think it would’ve been better as a straight up memoir of a woman making her way in the world and creating a business, rather than the self-help stuff? I hate books that are like “
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Jessica
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This would be the perfect gift for the tween in your life! Not too heavy that the advice feels overwhelming, but gets young folks started in thinking about how to make their dreams come true. Ashley's optimism and work ethic shine through in this part memoir part self-help book and it was a joy to read even as a thirty-something. ...more
Holly
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book! I’d met Ashley once before at an event at Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios and the tone of this book felt just like it did then, a genuine sit down between people with a conversation of life and encouragement.
I did get the impression that perhaps this book is geared to a younger audience however don’t let that stop you from reading this, it really is a wonderful mixture of the story of her life, how Her/Our Universe came Into being and words and exercises of enc
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Rachel
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Encouragement from Ahsley Eckstein (Star Wars voice actor and creator of Her Universe) to pursue dreams and stay with it. Her Disney background and examples very much resonated with me and provided a new backdrop for thinking about goals, dedication, and persistence.
Heather
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book makes me feel like I can take on the world. And the illustrations are pretty rad too.
Melissa C. Nower
This book really had me dreaming and wanting to do something! It’s so magical! It’s like Ashley Eckstien holds some of her own magical powers in writing through the whole book! And she really is a giver of hope to all fangirls and fanboys, and all young adults who need it to absolutely dream it, do it and trust it. I’m keeping this book as a reminder for not giving up hope and having faith in oneself.
Saimi Korhonen
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
"First of all... don't let anyone tell you, 'No, you can't.' And if you don't mind... please allow me to be the person to tell you, 'Yes, you can!'"

This was such a sweet book. What else could you expect from Ashley Eckstein, who is honestly one of those human equivalents of rays of sunshine? In this book she tells us how she made it as an actress, how she became the voice of Ahsoka Tano in the Clone Wars and how she created Her Universe, her groundbreaking fashion business just for fangirls. S
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michele
I thought this book was only ok. I wasn't as motivational as I thought and I wonder if I'd have enjoyed it more if I was a bigger fangirl?? I also felt the photos didn't help the story either. It seemed more like a scrapbook and a way to share her favourite moments, which is great, but would be more apt for an autobiography instead of a book that seems to be more tailored as a self help book. I wouldn't recommend this book for someone looking for power/encouragement on how to make their goals ha ...more
Jo
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a young girl, I could always be found in the boys' apparel section. This was partly because I was a a tomboy but also because the girls' apparel section never featured any of the series that I liked -- first Pokemon, then Yu-Gi-Oh!, and lastly, of course, Star Wars.

Looking back as a grown woman, I am amazed at how things have changed, and Ashley Eckstein's Her Universe clothing company has played an enormous role in increasing the amount of apparel for Star Wars fangirls, as well as increasin
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MeredithJ83
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Giving this book 5 stars was a no brainer for me because I have followed and loved Ashley Eckstein's Her Universe brand for a long time. I knew I woud love this book, but didn't know exactly what it would be about. After reading it, I like to call It's Your Universe a type of guide book. It's very inspirational and eye opening on how to move forward with your dreams. Ashley talks about her success but doesn't stop there. She explains her success. It makes you sit back and think; hmmm...I could b ...more
Kathleen Elizabeth
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a cute little inspirational, "if you dream it, you can do it" book (see what I did there, I just used her own motto). It was touch and go at the beginning because I had to get used to the tone of the book that's clearly meant for a younger audience. I honestly almost abandoned it after just a few pages thinking "Okay this is way too juvenile for me." However, I stuck with it because it got more interesting to me when author Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano in the TV show "Star Wars ...more
Sharon
While primarily aimed at older teens, this memoir by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein couches some good advice for all of us when it comes to following our dreams.

Ashley's determination to work for Disney, eventually leading to her becoming a voice actor in the animated "Star Wars" series (Ahsoko) also puts her squarely in the middle of the fandom -- and discovering that merchandise and memorabilia are all aimed at male customers. Ashley knows there are women and girls who enjoy all kinds of
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Lorien
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not one for inspirational books. Most of them are by people who have never suffered from a mental or physical illness, and as some who suffers from both the lack of that is frustrating and make most of the advice fall flat.

There are plenty of books that are written by someone who has or was facing those kinds of challenges, but this isn't one of them. And I loved it!

While my challenges are different she compares following your dreams to Disney and Star Wars, which is so damn inspiring! She a
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Anne
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is designed for a younger audience than a 40 year-old woman, so keep that in mind. This is partly an autobiography, partly an inspirational guided journal using Disney characters as metaphors for life's challenges. It's cheesy, but unabashedly so. Ashley Eckstein does owe a lot of her journey to Disney and she opines as any good fan girl would. And like the Disney heroines she references, she has some solid messages about following your dreams but working hard to achieve them. Througho ...more
Monique
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I picked up an uncorrected proof of this at a conference and, as a fan of Her Universe, I couldn’t wait to read it. I want to gush about this book for days! It’s Your Universe was an amazing work that is equal parts non-fiction/self help/memoir in a way that’s so empowering. This book is perfect for all ages but is particularly important for middle grade girls who are at that age where self esteem is shaky and dreams are big but can be easily deflated. Anyone who is in need of extra confidence, ...more
Jen
I was interested in this because I love Her Universe and how it’s brought Fangirl life to the mainstream. This book is part memoir and part self-help book. I am not really the target audience being a 40-something Mom. It’s written for young adults and probably even middle-grade girls, but the story is interesting and inspirational and the artwork by Ashley Taylor is divine! If you’re not familiar with Ashley Eckstein, she’s the voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars Clone Wars and the founder of He ...more
Nikki
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed reading about Ashley’s life journey and how Disney shaped who she was as a person, and her career goals. As someone who grew up with Disney in a houseful of boys, I rarely got to express my inner fangirl, but I took the lessons from each character and tried to live up to their integrity and values.

While I’m not as huge a fan of Star-Wars as other Disney series (aka Marvel), I still loved the fact she used her background as a Star-Wars voice-over actress for Ahsoka Tano and used t
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Kat
May 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
The pros for this book are that it is very positive and encouraging and the message that Ashley Eckstein carves out is one of relentlessly pursuing your dreams.

The cons are that it is pretty trite, relies on a lot of cliches, and makes a Disney reference every four seconds. Here's the thing about the Disney references: I get that a big part of the message here was, like, "Disney is FULL of positive messages and teaches you to PURSUE YOUR DREAMS." I get it, that's fine, it just felt like "here is
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Katie
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've followed author Ashley Eckstein's career for a long time and I was so excited when I heard she was writing a book. Her story is one of big dreams and hard, hard work.

I enjoyed how Ashley brought her love of Disney to life through her stories and how she was able to relate real, life lessons back to lessons we all learned as kids watching Disney Princess movies.

I can't wait to share this book with my daughter and it will be one that I will share often with the other young ladies (and men)
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Paige Erin
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I bought this intending to meet Ashley Eckstein at Disney Springs, but that didn’t happen (not her fault, mostly Disney’s for not being transparent about how the event was supposed to work). Still, I bought it and...I’m not mad. It’s definitely written for a much younger audience than me and there are lots of repetitive phrases, but I still cried over its core message and I learned a lot about one of my favorite brands: Her Universe. It’s definitely worth a glance, if for nothing else than th ...more
Adrienne Organa
I really enjoyed getting to read Ashley's story. She shares her heart, her dreams and how she pursued them, and her passion for what she does. This was a very inspiring read and I definitely recommend. I enjoyed the journal element a lot and she poses some great, thought provoking questions.
Thanks Ashley for all you've poured into Her Universe over the years and all you continue to do, including this book :) <3

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Bekah Irwin
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think there were a few moments while listening to this book where I *WASN'T* crying! I loved hearing Ashley's journey to success, all of the Disney and Star Wars metaphors, and her optimistic, joyful encouragements to the reader. And, of course, having this book "read by" Ahsoka Tano just hit me right in the feels. Here's a dream: I hope one day I will meet Ashley Eckstein! (And hopefully not cry... *facepalm*) ...more
Bex W
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun pep-talk! As a fan of Ashley Eckstein’s voice acting my favorite Star Wars character ever, Ashoka Tano, I really enjoyed hearing Ashley’s story of how she came to work for Disney. She shares the lessons she’s learned from the animated Disney movies and that was a fun part of the book. ✨
Kelly
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fangirls, Fans, Dreamers
Shelves: i-own, fandom, non-fiction
This was an inspiring read. Eckstein details for us the struggles she faced to get to were she is now. She gives the rest of us hope that we can make our dreams come true and that it's ok if it doesn't happen over night. She also inspires fangirls to be who they are and don't let anyone tell you that you can't love what you love. ...more
Julie
A sweet, enthusiastic and encouraging book whose purpose is to help you go after your dreams. It's also a little memoir of Ashley Eckstein's life as a Disney kid, Disney aficionado and finally Disney employee. It made me like her even more than I already did. The illustrations by Ashley Taylor are also fantastic! ...more
Holly
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I realized after I began reading this, that it is really written for a tween. It's too bad, because I was really interested in the creation of Her Universe and what went into building that business. I just wanted more out of it. Also, I'm not a big Disney person and this is just deep into Disney land. For tweens and/or Disney fans it really deserves more like a 4-5, but that's just not me.
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Amy
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun book, but definitely geared toward tweens/teens. I still did the journal entries and enjoyed getting back to basics. The stories involving the creation and pushing forward of the "Her Universe" company itself were the best parts.

Highlight of the book is the artwork by far. This book is best experienced by reading a physical copy. The audiobook just will not do it justice.
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Maria Ashley Eckstein (née Drane; born September 22, 1981), credited as Ashley Eckstein or Ashley Drane, is an American actress, voice actress, and fashion designer, known to audiences of Blue Collar TV and as the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars Forces of Destiny. She also played a small role as Alicia in the film Sydney White and as Ms. Cole in t ...more

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