Funny and deeply personal, Sorry Not Sorry recounts Glee star Naya Rivera's successes and missteps, urging young women to pursue their dreams and to refuse to let past mistakes define them.
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 childhood stardom, barely eking her way through high school, a brief stint as a Hooters waitress, going through thick and thin with her mom/manager, and resurrecting her acting career as Santana Lopez on Glee, Naya emerged from these experiences with some key life lessons:
- All those times I scrawled "I HATE MY MOM" in my journal. So many moms and teenage daughters don't get along--we just have to realize it's nothing personal on either side.
- At-home highlights and DIY hair extensions. Some things are best left to the experts, and hair dye is one of them.
- Falling in love with the idea of a person, instead of the actual person.
- That I don't always get along with everyone. Having people not like you is a risk you have to take to be real, and I'll take that over being fake any day.
- Laughing at the gossip instead of getting upset by it.
- Getting my financial disasters out of the way early--before I was married or had a family--so that the only credit score that I wrecked was my own.
Even with a successful career and a family that she loves more than anything else, Naya says, "There's still a thirteen-year-old girl inside of me making detailed lists of how I can improve, who's never sure of my own self-worth." Sorry Not Sorry is for that thirteen-year-old in all of us.
Actress, singer, and former Glee star Rivera looks back on her career and the hit TV series, revealing that the road to fame was riddled with missteps and challenges. Her mother procured an agent for her daughter before she could walk, and Rivera was in her first commercial when she was seven; the young Rivera also appeared on The Royal Family (with Redd Foxx), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Family Matters. Even as a child, Rivera reveals, she "liked the responsibility of acting," and when her family fell on financial hard times, she was the only member with money in the bank and an unemployment check. During adolescence her career plummeted, she succumbed to an eating disorder, and her parents divorced. Just when she was about to ditch acting, however, her mother encouraged her to stay in the game, and shortly thereafter she landed the Glee role of Santana Lopez, a character she developed as she herself grew up. Sassy and engaging, Rivera's memoir tells of struggles with self-image, failed romance, and finding her place in the world and onstage as a girl with a racially mixed background. Each chapter ends with a section called "Sorry: Not Sorry," reminding readers that so-called mistakes are lessons. Millennial readers and aspiring performers will be particularly drawn to Rivera's never-give-up "keep it moving" outlook.