Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up by Naya Rivera
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 childhood stardom on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Family Matters, 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. Even with a successful career and a family that she loves more than anything else, Naya says, “There’s still a 13-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 13-year-old in all of us.
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. Since she passed away this month by drowning, I wanted to make a point of reading about her in honor of her as a young mom lost too soon. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, and the publisher.
Written and Narrated by Naya Rivera
Publisher: Highbridge, a division of Recorded Books
Format: Digital Audiobook
Run Time: 5 hours 45 mins
Publication: Oct 11th, 2016
My rating: 4/5 STARS
About the Author– Naya Rivera is an actress and singer from Valencia, California. As a child, she appeared on Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and The Royal Family. For six seasons, she played Santana Lopez on the hit show Glee. She lives with her husband, son, and two dogs in Los Angeles. EDIT– Naya Rivera’s body was recovered on July 13, 2020 from Lake Piru in Ventura County after a boating mishap. Her son, Josey was found safe on the boat sleeping. Her former husband is now raising their son.