Happy Accidents – A Review of Jane Lynch’s Journey to a Gleeful Life
When I think of Jane Lynch I immediately picture a tall woman in a brightly colored track suit, terrorizing the halls of McKinley High. It’s hard to not think of Sue Sylvester upon hearing Jane Lynch’s voice, although older Jane Lynch fans may also be picturing a very confident Joyce Wischnia.
When I started listening to her memoir, it was hard to believe how shy she was as a teenager. She had lots of determination, but possessed very little self-confidence. Her touching story of longing to fit in and become an actress had me captivated. What teenager didn’t feel shy or didn’t worry about not being liked at one point or another?
You can watch this short video of Jane promoting her memoir to Canada to get a feel for what the audio book is like:
Jane tells the tale of all the Happy Accidents that lead up to her fame as an actress and her loving family. Her struggle with alcohol addiction, coming to terms with her sexuality and finding true love are honestly told in this audio book. While it may not have been the laugh-out-loud funny story I was expecting, I had a smile on my face and couldn’t stop giggling at the small quips and sarcastic wit evident throughout.
Having Jane narrate the novel was wonderful. Hearing the story through her words made me feel like I was experiencing all the ups and down right there with her. Many Glee and The L Word fans will pick up this audio book simply because it features Jane Lynch; but I recommend it for anyone who has longed to be themselves and to be loved for just that.