What am I reading? Growing Up Fisher: Musings, Memories and Misadventures by Joely Fisher

I’m not even sure where to start with this one.

So, I’m a massive Star Wars fan. I love Princess Leia. She’s the only person in the whole damn series who can hit anything with a blaster.

I also love Carrie Fisher, even outside of Star Wars. She was a brilliantly funny writer and comedian, and ever since I read her novel, Postcards From the Edge, she’s been my hero. Not only did she talk openly and unabashedly about her mental illnesses and struggles with addiction, she made a serious and troubling subject really hilarious. I wish I could be more like her.

I didn’t think this book was going to be about Carrie Fisher. I was wrong.

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Joely Fisher is Carrie Fisher’s half-sister, the product of Carrie’s father, Eddie Fisher, and Connie Stevens. I’m not really familiar with Connie Stevens, and I wasn’t familiar with Joely before seeing Carrie’s live performance of Wishful Drinking. She’s an actress and I guess played a big part in Ellen’s sitcom, but I never watched that show. So my impression of Joely comes entirely from this book.

I’ll get right to the point: homegirl has a massive chip on her shoulder.

I feel bad for the kids of celebrities. So many of them have weird childhoods, and while they didn’t have social media or anything back then, Eddie and Connie still got a ton of press, and Joely grew up in the spotlight while simultaneously being in her mother’s, and then her sister’s, shadow. That had to have been hard, but this entire book reads like she’s trying to remind people of her existence.

She talks about childhood memories and her relationship with her father in the last years of his life, but she also takes every available opportunity to mention Carrie and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. I’m actually only about halfway through the book and it’s already insufferable. She also mentions her mother’s business enterprises and skincare line Forever Spring contstantly. Every time she mentions it she says “my mother’s skincare line, Forever Spring”. Literally every time. Not only is it awkward to read, it gets really annoying reading a constant commercial inside of the book. I suspect she’s trying to help her mom drum up business; the site looks like it hasn’t been updated since the late 90s, and there are only four distributors left in the entire country. Make of that what you will.

So, yeah… I don’t like this book. Joely is not a good writer. I don’t think I’m even going to bother finishing it. There are too many good things to read to waste time on this.

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