I have always been a massive fan of Mia Freedman, so when I heard she was releasing a memoir, I was eager to read it. It took me a while to actually get it, but after purchasing it a few weeks ago and devouring it while recovering this week I can definitely say it was worth the wait.
Other than The Jonas Brothers and God, we all know my biggest obsession is magazines, so to read a true story that is 75% about the Australian magazine industry, well, I’m in heaven.
After a prologue where she describes a Cosmopolitan Christmas party (complete with drag queen dressed as Kylie Minogue) and her double life as a mum, the first chapter describes her introduction to magazines. It then chronicles her journey from a nineteen year old Cleo work experience student, to youngest ever editor of Cosmopolitan magazine at just twenty four, to editor-in-chief of Cleo, Cosmo and Dolly, to channel nine executive, to the stay at home blogger she is today.
It is a really interesting behind the scenes look at the world most people perceive to be insanely glamorous. It describes the blood, sweat and tears that go into making a magazine month after month and how sometimes, you just can’t please everyone.
The book also covers Mia’s personal life; friendships, relationships, pregnancies (both those that lead to a baby, and those which heartbreakingly don’t) and everything in between. Some chapters are extremely confronting. Some may make you wonder why she has even chosen to share such personal details with the world, but by the end of the novel, it will all make sense.
I honestly couldn’t put it down.
If you are a reader of mamamia, a lover magazines or someone just in general need of an excellent read, you should definitely try and get your hands on this ASAP. I promise you, you won’t regret it.
It’s such a 10/10 it should almost be an eleven.
frangipani princess xoxo