Book Review: God Bless This Mess by Hannah Brown
For my self-gifted birthday and Christmas present, I decided to purchase myself books I would like to read. One of the books I purchased is God Bless This Mess by Hannah Brown. Hannah Brown was on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, which is why I was curious about the book. I don’t normally buy books by The Bachelor and The Bachelorette contestants, but I remember watching her season of The Bachelorette. So, I purchased the book and read it.
The book is about Hannah Brown, a former contestant on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. In the book, she talks about her life from childhood to adulthood. She also discusses her time on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Dancing With the Stars, and continues to talk about her life until mid to late 2020. (It could also cover her life to 2021, but I’m going to say mid to late 2020 due to any sort of publishing delays that may have happened)
The book is written in Hannah’s perspective and is well written. It is an autobiography about herself, but it isn’t a boring read in any way, shape, or form. Parts in her life are passed over that I thought would be included in heavy detail in the book, such as The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. I’m not upset about this because I don’t like to read celebrity autobiographies or biographies that dwell on the drama of a well known event unless they need to clear up facts and inconsistencies that are heavy influences on their life afterwords. Despite the lack of details about Hannah’s time on the ABC reality TV shows, she does talk about them and adds her thoughts in retrospective about them.
The major subjects she talks about in the book is about her struggles with her Christian beliefs and serious events that happened to her as a child, teenager, and young adult. She discusses them with a very sensitive air and doesn’t go into details except for one chapter the book. In the chapter, called The Man at the Door, talks about the murder of her aunt and cousins and how her family reacted to it. As she grew older, she never dealt with this and caused her to have problems in other areas of her life. The book ends on an optimistic note with Hannah still healing from the trauma of her family member’s deaths as well as other problems with her life, but happier and ready to look forward to a happier, better life and love life.
I really enjoy reading this book. This book is written in a way I enjoy my celebrity and notable people autobiographies to be written in. It’s not worded in a condescending or arrogant way. For me, it has a tone of humility and desire to talk transparently about Hannah’s life without disclosing so many details I feel like I’m learning too much about Hannah without actually meeting her. I would recommend this book to The Bachelor/The Bachelorette fans as well as anyone who wants to read a book by a well known person or celebrity without the worry that it will be written in a self glorifying or over descriptive way, yet is still honest and venerable.
Well, that’s all for now! Thank you for reading!