This is Me
Loving the Person You Are Today
By: Chrissy Metz
Publication Date: 03/27/18
Narrated by: Chrissy Metz
My Rating: 5 Stars + #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
An inspirational book about life and its lessons from the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated star of NBC’s This Is Us. When This Is Us debuted in fall 2016, a divided America embraced a show that celebrates human connection. The critically acclaimed series became America’s most watched—and most talked about—network show, even building on its fan base in the drama’s second season.
As Kate Pearson, Chrissy Metz presents a character that has never been seen on television, yet viewers see themselves in her, no matter what they look like or where they come from. Considered a role model just for being her authentic self, Chrissy found herself on magazine covers and talk shows, walking red carpets, and as the subject of endless conversations on social media “I don’t know what you’ve been through to play her,” she is often told by fans, “but it was something.”
In This is Me, Chrissy Metz shares her story with a raw honesty that will leave readers both surprised but also inspired. Infused with the same authenticity she brings to her starring role, Chrissy’s This is Me is so much more than your standard Hollywood memoir or collection of personal essays. She embraces the spirit of Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes, and shares how she has applied the lessons she learned from both setbacks and successes. A born entertainer, Chrissy finds light in even her darkest moments, and leaves the reader feeling they are spending time with a friend who gets it.
Chrissy Metz grew up in a large family, one that always seemed to be moving, and growing. Her father disappeared one day, leaving her mother to work a series of menial jobs and his children to learn to live with the threat of hunger and the electricity being cut off. When her mother remarried, Chrissy hoped for “normal” but instead experienced a form of mental pain that seemed crafted just for her. The boys who showed her attention did so with strings attached as well, and Chrissy accepted it, because for her, love always came with conditions.
When she set out for Los Angeles, it was the first time she had been away from her family and from Florida. And for years, she got barely an audition. So how does a woman with the deck stacked against her radiate such love, beauty and joy? This too is at the heart of This is Me.
With chapters that alternate from autobiographical to instructional, Chrissy offers practical applications of her hard-won insights in a series of “Bee Mindful” interstitials. There she invites you to embrace gratitude in “Say Thank You” or to be honest with your partner and yourself in “The Shrouded Supreme.” Blending love and experience, Chrissy encourages us all to claim our rightful place in a world that may be trying to knock us down, find our own unique gifts, and pursue our dreams.
“honest and funny” — Glamour
“heartbreaking and heartwarming” — The View
From the Back Cover
When This Is Us first debuted, a divided America embraced a show that celebrates human connection. When I hear from our viewers, you tell me how you relate to the humor, depth, and vibrance of my character, Kate Pearson. “I don’t know what you’ve been through to play her,” I was told recently, “but it must be something.”
So I decided to share my struggles and triumphs. I want you to join me on my journey not just of self-acceptance, but of becoming the person we are meant to be. To move forward, I first had to look back to my early years in Gainesville, Florida. When my father left us, my life slowly devolved into the survival mode of trailer-park living. My mother married a new man, and at first I thought it was a new start, but instead it became a nightmare of humiliation over my weight. I started keeping secrets, whether it was about eating my feelings or my first love, a boy who truly cared for me but only when no one was watching.
No matter what, I always had a flicker of hope that my life could be what I wanted. It drew me to Los Angeles, where I soon realized Hollywood gave women two options: size zero or sight gag. I found real love, got married, then got divorced, which broke my heart even if it was the right choice for us. The night of my thirtieth birthday, I was in a movie theater and thought I was having a heart attack. That was the catalyst for real change in my life—changes that brought me to This Is Us, and, through this book, to you.
In This Is Me, I want to give you an action plan for fulfilling your destiny and passion. I want to be that best friend in your head, sharing the are-you-kidding-me, I-wish-I-was moments that only come from being honest in giving life advice from my personal experience. Should you text that guy back? (No. Seriously, don’t.) What do you wear to Oprah’s house for lunch? And how exactly do you resist punching that beeyotch at work?
Like many people, I have used food to fill the void and numb the pain. I have met enough people to know that whatever form that coping mechanism takes, what isn’t helping you is hurting you. We can change, and we can have the lives we want and deserve. So whether you are a young hopeful or a late bloomer, I wrote This Is Me with you in mind.
About the Author
Chrissy Metz is an actress best known for her role in This Is Us. Her breakout performance in the show earned her two Golden Globe Award nominations and an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress.