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  1. says:

    45 stars But here is something I discovered uickly about ambition and achieving your dreams Once you taste it you want Andrew Rannells star of The Book of Morman and Girls writes an atypical memoir about his life and struggles in his pre famous years In his memoir he wanted to emphasize the struggles he went through because These missing years were messy and confusing and filled with uestionable choices and for a long time I was happy to omit them But I realize now just how much happened during that period of my life a time when I was excited and terrified on a daily basis about what the future held for me We start with Rannells' childhood a typical and idyllic time in Omaha Nebraska He did try out and perform in just about every nearby theater he always knew that he wanted to be a star We hear about his successes and losses and how they all shaped his childhoodHe unapologetically covers every moment of his teenage years from his coming out My family was mostly what's the best way to say this? Not shocked I knew all the words to Grease 2 by the time I was six To his first time So much pressure was put on this moment I was supposed to love him right? I was supposed to feel something but I didn't I felt shame and reliefI felt in control and out of control To leaving Omaha for college in New York I shut the door and locked it behind me And then I cried I cried like I had never cried in my life This was my dream moving to New York and starting my life as an adult and it was horrible Along the way we hear about the auditions and the plays he manages to snag Never a big part but always something to keep him going from small time gigs to summer theater to even touring as part of Pokemon Live I'm not proud to say this but I will admit it Pokemon Live was the first time I experienced a blackout from drinking And throughout all of this Rannells keeps close to his premise always talking about his plans and his goals even when he felt like he would never reach them This plan had to work Why wouldn't it? All my other plans had worked Now I just had to wait Overall I really enjoyed this oneI loved the sheer enthusiasm and excitement intermingled with the realism of what it felt like to strike it out in his own He does go into uite a bit of detail regarding the plays which I only knew about in passing and I really appreciate that while he writes for the theater audience that he does not leave us non theater geeks on the wayside The author has a fabulous sense of humor and his tone was just right I loved all the tidbits of advice the author shared throughout the book hilarious If you walk into a theater and there is free wine consider it a preemptive apology And above all I loved the author's connection to family I emphasized so much with the author's experience it felt so real and honest I had been so focused on creating my own life in New York that it hadn't occurred to me that my family's lives were all continuing without me I really think the author managed to capture a generation This one was truly well written and I'm so glad to have read it With thanks to the publisher and the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest reviewYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading


  2. says:

    “Eyes on your own paper folks” I’m not a girl that reads a ton of memoirs Okay like any But that’s not to say I don’t have good intentions In fact I’ve been known to scoop up those I deem worthy on release day only to watch them collect dust on my shelf sorry Michelle Obama Lena Dunham Chelsea Handler and Stassi Schroeder Not this time There was something about a memoir penned by Andrew Rannells that felt too good to pass up I’m not familiar with Andrew’s Broadway work which I have no doubt was spectacular it’s a few of the other roles he’s taken on over the years that have left an impression instead The actor first popped on the scene for me in a show called The New Normal that unfortunately only lasted one season Next came Girls which was a complete and utter obsession of mine from episode one Hilarious adorable and sarcastically blunt Elijah Krantz—played by Andrew—was a scene stealer I have such love in my heart for the awkwardly comical coming of age series I ended up bingeing it again in its entirety for the umpteenth time after finishing this book I just couldn’t resist And now seeing Andrew in recent roles—like A Simple Favor—feels almost like running into an old friendIn his candid opener Andrew mentions the vibe he was going for here was a conversation with friends over drinks And you know what he pulled it off The sincerity of his words combined with his often comical delivery made it feel as if he was sitting beside me chewing my ear off and trying to make me laugh between sips Andrew digs much deeper than the typical highlights shared in a person's bio He gives voice to the sobering experiences heartbreaks and letdowns that came before the hard earned opportunities and rewarding successesI fully expected Andrew's humor but the inspiring nature of his words proved surprising I’m all about a takeaway and there are uite a few here The loudest for me being never let someone else’s journey dictate or hinder your own Comparison can be a momentum thief and even a killer of joy A few times now I've caught myself refocusing with “ eyes on your own paper” So thanks for that Andrew wink Andrew Rannells' words to live by “It might look like people are ahead of you be it in money looks or opportunity but here’s what—Eyes on your own paper folks Everyone has to do the work People who just get handed opportunity without effort usually fuck it up and end up much lower than when they started Your career is something that starts with the first step not with a promotion or a movie or an award It begins the minute you say you are going to do it So make it all count” Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing a copy in exchange for my honest thoughts


  3. says:

    45 starsAndy Rannells you stole my heart Too much is Not Enough covers Andrew Rannells childhood in Omaha Nebraska in the 1980s up to his first casting in a Broadway production in the early 2000s I didn’t know much about Rannells prior to reading this I knew his name and some of the Broadway productions he starred in but that was about it After reading this I felt like we were BFF I love Rannells’ voice He writes with honesty or at least made it sound like he was being honest and incorporates a good bit of humor into his recollections While he shares some of the dark times in his life he also covers many of his small successes and moments of joy He covers the good the bad and the ugly moments in life He discusses his friendships family and relationships He is open about awkward situations and uncomfortable sexual encounters Additionally he writes about his failed relationships and first loves as well as friendships that defined him and helped him grow as a person Ultimately his desire to be cast in a Broadway production takes center stage no pun intendedI loved reading about his relationship with his mother I also appreciated reading about how he handled rejection While at times he wanted to give up on his dream he didn't give up and kept on auditioning even when he didn't want to I also loved many of the pop culture references he makes How did I forget about Crossroads starring Britney Spears? This is a humorous honest and heartfelt read that inspired me and made me smile A special thank you to Kathleen uinlan from The Crown Publishing Group who provided me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review


  4. says:

    ALL THE STARS FOR A STAR This was absolutely EVERYTHING a memoir should be BravoAndrew Rannaells grew up in Omaha far from the glittering lights of Broadway but he always felt he was meant for the stage He felt a pull for a life outside of Nebraska and throwing caution to the wind made that happen for himselfThis witty and candid memoir follows Rannells from his early days of community theater through his first days in NYC his attempt at college friendships turbulent relationships successes and losses Along the way you feel drawn in like you are of a friend than a readerI really enjoyed this I giggled a lot I shed a few tears I learned some things felt inspired and even a bit jealous at times I mean he had an apartment he designed to be just like Carrie Bradshaw's How could I not be a wee bit jealous of that?I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Andrew's work or even people just looking to read something about a boy from Nebraska taking on the world and against all odds crushing it Thank you so much to the publisher Crown Archetype for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review I had so much fun with it and appreciate the opportunity


  5. says:

    4 StarsEndearing Honest and Laugh out Loud Funny Mr Rannells is the epitome of Hard work and Determination Admittedly I don’t really watch TV so Andrew Rannells is someone I’ve heard of but only through the Broadway shows he’s been a part of When I was offered the chance to read his memoir “Too Much is Not Enough” I jumped at the chance His voice is clear he is honest and boy is he funny Andrew always had dreams of becoming a Broadway star being from Omaha Nebraska he knew there was only one way to make that possible Moving to New York NEW YORK as Carrie Bradshaw would say Starting at Marymount living in a dorm that made him want to cry Andrew kept a brave face and above all else he believed in himself He survived New York with his best friend and the person who I would describe as of the greatest loves of his life Zusanna Reading “Backstage” magazine doing Community Theatre in the Berkshires then starring in small plays including Hedwig in Austin and then doing Pokémon Live Andrew worked it all while trying to find love in New York as a Gay man and hang onto his family in Omaha Not all sunshine and roses and yet he persevered and finally hit it big time Broadway and “Hairspray” Proof that sometimes hard work does pay off What surprised me most when reading “Too Much is Not Enough” is simply how grounded and kind Mr Rannells appears to be given how successful he has become Yes he was a struggling actor trying to make it on Broadway but now he is a big star and yet I felt like Mr Rannells was simply sitting down in a coffee shop across from me telling me his life story and making me laugh right up until the very end He is simply brilliant funny and witty and his story me feel completely at ease This is a memoir filled with sage advice love for life and loads of heartbreak it’s real life people and gosh is it good I highly recommend it for those of you who like memoirs it is a fascinating readA huge thank you to Kathleen uinlan at The Crown Publishing Group for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest reviewPublished on Goodreads on 31010Will be published on and Twitter on 31219Excerpt to be published on Instagram


  6. says:

    Good example of how a memoir can end up being a really enjoyable read even if if you don't know much about the person prior to reading Loved the use of humor in this one and the stories of what led him to getting his first big break on BroadwayAfter graduating high school Andrew Rannells left his hometown of Omaha and moved to New York City with dreams of having an acting career In this book Andrew shares stories of getting involved with community theater as a kid coming to terms with being gay in Middle America and surviving in a city that is full of people with the exact same hopes and dreams of making it big in the acting worldAndrew is just a really good storyteller There's a nice balance of humor and heart throughout the book He's an easy person to relate to as he shared his feelings of not having a clue at what he was doing most of the time and just kinda had to learn along the way Your heart breaks when he goes into detail about the times he was taken advantage of by sexual predators When he starts to experience some success you can't help but feel happy for him Overall a good memoir and I would love reading another book in which he talks about his life after making it bigI received a free advance copy from the publisher but was under no obligation to post a review All views expressed are my honest opinion


  7. says:

    A funny and endearing memoir of this Broadway starAndrew Rannells leaves Omaha in 1997 to head to New York City because he has big dreams His sights are set on Broadway We already know he makes it there and this humorous candid book takes us along on Rannells’ journey from his teenage years to Broadway and all the stops in between In his 20s when he hits NYC Rannells takes advantage of all the bright lights art friends and parties the city has to offer It’s no secret Rannells makes his Broadway dream come true at 26 years old and he boldly shares the auditions along the way that didn’t go so well He puts the not so perfect side out there to let the reader know it wasn’t easy to make it but it was always worthwhile This book is SO funny without trying too hard I loved the tone of Rannells’ narration his connection to his family his love for the city that never sleeps and his growth in every aspect he explored with such honesty Too Much Is Not Enough is a uick and inspiring read one that will leave a spring in your step and a song in your heart thanks to multi talented Andrew Rannells I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom


  8. says:

    This is the memoir of Andrew Rannells a Broadway and theater actorI do not like Broadway or theater and before this book I did not know who Andrew Rannells wasHowever I really like memoirs and so I accepted this ARC With mixed success Which is not only a reference to the fact that this book was published uite a while ago and I am only just now getting around to my ADVANCE READERS’ COPYRecently I read some of Rannells’ writing in the New York Times’ Modern Love column and I enjoyed it He’s a good writerThis too is well written even though it is very weirdIt begins with Rannells’ childhood and ends at the very cusp of his success While this led to an illustration of many trials and tribulations and was very truthfully rendered it was a very strange reading experienceBecause it meant that instead of behind the scenes looks at Girls and the Book of Mormon and Hairspray and all the other successes that have led us to hear or other people to hear Rannells’ name we read a ton about community dinner theater And terrible dorm rooms And something called Pokémon LiveSpeaking of which reading the section in which Andrew Rannells assumes everyone else has the same Pokémon background knowledge as him meaning none and attempts to explain it is either a triumph or a circle of hellThe only time this is what I’m okay with in a celebrity memoir is in a case like Julie Andrews’ in which she divides her life up into two sections and writes one memoir about her childhood and another about her careerAnd Julie Andrews can be an exception to every ruleBottom line This was not at all what I expected somehow in spite of the fact that I had no expectations


  9. says:

    NOW AVAILABLE 45 StarsI haven’t seen Andrew Rannells performance in The Book of Mormon or anything else for that matter didn’t know who he was until I read this or read about this so when I was offered an advanced copy of his memoir Too Much is Not Enough I hesitated just long enough to find out a few minor details that made me curious enough to accept the offer and I’m happy that I didGrowing up in Omaha Nebraska – not exactly a small town in the middle of nowhere but not exactly NYC either Rannells grew up in a loving family who encouraged his love of the theatre while he was young and who accepted his decision to pursue his love and his dream of the theatre on Broadway And as he grew older they accepted his dreams of a life lived performing on Broadway despite any concerns they may have had I imagine for every person who grows up wanting that there are few who see that dream come true But this memoir is less about his success than it is about the bumps in the road that he encountered on his way there and how he managed to make it through the less than encouraging times His coming of age story finding his way in a city that can seem cold and impersonal and a journey of coming to accept himself as he was as well as another journey of navigating a way into the life he imagined for himselfI loved the natural flow of this the way he shared his personality as well as his story occasionally a bit sarcastic humour this felt like a personal one on one conversation a sharing of himself his bumps in his road along the way his joys as well as some regrets I loved that he shared his personal unvarnished story his truth and I loved re visiting the city through his eyes A very inspirational entertaining and moving memoirPub Date 12 Mar 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by Crown Archetype


  10. says:

    I love Andrew Rannells This is a heartfelt touching and funny memoir


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From the star of Broadway's The Book of Mormon and HBO's Girls the heartfelt and hilarious coming of age memoir of a Midwestern boy surviving bad auditions bad relationships and some really bad highlights as he chases his dreams in New York City When Andrew Rannells arrived in New York City from Omaha in 1997 he like many saw the city as a chance to break free To start over To transform the fiercely ambitious but sexually confused teenager he saw in the mirror into the Broadway leading man of his dreams In Too Much Is Not Enoug. 45 starsAndy Rannells you stole my heart Too much is Not Enough covers A Cowboy of Her Own relationships and some The Cowboy's Baby Bond really bad highlights as he chases his dreams in New York City When Andrew Rannells arrived in New York City from Omaha in 1997 he like many saw the city as a chance to break free To start over To transform the fiercely ambitious but sexually confused teenager he saw in the mirror into the Broadway leading man of his dreams In Too Much Is Not Enoug. 45 starsAndy Rannells you stole my heart Too much is Not Enough covers

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Ig in Hairspray and the heartbreaking death of his father at the height of his ascent Along the way Rannells learns that you never really leave your past or your family behind; that the most painful and perversely motivating jobs are the ones you almost get; and that sometimes the most unforgettable nights are marked not by the hot clubs you danced at but by the recap over diner food after Filled with candor and humor Too Much Is Not Enough is an entertaining look at love loss and the powerful forces that determine who we becom. A funny and endearing memoir of this Broadway starAndrew Rannells leave