Synopses & Reviews
The frank and witty memoir from Melissa Joan Hart, the star of Clarissa Explains It All
and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch—
a cultural icon for a generation
Thousands of young people consider Melissa Joan Hart an integral part of their childhoods. She played the title roles in the trailblazing Nickelodeon series Clarissa Explains It All and the wildly popular Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, but she never let fame go to her head. From her first commercial to her current star turn in ABC Familys hit Melissa and Joey, Hart has had one foot in Hollywood and one foot in the suburbs. While still in elementary school, Hart and her mom would commute from Long Island to Manhattan for auditions and acting jobs. To her it wasn't extraordinary; nor were her friendships with her competition (like Soleil Moon Frye or Lacey Chabert) and her castmates (Ryan Reynolds and Calista Flockhart). It was just her job. Instead of buying toys, her earnings would help pay family bills.
Melissa Explains It All is as forthright and funny as Melissa herself. The book offers behind the scenes tales from her extraordinary past and her refreshingly normal present. Melissa Explains It All: her childhood and family, her career from its beginning to the present, her rebellious teen years, the mistakes shes made, the actors she worked with, competed against, befriended—and the wacky stories of trying to fit in, stand out, and juggle the roles of wife, mother and TV star. She shares the lessons shes learned along the way: whats kept her grounded and normal and working when others have not been so fortunate.
"A delightful and refreshingly honest memoir about growing up Melissa/Clarissa/Sabrina. All the women who grew up with her will go wild for this book."—Delia Ephron"I don't know if Melissa can write, and I don't know if you can read, but I know you and I have made bigger mistakes than trying to read her book."—Bill Murray "From the moment I met Melissa, she charmed me instantly. Melissa's delightful, witty, frank and thoughtful book shows a side of her we've never seen before."—Garry Marshall"You will enjoy nothing more than Melissa Joan Harts sweet, sane, mildly tell-all-ish memoir, complete with James Van Der Beek and Adrian Grenier makeout stories."—New York "I loved Melissas book! Her voice is so unique and strong. As a reader I felt in the moment, as if Melissa were telling me her stories firsthand. Proud of my fellow momista!"—Tori Spelling"[Melissas] stories include dishy memories…that contributed to who she is today."—TIME"Very candid."—Entertainment Weekly"Who knew Sabrina the Teenage Witch was such a badass?!"—Perez Hilton
Melissa Joan Hart explained it all—from dating to bullies—in her groundbreaking role as Clarissa Darling on Clarissa Explains It All
. She cast a spell on millions more as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
. Now, in Melissa Explains It All,
Melissa tells the frank and funny behind-the-scenes stories from her extraordinary television past and her refreshingly normal present.From her first commercial to her current starring role in ABC Familys hit Melissa and Joey
, Hart never let fame go to her head. She always had one foot in Hollywood and one foot in reality—and still does. Melissa makes us laugh along with her as she talks about:--Guest appearances on shows like Saturday Night Live
and The Equalizer
--Auditioning for Punky Brewster and Clarissa
--Her early Broadway days
-- Actors who influenced her and whom she befriended, worked with and competed against
--Her experiences both on and off-set—with Sabrinas Salem the Cat and Elvis the Alligator on Clarissa
--Meeting the love of her life at the Kentucky Derby Melissa Joan Hart explains all that shes learned along the way—whats kept her grounded, normal and working when others have not been so fortunate—and shows that shes the approachable, hilarious girl-next-door her fans have always thought shed be.
About the Author
MELISSA JOAN HART is an actor/producer/director who made her first national commercial at age four. She currently costars in the ABC Family comedy series Melissa & Joey. She made her first big splash in the title role of Nickelodeons Clarissa Explains It All. . Both in the United States and abroad, Melissa is perhaps best known for her starring role in the Showtime movie-turned-network series, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Melissa has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, That 70s Show, and Law and Order: SVU, among others. Her production company, Hartbreak Films, has produced projects including Sabrina, Melissa & Joey, and a number of television movies and feature films.