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Out of the Corner: A Memoir

Author & Narrator: Jennifer Grey

Started: May 3, 2022

Finished: May 7, 2022

Jennifer Grey was born to two working actor parents and knew that was what she always wanted to do - there was never another career in mind for her. While working towards this goal, she had a VERY eventful life. She went to school with and became friends with some known stars, traveled with men she was in relationships with and did a lot of drugs. Jennifer finally reached celebrity status in a movie called Dirty Dancing but never quite reached that fame with any other project ok since. Through the hardships in her life, Jennifer has learned who she can and cannot trust and how to finally put herself first.

I am a huge Dirty Dancing fan…which is putting it mildly. When I learned that this book was being released I could not wait for the release and it did not disappoint. Jennifer Grey narrates her own story which is my favorite kind of memoir as you can hear the tone and inflection in their voices when they are telling their stories. I knew that the stories about the filming of Dirty Dancing and the interactions with Patrick Swayze were going to be my favorite parts (and they were) but what I did not expect was that other parts of the book would make me angry and disgusted.

Jennifer reported to her parents and grandparents that she had been molested at the age of 14 and none of them believed her. There is actually nothing I can say that describes the anger I felt upon hearing the hurt in her voice as she repeated what was said to her. Then, there is her relationship with Matthew Broderick. Whenever I think of Broderick, I think of amazing movies like Ferris Bueller and Biloxi Blues but now I think of an unsupportive, egotistical boyfriend. I was highly disappointed, to say the least.

All in all, I loved this book. I found myself searching for time to listen even if it meant performing a few more chores or walking home a little slower from my commute. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who loved Dirty Dancing and wants to know more about Jennifer Grey and the way she handled the fame that came with it.

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