UnSweetined by Jodie Sweetin (with Jon Warech)

Released: November 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 231
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
ISBN-13: 978-1-4391-5268-3

I’m on the beginnings of a celebrity autobiography kick, it seems. This time around, it’s Jodie Sweetin, who’s sharing her life story (so far) in UnSweetined.

UnSweetined is an easy read. The prose is simple, and the tone is straightforward and earnest. After reading Tori Spelling, though, it comes off a little dry. I applaud the author for being open and honest about her life story but I was hoping to find it written in a slightly more engaging manner. I was also hoping for more time spent on her years on Full House. Perhaps this was unrealistic, since she was only 13 when the show ended, but Jodie Sweetin devotes less than 1/4 of the book to her time on Full House, the only reason she’s in the position to write this memoir in the first place. And the reason why I borrowed this book from the library. Instead, the bulk of the book discusses her drug addiction and alcoholism, and her ups and downs with sobriety, and ends with the birth of her daughter and the dissolution of her second marriage. This is not to say that the non-Full House portions of the book aren’t interesting; it’s just that there’s nothing particularly revelatory about them.

At the end of her memoir, the author has included a letter to her daughter. It’s a sweet letter but I couldn’t help but think that she probably doesn’t want her daughter reading this book for a good, long while, since she’s writing about her illegal and dangerous behaviours. And it makes me wonder what her daughter will think of her mom writing a tell-all memoir for the world to read…

All in all, though, I’m glad I picked UnSweetined up at the library. It was worth it for the Full House segments! (In case it isn’t clear, I used to be quite a fan of the show when I was growing up.)



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