Book Reviews

The Diva Rules: Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top by Michelle Visage

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This review is short, sweet, and to the point just like the author. Here’s something new and different. I have a review for you of an audiobook. The Diva Rules: Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top by Michelle Visage. I was asked if I wanted to do a review for an audio book and I jumped at the chance. It’s a different experience when you’re listening to a book then reading it. I chose to review this book because I thought this would be a fun and interesting read. I was first introduced to Michelle Visage when my brother got me to binge watch Rupaul’s Drag race; which was extremely fun.

Summary (Goodreads)

Michelle Visage is not your average diva. Powerful, positive, and polished, this diva’s not only glamorous, she’s a savvy businesswoman with serious credentials who works her tail off. From her days vogueing in the downtown Manhattan clubs in the ’90s to her successful career in radio and her ultimate cult status as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Michelle has achieved her dreams and then some! In The Diva Rules, Visage shares her rules and advice for living life to the fullest and finding success no matter the hand you’re dealt. With her no-nonsense style and super sassy voice, Michelle tells readers to “Keep Your Shit Together,” “Give Good Face,” and “Be Thankful You’re a Misfit,” in addition to 22 other invaluable life lessons on finding your power and sparkling your way to the top.

The way she reads this book feels like you’re sitting with some wine talking to your best friend. She’s brutally honest and funny. She uses each chapter to talk about a different experience in her life that she has learned from which anyone can use and ends each chapter with “The T”. I also felt that in that same breath she was trying to uplift everyone reading/listening to her story. She’s a powerful individual; nothing was given to her and she didn’t have it easy which shows throughout her book. She basically makes you feel like everyone is a DIVA in their own right and way; which is great because we should all live and die by our own rules.  Visage gives you insight into her relationship with Rupaul, being a women in radio, and how she dealt with self doubt/image issues. She may come across as bitchy on Rupaul’s Drag Race but it really is all love and after listening to this book I saw that. It’s an inspirational read from a real, down to earth, and relatable person. The way it’s written won’t make you feel like an outsider looking in like a lot of celebrity books tend to sound, but as if you are a big part of the conversation. She takes you on a journey of self reflection and it’s worth listening to.

“A Diva is and looks glamorous; however, as Michelle Visage teaches, it’s not only a display. Being a diva is about survival, passion, grit and fortitude. A diva embodies a power that, like a celestial being, comes from within and radiates outward.”

I believe we should all be Divas and I recommend this book to everyone. It’s a fun and fast paced read that I think everyone can enjoy. She has a story for every situation and you really get to know who Michelle Visage is and how she came to be who she is today. Anyone can relate to something in this book in one way or another. If you’ve read this book. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

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