Book Review: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

They say everything is bigger in Texas. I say even Texas is not big enough for McConaughey and his ideals. This is the story of a Southern boy pouring out 35 years of his view of life into what he calls as an “approach book”.

This is definitely not a must read. Certainly not suited for everyone’s taste. Many parts are poorly written, unrelatable, philosophical and too “preachy” to my full liking.

But parts of it are certainly unique, funny, raunchy and interesting. I am impressed that he preserved the scraps of paper that he scribbled 35 years ago. I loved the fact he chose to be authentic and vulnerable in the book. I loved the fact that he was willing to share the dirty details of his childhood and parents. I loved the fact that he admits being lost is his entire 20s and 30s. I loved he didn’t exaggerate his struggles in Hollywood and make it sound like a rags to riches story.

Matthew McConaughey is a Hollywood showman and an entertainer. He’s got style, great story telling skills and a strong original Southern accent. These are his strengths and these are the only things you should expect from the book.

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