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Keanu Reeves’ Excellent Adventure

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I appreciate the publisher allowing me to read this book. If you like Keanu Reeves as I do you will enjoy this but I can't say more than that.
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An unauthorised biography written by Marc Shapiro, it covers all aspects of Keanu's life before and after Hollywood stardom. Keanu is one of the nicest, down to earth people to be found amongst the Hollywood stars.... AND he is an enigma. We seem to know about him and yet he remains a mystery. This book proves that. And it seems that no matter how much one tries, no one will ever get to know the complete Keanu Reeves. Celebrities who complain about lack of privacy should take a few solid pointers from Keanu; he is proof that it can be done... be rich, be famous and yet be private.

My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Riverdale Avenue Books and the author for the e-Arc of the book. 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✨💫
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If you are a fan of Keanu Reeves this is a book you will enjoy. It is well-written and there are tons of details in here.
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Author Marc Shapiro's biography of Keanu Reeves is a must read. As far as the writing style and narration is concerned, it is absolutely fantastic. The way author has wevaed the story with the mastery of writing style and narration, it is truly commendable. Overall, it was a great experience. I highly recommend this work and give it full 5 stars for the writing, narration and overall presentation. Happy Reading.
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He is a Canadian actor who has achieved great success worldwide. This is part of the reason I wanted to read this book. The other (and more important) reason is that he seems like a very decent, genuine, and down to earth person. I have seen a lot of his movies and have enjoyed the resurgence of his career. I like reading about people who work hard at doing their best in their line of work. Professionalism. I recommend this read.
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I am a massive fan of Keanu Reeves,  right back to the original Bill and Ted days.

I really enjoyed this book and reading about his life, especially from his childhood and before fame was found.

This is really interesting and I recommend it for any fan
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If you like Hollywood stories, you’ll enjoy this book. If you’re a Keanu Reeves fan or even curious about his filmography (over 70 movies!), you’ll love this book. I was not a raving fan of Keanu Reeves, though I appreciated his work, and this book really opened my eyes to how versatile his filmography is and how interesting his career choices have been.
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I was able to read this book thanks to NetGalley. I love Keanu Reeves and I was looking forward to reading this one. It was well done overall and I enjoyed learning details from his early life. I wish it had been an authorized bio but I did enjoy it nonetheless. Thanks again to NetGalley for the chance to read and review this book.
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I love this book. I know all of his movies, but I did not know a lot about him. Marc Shapiro writes Keanu's story in a way that is very straight forward. It didn't feel like someone's opinion. Given how private Keanu Reeves' is, I have a feeling this is as close as we are going to get to an autobiography of the "Internet's Boyfriend." I could not read it fast enough and couldn't wait to turn the next page.
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Let's make one thing clear from onset. I love Keanu Reeves. And my feedback on the book Keanu Reeves' Excellend Adventure has nothing to do with Keanu the person, only the book and just the book.
I found the book a bit like a hyperactive child on red cordial. It is all over the place. It is bulleted with quotes from online sources...
Yes, I understand that 'unauthorised biography' is just that - a biography without subject's permission. However, I was hoping for much deeper book. Hey, we are talking Keanu, right (the mysterious, free-spirited, completely unconventional guy who happens to be a talented actor)... 
This book felt like 'catching the ride' on the wave of Keanu's stardom. I guess that's what unauthorised biographies are all about. 
Disappointed? No, not really. Not impressed is more likely
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Yet another telling of the story of Keanu from early years to present. If you haven`t already read a previous versions this would be the most up to date I guess?
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Look, I love Keanu and enjoyed reading about him. I found the organization of this book to be a bit all over the place, and there was a bit too much inside baseball in regards to all of the talk about how the author went through the process of writing this book. All told, this was enjoyable, I think it could use some editing for clarity.
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Finished this last night 10/13/2020  I was so excited when I saw this because Keanu Reeves has always fascinated and intrigued me - I actually waited on him at the counter at Pinz when I worked there and didn’t even know it till one of the accountants came down because she had to see him / loved him he was so quiet and humble he seriously acted like any other normal person. The book has a lot of information but also a lot of speculation as he is a quite man the approach to challenging what is known and what is speculation was appreciated. I know this was an ARC so I am hoping there is still some editing to be done, for me there were many issues for me with sentence structure and such that had me rereading often to understand what was being said, the organization / structure or lack of clear time line or categorical presentation also threw me a bit but for information / content it was overall a good read. I liked the challenge of perspectives pointing out that we often see what we want and many project their own desires, thoughts, and feelings on Keanu and his behaviors especially because he is a man of few words and more reserved leaving people to sit and speculate without much refute.  I like the defense that “loners” or introverts are not unhappy or sad and some are actually more content and happy than those surrounded by millions ... it was an interesting take and perspective on a story that many have attempted to tell. I also loved hearing about his choice making for films “fuck the bucks” and being more about the experience and doing what he wanted -again also interesting to see what the media and other say is the reason for his selection and the assumptions ... if you want the basics on Keanu and the challenge of assumptions then this is a good read.
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I received a copy from NetGalley; this is my honest review.
-The only info I knew from Keanu Reeves were that he was a bit older than me, he played in Speed, and he was in love - or I thought he was - with either Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullocks. The reason I chose to read the book was the publisher's great marketing about it (Riverdale) that came through my email.
-The story starts in his early life of childhood through early 2020 and what people can expect in 2021-2022.
-The way the author made the book plan got me confused at times - okay, many times - as I was struggling to understand certain years of his life. If I would have been a fan, I guess that would not have happened. Instead of plunging through the years, he takes one bit and another bit and gives us the details so that if we're talking about his love life and the chapter finishes in 2012, let's say, and the next chapter is about his movies, we're going back to the 1990's. Why not put the details of what happened during a section of years all together instead?
-For those who never read the author's notes, these are at the very beginning and are worth reading.
-One thing that did surprised me what the introduction to the book was longer than chapters 1-2 combined. While finishing the book, I realized that the intro is actually a resume of the whole book.
-The book is really short, but the author chose to repeat facts 2-3 times. For ex., Keanu's mother lived and worked in a bohemian lifestyle. He also repeated seldom used expressions elsewhere such as "tongue firmly planted in cheek", "pigeonholed" and "dollars and cents".
-Editing: Wrong words (move/movie, manager/manger), too many words (recommended his Keanu), badly constructed phrases (but his attitude was that didn't have anything to do with ... or but it than that Keanu decided to play ... ).
-Wow moment. Mr. Reeves "loved going to a hamburger stand called Licks", which now turned into a brick & mortar franchise. We have one here where I live.
-There is much information in the book about Keanu and his career; not so much about his family. It reads like a magazine full of gossip and bits and pieces of news. It's interesting and you can feel that Mr. Reeves has a life full of adventure and action, even though he likes to retrieve to the peacefulness of his dwellings once in a while. He's dedicated to what he believes in and doesn't shy from making the stunts by himself after being trained for them.
-LOL moment. Every time I look at the title I start laughing. An Unauthorized Autobiography. It's like having Keanu think to himself that he's going to write his life on paper but doesn't want it published. It really should be biography not autobiography since he didn't write it himself...
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I enjoyed this Book and enjoyed learning about Keanu and his life 
With Thanks to Netgalley & Riverdance Avenue Books for the arc of this book in exchange for this honest review
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As a huge fan of Keanu Reeves, I just had to read this book. It was extremely detailed and gave me an insight into who exactly Keanu Reeves is. As a very private celebrity, we never really get to know what makes him tick. But this biography confirmed what I have always thought, that Keanu is a down to earth, honest, kind soul.
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This book is a great summary of a truly fascinating person.  I've always thought Keanu Reeves was interesting as he seems very real and down-to-earth despite all his fame and wealth, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this book for NetGalley and Riverdale Avenue Books and find out how he does it. I wasn't sure what to expect of an unauthorized biography but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was very respectful, following the progress of his family and personal life as well as his very accomplished and varied career and even some of his thoughts as stated in interviews.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan or wants to learn more about Keanu Reeves.
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This book was provided to me as an eArc by NetGalley in exchange for a fair review..

This is an informative biography that I found both interesting and enjoyable to read., There is a ton of information about Keanu Reeves. I learned a lot about his childhood, formative years and development as an actor who is not caught up in the trap of being a celebrity. The book is based on articles and published interviews which I confess I had never read before so this was all virgin territory for me. I came away with real insight into Reeves, an actor who when asked how he manages to stay grounded apparently replied "Gravity" which I happen to think is a most excellent answer.
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I'm sure it's a wonderful book but the first few chapters seemed so vague and losse that I put the book down.
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A very well done book on a subject that is an amazing person. We all think of this man as a national treasure and this book just confirmed it.
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