Cover Image: Radical Love

Radical Love

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

This was a light, inspiring read filled with humor at times. I thought it was fairly standard and didn't blow me away, but I did enjoy it. Levi seems like an inspiring dude.
Was this review helpful?
This was very good and covered a lot of information, from the actor/author's life, his struggles, and provided ways  and information to find help with mental health issues.
Was this review helpful?
This is maybe my fault for requesting the book but I had no idea it would be so “I lost god!” “I found god!” “God saved me!” I was honestly expecting more introspection about a struggle with mental health while dealing with Hollywood. Because of that I found the book a total let down and it read like some kind of church pamphlet. I didn’t expect that.
Was this review helpful?
As its title hints, this book is full of love to give to the people who didn't get a lot. I have to be honest, I'm not super knowledgeable about Zachary Levi's career but I think he did a great job introducing himself and his work and personality in this part self-help/part memoir book. I do know him from Tangled and Shazam! and I've seen a couple of interviews with him, in which I found him to be a really down-to-earth nice guy. I was surprised to see someone with so much success (in my opinion) having suffered so severly from mental illness as well. He's very honest and open about his journey and gives a lot of no-nonsense advices and statements about sadness and happiness. I particularly like this one: "The truth is that my life was going well because my life was going well, and the minute it stopped going well, I would spiral back down again." This to me describes the ups and downs of my depression so well and to see it written so efficiently was a breath of fresh air. I've read a lot of books about healing etc. personally, and this one has really become a favourite because it was really relatable. If you're putting in the work and asking for help, there's a good chance that things will be okay, even if they're not perfect. Loving yourself is everything, even if it is tough. Happy reading, everyone.
Was this review helpful?
I had already been a fan of Zachary Levi for many years, so I was very excited to read this book and hear his story. I was beyond moved at how raw and powerful this book is. He does not hide his insecurities and his struggles with mental health. His passion for helping others who are struggling with their own mental health is inspiring. I urge everyone who has struggled with mental health or knows someone struggling to read this book, gift this book.

You will not be disappointed!
Was this review helpful?
Thank you Zac Levi, for being brave enough to share your experiences with the world. Dealing with generational trauma within the family has always been very difficult for many. Yet, we do find ourselves repeating the hated words from our childhood, during high emotional times in our lowest moments as adults, to others. We make mistakes, but we learn from it. This book shows how even a highly charismatic, charming individual, has those extreme lows, struggles, and lets us know that we are not alone.
Was this review helpful?
Zachary Levi pens a part memoir, part ode to mental health in Radical Love. He shares his struggles personally with mental health issues as well as those that run throughout his family, detailing often about his lineage and how that lead him to seek professional help beyond what he'd been receiving prior. 

At times this book is raw, difficult to read as you feel as if you are eavesdropping on family conversations yet it is an honest and open look at how we just don't know what a person, nor a family, is experiencing within their lives. For someone in Hollywood to be this vulnerable, even providing insight into the conflict in actually seeking help in the fears of it getting out and ruining his career. 

This book, while somewhat choppily jumping back and forth between memories of family strife and forward to the stay at the mental health retreat, was gut-wrenching and eye opening. He provides some moments of guidance for those who may be questioning their own mental health journey as well as the ability to reach out and care for those around you who may be wrestling with the need for help in their journey.
Was this review helpful?
I am a huge fan of Zachary Levi. Nonetheless, I am proud of him for opening up and speaking about his emotional and mental health. This is a book about loving oneself, which is essential towards wellbeing and mental balance.
I am glad that I had the chance to read it.
Was this review helpful?
✨  Actor Zachary Levi talks about love and your perception of self worth.

💜Ok Zack Levi. I see you, I feel seen.  And if you are reading, I feel in love with your heart in Chuck and you continue to be one of my favorite humans.

💥I sobbed reading this book. The feelings of inadequacies and inability of people to support you in  healthy ways was just so relatable. Inevitably, I learned so much about myself. The most poignant was realizing the trauma we never realize is imposed on us at a young age, and how that really does effect you even decades later. Read this book, you will definitely find something to take from it. 

My face at the end: 🥰

🍪 I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to @Netgalley and Harper Horizon (and @librofm) for allowing me to read this ahead of publication.

💯 For more details on the books we read, be sure to follow me on TikTok (@zaineylaney). I will give you a list of reasons to read! Or listen to our podcast, Elated Geek, wherever you subscribe.
Was this review helpful?
Whoosh. 
 I do not even know how to review this. I am beyond overwhelmed, did some serious ugly crying and came out of the whole reading experience realizing just how much I need to be in therapy and how much I wish that I had people around me like Mr. Levi does - it is amazing to realize that there are people who will go out of their way to help someone when their life falls apart. 

Written in a straightforward, frank way, the author pulls no punches in talking about where he came from, where he is now [and realizing that there is no cure for depression and anxiety, just ebbs and flows] and where  he hopes to be  as his life continues. This is not a sob story. This is a story of trauma and verbal abuse and how that almost derailed his life and what he did to fight and claw his way back. This is also a book that can help you claw your way back from whatever brink you are on and encourage you to get the help you need [and heaven knows, many of us need it desperately. I know I do]. This book also works hard at de-stigmatizing mental illness. We all need to do this. People need help. We need to stop judging them for that. 

I cannot recommend this book enough - brutal and honest and at times so raw you will weep, this is one of the best books I have read this year. One I will be revisiting. Kudos to Zachary Levi for being brave enough to write the book we all need. 

Thank you to NetGalley, Zachary Levi, and Harper Horizon for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Was this review helpful?
I love this book. It felt as though it was written for me, almost like he was sitting and having a conversation with me. I've already recommended this book to several friends.
Was this review helpful?
Thanks to Netgalley!

Words can’t describe how much I loved this book.

I have loved Zachary Levi since I watched Chuck.  My husband introduced to me to the show and I was instantly hooked.

Zachary Levi has been one of my favorite actors since. When I found out he wrote a book I knew I needed to read it.  It did not disappoint.

Part memoir and part self help he discusses how he deals with trauma and anxiety.

I like he was talking to me.  He was so honest.  His words meant a lot to me especially about his faith, how to deal with anxiety, and how to love ourselves.

It’s a book I am going to hold close.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you to Netgalley, Zachary Levi, and Harper Horizon for this eARC in exchange for an honest review!

This is a wonderful and brutally personal book that gives insight into who Zachary Levi is when the cameras are off. Prior to reading this I was not aware of his struggles with mental health and his past traumas. I nonetheless enjoyed this read that really made me think, and I would suggest this book to any one in need of time to think and reflect.

This memoir follows Levi through his emotional journey from his childhood all the way up to present day as he 
Even though he does not have a history of writing to this degree, the writing itself was inviting and honest, and really showed that he is human just like everyone else. It reads like a conversation between friends rather than something more clinical. This journey of the discovery of the need for self love 

Ultimately I applaud Levi's bravery and honesty as he navigates the exploration of what it makes to love yourself.
Was this review helpful?
I read this book in under 24 hours. It was that good that I didn’t want to stop reading. I commend Zachary for being open and honest about his struggles with mental health. I hope for one day that the stigma around mental health will disappear. I think everyone needs to read this book because even if you haven’t struggled with it, someone you love may be struggling. I cannot recommend it enough. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
Was this review helpful?
This book pulls on your heart strings, it makes you learn about self love. You are the only person who is in your shoes, nobody knows you better then you, be kind to yourself.  I recommend this book to learn empathy and information about mental health.
Was this review helpful?
Perhaps best known for his roles as Chuck Bartowski in the television series Chuck, Flynn Rider in Disney’s Tangled, and the lead role in the superhero film Shazam!, Zachary Levi has been a rising star in Hollywood over the past decade. That success is only part of the story, a story that Levi discusses in his new book Radical Love: Learning to Accept Yourself and Others.

This book surprised me in many ways. There is often a feeling about Hollywood actors that they have it all and oftentimes, nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, they are people just like us and have some of the same problems we have. Levi presents the struggles he has experienced throughout his life including strained relationships with both of his parents, dealing with depression, and even thoughts of suicide. The book is really an exploration of why he struggles the way he does, but also a bit of a guide as to how he is working to overcome those struggles.

I use present tense as the mental and emotional issues Levi talks about in this book (and that many people deal with on a daily basis) are not things that get fixed in one shot. These are struggles that must be faced every day, perhaps for the rest of your life, and that’s scary. But part of the beauty of the book and the way Levi presents these struggles is that he has begun to understand that they will never be completely fixed. There is no magic pill to make things perfect, but learning to deal with the issues in a healthy and productive way goes a long way to setting us up for future success.

Parts of this book are not easy to read, but if you are someone who has ever battled depression or anxiety (and let’s face it, who hasn’t?) then you need to do yourself a favor and find this book. Get it for someone you love who might be going through some tough times or who had a hard upbringing. They will thank you for it.
Was this review helpful?
Radical Love is the blended memoir and self help journey of actor Zachary Levi known for the television Chuck and superhero film Shazam. Levi bares his struggles with mental health and his difficult childhood in an abusive household, with the laudable goal of helping others.

I came to this work as someone interested in Levi's work as an actor. While written with a great deal of bravery, honesty, and well meant intention; I frequently found myself wishing this were just a traditional memoir. (Even though Levi himself didn't feel his life had warranted one). The reader does learn a good bit of the challenges of landing a part, the amount of time and work involved in the entertainment medium and the temptations of fame. However,the focus of the book is how to take responsibility for your own care and recognize your short comings and unhelpful habits. Levi did this, often with the help of faith in God.

The narrative alternates between 2017 when he suffered a mental breakdown and formative times and experiences from Levi's life. The reader bounces between Levi detailing and explaining his mental health treatment methods and the periods of his life that led to the development of his habitats. Amidst every chapter are platitudes and affirmation phrases. Levi has used his position to advocate for mental health, importantly emphasizing that this is a lifelong struggle for many.

As with many things, the COIVD-19 pandemic delayed the publication of this work and Levi rewrote some of this book during that time. I'm left to wonder what was that earlier version?

Very raw and honest, and I'm happy to read that Levi is doing well. This work demonstrates that Levi has learned how to better manage his mental health and I wish it had been presented more informationally and less as a set of instructions. I hope the published version includes resources for those needing access to mental health support regardless of status.
Was this review helpful?
My 19 yo son, Zachary texted me from the dentist’s chair, saying he wanted to to read this book by Zachary Levi. I was like, me too! My son said, I like the guy, he’s a good actor, and I like is ideals. It’s a rare moment my son and I are interested in the same thing. He was impressed I was able to review an advanced copy before the release! Now we are both reading the same book, looking forward to buying a paper copy, and discussing some similarities between our lives and Zachary Levi’s life. There’s the common first name, the generational mental health related traumas, and the resilience. I am thankful for this book and the connection it helped foster with my son. Thank you to the author Zachary Levi for lessening the stigma related to mental health.
Was this review helpful?
I was excited to see this pop-up and even more excited to be approved. I've always enjoyed Zachary Levi and glad to see that he is the person he presents himself to be.
Was this review helpful?
I love Zachary Levi and his heart. His desire to grow and love not only himself but others is so real and raw. Parts of this book felt like a diary - so personal and honest. I’ve always respected him and his vulnerability and I hope he writes more!
Was this review helpful?