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You Should Sit Down for This

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I grew up watching the Mowry twins on “Sister Sister” so they will always have a place in my heart.   That being said, I didn’t love this book.  For a memoir, it’s very superficial and surface level.  I felt that there was very little that I learned about Tamera’s upbringing.  It just seemed to skip around to random tidbits.    I was surprised by how little Tia was mentioned and while I understand that it wasn’t her twin’s memoir and life to be revealed, she obviously is a huge part of her life, but you couldn’t tell from this book.  I debated between 2 and 3 stars for this one, but ultimately rounded up due my nostalgia.  Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this copy for review.
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I feel like this was a surface level view of Tamera's life. I don't feel like she really fully put herself out there in a way that will be hugely relatable to most readers. I think some cookie recipes could have been cute to include also.
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A warm breezy review of her life. I briefly watched her show Sister Sister when it first premiered. I had no clue her brother was “Teddy” on Full House.
Tamara walks readers through her life without getting too verbose or intimate. I thought her mother did an extraordinary job of instilling long lasting values in her children who all acted.
Tamara also addresses several unpleasant things she’s experienced in the industry, but has held firm and fast to her beliefs.
It was a quick read about a happy acting childhood story and a well adjusted woman.
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Being born in the early 90s, I wasn't quite able to catch Sister Sister while it was running, but I have fond memories of watching the syndicated runs (I think on the Disney channel). I loved seeing more representation on the TV and the show felt like a breath of fresh air amongst everything else I had available to watch. I also remember when Twitches came out! So when I saw that Tamera had written her first memoir I just had to request it. Getting this via Net Galley and the publisher was such a treat! 

Mowry-Housley's approach to her memoir felt refreshing and different, just like Sister Sister had felt to my teenaged self.  The stories are framed through an imagine conversation with a friend (Mowry-Housley) while the two of you snack on baked goods and sip delicious wines. The imagery was so inviting and Tamera's narrative voice was very warm. Reading You Should Sit Down for This really did feel listening to a friend tell a story. 

The "Tameraisms" were cute and helped cap off each chapter with a sort-of life lesson that the reader can take with them once they've set down the book. These pieces in particular made me feel that this memoir would be a wonderful resource for young women who are looking to define (or redefine) themselves as they come into adulthood.
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I will be the first to admit that I requested an advance copy of this book through NetGalley because I have always loved Tamera and her twin sister Tia. They were like the cool older sisters I never had - and that feeling continues on with this memoir from Tamera. With open frankness about her life experiences, from becoming a teen star, to transitioning to adulthood and navigating the woes of normal adulthood with the pressure of not becoming one of *those* child actors, Tamera brings us in close for many glasses of wine and a life story that reveals kindness, persistence and integrity. This is a wonderful and inspirational read.
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I grew up watching Sister, Sister so of course when I saw that Tamera wrote a book, I had to support! I was expecting a biography but I got more than that.  Tamera includes wonderful life advice as if she’s talking to a close friend. She showed us that life isn’t always perfect but you can make it be your dream. 

I do feel like she left out a lot of details but I appreciate what she gave us.
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I was really excited to read this book as a girl who grew up watching Sister, Sister. I haven't followed Tamera much since the Disney era, so I was hoping to learn more about her life and get some insight into what her career has been like and some of the experiences that have made her who she is. Instead, I felt like this book was much more of an advice book than a memoir. 

Tamera uses cookies and wine to compare experiences in her life to the different flavors of the treats that she enjoys, and while I can appreciate the fun and silly attempt to tie this into her story, I felt like it took away from the storytelling and confused me at times. 

I really enjoyed most the part of the book where Tamera talked about her time on The Real. I liked her honesty and vulnerability and the way she explained the complexity of loving something and also needing to leave it at the same time.
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Reading this book is equivalent to spending time with a old friend. Tamera Mowry-Housley is down to earth, reflective, and (most of all) fun. Readers looking for Hollywood-style "scoops" aren't going find any tea. This is more of an inspirational, self-help style of memoir. I think readers will love it, because it is honest, engaging, and true. Tamera has learned to respect herself, and she truly respects her readers.
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I was invited to stop by since I was in the area. Soon as I walked up the front steps, I was waved inside by a warm smile and bright eyes. I was told to make myself at home, and that I did. Before I could sit down good, a glass of crisp rosé wine, a full charcuterie board and freshly baked cookies were placed before me. I have never felt so welcome into pages.

Tamera Mowry-Housley—former co-host of The Real and co-star of Sister, Sister—is the welcoming spirit and author of You Should Sit Down For This: A Memoir About Wine, Life, & Cookies. In this new entertaining memoir, Tamera pulls up her big girl panties and tells the transition from a spunky twin to a grown married woman with children. Not very easy to do in the public eye. 

She goes through being raised in Hawaii to dating distress to grieving her favorite family member and more intimate milestones. Tamera recollects each moment in life as if we are old kindergarten playground buddies catching up one afternoon. The conversation leaves me with good advice but the sense that there's more not being said. Maybe next time.

You Should Sit Down for This is giving sweet, wholesome, confident, don't fuck with my family vibes. Yup, all of the above at once. Tamera Mowry-Housley opened her heart and home to share wisdom, kind words, vulnerable moments and a gentle warning. The Tameraisms—gorgeous bite-size drops of wisdom that have the power to enlighten—will float in my head for a while to come. In fact, I highlighted majority to remember and reference.

Even though this memoir is less than 200 pages, it leaves no moment unaddressed. Although I get the feeling details were purposefully left out in some stories. That there is still a nagging need to keep the good girl image in tact. And that's okay because not every experience is meant to be told. As a result, You Should Sit Down for This is the story of a childhood TV star mixed with a variety of wine and cookie flavors that I didn't know I wanted. The format is so well done and fitting to Tamera's personality.

Happy Early Pub Day, Tamera Mowry-Housley! You Should Sit Down for This will be available Tuesday, October 4.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

~LiteraryMarie
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You Should Sit Down for This is like sitting down with your best girlfriend sharing a glass of wine and delicious cookies and getting the advice you need to hear. 

Tamera Mowry-Housley is one of my favorite actors. I used to rush home from school just to watch Sister, Sister with my twin sister. So, I was more than excited to read her memoir. She really talks about it all in her charming, funny, and true self. 

She starts off by detailing how she found herself in the acting business. Her passion for acting was known by her parents, especially her mother. Her mother made her kids a deal, that they could stay in L.A. and pursue acting for real if they landed a role in 30 days. It may have taken the full 30 days, but it was about to pay off. And it did when she booked Sister, Sister with her twin sister Tia. That show was a hit and I think it's still a hit for so many to this day. Growing up as a child actress was definitely hard for her but I think having her mom along for the ride made it so much better. Her mother kept her grounded and never let fame get to her head. 

The book goes on to her adulthood. She is in college at Pepperdine after the ending of her show and is trying to decide her next move. With a hit show for so many years, you would think roles would be ready but it just wasn't the case. So, she had to figure out what to do. But she put her best foot forward and started moving along. I just kept thinking about how terrifying that would feel like. I mean she is basically a celebrity who has to do a 180 to see how to make a living when roles just weren't there for her. I applaud her tenacity because she could have easily given up so many times. 

In the next half of the book, she begins to chat about the ups and downs of dating. Being in the spotlight at such a young age made it hard for her to grow up as any other young woman would. This made it a bit more challenging when it came to dating. She never really got to experience dating so knowing what she wanted took some time. I'm glad that she learned from some of her 'boring dates' and learned that some of the men she allowed in her life weren't for her. She admits that she was always seen as a 'good-girl' and that sort of made her want to take more risks in her private life. But at times it felt like she was deviating from her truth. I can definitely relate to this and her words really resonated with me. She also mentions meeting her husband and how she initially and unintentionally almost put her now husband, Adam Housely, in the friend zone. But every person's journey to finding their partner is different. She reminds people that love and marriage doesn't mean you are living a fairytale and have no more problems, but that you are a team and have to work together every day, month, and year to keep your love together. 

The last section of the book really touched my heart. She lost her niece, Alaina, in a tragic way, and I still remember hearing the news about it. To see how close they only made you see how much family is a part of her being. And that touched my heart. 

I give You Should Sit Down for This 4 stars. The whole book was just so good. I loved all the Tameraisms because its full of wisdom and hard truths. I love that throughout the book Tamera used her experiences to help others find their self-worth and love who they are. She reminds readers that you don't have to please everybody, you just have to please yourself. Because that is when you can truly love and be loved.
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This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, from Grand Central Publishing . and #NetGalley. Thank you for the opportunity to preview and review. Opinions expressed are completely my own..

Fun, light, lovely read that’s open and refreshingly down to earth.
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Fun, quick read by Tamera Mowry-Housley, of Sister, Sister fame and of The Real.  Tamera writes her memoir likes she's talking to her best friend, and comes across as a warm, content human being who happens to have an interesting career.

Thank you Netgalley for the ARC!
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Thank you #Netgalley for the advanced copy!

I love Tamera Mowry-Housley, I follower her on instagram, grew up watchin sister sister, then eventually watched her reality show with her sister. I was so happy when Tamera found Adam and have loved to watch their family expand.  This book helped illustrate that thing are not always picture perfect, I appreciated Tamera sharing the honesty around her dating life, work life balance and so much more. As a wine fan, I also liked how she associated her stories around different varietals of wine.  This was a very quick read, as if you were sitting around the fire table with a glass of wine and her telling you these stories as a friend.  Very casual writing style which made it go by very quickly.  I do feel this was more high level sharing and I was kind of expecting more details, more stories about her sister and growing up.  Overall, I enjoyed the read!
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So much fun to read. Not as memoirish than I thought, but very good. 

Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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You Should Sit Down for This is a quick, but enlightening memoir from Tamera Mowry-Housley of Sister Sister and The Real fame. It's fun to read Tamera's essays from different times in her life and growing up. The book feels like chatting with your mature best friend over wine and cookies. She seems like she'd give the best advice! Highly recommended to Tamera fans or anyone looking for a quick, entertaining memoir. Be sure to check out You Should Sit Down for This today.
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