By Carrie Fisher
Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, $13.99, 162 pages, 4 stars

Whether you have read her first memoir, Wishful Drinking, or not, you will find yourself laughing and cringing as you read Carrie Fisher’s most recent autobiographical New York Times best selling work, Shockaholic. The best way to describe how the book is written would be to say that she puts whatever happens to be in her head on the page in no particular order. However, this jumbled formatting choice almost makes the experience of reading about her life more suitable to the kind of life she has led: crazy.

“[Princess Leia] is who I was. Maybe not to myself, but then I won’t be consulted on that future day when my death is reported and a picture of Princess Leia will appear on television with two dates under my absurdly bewigged face.”

Though many only know her for her famous role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie trilogy, she much prefers to ignore that aspect of her life, as she is sick of being referred to as Princess Leia and dealing with all the corny remarks and jokes that come with it. She claims to have nothing in common with Leia except a similar face. From her electroconvulsive therapy to lavish dinners with well-known figures like Ted Kennedy, be prepared for a blunt yet hilarious look into this amazing woman’s shocking life.

Reviewed by Andrea Franke

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