Released: Conversations on the Eve of Freedom
Gypsy-Rose Blanchard discovered that her whole life was a lie. After
eight-and-a-half years of incarceration, she can finally tell you the truth—with this exclusive collection of interview transcripts and journal entries, plus her own illustrations and photos.
While incarcerated for her role in her mother’s death, Gypsy saw her story told by others again and again in the media, from news reports and podcasts to TV series like
The Act (Hulu). Now, granted early parole and preparing to start a new life, she’s free to speak directly to her supporters and the world.
I feel really bad giving this book a bad rating, because I actually really like Gypsy-Rose. She seems like a pretty incredible person, and is seemingly making the most of an awful situation. That said, this book begins to feel slightly like a money grab – and I’m not necessarily blaming Gypsy. I am all for her telling her story, as it does feel likely that it will help other people. But, that said, this books does feel incredibly rushed.
In essence, this book is basically a ‘teaser’ for the eventual memoir that she discusses in it’s pages. A book that she anticipates will be released later in 2024/5. It’s only the beginning of her story, paving the way for the full version.
To me, it really does feel somewhat pointless. The topics discussed are only touched upon and given how high profile Gypsy is, I don’t really see the need for a ‘teaser’. I don’t doubt for a second that there will be widespread interest in her book when it is fully released. So…all of that to one side, it’s not worth reading in my opinion. Will I read her memoir? Yes, definitely but there was nothing in this book that justified it being published.