Monday, March 29, 2010

Book Review: Admit One: My Life in Film by Emmett James

Book Review: Admit One: My Life in Film by Emmett James
Hardcover: 216 pages
Publisher: FizzyPop (February 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984258108
ISBN-13: 978-0984258109

Rating:  4/5
Source:  Review copy provided by Online Publicist

Book Blurb:

Set in Croydon, South London, in the 1980s, Admit One details how self-deprecating writer Emmett James escaped from the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema. Through wry wit and observation, the writer reflects, obsesses, and rages about film and its correlation to our pasts. Life soon imitates art, and the narrator finds that his true calling is in transcendence from one side of the screen to the other. He decides to leave England for the only place where he can realize his dream of becoming an actor - Hollywood.   

We follow the narrator on his numerous adventures: as he jumps from forgery to pornography to crashing the Academy Awards under the alias of a nominated writer. All the while, the films that inspired each tale contextualize this humorous collection of stories. The narrator ultimately provides a unique insight into the fascinating industry of film, eventually himself stumbling into the biggest box-office grossing film of all time.

My Review:

This book was not what I was expecting. For some reason, I thought it would be a gossipy book about Hollywood stars. Instead, it was much, much better! It's an amusing trip down memory lane as James recounts how weekly trips to the cinema shaped his entire life,eventually leading him to Hollywood.

There is a little Hollywood gossip, but nothing mean or unbecoming. Kate Winslet, Frances Fisher and James Cameron (who he met during his stint filming Titanic) all sound like lovely people. And the actresses from Lap Dance come off as very professional, despite him classifying it as soft porn! James has the ability to laugh at himself and the situations he finds himself in, but never becomes mean-spirited or vindictive. He even makes sleeping on the floor in his empty room at the Y sound worthwhile!

James is a very talented writer, with a snarky sense of humor that I fell in love with. He makes his life story fascinating and fun, while at the same time highlighting certain films that had an impact on his life. This was a fast read for me, and I really enjoyed getting to know James. Gave it a 4/5 rating as I enjoyed reading the book and think the author is incredibly talented! Who would have guessed that a pornographic forger imposter would have such an interesting life? ;)


  1. This sounds funny. I like people with a snarky sense of humor. Unless it is my teenage daughter using it on me. : )

  2. Oh, this sounds very cool! I will keep an eye out for this one. Great review! :)

  3. Sounds like a good read! Nice review.

  4. This one sounds awesome! Thanks for the great review and for bringing it to my attention!

  5. Pam - Loved that he was snarky, but not mean. And I'm sure your lovely daughter is never snarky! *L*

    Krista - Very cool! Was pleasantly surprised with this one.

    Jill - Thought it was a fast, fun read, so hope you'll give it a try!

    Carrie - You're welcome! :)

  6. A bit of an Emmett Jones myself, I too spent much of my adolescence escaping in the cinema if it wasn't spent in some book or other.

  7. Sweet blog! And I love your header quote. It pretty much describes my life. :)

  8. Interesting review! I kind of guessed from the title and cover that this one would deal with his goings on at the movies, but not to the depth you described! It is funny if you think about it...what each person takes away from a film, it does shape them in one way or another! Thanks for the review....and happy reading!

  9. This sounds like a really fun memoir. I'll have to keep this one in mind. Great review :)