Reviewed by Nina Longfield

Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher begins with a rambling, seemingly unrelated series of thoughts. With the progression of her story, though, Fisher delves into her personal battles with self-medication, depression, being bi-polar, weight problems, personal loss, and the challenge of once being Princess Leia (thirty years after the role ended). Fisher’s stories are at once vivid, engaging, sometimes charming and a few times shocking. Fisher reflects upon her past and present with dry humor, at times laugh out loud funny, and other times pensive.

Fisher’s writing style is straightforward. Her digressions, though, are too numerous to count, which makes me wonder whether this entire book was produced during a blitz of mania. However, Fisher speaks candidly about her continuing fight to remain sober, her battle with depression and her choice to battle the debilitating mental condition through ECT (electroconvulsive therapy, otherwise known as shock treatment).

Despite the name dropping, which I guess should be expected in a celebrity’s memoir, Shockaholic shows the reader a glimpse of Carrie Fisher battling her inner demons with the use of her sharp wit, a bit of sarcasm, and a hint of vulnerability.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Nina Longfield is a writer living in Oregon’s fertile wine country. When she is not reading or writing in her spare time, Nina enjoys hiking in the hills surrounding her cabin.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon & Schuster. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.