I’ll Scream Later – Marlee Matlin

Title: I’ll Scream Later
Author: Marlee Matlin
ISBN: 9781439102855
Pages: 336
Release Date: April 14, 2009
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction
Source: Library
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary:

Marlee Matlin is an Oscar-winning actress who also happens to be deaf.  This is her memoir about her life which includes her tumultuous relationship with actor William Hurt, her drug-filled early years in show business and her recovery, and the joys and difficulties of being deaf.

Review:

I didn’t know much about Marlee Matlin before picking up her memoir.  I saw and loved her on The West Wing, which is the reason I was interested in this book.  I also knew she was deaf and that she’d won a Best Actress Oscar at a young age.  I had no idea what kind of crazy life she’d led until I started reading I’ll Scream Later.

This was definitely a tell-all book.  There were parts where I was horrified, parts where I was completely shocked, and parts where I was just in disbelief.  However, throughout the book, I really admired Marlee for her bravery.  I can only imagine how difficult it was for her to relive some of these memories, much less write about them in a book that was going to be read by the general public.

Additionally, Marlee’s relationship with the deaf community is both incredibly interesting and really sad.  Since she is one of the most prominent deaf people in Hollywood, she is both loved and vilified by the deaf community.  Everything she does is scrutinized and often criticized.  She has been such an activist for the community (if you don’t believe me, follow Marlee on Twitter – her new cause is trying to get Netflix to caption their Watch Instantly streaming movies), so it’s sad that she hasn’t found acceptance with them.

However, I’ll Scream Later also has its flaws.  The editing is poor, and as a result it makes the book less fun to read.  It didn’t really flow naturally.  Additionally, when Marlee chronicles the people in Hollywood she’s met, it sounds a lot like name-dropping. 

I’ll Scream Later was an interesting read, despite the problems I had with it.  It can be slow and frustrating at times, especially when Marlee is discussing her relationship with William Hurt, but it’s incredibly honest and is an interesting read.

Comments

  1. I used to read Hollywood memoirs all of the time. I would have bet that this one would have been better. I can’t understand the editing issues.

  2. I used to read Hollywood memoirs all of the time. I would have bet that this one would have been better. I can’t understand the editing issues.

  3. I didn’t know that she had a relationship with William Hurt. Very interesting. I haven’t seen much of her acting – just a few things on Law & Order, but she always seemed to be an interesting person. I might pick this up some day.

  4. I didn’t know that she had a relationship with William Hurt. Very interesting. I haven’t seen much of her acting – just a few things on Law & Order, but she always seemed to be an interesting person. I might pick this up some day.

  5. Not sure this is for me. The only reason I know Matlin is because she was on Dancing with the Stars one season.

  6. Not sure this is for me. The only reason I know Matlin is because she was on Dancing with the Stars one season.

  7. I like her as an actress, but I’m not a big fan of Hollywood memoirs, so if there are some real editing problems I think I’ll steer clear.

  8. I like her as an actress, but I’m not a big fan of Hollywood memoirs, so if there are some real editing problems I think I’ll steer clear.

  9. Like Jen, I’m not really into celebrity memoirs (in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever read one…) but I love Marlee Matlin, and if you haven’t seen her on the last 2 seasons of The L Word, then you have GOT to check it out.

  10. Like Jen, I’m not really into celebrity memoirs (in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever read one…) but I love Marlee Matlin, and if you haven’t seen her on the last 2 seasons of The L Word, then you have GOT to check it out.

  11. If you haven’t seen Children of a Lesser God, you should. That was my introduction to her. I don’t usually read these kinds of books, but I have two friends who are interpreters for the deaf and I’ll mention it to them.

  12. If you haven’t seen Children of a Lesser God, you should. That was my introduction to her. I don’t usually read these kinds of books, but I have two friends who are interpreters for the deaf and I’ll mention it to them.

  13. Beth is right, Children of a Lesser God was wonderful. But after that big accomplishment, she seemed to settle for just about any work in Hollywood, mostly guest spots on TV shows. I would have loved to have seen her do more with her talent. I doubt I will read this one, but you’ve offered a great review!

  14. Beth is right, Children of a Lesser God was wonderful. But after that big accomplishment, she seemed to settle for just about any work in Hollywood, mostly guest spots on TV shows. I would have loved to have seen her do more with her talent. I doubt I will read this one, but you’ve offered a great review!

  15. I was curious about your thoughts on this one when I saw it on your sidebar when you were reading it.

    I love the West Wing, too, and glanced at this in a bookstore when it first came out.

    But then I also heard reviews about it being poorly written/edited, and decided I’d probably skip it.

  16. I was curious about your thoughts on this one when I saw it on your sidebar when you were reading it.

    I love the West Wing, too, and glanced at this in a bookstore when it first came out.

    But then I also heard reviews about it being poorly written/edited, and decided I’d probably skip it.

  17. I’m not one to read Hollywood memoirs, but because I’m hearing impaired myself (and the same age as Marlee), I’ve wanted to read this one out of curiosity. Your review may make me read it sooner than later, even if you felt the writing quality was mediocre.

  18. I’m not one to read Hollywood memoirs, but because I’m hearing impaired myself (and the same age as Marlee), I’ve wanted to read this one out of curiosity. Your review may make me read it sooner than later, even if you felt the writing quality was mediocre.

  19. Thank you for this review! I love Marlee Matlin. I thought she was great in “Children of a Lesser God”… I didn’t know she had a relationship with William Hurt – Gasp! I also watch “Dancing with the Stars” and was impressed that she would even give it a try.
    This book might be an interesting read.

  20. Thank you for this review! I love Marlee Matlin. I thought she was great in “Children of a Lesser God”… I didn’t know she had a relationship with William Hurt – Gasp! I also watch “Dancing with the Stars” and was impressed that she would even give it a try.
    This book might be an interesting read.

  21. this is on my wish list.

  22. this is on my wish list.

  23. I really liked reading this book as well. But you do have to remember she is not an author. That is not what she loves to do, what she loves to do is act that is why the writing was not the best. Also, she is deaf, and if you study deaf culture and language you see that they do not use exact English. The Deaf World is abrupt and truthful about everything, they don’t try to hide or go around what they are saying in any way. So there are reasons behind the poor editing and unnatural flow. The background of culture and language is always important to know before you read a book.
    I do recommend this book to anyone. It is an easy read and she has experiences that relate to many people, and to others is unfathomable to comprehend.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I really liked reading this book as well. But you do have to remember she is not an author. That is not what she loves to do, what she loves to do is act that is why the writing was not the best. Also, she is deaf, and if you study deaf culture and language you see that they do not use exact English. The Deaf World is abrupt and truthful about everything, they don’t try to hide or go around what they are saying in any way. So there are reasons behind the poor editing and unnatural flow. The background of culture and language is always important to know before you read a book.
    I do recommend this book to anyone. It is an easy read and she has experiences that relate to many people, and to others is unfathomable to comprehend.

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