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Sorry Not Sorry

Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
Written by: Naya Rivera
Narrated by: Naya Rivera
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
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Navigating through youth and young adulthood isn't easy, and in Sorry Not Sorry, Naya Rivera shows us that we're not alone in the highs, lows, and in-betweens. Whether it's with love and dating, career and ambition, friends, or gossip, Naya inspires us to follow our own destiny and step over - or plod through - all the crap along the way.

After her rise and fall from childhood stardom on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Family Matters, barely eking her way through high school, a brief stint as a Hooters waitress, going through thick and thin with her mom/manager, and resurrecting her acting career as Santana Lopez on Glee, Naya emerged from these experiences with some key life lessons. Even with a successful career and a family that she loves more than anything else, Naya says, "There's still a 13-year-old girl inside of me making detailed lists of how I can improve, who's never sure of my own self-worth." Sorry Not Sorry is for that 13-year-old in all of us.

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Incredible

After Nayas passing I found myself feeling sort of lost, she was such a huge part of my life growing up watching glee. Listening to her read her life story gave me a feeling of closeness to her and closure. I never knew her but now I feel like I do in some way. It was a warm story that taught me important lessons and made her seems so much more real and made me appreciate the woman she was. All in all it was a phenomenal book and I am forever thankful that I got to hear it.

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So good, too short

Loved hearing Naya's story in Naya's voice. It was honest, entertaining, charming, and I took my time with it so it wasn't over too soon; yet, when that short five hours and forty five minutes were up, I was reminded that her life, too, was all too short. I was sad that it was over, yet so glad that she wrote it AND narrated it. I even listened to her lovely voice reading the publishing information at the end. Strong recommendation.

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Loved everything about it, after her death I needed something, something like closure and this was definitely it

I loved everything about this book, hearing her talk about herself was great, she was funny, straight up, one of the most realist people I know. The book she had written had made me realize that, other people have problems too, it’s not just me, that god has a plan for each of us. Thank you Naya Rivera, I love you. Rest In Peace.

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Incredibly humbling

Listening to this after the tragic news is a bit mind blowing. Naya’s narration made me laugh and feel all of her emotions. I’m so glad we have this.

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Love It!

I'm a huge Glee fan, which in turn, makes me a Naya fan. I thought her book was wonderful, and she gave an excellent performance reading it. If there was anything I could change, I just wished she dished more gossip about Glee, the actors, and the set. Otherwise, I give it 5 stars.

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  • Lorena Rodriguez
  • 2020-05-20

Great Book

Really enjoyed it! This book is mainly to get to know who Naya Rivera really is. it talks about her growing up and becoming the woman that she really is today. If you really want to get a better perspective of who the actresses in real life then I really recommend this book! Reading about her experience and about her life, does indeed resonate with one's self is some ways. Therefore, making one see that a star or celebrity and also have many things in their life very relatable to someone who is not a celebrity.

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  • Katelyn
  • 2020-04-27

Great Book!

I really did not even know who Naya Rivera was when I bought this book, she is great and I loved this book!

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  • Shawna Sanderson
  • 2020-07-15

Beautiful and haunting and inspiring

I got this book after Naya’s tragic passing. Hearing her voice was haunting and beautiful and helped me mourn and process the loss. This book is funny and insightful about life, growing up, the industry, and god. I’m so happy to have been a fan of Naya. May she rest in paradise. We love you forever Naya❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-15

A glimpse into Naya’s mind and strength

She was curious, honest, determined, and oh, so strong! What a wonderful insight into Naya Rivera the daughter, sister, friend, wife, and mother. Fly high beautiful. There were moments I cried intensely when listening to her describe her devotion to her faith - never beseeching her higher power, but always grateful and receptive to what was ahead, trusting fully that it was predestined for her no matter where it led. The tears are unavoidable when she describes her bond with her mother and her desire to offer so much more to her son and possible future children. I bought this book because I was heartbroken by her untimely death. I wanted to feel close to the woman so many who knew her, describe in such loving admiration. I was a HUGE glee fan and she was my favorite. You are and always be a star beautiful Naya.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-14

AMAZING BOOK RIP NAYA

I started the book when the search for Naya began. Such a sweet, honest, insightful story. You could tell that she was a hard working, amazing person. Thank you for this book.

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  • David
  • 2016-10-11

It was entertaining, not too long

I really enjoyed it but I may be bias since I love Naya Rivera! Would recommend if you need something to listen to like at work

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  • Louisa
  • 2020-06-05

Hooked

Listened to it all in one day. I’m 24 and listening to her ups and downs helped me feel better about my own. Despite some of the reviews, I still think Naya is a bad ass. I appreciate her honesty throughout the story.

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  • Tabitha
  • 2016-12-08

Sorry! No.... REALLY! Sorry I wasted my credit!

What character would you cut from Sorry Not Sorry?

Naya Rivera

Any additional comments?

I love Naya Rivera or should I say her character Santana on Glee however this book made Naya come across as pretentious, self-indulgent, spoiled, racist and over-bearing. The chapters were inconsistent and flip-flopped back and forth throughout her life and career causing most times for it to be confusing where she was going or coming from.

Although her stories didn't lack interest, it did lack intelligence with all the hashtag, side remarks, cussing, name dropping and cattiness. It's truly not a surprise that she has been remarked in the manner she has in the media, why she is now twice dumped/divorced (from serious relationship stand points) and why she isn't steadily working post Glee.

The chapter on her race and her views on it was absolutely disgusting to me, as she spoke so much of "white people" being racist with their remarks and jokes, yet consistently made racists comments throughout the entire chapter. I cannot express how absolutely sick to death I am of societies double standards!

All in all this book was nothing short of HORRIBLE! If I could receive a refund.... I WOULD!!

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  • Lacey
  • 2016-11-18

what a waste of a credit

What would have made Sorry Not Sorry better?

A little more humility. She brags so hard that it was painful to listen to, especially during her child-actor years. I was hoping this would be a deeper exploration into her upbringing and that she had somehow overcome HUGE odds and it might make me think that she's more than just a bland actress. Not so much, she's just a normal girl thinking she's really got talent. I wish I hadn't spent a credit on this, or that I'd contributed to her big headed idea that she's somehow still relevant. I'm all for confidence, but there should be more self-awareness.

What could Naya Rivera have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She made mistakes in her youth. I get it, we all make mistakes. But the way she describes them and the way she overcame them is like she's the first one to ever make them and like she's giving us these amazing revelations/answers. These are the same mistakes that teenagers and young adults have been making for a veryyyy long time. She's not more special for them, just because she was a child actress. She's not even particularly brilliant in her revelations. You managed money poorly. You were broke. You were in debt. With some advice from your parents, you got out of debt. You learned a lesson. Whoop whoop. Many of us have been there too, and you don't see us writing books about it.

Any additional comments?

The only redeeming piece of the book was when she was describing her abortion and the difficulty of it. It was the first point in the book where it felt like she was relatable and I really felt like she had been through something tragic.

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  • Jessica
  • 2020-10-16

RIP Naya

It was an interesting, funny, and at time sad book. I loved Nayas narration and hearing her voice since she passed away. It was kind of confusing how she flipped from child actor, high school , glee , etc. but I loved it and was worth the credit