UnSweetined: A book review

Just recently I had the chance to read Jodie Sweetin’s autobiography, UnSweetined.

For those of you who may not remember, Jodie Sweetin is most famous as her time as Stephanie Tanner on Full House. Her catchphrase of “How Rude” captivated audiences for years.

The book delves deep into her life story, mostly focused on the post-Full House years. She ended up being into drugs pretty heavily, and I mean heavily. To do drugs, she snuck around behind the back of her first husband, who happened to be a police officer. Eventually, the drugs helped lead to their divorce. She went to rehab. She’s had some setbacks.

At one point, she estimates she spent $60,000 over a nine-month period on drugs for her and her “friends.”

She also talks about how she would give lectures about being sober to university students, although she was taking drugs right before many of these talks. She brings us into her life of trying to go through airport security while carrying drugs.

One thing I liked is that she takes the blame for everything that has happened to her in the book. She knows what she is doing is wrong, but she makes her choices, and has to live with the consequences. She accepts that. She doesn’t blame other people. There’s no “my mother forced me into child acting”, or anything like that. She started drinking to have confidence to talk to people, and she took drugs so she would have friends.

I thought there were only two things missing from the book.

The first were pictures. Anytime I read an autobiography, I like to see photos. Especially since there’s a couple of times when she talks about how she looked with all the drugs she was doing.

The second thing was the reaction from others. We get lots of viewpoint from her parents, but I always wondered what did the Full House cast think of her antics. The first time she got drunk was at Candace Cameron’s wedding, when she married Valeri Bure, and she ended up vomiting all over the bathroom. But we never hear Cameron’s reaction.

She talks about meeting up with much of them over the years, such as Dave Coulier and John Stamos, but there’s nothing from them about what they thought of her drug and alcohol use.

But overall, the book was one of the best autobiographies I’ve read. It was a tell-all book, but she only told about her life. There was no gossip about everyone else, which was strangely refreshing for an autobiography.

I would give it four out of five stars.


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