Today I have a review of Too Much Is Not Enough by Andrew Rannells, available on March 12, 2019 from Crown Publishing!
Andrew Rannells leaves Omaha in 1997 to head to New York City because he has big dreams. His sights are set on Broadway. We already know he makes it there, and this humorous, candid book takes us along on Rannells’ journey from his teenage years to Broadway and all the stops in between.
In his 20s when he hits NYC, Rannells takes advantage of all the bright lights, art, friends, and parties the city has to offer.
It’s no secret Rannells makes his Broadway dream come true at 26 years old, and he boldly shares the auditions along the way that didn’t go so well. He puts the not-so-perfect side out there to let the reader know it wasn’t easy to make it, but it was always worthwhile.
This book is SO funny without trying too hard. I loved the tone of Rannells’ narration, his connection to his family, his love for the city that never sleeps, and his growth in every aspect he explored with such honesty.
Too Much Is Not Enough is a quick and inspiring read, one that will leave a spring in your step and a song in your heart thanks to multi-talented Andrew Rannells.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
From the star of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon and HBO’s Girls, the heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age memoir of a Midwestern boy surviving bad auditions, bad relationships, and some really bad highlights as he chases his dreams in New York City
When Andrew Rannells arrived in New York City from Omaha in 1997, he, like many, saw the city as a chance to break free. To start over. To transform the fiercely ambitious but sexually confused teenager he saw in the mirror into the Broadway leading man of his dreams.
In Too Much Is Not Enough, Rannells takes us on the journey of a twentysomething hungry to experience everything: new friends, wild nights, great art, standing ovations. And at the heart of his hunger lies a powerful drive to reconcile the boy he was and the man he might have been with the man he wants to be. As Rannells reveals how he merged these Andrews into the one who made his Broadway debut at 26, he also shares stories from his path to the Great White Way, from horrible auditions and behind-the-curtain romances to the exhilaration of landing his first gig in Hairspray and the heartbreaking death of his father at the height of his ascent. Along the way, Rannells learns that you never really leave your past–or your family–behind; that the most painful, and perversely motivating, jobs are the ones you almost get; and that sometimes the most unforgettable nights are marked not by the hot clubs you danced at, but by the recap over diner food after.
Filled with candor and humor, Too Much Is Not Enough is an entertaining look at love, loss, and the powerful forces that determine who we become.
Have you read Too Much Is Not Enough, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR