Goodreads Summary: “Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, “Everybody’s got something.”
So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts’s new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that’s been her life so far, and the lessons she’s learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she will need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friends that saw her through her difficult times.
Following her mother’s advice to “make your mess your message,” Robin taught a nation of viewers that while it is true that we’ve all got something — a medical crisis to face, aging parents to care for, heartbreak in all its many forms — we’ve also all got something to give: hope, encouragement, a life-saving transplant or a spirit-saving embrace. As Robin has learned, and what readers of her remarkable story will come to believe as well, it’s all about faith, family and friends. And finding out that you are stronger, much stronger, than you think.
My thoughts: I recently joined a new book club – one where most of the members read the books and we actually discuss them. It was a very fun evening and I enjoyed meeting new people. The read for June was Robin Roberts’ Everybody’s Got Something. This is a quick easy read. Despite facing a life threatening disease that was most likely brought on by the treatment for breast cancer, Robin’s story is very positive. She does admit that there were times when the weight of her ordeal did cause her to feel angry or depressed and not exhibit the light bubbly personality that she normally displays. But for the most part the book is an amazing upbeat treatment of a horrible experience. I don’t think I could have had her positive attitude.
Some people might find this positive outlook hard to believe. To be fair, unless you know Robin Roberts personally, you can’t know whether this is truly her or just her public persona. I liked that she had a positive message and that some readers will find hope in her story.
I found it interesting to read about the people she knows and has met – both famous and not. She does include quite a bit of minutia in the story. That can be distracting at times.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. I had expected it to be somewhat of a depressing read. But it wasn’t. I loved reading about her mother and I especially loved that she realizes how blessed she truly is.
If you like biographies/autobiographies, then I recommend you add this to your reading list.
What will be reading next? We are actually reading three books, though we won’t discuss one of them until August. Some members had already read one or more of the books. I hadn’t read any of them, so I’ve got some catching up to do. We’ll be reading/discussing The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright, Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline, and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt