Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch

Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch
Published by Voice, an imprint of Hyperion

As a child growing up in a south suburb of Chicago, Jane Lynch dreamed of being an actress. Although her early attempts at breaking into Hollywood were not successful (such as writing letters to every casting director she could think of), through a series of happy accidents, her dreams came true. And now that she is a successful actress, married to the perfect woman for her, and about a million times more confident in herself than she ever has been in her life, Lynch decided to tell the reader the story of how she got to where she is today.

I am a huge fan of Glee, in which Jane Lynch stars as Sue Sylvester, the laughably manipulative and cunning cheerleading coach who is out to get the kids of the Glee Club and especially their teacher, Mr. Schuster. In fact, Sue Sylvester is possibly my favorite character on the show – her scenes always make me crack up but what I love even more is Lynch’s ability to turn Sylvester into an actual human being despite her completely over-the-top personality. It was for this reason that I chose to read this book, and I’m so glad I did. I loved learning more about the incredibly talented actress (and it turns out, interesting person) that is Jane Lynch.

I would probably say that Happy Accidents is best suited for those readers who are already fans of Jane Lynch, and as I am firmly in that category, I absolutely loved this book. I loved getting to know the real Jane Lynch, the person behind the character I’ve come to love so much on a TV show, and she has a life story that is actually quite fascinating. My heart broke for her when she talked about how difficult it was for her to come out to her family (and first, to admit that she is gay to herself) but the fact that she eventually found real love made me want to cheer out loud for her.

I chose to listen to the audiobook of Happy Accidents, and that was an excellent choice because Lynch narrates herself. I love when celebrities narrate their own audiobooks and this was no exception. Lynch was the perfect choice to tell her own story, as I felt like I was listening to her talk to me personally the entire time. It was a delightful experience.

If you at all a fan of Jane Lynch and interested in learning more about her, you must read Happy Accidents. And I would highly encourage you to experience the audio version. Her narration is perfect. Loved this one!


8 thoughts on “Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch”

  1. I became an instant fan of Lynch’s when I saw her in “Best of Show”. OMG she is priceless in that movie! Glee, however, drives me batty. That still doesn’t deter me from wanting to read this. I’ll have to see if the library has it.

  2. She’s my favorite character too and like you I love it when author’s narrate their own books so I will be listening to this one!!!

  3. I never really got turned on to Glee, but I was able to see some of the scenes where Lynch does her best to foil the club, and have to admit that they were hilarious. I also don’t know much about the actress’ personal life, so I am not sure if this one would be for me, but your review makes me think it might be! Great job highlighting all the bright spots of this memoir. It sounds like you really enjoyed it, and I loved you enthusiasm in this review!

  4. I don’t read many celebrity memoirs but this sounds like a good one. I’ve enjoyed her movie performances and I’ve read a bit about her off-camera life. I think I’d like to listen to her tell her story. Thanks for telling us about it!

  5. I don’t watch Glee but love her whenever I see her elsewhere. I love when authors read their own books for the audio, funny ladies usually pull it off best 🙂

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