Former Olympic figure skater and self-professed America’s Sweetheart Adam Rippon shares his underdog journey from beautiful mess to outrageous success in this hilarious, big-hearted memoir.
Your mom probably told you it’s what on the inside that counts. Well, then she was never a competitive figure skater. Olympic medalist Adam Rippon has been making it pretty for the judges even when, just below the surface, everything was an absolute mess. From traveling to practices on the Greyhound bus next to ex convicts to being so poor he could only afford to eat the free apples at his gym, Rippon got through the toughest times with a smile on his face, a glint in his eye, and quip ready for anyone listening. Beautiful on the Outside looks at his journey from a homeschooled kid in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to a self-professed American sweetheart on the world stage and all the disasters and self-delusions it took to get him there. Yeah, it may be what’s on the inside that counts, but life is so much better when it’s beautiful on the outside.
I enjoyed Adam Rippon’s autobiography. It’s like meeting that friend of a friend at a party and feeling an instant draw to know more about their life. At times it’s all so normal, yet obviously he pursues and achieves dreams so few can.
CW that I’ll mention in the review:
eating & body image disorders
His stories are hilarious, poignant, and full of self reflection. While I was disappointed in his dismissive attitude toward starving himself and his weight (basically, “I obviously have an eating disorder. LOL!”) for the most part I felt like he acknowledges mistakes he made, personal growth, and the numerous people who supported him & his goals.
I learned a lot about professional skating and how much it costs: financially, physically, emotionally, and the toll on personal relationships. In balance there were also amusing anecdotes about his childhood, relationships, and competitions.
Overall a fun and enjoyable listen.
Rippon does a great job narrating this himself. His humor and emotions show through and compliment the book well. He definitely has charisma.
Content Warnings (possible spoilers):
In addition to ED… emotionally abusive relationships, drug use
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