Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Alright, alright, alright, I’m not the biggest Matthew McConaughey fan but I do enjoy a celebrity autobiography and he’s Texan so win/win! I bought this book last year and put off reading the when I realised it wasn’t just a straight forward autobiography but more of a ‘lessons learned’ vibe, but since I’m enjoying non-fiction at the moment it seemed like a good choice to read alongside Black Cake and it didn’t disappoint.

Since I’m not a huge fan, I didn’t really know anything about McConaughey except he was in some chick flicks I’ve seen and he apparently owned an apartment on Clear Lake I’ve driven past a few times. He was also at the F1 in Austin when I went in 2019 so he won some points then. I’m actually glad I didn’t know much about him because his life is interesting!

Although, the blurb and intro try to play off that this is more than an autobiography, it is just an autobiography really. If focuses on ‘greenlights’ which are really just moments of positivity and encouragement throughout his life and extracts from poems, letters, lyrics he wrote throughout his life. I found that if you read the extracts they’re interesting but you could easily read the book and skip them too.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. What an interesting life he’s led, and I also liked that he acknowledges that his career came reasonably easy. There are moments where you can’t help but think how privileged he is to be able to just escape in his caravan or to the Amazon, but I don’t think I ever begrudged him it. The ‘wet dreams’ were maybe a little too much information shared but hey! Whatever you get your kicks over mate.

A really interesting read that I would definitely recommend to anybody. If you need a little pick me up focus on the little notes too!

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