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EGOT Winner, Viola Davis

*This is a book review of Finding Me by Viola Davis.


“… There is no creating without using you.”

– Viola Davis

Quick Facts

Author: Viola Davis
Release Date: April 26, 2022
Genre: Memoir
Number of Pages: 291
SJ Rating: 92%


The Synopsis

The final award to push her to EGOT status was a Grammy for her audio book, Finding Me. In Finding Me, Viola Davis recounts a childhood of poverty, the career journey to becoming who we know her to be, and the reason she continued to fight.


The Good

This book has one of the best opening lines I’ve read in a very long time, and in my half-decent usual effort of not spoiling too much with the books I read, I will not be sharing it with you. Just know, it took me by surprise.

I love that every chapter starts on an odd page. I also love the similes and metaphors sprinkled throughout, like the one with Flo-Jo on page ninety-seven.

Furthermore, I love love love the inclusion of pictures. It makes me so happy whenever memoirs have them. She has pictures with some of the GOATs, including Chadwick Boseman (an icon).

Finding Me oozes wisdom and the heartbreakingly beautiful story of a fighter. For example, Viola writes, “Abuse elicits so many memories of trauma that embed themselves into behavior that is hard to shake.” This statement was just so incredibly profound to me and immediately made me think of certain people where this is prevalent.

Viola calls out America and racial inequity perfectly: “Most destructive was the view that we weren’t worthy. It is the foundation built into the DNA of America, and when you couple it with personal challenges like poverty, violence, trauma, and compromised communities, it can become a death knell.” With this, she also unapologetically exposes the racism present at Juilliard, and I am here for it.

While discussing her time at Juilliard, she writes, “I was always on the outside of Juilliard because I wasn’t on the inside of me.”

Wow. Snap. Profound.

Speaking of the entertainment industry, Viola gives one of the most in-depth insights to how the industry works. The only other person I’ve heard be so transparent, especially recently, is Taraji P. Henson.

Also, random, something about her getting her first boyfriend in her 20s was very reassuring because we all know my journey in that circumstance (am I the gen z Viola Davis?).

The Bad

There were moments where things felt a little out of order. Like, she would introduce a person or place after sharing a significant event involving the person or place. There was also some redundancy with significant events, people, or places being introduced over and over again.

The Overall

Reading this book opened my eyes to ALL that Viola has done. It’s way more than I’ve ever known.

After finishing this book, it made me so happy that it is not a book about various accolades and achievements. It is one’s journey with finding self-love and feeling worthy. During her journey, Viola says, “I could not understand self-love. I never felt like I was enough.” This statement felt like an attack in the moment (because same), but it makes you appreciate the ending and journey so much more.

Viola Davis tells it how it is, and I can only imagine how much harder this memoir would hit in audio form.


Next book to be read and reviewed: Funny Story by Emily Henry


“Memories are immortal. They’re deathless and precise. They have the power of giving you joy and perspective in hard times. Or, they can strangle you. Define you in a way that’s based more in other people’s tucked-up perceptions than truth.”

– Viola Davis

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