The Only Pirate at the Party, by Lindsey Stirling

Only Pirate at the Party Lindsey StirlingThe Only Pirate at the Party
by Lindsey Stirling and Brooke S. Passey
Pub Date: January 12, 2016

It’s always fun to learn that a celebrity is LDS, and is *practicing* LDS. Lindsey Stirling is so cute and adorable that learning she was a missionary in New York before her musical career took off makes me feel squishy. If you haven’t heard of Lindsey Stirling, you need to head over to YouTube and check out her videos. I’m a sucker for a violinist who has fun with their instrument. I’ll wait.

I was in a community theater production of The Passion of Dracula around the time the NBC series Dracula came out, and the cast got a little obsessed with Lindsey Stirling at the time, since she wrote the music used as the theme to the short-lived series. I find her adorable and a lot of fun in addition to being talented enough to dance while playing violin.

Her memoir is great. Her bubbly personality shines through with each chapter. Nothing of great depth for the most part, and no earth-shattering revelations (she’s too young for that, anyway), but delightful stories of her childhood with her family and neighbor friends, her musical journey, her mission, her fight with an eating disorder, and various adventures of being a famous musician. This could easily be a great gift for the music-loving teenager in your life.

Lindsey also has some great lines in the book that delighted me. My favorite being, “home is where the cereal is.” I love her sense of humor!

She’s isn’t heavy into bearing her testimony like some LDS members might, but she certainly acknowledges a Heavenly Father who always has an eye on her, and great parents who appear to have raised her right. She fully admits to struggles and foibles she brought on herself, and how her ED affected not just her health but the people around her, too. She also makes a point of talking about her standards and how hard it is to find modest costumes for herself and her dancers, and how much she loves her crew for respecting her standards and keeping an eye on her as well. It’s these little details that add up that make me respect her all the more.

Though I can’t profess to being a superfan of Lindsey Stirling, I sure do love her energy. And I LOVE celebrity memoirs by people who aren’t SUPER famous. They’re a little more grounded in reality. This ones holds that up. Even if you aren’t so much into her music, I think most LDS women will appreciate reading a book about another LDS woman whose life is a little more fantastical than normal, but still has normal, everyday troubles like the rest of us. It’s refreshing. And with a good mix of humor, heartbreak, and hard times, I think this is a memoir a lot of people could enjoy.

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