This book seems like Lea Michele's published scrapbook. It's an easy summer read, not unlike a hardcover magazine. Brunette Ambition has a combination of life stories and lifestyle tips, alternating enough to keep the book from feeling like a biography or a yearbook. It's not what I was expecting, but it was enjoyable. The writing isn't great and some lines and points are repeated a few times.
When not biographical, the book focuses on living a healthy lifestyle and loving yourself for who you are which, when combined with Michele's Glee fame, makes it a good choice for middle-school girls. It's a little contradictory to read articles about loving your imperfections with professionally airbrushed photos on facing pages, and there's a pretty useless section of makeup "tutorials." The directions are vague and the photos don't actually show how to do any of the process, so unless you're already experienced with makeup (in which case you don't need the tutorials) you're not going to know how to recreate the looks. While this book isn't perfect, it's suitable for young teens and has a good message.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.