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Unfinished is a collection of personal essays, stories, and observations by actor, producer, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Priyanka Chopra. ‘The flavor of the book will be honest, funny, spirited, bold, and rebellious, just like me. I have always been a private person; I’ve never spoken about my feelings during my journey but I am ready to do so now. I was raised Unfinished is a collection of personal essays, stories, and observations by actor, producer, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Priyanka Chopra. ‘The flavor of the book will be honest, funny, spirited, bold, and rebellious, just like me. I have always been a private person; I’ve never spoken about my feelings during my journey but I am ready to do so now. I was raised to be fearless when it came to opinions, and I would like to tell my story in the hopes of inspiring people--especially women--to change the conversation, to shatter glass ceilings. Women are always told we can’t have everything. I want everything, and I believe anyone else can have it too. I’m proof of it.’ – Priyanka Chopra


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Unfinished is a collection of personal essays, stories, and observations by actor, producer, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Priyanka Chopra. ‘The flavor of the book will be honest, funny, spirited, bold, and rebellious, just like me. I have always been a private person; I’ve never spoken about my feelings during my journey but I am ready to do so now. I was raised Unfinished is a collection of personal essays, stories, and observations by actor, producer, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Priyanka Chopra. ‘The flavor of the book will be honest, funny, spirited, bold, and rebellious, just like me. I have always been a private person; I’ve never spoken about my feelings during my journey but I am ready to do so now. I was raised to be fearless when it came to opinions, and I would like to tell my story in the hopes of inspiring people--especially women--to change the conversation, to shatter glass ceilings. Women are always told we can’t have everything. I want everything, and I believe anyone else can have it too. I’m proof of it.’ – Priyanka Chopra

30 review for Unfinished

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Appu Sasidharan

    (Regular Review) I was excited when I heard the news that the lady whose ambition was world domination and who excelled in almost everything she did was going to write a memoir. Did she live up to all our expectations? Priyanka Chopra is a name that needs no introduction. She won the Miss World completion in 2000 and successfully built a career in Tinseltown and its Indian avatar without a godfather. She was recently in the news due to her marriage to the American singer Nick Jonas. It was almos (Regular Review) I was excited when I heard the news that the lady whose ambition was world domination and who excelled in almost everything she did was going to write a memoir. Did she live up to all our expectations? Priyanka Chopra is a name that needs no introduction. She won the Miss World completion in 2000 and successfully built a career in Tinseltown and its Indian avatar without a godfather. She was recently in the news due to her marriage to the American singer Nick Jonas. It was almost impossible to succeed for a young girl in the Indian film industry at that time without any godfathers, as the Hindi film industry was in the cruel hands of nepotism. Almost everyone on the silver screen was related to one another. Priyanka, with her sheer determination and hard work, carved a space of her own. What I liked in this book There were some areas which require special mention. Some parts of Priyanka's childhood are mentioned touchingly. The way she felt about loneliness when she was sent to a hostel at a very young age is something that most of us will relate to. How she discussed bullying that she had to endure when she was studying in Massachusetts and how she mentioned the effects of bullying on children's psychology are also something praiseworthy. The topic of racism and how people made fun of her dark skin color, and how she dealt with them are also areas worth reading. Her courage to acknowledge and discuss her disappointing music career is also applaudable. The part I liked the most in this book is the chemistry between the author and her parents. She wonderfully portrays her relationship with her parents. How she dealt with her father's final days and how she dealt with the depression are also discussed in detail in this book. Dramatic and problematic parts of this book If I write all the problems in this book, the Goodreads 15,000 word limit won't be enough for this review. So I will try to point out some vital things which I didn't like in it. 1) The author's attempt to make her story a sob story Priyanka Chopra was born in Jamshedpur. But that doesn't give her the liberty to call herself a small-town girl who made it big despite the obstacles in a rag to riches sort of way. Both her parents were physicians in the Indian Army. Being a Doctor myself and also born in a family of Doctors, I clearly know the privileges Doctor's children have in India. Her family was posted in most of the big cities in India like Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala, Lucknow, Pune, etc., and her childhood was in these big cities. Moreover, she went to some of the best schools in India. At the age of 13, she shifted to the USA and also had a great education there. How can we call her a small-town girl despite her living in the big cities for most of her life, having education from the best institutions, and enjoying all the privileges? Is it to get the reader's sympathy or make herself the hustle culture pioneer for showing everyone that she made it big without any privileges (when she clearly had many). The number of prerogatives she had in her early life due to being a prodigy in an affluent family was very high compared to any other average Indian child. I am not saying that she was profligate with her privileges. In fact, she indeed grabbed all these opportunities with both hands and made the most out of them, unlike many others who squandered it. The problem lies where she promulgates in a way that she was a girl from a rustic small town who made it big despite all the difficulties without getting privileges. The author's prosaic attempt to craft a sob story has made this memoir a plaintive one with a plethora of platitudes. But don't expect her to make it poignant to any extend. 2) Her modeling career This book is expected to become a bible for all the youngsters who plan to make it big in the modeling career and the beauty pageants. But sadly, there is a high chance that it will work the other way around and demotivates them and make them discard their modeling career as a whole. It is because the author was neither honest nor revealing anything new about her modeling career. Priyanka tells us that she always wanted to be an aeronautical engineer and modeling was never under the radar. She mentions that her mother and her brother sent her modeling pictures to the Miss India competition. If she never wanted to be a model, then how did her mother get her modeling photos? How many aeronautical engineering aspirants in India who don't have any ambition in modeling will take modeling photos? This shows us that Priyanka wanted to be a model and famous from her early days itself, but she was not ready to acknowledge it honestly in this book. Moreover, she doesn't tell us in-depth about her journey to become Miss World. There is nothing new written here apart from what we already know from the magazines, the internet, and her interviews. What went wrong here? There are two possible explanations. 1) The author's poor writing skills restricted her from expressing herself truly. 2) She might have had time constraints and wanted to finish the book soon before the deadline, which restricted her from going into depth about one of the significant achievements of her career. Whatever the reason may be, the author missed a golden opportunity to inspire the younger generation by showing them the right path to success. She instead sounded like a silly teenage school girl proclaiming that she topped the exams just because of her extraordinary brainpower and never did any hard work when actually she studied for more than 10 hours a day. This approach will harm the younger generation than helping them. 3) Her acting career There were many Miss World's and Miss Universe's from India. But nobody had a successful movie career after it, like Aiswarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra. So when a memoir comes from Priyanka, we expect a lot about her silver screen journey. But, this part is the biggest disappointment of this book. Apart from mentioning a couple of bad experiences from a Director and a Producer, a few of her movie experiences, and some good deeds from Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan, there is no other vital information about her journey in the Hindi film industry discussed in this book. She knows that if she writes about her movie career in depth, she will have to disclose many things that might hurt many people and affect her future career. But nobody forced you to write this memoir, Priyanka. If you are writing one, you will have to give at least some new information which others don't already know. There are many controversies that should have been addressed, like her relationship with a superstar, which garnered a lot of criticism. You could have told the youngsters vividly how to carve a career in an industry inflicted with nepotism. But you didn't do it either. If you are a person who wants to be an actor in the future and is looking for inspiration from this book, you are going to be hugely disappointed. It was funny to read that she never wanted a career in Hollywood, and it was her manager who had LA connections that made her act in Hollywood movies. 4) Priyanka Chopra and Doctors If you ask me the biggest controversy the author had to face in the early part of her acting career, my answer will be the plastic surgery controversy. There were a lot of speculations regarding it. The author is trying to mention about it in this book. She also says that she lost many movies in the initial part of her career due to it. In this book, she admits that a Hindi film mogul visited her in the initial part of her acting career and told her to undergo plastic surgery. She says that he also gave the details of a Doctor in LA who was an expert on it. It was widely purported in the media that defect in Priyanka's nose was due to the ramifications of a plastic surgery that went wrong. The putative reason for that was the pictures of her circling in the media before and during the Miss World pageant and after it. There was a drastic difference in her appearance, and the whole media rebuked her for this at that time. The author says that it was due to nasal polyps surgery which went wrong, and the Surgeon accidentally shaved the bridge of her nose, and her nose collapsed. It is difficult to believe that an experienced surgeon who performed such an uncomplicated surgery on the Miss World at that time had such an uncommon complication. There is a better probability of it being a Pollybeak deformity due to loss of support to the nose tip while doing plastic surgery for the nose for cosmetic enhancement. If what the author telling is accurate, a vital question arises of why she didn't give the public this explanation at that time when they called her "Plastic Chopra" and why she didn't sue the Doctor. No matter how many times you try to reiterate what you wrote in this book regarding it, people won't believe what you are telling if you cannot convincingly put forward what you are trying to convey. Her tumultuous relationship with the Doctors didn't end there. She is mentioning a surgery that her father had to undergo. She says that her mother, who is also a Doctor was there in the whole part of the surgery, and she reported that the surgery went beautifully. A junior Doctor had nicked his intestine with some rubber tubing. Within a week, her father developed peritonitis which was misdiagnosed as pancreatitis. The Surgeon was not willing to acknowledge his mistake. There are so many problems with the chain of events she described and the way she told here. This whole scenario is a very rare thing to happen. But if what she is mentioning is true, then her father might have been very unlucky to suffer all these. There is a portion where the author is threatening to go public about the Surgeon if her father dies under his watch and if he doesn't sign the permission to fly to take him to a better hospital outside India. This whole situation should have been dealt with more maturely by Priyanka and her mother, who is also a Doctor. In another part of this book, we can see a radiologist repeatedly missing a liver tumor even after multiple scans. So tumor had grown and spread and became stage 4. This was indeed the fault of the radiologist. This shows the problems with the medical system in India and the need to revamp Medical education to avoid Doctors' complacency. 5) Her marriage If you are someone born of Indian origin, I request you to skip this portion of the book as there is nothing new written which we don't already know. For the people from the west, she is trying to mention some events to tell them more about Indian culture during this section of her marriage with Nick Jonas. But she failed miserably in conveying anything relevant. A two-minute incredible India ad will give you more information about Indian culture than what she has written here. The narration takes a total shift from here onwards, and we will feel like we are reading an article about a page 3 party in some tabloid. She tries to talk about the glamour and extravagance in a subtle manner. But it will still irritate the reader. It is sad to see that some parts of this memoir feeling like some architectural magazine trying to describe different rooms in her new house in the USA. This is not what we expect from a memoir from someone like Priyanka Chopra. 6) Some other problems with this book There are many other problems in this book that should be discussed. I am mentioning some of them below. * Her initial opinion about beauty products was controversial. The reason why she initially became a brand ambassador of a skincare brand and later changing her total opinion about skincare products is a debatable topic. * Her concept of relationship and breakup. * The way she dealt with the uproar after the controversy of Hindu terrorism in the third season of Quantico by saying that she was neither the writer nor the producer. * Her complicated concept of ethics and networking in the entertainment industry. Rating 2/5 One word of advice to all the celebrities reading this review. Just because many people love you due to your various roles in movies or your modeling career, or your social media influencing power doesn't mean that they will love everything you do. Writing a memoir is a different ball game. Your smartness and confidence won't help you much in writing a book. If you don't have enough writing skills, I humbly request you to find an author who is mature and has good writing skills with an excellent previous track record. If you are reticent on the subject of controversies that you had to face in your career in your memoir/biography, I request you not to attempt to write a memoir as there is a high chance that it will backfire and will affect your overall image in your society just like what happened to the author of this book. Memoirs should be honest, straightforward, and deep enough to understand the person. This book is neither intriguing nor inspiring to anyone. It seems like a self extolling precipitous PR stunt by the author to gain further momentum for her Hollywood career. If you are a Priyanka Chopra fan, you can go for this book as there are some elements in it that you might enjoy. For others, there are plenty of better memoirs available there. Priyanka Chopra is a human being who learns well from her mistakes and tries to correct them if she gets opportunities. I am sure that she will be writing another memoir later as there is still a lot left in her career. I hope she will correct her mistakes and pen down an extraordinary memoir next time. I still love Priyanka Chopra, the actor, but I don't think I can tell the same with Priyanka Chopra, the writer.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Awed 🙌 ***I. Am. Literally. Blown. Away*** She's my queen! One of the people I will always look up to because of her work ethics and the person she is. Reading this memoir has changed my way of thinking and it's going to affirm some strong beliefs in myself. That's how amazing this book is! This memoir is damn wholesome, life-changing and uplifting. It's liberating, it's gigantic, it's crushing and it's brilliant! ✍️ Some highlights: *Upbringing and open-minded parents and family *Frequent changing of Awed 🙌 ***I. Am. Literally. Blown. Away*** She's my queen! One of the people I will always look up to because of her work ethics and the person she is. Reading this memoir has changed my way of thinking and it's going to affirm some strong beliefs in myself. That's how amazing this book is! This memoir is damn wholesome, life-changing and uplifting. It's liberating, it's gigantic, it's crushing and it's brilliant! ✍️ Some highlights: *Upbringing and open-minded parents and family *Frequent changing of schools *First boyfriend story (damn hilarious!) *Bullied, she faced racism and discrimination *She struggled in the patriarchal Bollywood industry *Proud of her who is a UNICEF ambassador and her private self-funded organization for girls and children for their basic education, health care and to make them aware about the ill-effects of childhood marriage *Her take on love and relationships Just pick up this book. As I said, it's moving and so well-written. You will get to see some of the harsh facts of life. It's just not all glitter and gold for those who's a shining star now✨

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra Jonas is an excellent memoir about a hard working woman with many talents. Unfinished gives the reader a brief story of Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s life and how she became the successful independent woman she is today. I’ve been a fan of Priyanka since watching the premiere of Quantico. I didn’t know much about her life before acting in the US besides that she was an actress in India. I learned so much about her and Indian culture by reading Unfinished. It is common in I Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra Jonas is an excellent memoir about a hard working woman with many talents. Unfinished gives the reader a brief story of Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s life and how she became the successful independent woman she is today. I’ve been a fan of Priyanka since watching the premiere of Quantico. I didn’t know much about her life before acting in the US besides that she was an actress in India. I learned so much about her and Indian culture by reading Unfinished. It is common in India for people to live with other family members growing up. Priyanka lived with multiple aunt and uncles even living in the US for a few years in high school. Priyanka discusses being bullied in the US which eventually was the reason she moved back to India. Priyanka is the first person in her family to go into the movie industry. Both of her parents are doctors and she was planning on being an aeronautical engineer before entering a beauty pageant. She explains her career through pageants, acting, singing and then acting in the US. I enjoyed hearing about Priyanka’s experience with Quantico since that is how I discovered her. She discusses the loss of her father. Chopra discusses a conversation when she told her friends what she was looking for in a partner and how that related to meeting Nick. I enjoyed hearing about her and Nick since I am a longtime fan. She discusses meeting Nick, their relationship leading up to their wedding and adjusting to being a married couple. Family is discussed throughout Unfinished showing its importance to Priyanka. Priyanka is very independent and hardworking focusing on multiple careers. Priyanka shared a lot and was very honest but wasn’t afraid to say she was keeping some things to herself especially with her relationship. Unfinished shows the most important things to Priyanka are family, friends, and her careers. I felt like I learned a lot about Priyanka by reading Unfinished and can’t wait to follow her through future success. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Priyanka and read the book. I enjoyed both formats. I love Priyanka’s voice and it was special hearing her story in her voice. The book has pictures that are interesting to see. I enjoyed both formats so don’t have a strong preference. Thank you Random House, Ballantine Books and Penguin Random House Audio for Unfinished. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Awed 🙌 ***I. Am. Literally. Blown. Away*** She's my queen! One of the people I will always look up to because of her work ethics and the person she is. Reading this memoir has changed my way of thinking and it's going to affirm some strong beliefs in myself. That's how amazing this book is! This memoir is damn wholesome, life-changing and uplifting. It's liberating, it's gigantic, it's crushing and it's brilliant! ✍️ Some highlights: *Upbringing and open-minded parents and family *Frequent changing of Awed 🙌 ***I. Am. Literally. Blown. Away*** She's my queen! One of the people I will always look up to because of her work ethics and the person she is. Reading this memoir has changed my way of thinking and it's going to affirm some strong beliefs in myself. That's how amazing this book is! This memoir is damn wholesome, life-changing and uplifting. It's liberating, it's gigantic, it's crushing and it's brilliant! ✍️ Some highlights: *Upbringing and open-minded parents and family *Frequent changing of schools *First boyfriend story (damn hilarious!) *Bullied, she faced racism and discrimination *She struggled in the patriarchal Bollywood industry *Proud of her who is a UNICEF ambassador and her private self-funded organization for girls and children for their basic education, health care and to make them aware about the ill-effects of childhood marriage *Her take on love and relationships Just pick up this book. As I said, it's moving and so well-written. You will get to see some of the harsh facts of life. It's just not all glitter and gold for those who's a shining star now✨

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eddie

    You mean to tell me that Priyanka Chopra Jonas wrote a book and you expect not to read it? Y'all out of your minds. I love Priyanka Chopra Jonas. I think she's a fabulous actress, she's gorgeous, and broke every little girl's hearts when she married Nick Jonas. But I honestly can't wait to read this. You mean to tell me that Priyanka Chopra Jonas wrote a book and you expect not to read it? Y'all out of your minds. I love Priyanka Chopra Jonas. I think she's a fabulous actress, she's gorgeous, and broke every little girl's hearts when she married Nick Jonas. But I honestly can't wait to read this.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shayeree

    Priyanka Chopra is a woman that faced racism, sexism, patriarchy, rejection, got robbed by favoritism and even get death threats during her 20years of career. She came out each time even stronger cause she is unstoppable and she loves to conquer. This woman is a golden icon and so this Memoir will be worth reading

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aakanksha

    Priyanka Chopra Jonas is a commendable actor and doing some great work with UNICEF, but writing a book requires much more than she had right now. One needs to delve deep, which she didn't. If you are following her for a long-time, watch most of her interviews, then you're not going to find something life-changing in her memoir. If someone just starts reading non-fiction and looking for some easy recommendations, this one is for you. Pick this book wisely; otherwise, you'll get disappointed. I ho Priyanka Chopra Jonas is a commendable actor and doing some great work with UNICEF, but writing a book requires much more than she had right now. One needs to delve deep, which she didn't. If you are following her for a long-time, watch most of her interviews, then you're not going to find something life-changing in her memoir. If someone just starts reading non-fiction and looking for some easy recommendations, this one is for you. Pick this book wisely; otherwise, you'll get disappointed. I hope that if Priyanka Chopra Jonas wrote a second memoir after some decades, she would not hide the real her. Read the detailed review/rant here -https://www.bookscharming.com/2021/02...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tanaya Deshmukh

    PC has a genuine voice and is few of the actors I really like solely coz of how she carries herself with total elegance, grace and poise. An amazing memoir, her journey has always been quite inspiring. Really enjoyed reading this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Smriti

    I think Priyanka Chopra is a great actress and is thriving as an entrepreneur and as a person. However, this book is not for us desis who may already know quite about her by following her on social media or by watching all her interviews. I felt that you didn't really get much out of the book in terms of who she is other than what we've already seen or heard before. Other than that, I felt like the way she spoke about her family was super touching and the book was well written. More thoughts on t I think Priyanka Chopra is a great actress and is thriving as an entrepreneur and as a person. However, this book is not for us desis who may already know quite about her by following her on social media or by watching all her interviews. I felt that you didn't really get much out of the book in terms of who she is other than what we've already seen or heard before. Other than that, I felt like the way she spoke about her family was super touching and the book was well written. More thoughts on this in my dedicated review here: https://youtu.be/cG1Ku3xmwJw

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Zia

    girl, don't yell. girl, don't yell.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tris

    So she wasn't kidding when she said it in that Vogue interview that she'll name her book Unfinished, huh😅 So she wasn't kidding when she said it in that Vogue interview that she'll name her book Unfinished, huh😅

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sahitya

    I don’t think I can really write a review of a memoir, so I’ll just say that this was fun. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Priyanka and while I do know the important events of her life story, it was exciting to know about some of the background stuff. I particularly enjoyed getting to know more about the Miss India and Miss World pageants. Also her small tidbits about the inner workings of Bollywood were interesting. Overall, I enjoyed this one and as always, her love for her father and I don’t think I can really write a review of a memoir, so I’ll just say that this was fun. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Priyanka and while I do know the important events of her life story, it was exciting to know about some of the background stuff. I particularly enjoyed getting to know more about the Miss India and Miss World pageants. Also her small tidbits about the inner workings of Bollywood were interesting. Overall, I enjoyed this one and as always, her love for her father and how much she misses him comes through very clearly.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katarina

    I always feel weird when rating memoirs, because it feels as if I'm essentially rating someone's life and how they've decided to tell their own personal stories. However, I have no doubts about giving this five stars, because although you can tell that this wasn't done by an individual who writes professionally - and though there are editing tidbits i would have suggested (like telling it more chronologically instead of an essay form divided by theme) - I felt it was a more than solid writing de I always feel weird when rating memoirs, because it feels as if I'm essentially rating someone's life and how they've decided to tell their own personal stories. However, I have no doubts about giving this five stars, because although you can tell that this wasn't done by an individual who writes professionally - and though there are editing tidbits i would have suggested (like telling it more chronologically instead of an essay form divided by theme) - I felt it was a more than solid writing debut and, what matters most to me with memoirs, it held Priyanka Chopra Jonas' personality and character; her honesty and humor shined and I just couldn't stop reading about her life. There are a few specific parts I want to point out that I found particularly interesting and I think are the stand-outs of the book. Firstly, it's Chopra Jonas writing about the grief of losing her father and the depression that followed. I appreciated her honesty about going through losing a loved one and the pain that still lingers as I could connect with my own personal losses that have happened fairly recently, and I also appreciated her honest self-reflection about the mistake in not seeking out help and therapy, which she probably should have. I think it tells a lot about a person that they can look at their past and say "I do think I handled it badly and could have done better, even if I understand why I did it" and it's something Chopra Jonas does a couple of times throughout the book. As someone who got to a better mental state without therapy, it's something that can happen, but much like Chopra Jonas herself I also know I could have benefitted from therapy and actual professional help, and I just found it refreshing to see. Secondly, I loved the way Chopra Jonas wrote about the setbacks she had in her career, and calling out the problems within the film industry - specifically in India with the favoritism and nepotism, but also in the rest of the world. She was open and candid, and it felt like it was important to read about. She is an incredibly resiliant woman who has worked hard for everything she has achieved, and I'm pleased to see her speak up and use her platform for good. Lastly, I very much appreciated that Chopra Jonas used this memoir to also address the mistakes she has made in her life, and she handled that as openly and honestly as all the other topics in the book. She explained and called out the colorism in Indian culture, and has admitted her own fault in being complicit in it by endorsing skin-lightening products, and simply and honestly apologising for it. Like I said before, Chopra Jonas admits her faults and apologises for some mistakes that, with her platform, could have harmed others, and I'm incredibly glad that she took this opportunity to do that. It's important that people recognise what their impact could be in the world, and how complicit they could be within a damaged, corrupt and harmful system, apologise for it and work to change it. My appreciation of Priyanka Chopra Jonas as an actress, producer, humanitarian and a human being in general has only been deepened, and I'm excited to see her future projects.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anie Gpn

    I am fond of reading biographies. It was nice to read it. One of the exception is that she referred her as a small town girl does not seem accurate. Being lived in various cities like Bombay, Jamshedpur and Delhi and studied in US does not claim her to be girl of small town. Whenever a person goes to great heights in life there is great contribution from parents, relatives, backgrounds and surroundings. Priyanka was quite lucky that she got all such support. She entirely missed her father when h I am fond of reading biographies. It was nice to read it. One of the exception is that she referred her as a small town girl does not seem accurate. Being lived in various cities like Bombay, Jamshedpur and Delhi and studied in US does not claim her to be girl of small town. Whenever a person goes to great heights in life there is great contribution from parents, relatives, backgrounds and surroundings. Priyanka was quite lucky that she got all such support. She entirely missed her father when he passed away and it was nice and humourous to read about her marriage in indian surroudings and traditions. Her mother was bold enough to take crucial decisions about her life and entirely support her in career. Overall, it was nice to read to know about her miss world journey, acting career and later her life is US..

  15. 4 out of 5

    Khushboo

    I went into this because I didn't want another long gap in my reading. Audible made sense and I prefer only memoirs in that format. I thought this would be easy to go through and considering I already don't like her much, I was pretty sure I would give this a 1 star. It was not a hate-read and I am not a hater. I used to like Priyanka Chopra till a few years ago, when her confidence didn't use to come across as cocky. I mean she was pretty, could act well in an industry filled with talent-less pe I went into this because I didn't want another long gap in my reading. Audible made sense and I prefer only memoirs in that format. I thought this would be easy to go through and considering I already don't like her much, I was pretty sure I would give this a 1 star. It was not a hate-read and I am not a hater. I used to like Priyanka Chopra till a few years ago, when her confidence didn't use to come across as cocky. I mean she was pretty, could act well in an industry filled with talent-less people and made sense for her age, most of the times, when she spoke. Now though I still find her pretty, her work no longer interests me. She doesn't sound stupid, but what she talks about has failed to evolve with her age. She comes across as pretentious and superficial. And her accent doesn't help. (Audible was not a great choice I guess) However, despite all of this, I did end up liking few portions of this memoir - her journey to win Miss India and Miss World was definitely intriguing, and portions on how she handled her father's demise, etc. Hence, the 2 stars. Apart from this, most of what she has written is already known to people who have followed her career, especially people who know her from her Indian film industry career. The book is more about what happened and less about what she felt about it. It is a carefully created narration where she has managed to list down all her laurels (though she claimed this is exactly what she has not done) without getting into any controversial details about her equations with her colleagues, her exes, etc. Obviously she has an entire team to make sure she doesn't run into controversies, refer to her latest Guardian interview fiasco. For a person of such stature and so much influence, in my eyes, she has failed to make any meaningful contribution to this world. She is even a bit of a hypocrite to post "I can't breathe" while having failed to call out any of the horrible things that is happening in her own home country. She is the kinds who would meet the PM when she had a chance and invite him to her wedding while failing to address what the PM does. Did she mention about her pro-war tweets while being a UNICEF ambassador in this book? I must have missed it if she did. So, what makes it possible to have zero empathy and no spine? I guess when you are an extremely privileged person since your birth who has always had an extremely supportive, not just immediate but extended, family, when you get opportunities to study at La Martiniere and in the US during your growing years, when you get a Paris trip to get over some verbal bullying, when you are genetically blessed to be 5'7'', pretty and to top it all when you get amazing opportunities (that you no doubt work hard for) to get success at 17 years of age, it must not be possible to have your blood boil over the daily injustices in the world. It must be very difficult to relate I guess. But, then, I don't know what to learn from this memoir. That if you already have all the above advantages and many more, you have a chance to make all your dreams come true, if you also work hard and have some talent? Sure! Also, if I have to hear one more time about her love for adventure, the unknown and her appetite for risk-taking, I might just barf!

  16. 5 out of 5

    harshali

    i started listening to the audiobook as a means to procrastinate but then i got hooked because priyanka is a good narrator so i ended up listening to the whole book. i'd recommend this book if you enjoy reading autobiographies of famous people — i don't and that's why the 2 stars. the parts about her struggle with mental health and her grief over the loss of her dad moved me the most. most part of the book had the monotonous air of an autobiography “philosophising life events to extrapolate them i started listening to the audiobook as a means to procrastinate but then i got hooked because priyanka is a good narrator so i ended up listening to the whole book. i'd recommend this book if you enjoy reading autobiographies of famous people — i don't and that's why the 2 stars. the parts about her struggle with mental health and her grief over the loss of her dad moved me the most. most part of the book had the monotonous air of an autobiography “philosophising life events to extrapolate them to life lessons” so, if you like such books, you can give this book a try!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Archana Ray

    So excited for this as she has done some legendary stuffs..the heights of success she reached is really so inspiring 😍

  18. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    I first became aware of the author long before most Westerners, having been a fan of her 'Bollywood' films a decade before she made a splash in Hollywood - I even have an 11 year old all black cat I named after her. So I was curious to read of her life and get the inside scoop. Although never less than interesting, and surprisingly well-written (she's no dummy!), I was slightly disappointed that her Indian career in films is given rather short shrift - only a handful are even mentioned, and none I first became aware of the author long before most Westerners, having been a fan of her 'Bollywood' films a decade before she made a splash in Hollywood - I even have an 11 year old all black cat I named after her. So I was curious to read of her life and get the inside scoop. Although never less than interesting, and surprisingly well-written (she's no dummy!), I was slightly disappointed that her Indian career in films is given rather short shrift - only a handful are even mentioned, and none in great detail- and also that she is rather reticent to discuss her romantic life before her fairytale marriage to Mr. Jonas (given that there are rumors about affairs with two of Bollywood's biggest married superstars, that is perhaps understandable). Nonetheless, she's lived a fascinating and varied life (who knew she attended high school largely in the US?), and it was a fast and enjoyable, if not particularly memorable read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy

    Oh dear. I was excited about this memoir! I loved Quantico when it was on tv! But I felt like this memoir didn’t delve deep enough. It was an easy quick take on Priyanka’s life from childhood to Miss World to Bollywood to Hollywood. The random hashtags she threw in throughout the book gave me a full body cringe and completely took me out of the story (what kinda editor approves that?!). I did love that she read the audio herself, hearing about her extended family and parents who always took care Oh dear. I was excited about this memoir! I loved Quantico when it was on tv! But I felt like this memoir didn’t delve deep enough. It was an easy quick take on Priyanka’s life from childhood to Miss World to Bollywood to Hollywood. The random hashtags she threw in throughout the book gave me a full body cringe and completely took me out of the story (what kinda editor approves that?!). I did love that she read the audio herself, hearing about her extended family and parents who always took care of each other, and getting the back story on how her and Nick fell in love. I just think this one had more potential. #missedthemark

  20. 5 out of 5

    K

    It’s a nice decent read. Nothing extra ordinary though

  21. 5 out of 5

    Iffiy

    Can’t wait to read this memoir. Her story and struggles and how she overcame it is so inspiring. One of the kindest most and most beautiful person. Editing to add more just finished the book. Celebrity memoirs are meant to take us behind the people they are. Priyanka does amazing job she has gift for telling stories. She had hilarious stories and heartbreaking ones chapter 8 broke me. And I’m so happy for her at where she is in life.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    I have bn anticipating the release of this book since like forever and I know she has put all her heart into writing this memoir....looking forward to it’s release

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Stevens

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Firstly have to say I did enjoy this book and I am incredibly grateful for Priyankas story, as anyone willing to open up their lives with strangers is plausible, so thank you. It had moments of real personal depth, especially related around family. I love that the culture of Priyankas family is to look after ones own. Think if a lot more reached out for this in order to give family members a chance to succeed then there would be more success had. However, I really feel that all well and said the Firstly have to say I did enjoy this book and I am incredibly grateful for Priyankas story, as anyone willing to open up their lives with strangers is plausible, so thank you. It had moments of real personal depth, especially related around family. I love that the culture of Priyankas family is to look after ones own. Think if a lot more reached out for this in order to give family members a chance to succeed then there would be more success had. However, I really feel that all well and said the fact still stands, in order to dare and take leaps without fear is to A) have a great support network (like I mention and B) I am sorry to say, is to have financial backing. One reason I have never pushed further is for fear of failure but in the sense of... Who then pays and rent and food. I envy Priyankas courage to take these leaps but find they have been easy leaps to take due to comfortable circumstances. I am not then diminishing her accompishments and hard work cause of course you have to have that too and shes done amazingly and broke fantastic barriers for women and women of colour moving into international success, so bravo for that 😉. That and the way it was written toward around half way in just wasn't my cup of tea for a read. Feel this would of been great as a documentary platform rather than a written memoir! You should get producing this with your company as I'd much rather watch and feel this visually than read, just don't think it envokes perhaps what you are trying to get across. Priyankas confidence and work building up girls around the world more due to her UN work is what is more captivating for me, and your right as long as your platform keeps growing and the more influence you have the more you need to help push for change. I do try in my own small capacity and I am glad you do too, its nice to hear 🖤 The more endearing parts of your book are based about your unconditional love and support of family, your father and of your husband. Its truly gifting to know so much love surrounds people still and gives hope to being better humans. I could feel every word you wrote about this subject more than anything else you wrote. Thanks for your account, unfinished.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rosun Rajkumar

    If you're a fan of Priyanka Chopra and you've been following her journey of 'global domination', you pretty much know what's coming your way. Given that, I'd still say this is a very well-written book. I enjoyed reading about her childhood, growing up years, her Miss-India/World days and her foray into Bollywood, music and finally Holywood and finding love. Priyanka Chopra is a star and an over-achiever by all yardsticks. So, 'inspirational' is the first word that comes to mind. To my surprise, If you're a fan of Priyanka Chopra and you've been following her journey of 'global domination', you pretty much know what's coming your way. Given that, I'd still say this is a very well-written book. I enjoyed reading about her childhood, growing up years, her Miss-India/World days and her foray into Bollywood, music and finally Holywood and finding love. Priyanka Chopra is a star and an over-achiever by all yardsticks. So, 'inspirational' is the first word that comes to mind. To my surprise, she does a deep-dive into some of the aspects in her life and that's refreshing. I'm a huge PC fan and I've followed her every tweet/interview/controversy/success, so some of the anecdotes are too well known to me and I'm sure to other fans as well. But knowing the 'making' or the 'origin' stories for some of them was worth the the read. I especially enjoyed reading how her parents, family and extended family has been there for her throughout. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her romance with Nick Jonas! As far as memoirs go, this is not about a life-changing story. Moving, entertaining and full of inspiration- yes! The book is a quick, wholesome and satisfying read. This was totally worth all the wait!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashwini

    I am drawn to books (and people) that have an inherent, undeniable honesty. The sort of honesty that looks you in the face, raw in parts, hauntingly vulnerable, and starkly unembellished. The sort of honesty that calls out to you, hugs you, scares you, inspires you, and comforts you in parts. It's what a memoir should be. The story of a life, told in all its glorious human imperfection. I also believe that the best memoirs are always grey. Because they're a true representation of a person. It tak I am drawn to books (and people) that have an inherent, undeniable honesty. The sort of honesty that looks you in the face, raw in parts, hauntingly vulnerable, and starkly unembellished. The sort of honesty that calls out to you, hugs you, scares you, inspires you, and comforts you in parts. It's what a memoir should be. The story of a life, told in all its glorious human imperfection. I also believe that the best memoirs are always grey. Because they're a true representation of a person. It takes a rare brand of strength and tremendous self discovery and realization to write a truly mature, enlightened (and thereby enlightening) account of your own life. Sadly, Unfinished is nowhere close. It's written so stiflingly conservatively, that it doesn't make a sound even as it falls. Flat on its face. The story lacks sincerity, depth (for most part) and humility (throughout). The mediocre writing lacks lustre and fails to engage. I found myself bored (quite early on) and waiting for it to be over. Some parts of the narrative were markedly unconvincing, some came across as rather flighty, and by and large pompous and rather preachy. The only part that appealed to me was the chapter on grief. I thought it came straight from the heart, and from a lot of courage. The rest somehow just didn't do anything for me. I wasn't intrigued. I wasn't inspired. I wasn't moved. Overall, extremely average, and did not live up to the hype around it. Rating - 2.5/5

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sami

    I was thrilled when I found out Priyanka Chopra has written a book- a memoir. For someone who is a major Bollywood buff and a great admirer of Priyanka( not just as an actor but as a person who has made such a mark globally as an entertainer), this was an exciting opportunity to get a sneak peek of Bollywood and her extraordinary journey. I finished reading the book in one seating. Let me start with the positive aspect of the book. It's a very easy read. I could hear her voice in my head reading I was thrilled when I found out Priyanka Chopra has written a book- a memoir. For someone who is a major Bollywood buff and a great admirer of Priyanka( not just as an actor but as a person who has made such a mark globally as an entertainer), this was an exciting opportunity to get a sneak peek of Bollywood and her extraordinary journey. I finished reading the book in one seating. Let me start with the positive aspect of the book. It's a very easy read. I could hear her voice in my head reading every line. I could tell its her words and not many things have been edited for the literary aspect. She has described her entire journey from her high school days in America, first boyfriend and the mischiefs, from being Miss India to Miss World, breaking into Bollywood and then finally Hollywood. I couldn't hold my tears reading about losing her father to cancer, struggle with depression, and the insurmountable pain that inflicted her many years long after his death. Her relationship with her father, her mother's fabulous personality, how she always put Priyanka's career as her utmost priority is very applaudable. Her few years spent in America during her early teenage days was very fun to read. Her love story with Nick and her description of him made me fall for him again. I've always loved Nick's personality and now I'm even more certain he's the perfect guy for our Desi Girl. What inspired me in this book is her hard work, determination, constant juggle from one from to another- simply unstoppable. Also remarkable is her philanthropy, her work as a investor, producer. She just can't be defined or limited as an actor. Having said that, I didn't find any new story in the book that she hasn't already been shared in her interviews. Priyanka has been in the limelight since her teenage years. She has probably given thousands of interviews. She has made more than a dozen appearances in each of the major daily shows like Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel or Ellen. For someone who has watched her life so closely, I didn't find any detail of her life to get excited/curious about in the book. Bollywood industry is not only about movies but the happening life of actors and is known for the gossips/parties/nepotism and much more. She hasn't spilled any beans and her struggle as an outsider in Bollywood hasn't been discussed much(except a part where she got replaced in a movie). Most of the parts in her book feels like she had it easy. Travelling with family, life in America, winning the Miss India and then Miss World. Her parents were easy going, supportive and rich. I'm sure she has had her struggle with constant criticism, false news about plastic surgery but it felt brief and normal while reading. Priyanka is not a professional writer and this book is just a recollection of her memories. If you are someone who knows very little about her, this book will be your ultimate guide to her journey. If you are a fan and have watched her in media don't anticipate much but read it simply for the joy of reading.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

    I had watched the interview Priyanka Chopra did where she said what her autobiography would be called. Since then, I have been expecting a book and now that it's here, I jumped straight into it. I mean, I might have done some sneaking up like watching some of her interviews about the books. That sounds reasonable. You can't jump straight into a book without reading a thing or two about it, right? Okay, I admit. I watched all the interviews she did about the book's launch and with a situation lik I had watched the interview Priyanka Chopra did where she said what her autobiography would be called. Since then, I have been expecting a book and now that it's here, I jumped straight into it. I mean, I might have done some sneaking up like watching some of her interviews about the books. That sounds reasonable. You can't jump straight into a book without reading a thing or two about it, right? Okay, I admit. I watched all the interviews she did about the book's launch and with a situation like this, I wasn't left for much surprises but that was completely fine, because I really needed to read a memoir right now - to connect with another person's journey, to feel proud and at ease, to see someone being unapologetically themselves, to hear about families, fairytale weddings and dancing and grief and happiness and success. Those who have followed the author's journey from Quantico days, would get an insight into her childhood and days in India. However, it was more of an introduction to who she is for the audience who doesn't know her rather than for those who have known her journey through and through. I have come to believe in what Colleen Hoover had said in her book, Verity -“One should only walk away from an autobiography with, at best, an uncomfortable distaste for its author.” If I have to point a flaw glaring at me since I started reading Unfinished (other than that it was the first time the author was trying their hand at writing a book), then it would have been the fact that at no point I felt uncomfortable distaste for the author and I wanted to feel that because that would have made everything seem more human and not a work to impress anyone else but being true to oneself. I would have enjoyed it even more if each of the incidences in author's life would have turned into 300-pages books, rather than chapters. I was expecting more depth and madness and warmth in emotions. Writing a memoir takes courage, finishing a book takes courage, moving on takes courage - and I appreciate the author for that. I must say that I would have been satisfied with reading only one aspect of the author's extraordinary journey in great detail rather than everything that the media has already informed everyone. In future, I want to read 11 books from her taking the readers deeper into the amazing experiences that she has and maybe call this book more of an abstract or blurb or introductory chapters to all the fabulous books she's going to write. I would be glad to see her improve as a writer and come back to this review and get a 'I knew it would happen' smile. You can read the book if you really want to read a memoir or maybe wait for a time when life gets you in a situation when you need to read about another's journey and then maybe you'll appreciate the book more because it might give you courage and make you feel better.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anangsha Alammyan

    Always known for her insane articulation skills, Priyanka Chopra doesn't disappoint in her much-awaited memoir "Unfinished". Priyanka is someone who's always been a sort of role model for me since childhood. Though she was the Miss India World in 2000 - the first runner-up in a competition every teenage girl in my time ardently followed, PC was the one who held on to her own and managed to build an empire around that one success, while everyone else sort of fizzled out. This book reads like an in Always known for her insane articulation skills, Priyanka Chopra doesn't disappoint in her much-awaited memoir "Unfinished". Priyanka is someone who's always been a sort of role model for me since childhood. Though she was the Miss India World in 2000 - the first runner-up in a competition every teenage girl in my time ardently followed, PC was the one who held on to her own and managed to build an empire around that one success, while everyone else sort of fizzled out. This book reads like an intimate look into PC's life - most of the events we already know about from tabloids and various media appearances, but now, we get a glimpse into PC's brain and what was going on in her head while the rest of the world was reading about her life in glossy magazines. She talks about the nomadic childhood she had, moving from school to school, country to country, family to family, and the huge role her extended family, cousins, aunts, and uncles had in her upbringing. This drilled into her the importance of having people to fall back upon and impressed on her the value of having a loving, close-knit family. The time she spent in boarding school brought tears to my eyes, as I'd faced many of the emotions she talked about. I admire her courage in being so transparent about her struggle and telling her story without putting herself on a pedestal. As expected, a lot of the juicy details are held back to "protect their privacy", but this book is still a refreshing look into the mind of a woman who always wanted to push boundaries. No matter what she does, PC always makes sure she gives her 100% and stands out from the crowd - a train I'm trying to incorporate into my life. No matter which angle you look at it from, PC's life is not a fairy tale, and this book is testament to that. It's a light, refreshing, and inspiring read. It's the story of a woman who isn't perfect. A woman who's made mistakes - terrible ones - but isn't afraid to own up responsibility for them and apologize when she was at fault.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica White

    I heard Priyanka was writing a book and immediately pre-ordered it. I first met Priyanka through her breakthrough character, Alex Parrish on Quantico. I was then quickly caught up in her whirlwind romance with Nick Jonas, aka my fav JoBro. I spotted her again starring alongside her brothers/sister-in-laws, in the Jonas Brothers comeback music video, Sucker. Needless to say, I've been enthralled. But I hardly knew anything about her. In her memoir, Unfinished, Priyanka leads us through her entire li I heard Priyanka was writing a book and immediately pre-ordered it. I first met Priyanka through her breakthrough character, Alex Parrish on Quantico. I was then quickly caught up in her whirlwind romance with Nick Jonas, aka my fav JoBro. I spotted her again starring alongside her brothers/sister-in-laws, in the Jonas Brothers comeback music video, Sucker. Needless to say, I've been enthralled. But I hardly knew anything about her. In her memoir, Unfinished, Priyanka leads us through her entire life. She grew up traveling around India, went to an all girls boarding school, moved to America for high school, and somehow ended up back in India....where she went on to win Miss India AND Miss World WHEN SHE WAS ONLY SEVENTEEN. She details every second of that incredible feat in this book. It was a rollercoaster of emotions and we were right there for the journey. We saw her thriving in her Indian film career, becoming an international sensation, landing the lead role in an American television series, losing her father, channeling that anger into an amazing role, meeting the love of her life, and becoming an ambassador for UNICEF. Her entire story is filled with hard work and load of encouragement from those closest to her. She was acutely aware of how different her life was compared to other young girls in India. She knew she was loved and cherished while others were going without medical care, being forced out of school, and becoming child brides and homemakers. That alone drove Priyanka to make a difference in the lives of young women around the globe. Everyone deserves a chance to live out their dreams and she's determined to show these girls everything they can be. This review and other celebrity memoirs can be found at A Reader's Diary!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dr.Priyanka Nena

    There are so many books on my list that are to be read but I was curious to read Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s memoir as I found her journey distinct. Hence I picked this book as soon as it was released. But to my surprise, there was nothing in here which is unknown to people about her journey, the chances she had taken to be where she is right now. We get all this information from her interviews. I felt that the book is kind of superficial as I didn't find much of her lows or vulnerabilities in her b There are so many books on my list that are to be read but I was curious to read Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s memoir as I found her journey distinct. Hence I picked this book as soon as it was released. But to my surprise, there was nothing in here which is unknown to people about her journey, the chances she had taken to be where she is right now. We get all this information from her interviews. I felt that the book is kind of superficial as I didn't find much of her lows or vulnerabilities in her book. Out of nowhere, without efforts, she got Miss world. She doesn't mention much about that journey. It was disappointing. I picked this book to learn how dedicated she has been to accomplish her goals. I still love her but I expected more that's all. Her writing style is good( first book as an author.) She is bold, sassy, funny. I can feel she is being herself when she is describing her life. Some parts of her book make you laugh, too. The kind of support she gets from her parents to pursue whatever she wants is incredible. I had tears when she gets her tatto and shows that to her father. And I felt very emotional when she lost her father. The lack of seriousness in diagnosing the illness correctly led to his death. That was heartbreaking for me. She doesn't mention much about her love life. However, I loved Nick Jonas. He is a nice person. In this world, where in many parts of the world patriarchy still exist, having found a guy like that who doesn't find fault in her for being very ambitious is beautiful. It's great to see men supporting women to reach their goals. It's 3/5.

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