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Book Review: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

I have to tell you that I don’t read or listen to memoirs from famous people but Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey was a good listen too! Truth is, I much prefer to read my smutty romance shifter books – there’s knowledge there too! like Matthew McConaughey – there are some things in the past he said that I 100% agree with – and his acting isn’t too shabby.

I wasn’t sure I was going to get the audiobook – but after given the sample a listen, I was intrigued to hear the rest of the story and what a story … what a story. There was something very real about listening to his account of being raised in a turbulent household that was peppered by violence, love, and humanity. Yeah, we all agree violence is bad – but this is his story.

The thing that I perhaps loved the most were his bumper sticker thoughts to his view of “Greenlights” – I had my own a-ha moments and shift in perspective.


The Summary that caught my attention

So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is fifty years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops.

Hopefully, it’s medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot’s license, going to church without having to be born again, and laughing through the tears.

It’s a love letter. To life.

It’s also a guide to catching more greenlights—and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.

Good luck.


Here’s the thing – I read other reviews and they don’t seem favorable but I think the intention of why you’re reading something matters and while some parts of Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey make you cringe there is a smidgen of lessons that were worth it for me. And I also believe we ought to listen and read things with a grain of salt.

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

Introverted Rebel, author, artist, teacher + coach, doer of things, and a mom to 3 boys – one with some extra needs that have forever changed my life. 

I love all things personal growth, music, art, food, words, and more importantly coffee.

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