Hot Best Seller

Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life

Availability: Ready to download

From the 2-time Tony Award-winner and the star of TV’s Younger, funny and intimate stories and reflections about how crafting has kept her sane while navigating the highs and lows of family, love, and show business (and how it can help you, too). Whether she’s playing an “age-defying” book editor on television or dazzling audiences on the Broadway stage, Sutton Foster manag From the 2-time Tony Award-winner and the star of TV’s Younger, funny and intimate stories and reflections about how crafting has kept her sane while navigating the highs and lows of family, love, and show business (and how it can help you, too). Whether she’s playing an “age-defying” book editor on television or dazzling audiences on the Broadway stage, Sutton Foster manages to make it all look easy. How? Crafting. From the moment she picked up a cross stitch needle to escape the bullying chorus girls in her early performing days, she was hooked. Cross stitching led to crocheting, crocheting led to collages, which led to drawing, and so much more. Channeling her emotions into her creations centered Sutton as she navigated the significant moments in her life and gave her tangible reminders of her experiences. Now, in this charming and poignant collection, Sutton shares those moments, including her fraught relationship with her agoraphobic mother;  a painful divorce splashed on the pages of the tabloids; her struggles with fertility; the thrills she found on the stage during hit plays like Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, and Violet; her breakout TV role in Younger; and the joy of adopting her daughter, Emily. Accompanying the stories, Sutton has included crochet patterns, recipes, and so much more!   Witty and poignant, Hooked will leave readers entertained as well as inspire them to pick up their own cross stitch needles and paintbrushes.


Compare

From the 2-time Tony Award-winner and the star of TV’s Younger, funny and intimate stories and reflections about how crafting has kept her sane while navigating the highs and lows of family, love, and show business (and how it can help you, too). Whether she’s playing an “age-defying” book editor on television or dazzling audiences on the Broadway stage, Sutton Foster manag From the 2-time Tony Award-winner and the star of TV’s Younger, funny and intimate stories and reflections about how crafting has kept her sane while navigating the highs and lows of family, love, and show business (and how it can help you, too). Whether she’s playing an “age-defying” book editor on television or dazzling audiences on the Broadway stage, Sutton Foster manages to make it all look easy. How? Crafting. From the moment she picked up a cross stitch needle to escape the bullying chorus girls in her early performing days, she was hooked. Cross stitching led to crocheting, crocheting led to collages, which led to drawing, and so much more. Channeling her emotions into her creations centered Sutton as she navigated the significant moments in her life and gave her tangible reminders of her experiences. Now, in this charming and poignant collection, Sutton shares those moments, including her fraught relationship with her agoraphobic mother;  a painful divorce splashed on the pages of the tabloids; her struggles with fertility; the thrills she found on the stage during hit plays like Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, and Violet; her breakout TV role in Younger; and the joy of adopting her daughter, Emily. Accompanying the stories, Sutton has included crochet patterns, recipes, and so much more!   Witty and poignant, Hooked will leave readers entertained as well as inspire them to pick up their own cross stitch needles and paintbrushes.

30 review for Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    Hooked is an extremely honest, touching memoir in which Broadway star Sutton Foster looks back on her impressive career and complicated relationship with her agoraphobic mother. She discusses her major life events as she recalls the various crafting projects she's taken on over the years, hobbies she credits with saving her life. I'm a fan of hers, having fallen in love with characters on the criminally short-lived TV series Bunheads and I can say that this memoir made me admire her even more th Hooked is an extremely honest, touching memoir in which Broadway star Sutton Foster looks back on her impressive career and complicated relationship with her agoraphobic mother. She discusses her major life events as she recalls the various crafting projects she's taken on over the years, hobbies she credits with saving her life. I'm a fan of hers, having fallen in love with characters on the criminally short-lived TV series Bunheads and I can say that this memoir made me admire her even more than I did before.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    I adored this memoir! It's vulnerable and really beautiful. I enjoyed learning about Suttons life, and what a fascinating life it was. I'll be honest, I'm not a crafter. I'm not really even very talented. I requested this book based on the fact it was Sutton Foster. I didn't know if the crafting aspect would appeal to me. Was I ever wrong. I absolutely LOVED everything about this book. And guess what? It made me realize I need to find something I'm passionate about too. I highly recommend this g I adored this memoir! It's vulnerable and really beautiful. I enjoyed learning about Suttons life, and what a fascinating life it was. I'll be honest, I'm not a crafter. I'm not really even very talented. I requested this book based on the fact it was Sutton Foster. I didn't know if the crafting aspect would appeal to me. Was I ever wrong. I absolutely LOVED everything about this book. And guess what? It made me realize I need to find something I'm passionate about too. I highly recommend this gem! Thanks so much go Grand Central Publishing for my gifted copy!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Cowie

    This was, for me, an unexpectedly moving story. I remember seeing Sutton Foster as Millie on the Tony Award broadcast and being blown away, and I’ve loved her ever since. Listening to her story made me want to dig through my old playbills to see if she was the woman I saw belt out NYC in Annie, though that’s probably wishful thinking, in more ways than one, given our age difference. Her story is amazing, and, considering how important crafts were in my house to surviving this pandemic, relatable This was, for me, an unexpectedly moving story. I remember seeing Sutton Foster as Millie on the Tony Award broadcast and being blown away, and I’ve loved her ever since. Listening to her story made me want to dig through my old playbills to see if she was the woman I saw belt out NYC in Annie, though that’s probably wishful thinking, in more ways than one, given our age difference. Her story is amazing, and, considering how important crafts were in my house to surviving this pandemic, relatable. She is a beautiful person inside and out, and this book is a must read (though I would recommend listening to her read it) for Broadway fans. I took a couple of breaks to watch her sing on youtube- Anything Goes, Defying Gravity, and especially her, with Megan McGinnis, singing Flight- as if I didn’t have enough evidence already of what a truly impressive artist she is. You rock, Sutton.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Wade

    Thank you to Grand Central Pub and Sutton Foster for letting me read Hooked early. This book hits shelves October 12. If you know me, you know I am a wardrobe supervisor for broadway tours. I’ve been doing this for about 8 years now and I’ve just come back after our pandemic hiatus to the tour of Come From Away. We are in tech right now and it’s hard to explain just how amazing it is to work in this community, it is just so special. Sutton Foster is a broadway star and also a crochet master. Just Thank you to Grand Central Pub and Sutton Foster for letting me read Hooked early. This book hits shelves October 12. If you know me, you know I am a wardrobe supervisor for broadway tours. I’ve been doing this for about 8 years now and I’ve just come back after our pandemic hiatus to the tour of Come From Away. We are in tech right now and it’s hard to explain just how amazing it is to work in this community, it is just so special. Sutton Foster is a broadway star and also a crochet master. Just these two things together make her someone I will always root for. This book, Hooked, is her memoir, she combines deep moments of struggle in her life with the various crafts that have helped her though them. In this book she recounts family struggles, career highs and lows as well as personal triumphs. I even learned a little more about a good friend of hers who I have had the pleasure of working with! If you’re into crafting, broadway or just a fan of Sutton’s, this book is for you. She includes recipes, crochet patterns and musings of her interesting life, I highly recommend this one!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    I love Sutton Foster and this was everything I wanted in a memoir. It was just so heartbreaking, but at the same time we witnessed her sunny disposition and determination throughout it all. I loved how brutally honest she was and also that the stories were woven around how these events in her life inspired her crafting and artwork.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth☮

    My daughter was in a local production of The Drowsy Chaperone. She wasn't the lead. The lead was a very charasmatic young woman named Reagan. Some friends of ours attended one of the performances and in the middle of "Show Off" one of them leaned over and said, "She's giving Sutton Foster a run for her money." I'm not sure about that, but the girl was good. Funnily enough, I've seen Foster in an episode of "Flight of the Conchords," but not in any of her Tony-winning roles. I’m deep diving on yo My daughter was in a local production of The Drowsy Chaperone. She wasn't the lead. The lead was a very charasmatic young woman named Reagan. Some friends of ours attended one of the performances and in the middle of "Show Off" one of them leaned over and said, "She's giving Sutton Foster a run for her money." I'm not sure about that, but the girl was good. Funnily enough, I've seen Foster in an episode of "Flight of the Conchords," but not in any of her Tony-winning roles. I’m deep diving on youtube. I like musicals, but I'm not one of those people that follows the trajectory of someone's career. My daughters love musicals and so I've seen my share. It was nice to hear about how Foster made it from local theater to Broadway. Even more impressive - her brother is equally successful. Foster depicts a the struggle with her mother's mental illness and the many ways that affected her own life. Crafting, particulary crocheting, has been her form of prayer. I can crochet, but I'm a beginner. All in all, this is a good read that gives some insight to the work that goes into building a career on Broadway and beyond. You have to watch Foster on Rosie O'Donnell. She tells the story of how she lost her voice and didn't want to rehearse so she could make sure she nailed it live. I'd say she does pretty well, but you be the judge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYmjD...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey

    What a lovely human being. This was tender and full of heart. I loved it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chana

    I really enjoyed this - the utter vulnerability, the therapy insights, the backstories of various productions/roles, and the detailed craft descriptions all spoke to different aspects of Sutton Foster and different areas I could relate to from my own life. A lovely gift that she shared all of this 💕

  9. 5 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    I LOVE Sutton Foster!!! Her memoir was so open, honest, relatable and equally funny and heartwarming. She talks about her career, various projects, her love of crafting and her struggles with infertility, IVF, adoption and being a working mother. Great on audio read by the author. HIGHLY recommended!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Al

    Foster felt incredibly vulnerable and honest in this memoir and I loved the way she structured it. IT wasn't a chronological arrangement; instead she focused on how she crafted to move through important stages in her life and framed each story around that. It was a unique way to do things that I think really worked here. Foster felt incredibly vulnerable and honest in this memoir and I loved the way she structured it. IT wasn't a chronological arrangement; instead she focused on how she crafted to move through important stages in her life and framed each story around that. It was a unique way to do things that I think really worked here.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    “…there are scars you see and scars you don’t. Some heal and others remain big open wounds. Some you forget about and some you wear like a mask of victory, or of shame.” I was late to the game in discovering the talented Sutton Foster. I only got to know her once she started her role on Younger, but I fell in love with her immediately and as that show (sadly) came to an end this year, I was excited to learn Foster wrote a memoir. Foster decided to take the unique approach of telling her stories th “…there are scars you see and scars you don’t. Some heal and others remain big open wounds. Some you forget about and some you wear like a mask of victory, or of shame.” I was late to the game in discovering the talented Sutton Foster. I only got to know her once she started her role on Younger, but I fell in love with her immediately and as that show (sadly) came to an end this year, I was excited to learn Foster wrote a memoir. Foster decided to take the unique approach of telling her stories through crafting, the hobbies and projects that got her through. And I was blown away by just how raw and vulnerable Foster got in her book. There was a huge mental health theme in this book. It began with Foster’s mother and her undiagnosed struggles that changed her and imprinted on her children. I appreciated Foster’s honesty about therapy and panic attacks and her difficult relationship with her mother. This was an emotional read about love, loss and healing. It’s another memoir that’s now on my favorites list and that I highly recommend picking up for #NonfictionNovember I’m thankful to Grand Central Pub and Hachette Audio for my gifted physical and audiobook copies. I highly recommend both as the physical copy has great recipes and Foster voices her own story on the audiobook. CW: Infertility, Death, Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    What an amazing story Sutton has decided to share her life story with the rest of the world. The strength she found in the obstacles she overcame by coping with crafting and crocheting. My thing is that I would LOVE that pattern to the sweater Sutton is crocheting on the cover, LOL! I also loved the audiobook which Sutton also narrates. I won this book from the publisher in an Instagram giveaway.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for gifting me a review copy of Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life by Sutton Foster. I already loved Sutton Foster before reading this book, but she’s so real and vulnerable, funny and hopeful that you can’t help but love her even more afterward. Plus, her message of crafting as a way of coping with the world around you and the feelings you don’t always know how to express really struck a chord with me. Art and crafting found me at a time in my life when I mo Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for gifting me a review copy of Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life by Sutton Foster. I already loved Sutton Foster before reading this book, but she’s so real and vulnerable, funny and hopeful that you can’t help but love her even more afterward. Plus, her message of crafting as a way of coping with the world around you and the feelings you don’t always know how to express really struck a chord with me. Art and crafting found me at a time in my life when I most needed an outlet, and a connection through craft to other like-minded souls. In this book Sutton talks about her career, the stumbles and triumphs along the way, and a lot about her relationship with her mother. She talks about mental health, therapy, relationships, showbiz, and infertility. She’s open and honest and I found something in every one of her stories to relate to. Did I sob my way through several of the chapters, I absolutely did. But ultimately the book felt hopeful and there was a lot of joy to be found along the way, despite the hardships. If you’re looking for your next memoir, you can’t go past this one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Scott Flanary

    I felt seen reading this book! I am a fan of Sutton from much of her career yet I had no idea the familial challenges she faced nor the social anxiety/otherness she experienced growing up. She’s a classy professional through and through, and her vulnerable writing endears me to her even more. Highly recommended for Broadway fans, individuals with complex familial relationships, and readers interested in a rich memoir. Note: the crafting angle was perfectly used as a through line for Sutton’s stor I felt seen reading this book! I am a fan of Sutton from much of her career yet I had no idea the familial challenges she faced nor the social anxiety/otherness she experienced growing up. She’s a classy professional through and through, and her vulnerable writing endears me to her even more. Highly recommended for Broadway fans, individuals with complex familial relationships, and readers interested in a rich memoir. Note: the crafting angle was perfectly used as a through line for Sutton’s story but readers need not be crafters to understand any references.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    "Hooked" is a well-written and well-paced book about Foster's complicated relationship with her agoraphobic mother that happens to open chapters/sections with various crafts she created over the years. I enjoyed this book-and would recommend it- if you like reading about growing up with a mentally ill parent, and appreciate a hopeful story of reconciliation with parents (definitely her father, sort of her mother) in later life. Foster is open about how therapy helped her deal with a difficult re "Hooked" is a well-written and well-paced book about Foster's complicated relationship with her agoraphobic mother that happens to open chapters/sections with various crafts she created over the years. I enjoyed this book-and would recommend it- if you like reading about growing up with a mentally ill parent, and appreciate a hopeful story of reconciliation with parents (definitely her father, sort of her mother) in later life. Foster is open about how therapy helped her deal with a difficult relationship- and I appreciated that model. However: I am not sure if the subtitle of this book exactly fits the book- also, the cover is way too happy for the majority of this book. I was also not quite ready for another book about a dying mother for personal reasons, so was kind of startled by that turn. The book also deals with fertility struggles and a (thankfully) happy adoption story- so, fair warning.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Living My Best Book Life

    Hooked is a beautiful memoir about how crafting helped Sutton Foster through her toughest/darkest of times. It's elegant, meaningful, and genuine. A great combination for a page-turner. I became a fan of Sutton's when I watched Younger. Her character on the show, Liza, is so likable and relatable and I just loved her performance with each episode. I didn't know much about her as a person so I was very excited when I learned she was coming out with her own book. As I started reading it, I realized Hooked is a beautiful memoir about how crafting helped Sutton Foster through her toughest/darkest of times. It's elegant, meaningful, and genuine. A great combination for a page-turner. I became a fan of Sutton's when I watched Younger. Her character on the show, Liza, is so likable and relatable and I just loved her performance with each episode. I didn't know much about her as a person so I was very excited when I learned she was coming out with her own book. As I started reading it, I realized how pure her heart is and how passionate she is about her craft. Her childhood wasn't the easiest and neither was her relationship with her mother. But Sutton always appeared to handle the difficult times with grace and really the best way she knew how. She begins to describe her appreciation for crafting and crocheting. Readers can quickly pick up the correlation to using crocheting as a coping mechanism. It didn't mean that she only crafted during the bad times. She shared moments with co-star/friend Peter Herrmann and it is beautiful to see how crocheting was used for so many happy memories between the two. Overall, I think this is a unique and sincere memoir from such a talented and respected woman. I give Hooked 4 stars. I know this will be a favorite amongst her fans. Anyone can relate to this book because its about a journey about coming into oneself and accepting yourself.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emma Reid

    This is seriously wonderful. If you're a Sutton Foster fan or want to just feel a little more creative, this is the book for you. I loved her story, through death, infertility, and art, and the audiobook is perfection. Narrated by Sutton herself, you can feel her humor and smile throughout. She puts her heart and soul into her craft, be it musical theatre or crochet, and it shows. I'm leaving this as an even bigger Sutton Foster fan with the need to watch Younger. *Thank you to Hachette Audio fo This is seriously wonderful. If you're a Sutton Foster fan or want to just feel a little more creative, this is the book for you. I loved her story, through death, infertility, and art, and the audiobook is perfection. Narrated by Sutton herself, you can feel her humor and smile throughout. She puts her heart and soul into her craft, be it musical theatre or crochet, and it shows. I'm leaving this as an even bigger Sutton Foster fan with the need to watch Younger. *Thank you to Hachette Audio for the ALC and Grand Central Publishing for the gifted copy*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carin

    I am not a huge celebrity memoir reader, but I do read a few, when they’re special. I am not a huge fan of Sutton Foster’s, like I am of Andrew McCarthy, but I liked the first few seasons of Younger (stopped watching when we moved to an area where we didn’t get TV Land, not because we didn’t like it) and crafting, and when I read in the description that she started with cross-stitching, that’s when I knew this was going to be my next read. Sutton’s life growing up was fairly conventional, althoug I am not a huge celebrity memoir reader, but I do read a few, when they’re special. I am not a huge fan of Sutton Foster’s, like I am of Andrew McCarthy, but I liked the first few seasons of Younger (stopped watching when we moved to an area where we didn’t get TV Land, not because we didn’t like it) and crafting, and when I read in the description that she started with cross-stitching, that’s when I knew this was going to be my next read. Sutton’s life growing up was fairly conventional, although when she was still a fairly young kid, her parents split up–and yet stayed together. I know that’s weird. They each had their own bedroom and didn’t act like much of a married couple (and this wasn’t just “staying together for the kids” as they lived like this until Sutton’s mother’s death a few years ago.) Her mother pushed both Sutton and her older brother Hunter into theater, but not in a pushy stage-mom kind of way. More in a super-supportive, “You can do this,” kind of way. Sutton started with auditioning for Annie, and belting out the songs in a way most kids just can’t do (it took her a long, long time to learn how to control her voice.) A few years later she saw Patti LuPone on a PBS documentary and was enthralled. Her mother bought her the tape and she wore it out–only watching that one performance over and over and over. She was so impressed with Ms. LuPone’s confidence, which she didn’t feel at all. I mean, she actually did while on stage, but not off stage. She didn’t have many friends, and she didn’t feel like she fit in backstage in the plays and musicals she was doing. She spent her senior year of high school on tour with a national touring company, and the exclusion from the backstage “cliques” really fueled a growing anxiety. (It didn’t help that she was 17 and so much younger than everyone else, which made her exclusion feel even crueller, although I can also see how 22-year-olds didn’t want a clingy teenager hanging around.) And that’s when she started doing cross-stitch. It was something to occupy her hands and her brain, which was soothing, and also gave her something to do when she was excluded, something that felt like a choice. And at the end, she had made something! She moved on from cross-stitch to other crafts, notably art (collage and painting), and crochet, but a lot of other things in between. It helped (although didn’t cure) her fear of flying and also the escalation of her mother’s anxiety to the point of agoraphobia. Her mother saw her perform on Broadway once. Her brother never. (Although that was only partly due to the agoraphobia–their mother also would get unreasonable angry at people to the point you often truly wouldn’t know why, and she’d cut them off. While she never fully cut Hunter off, she would send Christmas cards addressed only to him, not to him and his wife, for the rest of her life.) Along the way, Sutton was in different shows, some role which came easily and others were harder. She got married and got divorced. And she kept on crafting. I read half of this book the first night and when my book light died I was furious. I would have kept reading until I’d finished it. It was great.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    What a delight it was, as someone who is a graduate and employee of Ball State University (a mid-major public research university in the Midwestern city of Muncie, Indiana) to hear Sutton name-drop her association with my alma mater minutes into listening to the audio version of this poignant memoir. Sutton has lent her musical and acting talents to Ball State for years now, coming to teach as a guest instructor and to help produce our students’ musicals. (I’ve even had the privilege of getting What a delight it was, as someone who is a graduate and employee of Ball State University (a mid-major public research university in the Midwestern city of Muncie, Indiana) to hear Sutton name-drop her association with my alma mater minutes into listening to the audio version of this poignant memoir. Sutton has lent her musical and acting talents to Ball State for years now, coming to teach as a guest instructor and to help produce our students’ musicals. (I’ve even had the privilege of getting to interview her a few times while she was on our campus … a real treat!) I share this anecdote because it’s the reason for my biased, 5-star review of this book. The Sutton I’ve come to “know” through stories from our faculty and students is the same affable, charming, and down to earth personality who shows up in the pages of “Hooked.” Also? She’s a bit of a nerd. And she’d be the first to admit it! But when you center your memoir on your love of crafting, maybe you can deduce as much? Overall, I loved getting to learn more about her backstory, even if it was hard to hear about the emotional abuse she and her brother, Hunter, suffered under the watch of their agoraphobic mother. Sutton’s fraught relationship with her mom casts a long shadow over much of her memoir, but there is a lot more to her life that she explores in these pages, including the meteoric rise of her musical theater career. (I especially loved hearing about how she gave up a starring role in Broadway’s “Les Mis” to take a chance on a then-unknown musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a show that went on to help her land her first Tony Award.) She also writes about the loves in her life (while I knew of her first marriage to Christian Borle, I did *not* know she had a steamy relationship with Bobby Cannavale before her second marriage!) And she shares about her entry into TV with “Bunheads” followed by “Younger” (a show I loved through all seven soap-y seasons), as well as her emotional journey of becoming a mother via adoption. Sprinkled throughout the book are also fun anecdotes that are the mark of any great celebrity memoir, from her fan-girl feelings for Patti LuPone to her stories about how Peter Hermann (her hunky “Younger” co-star) is the world’s best gift giver. If you like Sutton going into this book, you’ll love her after you finish. I am grateful for her willingness to share her talents with our students and I appreciate that she has stayed true to herself, using her love of crafting to keep her grounded throughout her exciting, successful career.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I adore Sutton Foster, and I adored this memoir! Sutton frames the memoir around various crafts and what each project meant to her at pivotal moments in her life. While I think this is occasionally a bit confusing in terms of the choronology, it's such a beautiful framing device. By organizing the book around one of her greatest passions and hobbies, it feels like Sutton really lets the reader in. I love Sutton's work as a Broadway performer and a television star on Bunheads and Younger, and thi I adore Sutton Foster, and I adored this memoir! Sutton frames the memoir around various crafts and what each project meant to her at pivotal moments in her life. While I think this is occasionally a bit confusing in terms of the choronology, it's such a beautiful framing device. By organizing the book around one of her greatest passions and hobbies, it feels like Sutton really lets the reader in. I love Sutton's work as a Broadway performer and a television star on Bunheads and Younger, and this book had such a moving intimacy and vulnerability to it. She pulls back the curtain (pun intended) on the fact that her rise to fame on Broadway and in television was anything but inevitable, even though it seems that way to me as a fan. She writes about some deeply personal, challenging, and moving moments in her life with openness and vulnerability, but her grace and her humbleness also comes through in this book. I cannot recommend this enough to fans of Sutton Foster specifically, but I would also point any and all Broadway fans in the direction of this memoir if they want to learn more about all the dedication and work it takes to become a success on the Broadway stage. Sutton Foster has written a genuinely moving memoir (with help from Liz Welch). I found this book incredibly touching and entirely authentic. Sutton does not hold back, but she also writes about the tough times with so much grace and compassion — even for those who did not extend her that same grace. After reading this book and after seeing Sutton speak about the book at the Chicago Humanities Festival a few weeks back, I now have even more admiration for my favorite Broadway performer!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Wow. What a story. What a life. Sutton Foster almost fell into theatre as a kid. Her mom realized she was good at it and she strongly encouraged her. Sutton and her brother actually both pursued theatre as kids and teenagers. At only 17, Sutton went on the road with a theatre group at her mom’s suggestion to lie about her age. It’s true to say her mom encouraged her passion. But her mom also caused a lot of heartbreak for Sutton, her father and her brother. Her mom had some undiagnosed and untreate Wow. What a story. What a life. Sutton Foster almost fell into theatre as a kid. Her mom realized she was good at it and she strongly encouraged her. Sutton and her brother actually both pursued theatre as kids and teenagers. At only 17, Sutton went on the road with a theatre group at her mom’s suggestion to lie about her age. It’s true to say her mom encouraged her passion. But her mom also caused a lot of heartbreak for Sutton, her father and her brother. Her mom had some undiagnosed and untreated issues and that made life hard for everyone. I picked this book up in large part because I enjoyed Younger and Bunheads. I was also curious about the role crafting played in her life. I wasn’t expecting such an emotional read. My goodness. My heart broke for her sometimes. I was in tears a few times reading that. After reading about her life, you’ll be even happier that she found success and happiness.

  22. 4 out of 5

    TheBookstagramBabe

    I am a huge broadway nerd and love Sutton Foster. But surprisingly I didn't know as much as I thought about her. You would think looking at her, Sutton had a picturesque life, but it was anything but the sort. We hear so much about her time on broadway, her appearances on Bunheads and Younger, her struggles with fertility, and what it was like growing up in a dysfunctional family. This book was heavy on the mental health talk, but surprisingly wasn't depressing or exhausting. She writes this so I am a huge broadway nerd and love Sutton Foster. But surprisingly I didn't know as much as I thought about her. You would think looking at her, Sutton had a picturesque life, but it was anything but the sort. We hear so much about her time on broadway, her appearances on Bunheads and Younger, her struggles with fertility, and what it was like growing up in a dysfunctional family. This book was heavy on the mental health talk, but surprisingly wasn't depressing or exhausting. She writes this so well and it was so relatable. As someone who also struggles with anxiety and mental health I often turn to crafting as well. I enjoyed this so much! Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyne

    4.5 stars!! I could relate to a lot of things in this book. Fertility struggles, anxiety, panic attacks and finding things that keep my hands busy and my mind clear. I absolutely loved Sutton Foster in the show Younger and I thought she did an amazing job on this book (and the narration of the audiobook). I switched from reading the physical book to listening to the audiobook - while I was learning to crochet! What an absolutely amazing experience that was! I highly recommend checking this book 4.5 stars!! I could relate to a lot of things in this book. Fertility struggles, anxiety, panic attacks and finding things that keep my hands busy and my mind clear. I absolutely loved Sutton Foster in the show Younger and I thought she did an amazing job on this book (and the narration of the audiobook). I switched from reading the physical book to listening to the audiobook - while I was learning to crochet! What an absolutely amazing experience that was! I highly recommend checking this book out! Thank you to Grand Central Pub and Hachette Audio for providing a free advanced copy of this book and audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Estelle

    Well, finished this in one day. Charming and heartfelt book about anxiety, theater, romance, motherhood, the importance of art in so many forms and how it sustains us, and Sutton's relationship with her mother. Some fun Patti Lupone fangirling in here too. Enjoyed this very much, especially since it was read by Sutton herself. As a note, this book is published by the company I work for but I did purchase this audiobook myself. Well, finished this in one day. Charming and heartfelt book about anxiety, theater, romance, motherhood, the importance of art in so many forms and how it sustains us, and Sutton's relationship with her mother. Some fun Patti Lupone fangirling in here too. Enjoyed this very much, especially since it was read by Sutton herself. As a note, this book is published by the company I work for but I did purchase this audiobook myself.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel | The Tea Cup Half Full

    I will be honest, I picked up this book solely because it was a memoir surrounding crafting. I had no idea who Sutton Foster was. Now, after finishing the book, I feel like I know her well. What a beautiful, intimate story that bridges a couple generations of motherhood—all tied together with crafting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christi

    I love Broadway. I loved Bunheads. I enjoyed Younger. My crafting gene is strong. I love Christian Borle. Most of all, I love Sutton Foster. If any of those things resonate with you, then you should listen to this audiobook.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I love Sutton Foster and this book has really solidified my love for her. She was so open and honest with what she has been through in her life. And how crafting played an essential role in helping her cope; which I completely relate to.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fabulous Book Fiend

    I really adored this audiobook. Although I'm not into crafting I thought it was such a great memoir and I always love Sutton Foster's narration so it was great to spend my commute with her for a couple of days! I really adored this audiobook. Although I'm not into crafting I thought it was such a great memoir and I always love Sutton Foster's narration so it was great to spend my commute with her for a couple of days!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to Grand Central for a gifted copy for honest review! I am feeling inspired to maybe learn some new skills after reading Sutton Foster's memoir, Hooked! I know Sutton Foster from Younger, but I really, really loved reading about her career in theater. She writes about the moments when crafting gave her a focus while everything else in life was hard, and while her pain is sometimes evident, it's also very gently written and compassionate to those in her circle. This was a lovely memoir, and Thanks to Grand Central for a gifted copy for honest review! I am feeling inspired to maybe learn some new skills after reading Sutton Foster's memoir, Hooked! I know Sutton Foster from Younger, but I really, really loved reading about her career in theater. She writes about the moments when crafting gave her a focus while everything else in life was hard, and while her pain is sometimes evident, it's also very gently written and compassionate to those in her circle. This was a lovely memoir, and I enjoyed learning more about the author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    "Crochet has helped me throughout my entire career by giving my brain and my hands something to do other than worrying about what people might be saying. And that was way better for me than mindlessly looking at my phone and the noise of social media." Folks, if you know, you know. I can't meditate for the life of me but what I can do is knit or crochet and count and read the language of my stitches and drown out all the rest. This book is not some magnum opus (it's a help-written memoir), but whe "Crochet has helped me throughout my entire career by giving my brain and my hands something to do other than worrying about what people might be saying. And that was way better for me than mindlessly looking at my phone and the noise of social media." Folks, if you know, you know. I can't meditate for the life of me but what I can do is knit or crochet and count and read the language of my stitches and drown out all the rest. This book is not some magnum opus (it's a help-written memoir), but when something resonates on a personal level you just get it, because you feel like someone gets you. If you come from a dysfunctional family and you need to craft to keep your sanity, you'll get it. If you like Patti Lupone, too, you'll get it.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...