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Book review – The Road To Reality

The Road To Reality:
Voted off the Island!…My Journey as a Real-Life Survivor
by Dianne Burnett
Purchase links: Amazon,  Barnes & Noble, Hay House

As a fan of both smart reality television and behind-the-scenes stories, I was excited to dig into Dianne Burnett’s story about the creation of Survivor and her marriage to producer-extraordinaire Mark Burnett. I wasn’t disappointed!

The book effectively mixes personal memoir with the origin story of one of the best reality shows out there.  When watching the show, it’s easy to forget how many people and how much work goes into creating the “castaway” experience. Reading the book reminds us about the real people who are living real lives behind the scenes.

As a personal memoir, it’s not particularly deep (Burnett includes a lot of stories with a cursory sentence or two about what they meant to her or how she felt about them), but the overall point is clear – it is the story of how she gave up her own dreams and goals in service to someone else’s dreams and goals.  The fact that she can recognize and discuss it so clearly is a great service to other women who are looking for their own way forward.

While I don’t subscribe to the theory that “money is evil” or that power is necessarily corrosive, this is also an excellent character study in what money and power will do to someone when they’re not prepared for it.

Overall, I give it an enthusiastic thumbs up!


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

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About the author

Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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