California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot- Penelope Bagieu

Received an EGalley from Netgalley for an honest review!!
“Stopped in to a church I passed along the way.

Well I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray.

You know the preacher liked the cold;

He knows I’m gonna stay.

California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.”

Before I started reading this I have to be honest..I didn’t know much of anything about Mama Cass. I knew the music she has made and the struggles along the way, but that was as far as it went.

And what I did know came from the book High On Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips, John Phillips’ daughter. Which was a good read. Highly suggest checking that out too.

1941, is where we start with Ellen. Roosevelt was president, D-Day was inevitable and the brink of war was devastating all areas. Drafts were feared and jobs were getting harder to come by, but her family wanted the best for her and made her eat before they even did.

Growing up in an era like that, Ellen was picked up and no one thought she would make anything of herself. Being a bigger woman back then, they wanted you nowhere to be seen. Stuck in the background like a leper. 

Ellen wasn’t playing their games. She felt comfortable in her own skin and owned it. 

It was rough to be so eccentric in a time of heartache. 

Finding followers along the way to make her what she wanted to be. Finding where she belonged and John Phillips wanted no part of her. That is until money talked and he was all over it then. 

This opens your eyes to the world of that time era and how people thought if you were different. We all knew John Phillips was a d-bag and this just seals the deal. 

Brace yourself world! Big gals are here to stay and take over!!

5/5

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