From Publishers Weekly
Sweeney, who won a fan-voted "America's Favorite Villain" Emmy for her 10-year portrayal of Sami on Days of Our Lives
, has written up the details of her life for her fans. The 27-year-old begins, dissertation-like, by outlining the contents. Her story is cheerful and bland, covering her beginnings at age four as a commercial actress, her audition for Days
, her social life in an L.A. suburbs high school, her bout with dieting in thinness-obsessed Hollywood, her courtship and marriage with her policeman husband (including a long description of finding the perfect wedding dress) and, always, her appreciation for her fans. The book is padded with several chapter-long descriptions of convoluted Days
plots (which she advises readers to skip if they've seen the episodes in question), as well as the details of her worm-eating guest appearance on Fear Factor
. Although Sweeney emphasizes several times that she is no expert, she doesn't hesitate to give advice about love, dieting, exercise, planning a wedding and how to succeed as an actress. And for young girls, her advice, although certainly not unique, isn't bad: it's more important to be healthy and happy than to look like a model; a few close relationships are better than being popular; don't rush sex; and "You don't need to be perfect to have a successful life. You just need to be yourself." Who could argue with that? 16-page photo insert not seen by PW
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Michael Logan - TV Guide
It's damn nervy of Alison Sweeney to write her autobiography at age 27, but we're glad she did. This is one young star who actually has something to say. Sweeney, who plays Sami on Days of Our Lives, just hit bookstores with All The Days of My Life (So Far)(Kensington Books), a sweet, dishy memoir cum self-esteem guide with a strong message for her fans: Be yourself. Since hitting Days as a chubby teen, Sweeney has never fit the mold of soap "perfection" - nor has she tried to - yet she's risen above her chopstick-thin surgically enhanced peers to become a major success. She does life her way, and wants to help her readers do the same. And that - in this era of The Swan and Extreme Makeover - is a very cool thing to put out there.