Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology

Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology

A captivating guide through one woman's struggle to find herself through Scientology, and how she finally escaped Is there a term for a bad choice, one you continue to make, remaining on a path even as you understand your choice is not good for you? How do you abandon that life, and attempt to live a new one, making sense of the time you had given away so willingly? Flunk. A captivating guide through one woman's struggle to find herself through Scientology, and how she finally escaped ...

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Title:Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology
Author:Sands Hall
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:B071P44P9R
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology Reviews

  • Renata
    Apr 23, 2018
    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...
  • Laura
    May 05, 2018
    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...
  • Aly Medina
    Jun 29, 2018
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  • Dave
    Mar 17, 2018
    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...
  • Mary Robinson
    Sep 10, 2018
    Heartfelt, well-written memoir from a woman who spent seven years as a Scientologist ? and then struggled to leave (with the conflict being both within herself and with the religion?s hierarchy). First time I?ve seen some of the Scientologist principals explained in a fashion I c...
  • Peacegal
    Apr 24, 2018
    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...
  • Erika Dreifus
    Mar 22, 2018
    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...
  • Susan
    May 20, 2018
    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...
  • Caitlin Hayes
    Aug 19, 2018
    3.5 Stars. Interesting memoir, alternating chapters about her family, and her time in Scientology. ...
  • Debbie Boucher
    Mar 26, 2018
    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...
  • Dorothy
    Jun 02, 2018
    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...
  • Steve Erickson
    Aug 09, 2018
    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...
  • Jen
    Sep 14, 2018
    A bit different from other things I?ve read about Scientology. This author explains how she got drawn in, why she stayed so long, and the benefits she feels she got. She did still leave though, so there is some discussion as well about the bad parts. ...
  • Linda Culp
    Jun 02, 2018
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  • Kim
    Jun 09, 2018
    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...
  • Julie
    Jul 03, 2018
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  • Kevin
    Jul 26, 2018
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  • Len Joy
    Mar 05, 2018
    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...
  • John O'keefe
    Mar 28, 2018
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  • Jan M Flynn
    Apr 22, 2018
    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...
  • Sara Brown
    Jul 13, 2018
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  • Marcia
    Aug 12, 2018
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  • Dee Dee
    Aug 27, 2018
    Definitely not getting a sensationalized dramatic account of Scientology, but an account that is very specific to the authors experiences. If you are intrigued by this religion, I think this is a book worth reading. ...
  • Marika
    Oct 14, 2017
    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...
  • Stephen Ryan
    Jun 21, 2018
    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...
  • Kate
    Apr 15, 2018
    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...
  • Roan Boucher
    Sep 23, 2018
    Thoughtful, thorough, relatable - nothing sensational, but a very comprehensive description of how someone get pulled into a cult. ...
  • Tash
    Oct 09, 2018
    DNF mostly due to personal factors. If you like memoirs and want to learn the basics of Scientology, it's probably a good book. I don't know who Sands is so I wasn't really invested in the story. I already knew most of the stuff she mentioned based on the excellent series done by t...
  • Amy Newman
    Jun 01, 2018
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  • Emily Rock
    Apr 24, 2018
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