Flunk. Start. by Sands Hall

Flunk. Start.

A captivating guide through one woman's struggle to find herself through Scientology, and how she finally escapedIs 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. Start. is a candid, revealing memoir of what drew author, actress, and musi...

Details Flunk. Start.

TitleFlunk. Start.
Release DateMar 1st, 2018
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Religion, Biography

Reviews Flunk. Start.

  • Marika
    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 craving stability. Rules and stability are the hallmark of Scientology, so it isn’t difficult to imagine her being pulled into the organization. Scientology gave S...
  • Debbie Boucher
    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 high school with Hall, and she has been a mentor and teacher to me. I knew she had been a Scientologist and that she had regrets about it, so I read this memoir with ...
  • Erika Dreifus
    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 what can cause any of us to make questionable choices—will suffice.
  • Len Joy
    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 it is really much more. It is a fascinating, heartbreaking family saga and in its own way, a coming of age tale. A spiritual journey, told with clear-eyed compassion a...
  • Dave
    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 and bad in both. While Scientologists may blacklist or cut ties with her because she does critique, she makes Scientology seem slightly more reasonable. I understand why ...