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A classically trained musician gone rogue, Lindsey Stirling is the epitome of independent, millennial-defined success: After being voted off the set of America's Got Talent, she went on to amass more than 10 million social media fans, record two full-length albums, release multiple hits with billions of YouTube views, and tour sold-out venues across the world.
Lindsey is not afraid to be herself. In fact it's her confidence and individuality that have propelled her into the spotlight. But the road hasn't been easy. After being rejected by talent scouts, by music reps, and eventually on national television, Lindsey forged her own path step by step. Detailing every trial and triumph she has faced until now, Lindsey shares stories of her humble yet charmed childhood, humorous adolescence, life as a struggling musician, personal struggles with anorexia, and finally success as a world-class entertainer. Lindsey's magnetizing story - at once remarkable and universal - is a testimony that there is no singular recipe for success, and despite what people may say, sometimes it's okay to be The Only Pirate at the Party.
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By A. M. Waite on 01-14-16
Inspiring, genuine, and lit up with joy
Most fans of Lindsey's art are also fans of Lindsey the person too, and for good reason. She's always been incredibly open and accessible to her followers. Within her interviews or behind-the-scenes videos, she'll do or say something that will resonate with pretty much everyone. Her gracious and respectful attitude towards her fans is endearing, humble and refreshing. It makes us all feel like we're her friends, and that connectivity is also there in her and Brooke's book.
Listening to The Only Pirate at the Party made me feel like I spent the day with a kindred spirit. Lindsey bravely opens her hearts to all of us with a sincerity that makes her funny stories come alive, her embarrassing moments induce sympathetic cringing, and her honest confessions prompt introspective examining of one's own heart.
While listening in my car, I had to pull off to the side of the road when Lindsey's voice almost broke while talking about her friend Gavi - she wasn't just reading her own words into a mic for her audio book, she was sharing a personal part of her heart. It was such a raw moment that it moved me to tears.
Through her various experiences, adventures and hard-learned lessons, Lindsey radiates joy. By joy I don't mean a manic, sugary fake or cheesy happiness. True joy runs deep, and can be in your heart even if you're in pain. It's something that can be demonstrated by knowing who you are, flaws and all, and loving yourself in spite of it - as well as "tough" loving yourself enough to keep challenging your own self to change and grow. Lindsey and Brooke's words demonstrates this honest joy on every "page" and I found it infectious.
As odd as this is going to sound from a perfect stranger on the internet, I am proud of Lindsey for this book, and I'm so happy to have listened to it. I'm inspired, and now I'm going to go do something with that inspiration.
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By Cody Sam on 01-13-16
Not just one word can explain this book
This book made me cry, laugh, smile, and much more. It was an incredible emotional roller coaster i enjoyed. "The only Pirate at the Party" is such a great take on Lindsey Stirling's life, success in the music industry, and much more. Would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone looking for a great, inspirational story that shows anyone can do anything they want, as long as they put their mind to it.
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