Keke Palmer has signed a book deal. The “Scream Queens” star will release an inspirational memoir and self-help guide via Simon & Schuster. The book, titled “I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice,” is expected to hit bookshelves this October.
The 22-year-old actress and singer — who made great use of her musical side in “Grease Live!” — hopes to empower readers by encouraging them to be confident and take ownership of their lives.
Palmer’s other credits include “Masters of Sex,” “90210” and “True Jackson, VP.” She posted an excerpt of “I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice” on her official website. Read a portion of the sneak peek below:
When I was younger, I was always so afraid of change and of losing certain aspects or qualities about myself, as if even the smallest change would make ‘ME’ less ‘ME.’ For example, I was really worried that if and when I lost my virginity, I wouldn’t be Keke ‘the good girl’ anymore. Who would I be if I weren’t Keke the good girl or ‘Keke the virgin?’ If that one thing changed about me, what would I have left? (Answer in my head: ‘Keke The Freeeeeak!!’)
Kinda crazy right? Let’s say Jennifer with the pretty blond hair cuts her hair or dyes it black — does she cease being Jennifer? Does the slightly chubby girl with the cute face who loses 10 pounds suddenly become a completely different person? The answer is a big NO to both of those questions.
I’m pretty sure you are dealing with your own set of unfairly placed labels — ‘the poor girl,’ ‘the rich girl,’ ‘the mixed kid,’ ‘the jock,’ ‘the trans kid,’ ‘the only black kid’ or any number of other untrue and hurtful titles that have nothing to do with what’s really going on inside of you.
But here’s the BIG thing I’m learning, — who we are and what we are belongs to us and us alone! What that means in real talk is that we don’t belong to other people and we don’t belong to other people’s expectations of us. Even more real talk — we also don’t belong to our own old ideas of who we thought we should be or what we thought we should do. Bomb! It’s pretty cool knowing I’m not attached to anything that weighs me down as I continue on this journey we call life. Here’s the other big thing — you aren’t either!