Perfectly Clear
The revelatory memoir by former "poster girl for Scientology" Michelle LeClair about her defection from the Church, her newly accepted sexual identity, and the lengths to which Scientology went to silence it.For years, Michelle LeClair, former President of Scientology's international humanitarian organization, tried to reconcile her sexual orientation with the anti-gay ideology of the church. Michelle finally ends her horrific marriage, finds the love of her life, a woman, and ultimately leaves the Church. But the split comes at a terrible price. Her once pristine reputation is publicly dragged through the mud, the police raid her home, her ex-husband tries to gain full custody of their children, and the multi-million dollar business she built from scratch is utterly destroyed.In this tell-all memoir, Michelle offers an insider's perspective on Scientology's pervasive influence, secret rituals, and ruthless practices for keeping members in line. It's a story of self-acceptance, of finding the strength and courage to stand up for your emotional freedom, and of love prevailing.

Perfectly Clear Details

TitlePerfectly Clear
Author
ReleaseSep 11th, 2018
PublisherBerkley Books
ISBN-139781101991169
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Religion, Biography, Cults, Lgbt

Perfectly Clear Review

  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt to conform to heteronormative standards. But the book is written in a way that makes me feel like it's not 100% accurate. I didn't need much convincing that the bad things that happened actually happened. Still, t I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt to conform to heteronormative standards. But the book is written in a way that makes me feel like it's not 100% accurate. I didn't need much convincing that the bad things that happened actually happened. Still, the author seemed to beg for my sympathy. It reminded me of people I know who, in order to gain support, paint themselves in a light Pollyanna could only dream of, while possibly exaggerating the struggles and difficulties they've faced. Again, I don't doubt that she faced these difficulties so I didn't need her to be the perfect wife, exceptional businesswoman and doting mother that she claimed to be. I didn't need letters from her previous clients and recitation of court rulings in order to be on her side. I didn't really need her to cast suspicion on Scientologists in order to understand their possibly involvement in her demise. Her perfection in character and intent, her naivety...it all came across as heavy handed when faced with previous accounts of Scientology. An important story that could be edited down to a 15 minute YouTube video.
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  • Katie Marsh
    January 1, 1970
    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able to make it through this and find peace. I don't understand how the government seems this manipulative money hungry cult as a religion and gives it tax breaks. It's truly stranger than fiction.
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  • Koen
    January 1, 1970
    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology.While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to have read more about the inner workings of the church. I also thought this biography to be a little bit too smooth. I didn't really feel the pain and drama, and some aspects of the author's life seem a bit too perfect. Al Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology.While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to have read more about the inner workings of the church. I also thought this biography to be a little bit too smooth. I didn't really feel the pain and drama, and some aspects of the author's life seem a bit too perfect. All in all a easy, quick and engaging read. It was okay.
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  • Lisa Kleinert
    January 1, 1970
    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints.It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of the full story. It would have been much better and would have felt more truthful had it been warts and all.I look forward to the next account of Scientology life book, as each viewpoint (Jenna Hill, Ron Miscavige, Leah, I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints.It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of the full story. It would have been much better and would have felt more truthful had it been warts and all.I look forward to the next account of Scientology life book, as each viewpoint (Jenna Hill, Ron Miscavige, Leah, etc.) have a different and fascinating story to share.
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  • Michele Thiessen
    January 1, 1970
    Read it!!!Loved it. Couldn’t put the book down. Eye opening and informative. I will read again and highly recommend this book.
  • Donna Francisco
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting
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