A gifted performer hounded by a diva reputation, Wu isn’t afraid to portray herself as volatile, cruel or conceited in enthralling essays that range from wistful recollections to uncomfortable confessions ... But Making a Scene is less of a mea culpa than a meditation on those mistakes (though there is a chapter titled 'An Apology'). That willingness to not just address her faults but grapple with them makes Wu’s memoir all the richer. Throw in her talent for vivid scene setting, plus an understanding that reflections are nothing without introspection, and the Crazy Rich Asians star delivers a page-turner that amounts to much more than its headline-grabbing revelations ... While Making a Scene is light on laughs—and a few attempts at humor fall flat—the overarching experience isn’t as harrowing as those chapters would imply. Much of Wu’s story, rather, is driven by poignant memories of her varied flings and loves.
...readers will leave the book tasting the bread Wu baked at her first job, and feeling the backstage excitement at a high-school theater audition. The author paints the characters and sites of her adulthood just as dexterously ... Generously sharing experiences of love, family, harassment, discrimination, and growth, Wu writes about others and her past self with the utmost respect. Her memoir is a gorgeously relatable portrait of a life guided by passion and art.
Wu...dazzles in this essay collection about love, family, and her hard-won path to Hollywood success ... Wu remained undeterred, and it’s that dogged determination that radiates from every page. Fans will feel lucky to be in on the action.