Perfectly Clear by Michelle LeClair

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...

Details Perfectly Clear

TitlePerfectly Clear
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherBerkley Books
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Religion, Biography, Cults

Reviews Perfectly Clear

  • Emily
    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 ba...
  • Katie Marsh
    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 ...
  • Koen
    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 aspec...
  • Terri Headley
    Amazing storyMichelle’s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and found true love and happiness. Great read. Hard to put down.
  • Janet
    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written.
  • Lisa Kleinert
    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...
  • Jan Priddy
    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more than it does to me. It is not a good memoir of coming out, and that is a pity, because there's a good story about sexuality buried here. The bias of Scientology is wel...
  • Paul
    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an idealist in the cult shatter after she falls in love with a woman and is declared a Suppressive Person. The cult does an incredible and complex disinformation smear ...
  • Claire Neubert
    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk away from everyone/everything she new and choose to recreate herself apart from the organization that didn't have her back in any way. Although this story was definit...
  • A Silent Bookworm (Jessica Parker)
    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use the term church loosely) goes to extort money from it's parishioners and keep them in Scientology. Particularly keeping people against their will. I am also amazed at...
  • Libbye
    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy to write stories like this off as someone being weak, or somehow blaming it on them. But it's fascinating/terrifying how deeply people can be manipulated and how l...
  • Ligaya
    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles and LGBTQ issues. This book is an easy and quick read, fairly straightforward and thus lacking in depth, plus containing some annoying editing errors.
  • Jenn
    I love any book about a woman escaping a cult! I will always admire anyone who has the courage to stand up against an indoctrination that they have invested time and money in. It would not be an easy thing to leave the Scientology cult. What a large group of assholes! Thanks Michelle for realizing all the wrongs the church has been trying to hide.
  • Elizabeth Butcher
    This story really got under my skin and drew me in. I read most of this at one sitting - I honestly could not put it down and I'm not entirely sure why. The writing isn't extraordinary, she seems to leave out a lot of crucial details, and things often seem too good to be true...but still, I found this a compelling read that helps shed more light on this terrible cult.
  • eva
    Sorry but Scientologists are was very very interesting to read her journey and all the things that are "behind the curtain" of Scientology.....honestly the main thing that bugged me was that she used another name for her partner in her book than her real name...which I found after I google'd her...but otherwise a good read!
  • Mike McAdam
    This book was RIVETING! I really enjoyed this harrowing story. What a crazy thrill ride! I don't do spoilers so I won't mention what happens but let's just say it is a fascinating story of trouble, resolve, family and helping each other. There is plenty to learn from this book. I recommend it!
  • Gail Rosen
    What a powerful and interesting book. Honest and engaging account of what truly happens in the world of Scientology. Very well told. Highly recommend this book.
  • Christine
    Another first person testimony to the evils of Scientology.
  • Anna Welch
    This is a concise yet deep telling of this woman and her escape from Scientology. Great read. Also a great illustration of how self acceptance is key to personal happiness and safety.
  • Nicole Harrison
    This book was ok. I’ve read others on the subject I’ve liked more. Her journey was interesting and scary, like many others that have been a part of Scientology.
  • Leslie Jonsson
    Interesting book on a woman's intake, descent and discharge from the Scientology religion.
  • Michele Thiessen
    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
    Very interesting
  • Bronsont
    Great read, chilling story of the lengths some will go to in order to protect a cult.