Year 11, Book 91

91. I Was Saved by the Bell: Stories of Life, Love, and Dreams that Do Come True by Peter Engel

A memoir written by the creator and producer of Saved by the Bell. It is not a history of the show itself, though the show is featured a lot in the last half of the book. Engel writes a lot about his career including how he got into the profession and how he wound up working on kids shows and finding it the most rewarding experience of his life.

In addition to work he also covers his personal life, which was very rocky at times. He was addicted to drugs at one point until even though he is Jewish became essentially a born again Christian. I found the parts about his faith to be really interesting and not what I expected to be reading when I picked up a book about Saved by the Bell.

It is perhaps not the most well-written book in the world, but I think anyone who grew up watching Saved by the Bell would ultimately enjoy it. I give it a 6 out of 10.

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