Book Review: “The Only Pirate at the Party” by Lindsey Sterling

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The book in review: The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Sterling and Brooke S. Passey

Confession time: the primary reason I selected this book to read was because of the title. Really, how could I pass up a book titled, The Only Pirate at the Party?


If you are the only pirate at the party, then you most definitely should be living an unmuted life and it is quite possible that we have much in common, as I too have been out of place often in my life! The other major contributing factor for my desire to read Lindsey Sterling’s book is that I happen to be an avid fan of Lindsey Sterling’s music!
Who is Lindsey Sterling? She is a unique violinist who has taken the sounds and music of the violin and made it mainstream. She combines the music with her beautiful dance style movement. Her initial fame came through her music videos on her YouTube channel. Her big break out song, Crystallize, has over 194,000,000 views. For your enjoyment, I have included it below.

Before she gained her fame, she lost on America’s Got Talent (don’t always believe the judges), did gigs in cafeterias and block parties, and worked tirelessly to follow her vision (life clue). Her talent and determination paid off and now she can be heard on mainstream radio and playing concerts around the world (including The Woodlands, Texas- super yay)!

Lindsey Sterling YouTube, Crystallize:

While The Only Pirate at the Party is an easy read, it is also a fun read! The chapters have quirky titles like, “Mind Your Own Business,” “Travel Pants,” “Confessions” and “Everyone Starts out in Khakis.” In each chapter, she mixes hard doses of truth serum with humor and reflection. She includes pictures that contribute to her storytelling and help you to connect with her even more. What I found to be most compelling about her story is her raw authenticity which is a core attribute of living an unmuted life. It doesn’t hurt the entertainment factor that she uses words like “poop” and shares silly stories about skinny dipping among other various shenanigans.

Lindsey is open and vulnerable as she reveals hardships and struggles dotted in her life that she resiliently learned and rebounded from. She shares her early challenges with reading due to a learning disability called, cross dominance, as well as her later struggle with anorexia. Her ability to communicate her challenges in an honest form has you drawing in closer to be her friend.

True measures of success are found in reliance, persistence, reflection and staying true to values. Lindsey brings those key success components to life in her journey from struggling reader selling lemonade, to a world-renowned violinist. Throughout the entire book, she is taking you on her journey.

“I think one of the biggest things we all face is falling in love…with ourselves.” –Lindsey Sterling

Lindsey discloses information about her faith, drugs and alcohol use, or lack-there-of, because of her strong faith. I find that her devotion to her church and living a clean life in a world known for its transgression is refreshing and inspiring, especially for the youth of today.

After reading her book, I love her even more and I am an even bigger fan. I love that she lives an unmuted, authentic and beautiful life. Even through its challenges, peaks, and valleys, she keeps her priorities and makes all efforts to maintain her grounding. In her own words she reveals, “But I want to spend more time balancing in the present. It’s the only thing that truly exists. If I’m too busy ruminating over the past or pining for the future, some of those great moments will pass by before I ever get the chance to live in them.”

Oh, and if you didn’t notice, I failed to tell you WHY the book is called, The Only Pirate at the Party

” Yep, totally intentional. I do not want to spoil EVERYTHING! Overall, I found it to be an entertaining read, about a great person, doing great work! If you need a little inspiration or pick me up, Lindsey Sterling’s, The Only Pirate at the Party

could be just what you are looking for!

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