Wednesday 25 October 2023

Book ~ "The Woman in Me" (2023) Britney Spears

From Goodreads ~"The Woman in Me" is a brave and astonishingly moving story about freedom, fame, motherhood, survival, faith and hope.

In June 2021, the whole world was listening as Britney Spears spoke in open court. The impact of sharing her voice - her truth - was undeniable, and it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others. "The Woman in Me" reveals for the first time her incredible journey - and the strength at the core of one of the greatest performers in pop music history.

Written with remarkable candor and humor, Spears’s groundbreaking book illuminates the enduring power of music and love - and the importance of a woman telling her own story, on her own terms, at last.

I like readings and bios/autobios. I'm not a huge fan of Britney's but after all she's gone through in the last 20 years or so, I thought it would be an interesting read.

She starts by talking about where she came from and her grandparents, who definitely had issues and influenced how her parents were raised and why they are the way they are. She found fame early on and it's appalling how much people, especially her family, took advantage of her. She talks about her relationships and marriages and what went wrong, her children and the limitations of the conservatorship (which must have been brutal and I wonder if they were able to put such restrictions on her without just cause) that ended last year.

The book ends while she is still happily married to Sam, her third husband, so we don't know what happened with their break-up. And if you believe the news, her sons don't want to see her and are embarrassed by her Instagram account (I check it out occasionally).  She justifies being sexy on her Instagram account because she finally has control over her body, which is fine, but she's still a mom and should be taking her sons' feelings into consideration. Hopefully she finds the peace and happiness she is looking for.

The book is very high level. While I didn't want a lot of detail, more would have been nice at times as she glosses over many things. Though this is her life and her stories, it's definitely not her voice ... I'm guessing it was ghostwritten as it doesn't sound like the persona of her that out there. It's a quick read (I read it in less than a day). I was surprised there were zero pictures. As a head's up, there is swearing.

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