Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Book Review - "Through the Storm"

“Through the Storm, A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World” by Lynne Spears is an account of Lynne’s life, seen through her eyes.

If you read this book thinking it will give you inside information about Britney or Jamie Lynn Spears, you will be disappointed. Instead, you will learn about Lynne, her parents and siblings, her hometown and its effect on her values, and her marriage.

She is very candid about her husband’s alcoholism and the struggles the family went through. Those of us who grew up in the South, and/or those who have experienced alcoholism in the family will be able to relate to her story. However, most of us can not relate to having a child determined to be a superstar, nor can we imagine what life would look like under the scrutiny of tabloid journalism.

Lynne ponders decisions she made in the beginning of Britney’s career and points out that her image as “pushy stage mother” is terribly incorrect and unfair—after all, she was walking in unfamiliar territory.

A good part of the book also discusses the paparazzi and their constant surveillance of the Spears family. Was the loss of privacy too big a price to pay for celebrity status? There is no question that Britney’s stardom affected her entire family.

This book is an interesting read; you may walk away feeling sorry for the family.

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Anonymous said...

Wow Jerri, when your blog opened up I thought I had gone to the wrong place. It looked just like my Hubby's blog - same template, and he just did a book review a couple of days ago on his blog.
This looks like an interesting book. I've had alcoholism in my family, so I know a lot about it. It's a horrible thing. Thankfully I don't have it in my immediate family.
Have a great Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

I didn't even know this book existed. I don't think I want to buy it, but I'll look for it at my library. Britney and all that she encompasses is a sign of our times.