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Extreme: My Autobiography - Sharon Osbourne
Date: 07/09/09, updated on 07/09/09 (29 review reads)
Advantages: Honest, funny, and detailed
When I was in my teens I couldn't help but become fascinated by the Osbourne family - Ozzy, his wife Sharon, and their children. The reason for this is their hugely successful 2002 MTV reality show "The Osbournes". It was the first fly-on-the-wall series about celebrities' lives, and it spawned a genre.
More than anyone, while watching the show, I was particularly interested in Sharon, there just seemed to be something about her; Sharon's personality seemed to light up the whole house, and she certainly had to be strong to be married to Ozzy. They've been married for nearly thirty years, and Sharon is a rock music manager, which I loved immediately!
So finally, last year I managed to buy a copy of Sharon Osbourne Extreme: My Autobiography. I was expecting something great, and I wasn't disappointed.
At the beginning of the book, the title page tells you that it is written by Sharon Osbourne with Penelope Dening, so you are not fooled into thinking that Sharon had the time to write it all herself, unlike certain other celebrities.
Extreme... is shockingly and brutally honest, and it is absolutely hilarious. Every couple of pages I found something that made me laugh my socks off.
Aside from the lovely prologue, she tells her life story in chronological order, which is what I prefer in books.
What I am about to reveal about the book is nothing that hasn't been told in interviews.
She talks about her father Don Arlen, the manager of famous 1960s bands such as The Animals, and she describes what it was like growing up in that environment. We learn about how she came to meet Black Sabbath, how she fell in love with Ozzy and her brave battle with colon cancer.
She also goes into great detail about the time when Ozzy nearly literally strangled her to death.
We learn about Sharon's point of view of events pretty much leading up to 2005, including her time on The X Factor.
She gives her opinions on lots of things including Steve Brookstein, revenge, love, life and death.
The book also includes lots of personal photographs printed in colour on card, which were so interesting to look at.
I really did love reading this book, but I feel that as an aspiring writer I should mark it down to 4 out 5 because it was ghostwritten.
The copy that I've got was published by Time Warner Books in 2006, priced at £7.99 (although you can get a lot cheaper on Amazon) and has 372 pages.
Summary: Guaranteed to make you laugh out loud
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