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Extreme is not an extreme enough word to describe this autobiography.
Extreme: My Autobiography - Sharon Osbourne
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Extreme: My Autobiography - Sharon Osbourne
Advantages: quite funny in places, and brutally honest. A true love story.
Disadvantages: really disgusting in places. Expect talk about bodily functions, addiction and violence.
I inherited this autobiography from my sister when she had a clear out, and never one to refuse a book, I rehomed this one. I would not describe myself as a fan of Sharon Osbourne. I knew who she was, but I can't say I have ever sat and watched an episode of her TV show 'At Home with the Osbournes' or watched her when she has been a judge on the X-Factor. I know a little about her family being a bit unconventional, but I really didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book.
This autobiography covers life for Sharon from being born to being around 50 years of age. Written and published in 2005, this really is a no-holds barred look at the things that have happened in this woman's life, and she has really held nothing back.
The format of the book was a little hard to get used to. Rather than being entirely chronological, it starts pretty much in 2005 then flits back and forth between events in the distant past and the more recent events that people will be more aware of.
At first I found the book truly vulgar and very hard to follow - it really was like the ramblings of someone on some kind of drug trip flipping incoherently from event to event that had little meaning for me. I almost stopped reading. However, as I got more used to the style, I found myself like some sort of ghoul wanting to pick through the stories that Sharon was sharing.
There really does seem to be nothing that this woman has not experienced. From having a father who was unreliable and abusive, to her marriage to Ozzy which has been at times abusive, through addiction and touring with Ozzy, through becoming a mother to three children, Aimee, Kelly and Jack, to Ozzy suffering a near fatal accident and eventually becoming sober, this woman really has gone through the mill.
Through her story I was amazed that she was still alive to tell the tale. Her life is like something from a film. This would be an 18 rated film. She relays stories about violence and drugs and it is just so natural to her, yet completely shocking to me reading it. Yet somehow, you can't help but like this strong woman who has really supported her husband in spite of a very challenging relationship through thick and thin, in sickness and health, for richer, for poorer. She is a true role model.
I didn't expect at the start that I would like this very much, but I can't help but liking the family dynamics and to really feel connected to Sharon on a motherly level. We are what we were brought into, and when you read about her experiences in childhood, you can't help but see how she fell into a relationship like it, but still fight for some normality for her own children. I might be really grossed out by some of the things being described, but it certainly was an interesting read, and covers such a large range of her life and events that are familiar and unfamilar to me.
As is the normal for autobiographies, their are glossy photos in the book. There are 3 sections that these photos appear. These are a mix of publicity shots and more candid family snaps. They span many decades and I always like looking at the family snaps to see how normal someone really is. I honestly prefer the ones where the family are looking really natural on holidays and relaxing, as they look similar to shots of my family throughout the decades. Awful fashion and dodgy hair styles are in abundance.
As someone who knew very little about the family, I did find it an enlightening read. I wouldn't say it was always enjoyable as some of the stuff is very deep. But there is a lot of hope throughout, and knowing that Ozzy is still sober and the couple are still very much together, it adds some extra meaning to it for me. I don't know whether I would recommend this book or not. I did get something out of reading it. I don't know if it would mean more if I were a true fan, or if I knew more of the background to the family and the era like my parents perhaps would, but it was well written and brutally honest. It would probably have been better for me in a more coherent manner but I guess that is the Osbourne factor.
Summary: Hard to get into this book, but once I had I did quite enjoy it.
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