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I've liked Jade Goody ever since she bounced on to our screens in big brother in 2002. she was very naive but very lovable. the book is her auto biography she wrote about her battle with cancer all though her mother jackiey finishes the last few pages as jade become too ill.The book was very well written and set out in the form of jades diary so you got an account of what happen day by day in her fight with cancer.the cover of the book is jade with her two boys and I think its a lovely picture of them together.
I bought this book through a book club at work as soon as i seen it i knew i had to read it i think her death was so tragic. the opening page is her talking about the day she got the news over the phone while live on India's version of big brother and how she totally freaked out and couldn't believe it. through out the book she talks about how she worry's about her boys and how they'll cope without their mum. she also talks about all the treatments she has and how ill they make her feel.
she also got to marry the love of her life jack tweed in a lovely ceremony in February 2009. you also read her plans about what she wants for her funeral which i found heart breaking to read.jade was determined to fight cancer and live for her boys unfortunately on the 22nd march 2009 mothers day jade lost her battle with cancer and died at her home surrounded by her family. the last few days of her life she slipped in and out of consciousness so jakiey finished the book off for her. i found this book really upsetting to read i cried all the way through it. the bit i found most heart wrenching was the fact that all the way through she thought she was going to get better up until about two weeks before she died did she realize that their really was no hope for her. I'd recommend people to read this book to see how some people feel and what they go through when they have cancer.
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I didn't like Jade Goody after what she did it the big brother house. However when I got this book I enjoyed reading about her life and it made me realise that she was turely sorry about what she had said. When I read the first chapter in the book about her describing day by day what she did when she found out she had cancer it made me feel sorry for her as no-one deserves it... When i carried on reading the book I thought that she was brave in the way she held herself up and carried on doing normal things for the kids.. I think that Jade Goody was brave in the way she had handled herself... when I carried on reading throught the book she must of been in alot of pain with have cancer and having Jack sent to prison she must of felt alone and I felt for her. When I got to the end chapter I was in tears as when I was reading it I was putting myself in her shoes and thinking and feeling about what she must of gone through on her last days. I think that Jade Goody is very brave and that her kids would be very proud of her trying to beat it and not giving up. I would recomend this book to people as it might make you cry but it is a excellent book to read.
Forever in My Heart: The Story of My Battle Against Cancer - Jade Goody
This book is all about Jade Goody's battle against cancer.
It starts off with the moment she found out she had cancer in the Indian Big Brother and goes through all her thoughts and fears. She speaks about operations she got and the treatments received (chemo and radio).
What I admired about Jade and this shows off in this book is that she never let things change her and she battled cancer bravely. She didn't give up on life and kept her life as normal as she could. Jade made the best of the final days she had left.
The book gives her insight to Jack going to prison and how she had her special day (her wedding day). Plus how she got her boys Christened so they could reach her through Jesus. All these things were heavily documented in the press but you get to hear Jade's spin on the events.
Jade's mother Jackiey Budden finishes off the book with an epilogue. I feel it is quite appropriate and well written.
Jade's wish list is at the back of the book, which tells her wishes for her boys. They are normal wishes that any mother would want to their children. Bobby and Freddy (her children) will find this nice to read some day. It just shows that she was a normal down to earth person. I am not sure why we needed to read these wishes but maybe it was just to keep the book more real.
The last thing is the acknowledgements letting you know the royalties go to Jade's sons. It does give you a list of Jade's family and friends who contributed towards her diaries.
I found this book to be sad and heart-warming to read. I felt it had very simple English and was straight to the point so it wasn't hard to understand. To me it portrayed Jade's personality well from what I had seen of her on the television.
It would be hard for someone to read who had a relative suffering with cancer because as everyone knows Jade passed away. For me personally I think it made me appreciate my life and family more as you never know when its going to be taken away. Jade was very young and people think they are going to live to they are old but this is not always the case.
The book it 278 pages and as there are no big words or complicated sayings I found ready it very easy. Therefore I read the book rather quickly. I got the impression by the way the book was written that Jade herself was speaking to me, like I was reading her personal diary. This is the way it is meant to be, as it is her official diaries.
I do feel that Jade had a lot of input into this book however nearer the end when she was so ill I feel her family and friends took over and told the story. For me it was clear, as these parts were shorter and not as descriptive.
As her life was very much in the media spotlight I felt that everything in the book had been documented thoroughly in the press. Not very much new was revealed in the book. This was disappointing as the book costs £15.99. You can buy it now on Amazon for £4.50.
One good thing is that Harper Collins (who is the publishers) will make £25,000 from the proceeds of the book to Marie Currie Cancer Cancer. So every sale supports this worthwhile charity.
The book itself is a good quality hardback with a plastic sleeve over the front. On the front there is a picture of Jade and her boys on her wedding day. They all look really happy and this was so close to the end of her life.
The back has a quote from the book and an older picture of Jack, Jade and her boys. It looks like a Christmas photo and they look like a perfect happy family.
Some people think Jade's a hero as she faced cancer head on but other think she was using her situation to make money and a it was a disgrace what she done. Either way she promoted cervical cancer and warned other girls to go to get tests early on and not ignore the signs. Jade was an example of what can happen if you don't get checked out. If she hadn't of ignored things she may still have been with us today. This is a reality that hits home with every woman.
This book recognises Marie Currie Cancer Care, which should help their profile, and hopefully people donate to them.
For me this book is inspiration for anyone who has an illness no matter what it is to keep going and live your life to the full. The book doesn't have much new from what the press has already told you but you feel like you have got more of an insider's view.
I should probably start this review by stating that I am not, and never have been a fan of Jade Goody. It might seem too harsh to say this now that she has died, but it's the truth. At the same time however I certainly have never hated and would never have wished her illness or her fate on anyone. It was more that I just didn't really care for her, particularly post celeb-big brother racism scandal. More than anything I just thought she was pretty ignorant and one of those celebrities who were famous for nothing.
When she was diagnosed with cancer I did thin kit was sad, although my sympathy slipped rather considerable when she started appearing on every magazine cover she could get on. Having had two close relatives die of cancer I couldn't help but feel sorry for her boys who I felt shouldn't be pushed into the lime light like that.
I have to admit though at feeling very sad when I heard she had died, more for her two young boys if anything.
At the end of the day she was a young woman who battled against a terrible disease and she really didn't deserve to die like that.
I probably wouldn't have thought about reading her book to be honest, but a friend at work had just finished it and asked if I wanted to read it too. As she was not exactly a Jade fan either but had enjoyed it I thought I would have a go.
The book is a diary of her life starting with the day she found out she had cancer and up to her death. The first thing I found as soon as I started the first page was that I was much more emotional and sad reading the book than I thought I would be. It is almost heartbreaking to read how she found out she had cancer live on tv in the Indian Big Brother show and had no friends or family even in the same country as her.
I have to admit to not knowing anything about Jade's health prior to the cancer. I, like many people I think, thought that it was odd that she had a test for cancer suddenly before the Big brother show and then conveniently got told on TV. But upon reading the diary you realise that actually she had been having health problems since she was about 16 when she had her first abnormal smear. In fact she had had problem periods ever since and had so many tests done that had told her she was fine she didn't think twice about the tests she had done just days before going into the big brother house.
The diary takes you on a journey with her through all the tests, doctors appointments, surgery, radiotherapy , chemotherapy and even her wedding.
The two things I learnt about Jade from the book was that firstly Jade loved her sons more than anything and that secondly she was a fighter. She was determined to do anything she could to beat the cancer and was determined to not let it affect her sons. You can't help but feel admiration for her and how she coped.
I also soon lost my distaste for her interviews and magazine deals when I realised that she was desperately trying to save as much money for her kids as she could before she went. Although we seem to expect celebrities to be rolling in money we forget that they don't have a regular income and she was terrified about the legacy she would be leaving for her sons. She also wanted to raise awareness of cervical cancer and that despite having tests and smears for years you really have to be vigilant even when the results seem fine. At one point I felt so outraged for her when she noted one doctor she had visited before she was diagnosed had told her that she was being over dramatic and hysterical and that she wouldn't know a normal period if it hit her in the head. It would be laughable if it wasn't so sad. I personally felt she should have sued the doctor but I'm sure she had more important things to think about!
Obviously we know that she didn't survive but I found myself hoping she would throughout the book. Some parts really did move me to tears and I was horrified at some of the descriptions of the pain, cramps and bleeding she experience. I realised how ignorant I had been about cervical cancer.
I especially found the descriptions of the radiotherapy and the chemotherapy disturbing. Having had an aunty and a great aunty die of breast cancer, it really upset me to realise that they went through a similar process to this.
Cancer really is a ravaging and awful disease.
I would urge anyone, jade goody fans or not, to buy this book. We owe it not only to jade but to any who has suffered with cancer to read this book. Most importantly some of the proceeds of the book go to Marie Curie Cancer care, a cause that deserves your money if nothing else.
This book is the most simple, beautiful, compelling yet tragic true story I have ever read.
Jade Goody's ignorance resonates throughout the book through lack of education and such however her intelligence shines through with great ingenius thought and process and from start to finish this is the reality of a womans life with cancer.
I could not put this book down and read it in a day, with tears, laughter and sadness, a day to day account of her battle with cancer, each day a small synopsis of what she has done, gone through and felt, with great insight into the health service as we find it today.
The battle she fought is clearly demonstrated and yet by only basic working and emotion of exactly what she went through day in and day out with the added emotions of her sons, husband and mother.
The story unfolds of her love she held for her mother after such a long battle with her and hatred for what she had put her through but again a remarkable journey and story of a mother and daughter falling back in love with one another and role reversal.
A stunning book, an easy yet emotionally traumatic read, a read to educate ones self of the true horrors of cancer on a personal level, the relationships between family and freinds and the love that is dealt with and shown beyond recognition for her family.
I bouught this book of a plane journey to Aus - and all i can say is buy the time i reached Oz i had finished reading it - i just couldnt put it down!
Its strange because i most def wouldnt call myself a Jade fan but i am intreged by her life and rise to fame. What is obvious in the book is the lack of opportunity she had as a child - although not an excuse, it does prehaps explain why she was slightly "simple" some of the time. Her love for her children is obvious and it is clear from the book that she, like all parents wanted the best for her kids and was doing everything she could to get them the best start in live
In parts it made me laugh, in parts it made me cry and i parts it made me angry - mainly when Jade mentioned her relationship with Jack. It will be obvious to anyone that reads the book that he was just not the right bloke for her - even tho she loved him, his actions as she describes are not of a man who loved her - a marriage?!!?
Whatever you say about Jade she certainly makes you have an opionion - good or bad, def worth a read
I was given this book by a colleague at work to read. Although I was not a particular 'fan' of Jade, I was saddened to hear that she had lost her life to cancer, and as a close family member of mine is currently suffering from Bowel and stomach cancer, I thought I also may learn a little of what I might expect to happen in the future.
The book is a very honest and frank version of events of what happened to Jade in the last year of her life and her battle against cancer. It was definitely a tear jerker, however I don't know if I was sad about what I was reading or sad that I thought this may be happening to my step dad in the very near future. Perhaps this was the wrong book to be reading at this moment in time!
The book is written as a diary in day-by-day format, following her prognosis, right up to her death. I found it hard to believe that Jade was writing right up to her death, as at some points she is unable to speak and eat, let alone hold a pen. I believe this book may have been better written was it penned from a family member. The diary shows just how quickly this terrible disease can take over one persons life.
It's very moving, but I think it was rushed out too quickly, and there were a lot of spelling errors, grammatical errors, etc, which is a niggle of mine when reading a published book. I feel I may be perceived to be criticizing Jade in this review, which I do not intend to do, I think what she went through was extremely traumatic, especially for her boys, and she was brave in trying to battle it in such a public way.
For a lot of the book, you obviously knew what was coming as it was so heavily publicized in the media. However, there were certain aspects of the book which I wasn't aware of, for example, when she is terminally ill in hospital, a mentally unstable woman appears over her bed with a hammer (and that wasn't Jade hallucinating!). I also found her wedding preparations a nice part of the book to read.
There is a list at the end, of Jades wishes, which was a very sad part (although saying that - none of the book was particular cheery!), whereby she explains her wishes for her two boys, for example she wants them to have Porsches for their first car, which is probably not the best idea in the world but a nice idea!
I would recommend this book to Jade fans. It is an honest account of one persons battle against such a serious disease. If like me, however, you or a family member are battling cancer I would suggest you stay clear of this book!
This book is currently selling for around £8.50 at www.amazon.co.uk and a percentage of sales will be donated to the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity, although I am unsure of the exact percentage. The remaining profits will go to Jades sons, Bobby and Freddy.
When my daughter and I challenged one another to read a pile of each other's books I was certainly not expecting this one. We both have very different reading preferences you see and the aim of the challenge was to widen our choice of books, she knows I hate this kind of book so I believe she deliberately included it in her pile in an attempt to convert me and soften my heart towards misery lit books.
Forever In My Heart is the diary of Jade Goody which she wrote when she was ill with the cervical cancer which eventually killed her. It's told in proper diary form complete with dates which does serve to make this seem extremely personal as obviously reading it after her death it means I could see at a glance just how quickly this cruel disease was progressing.
It's certainly a very moving and honest account of Jade's battle, although I would stop short of calling it inspirational as it tells her story but without any undercurrent of real advice geared towards her fellow sufferers.
If you were following the coverage of her demise in any of the national tabloids then you'll have no real need to read this book as I basically found it to be a rehashing of events I had already read about. The various little anecdotes which should have had me warming to Jade really left me feeling cheated as most of them were repeated from various articles in The Sun, similarly the strange way this book was narrated made me feel as though it were someone else writing as they seemed to try too hard to sound like Jade.
There are numerous examples of this. Chapters where the writing style is almost professional are in stark contrast to those which are littered with 'Jadeisms' and I honestly did struggle to believe that she had actually penned this diary herself. A good example is that occasionally Jade will be discussing something with her diary and then out of the blue a small aside will be popped in saying "oh, someone has just told me that they don't just eat Ham in Hamburg" (or similar!) and this reads to me of a writer trying to make the book sound as though Jade is dictating it.
Whatever, this is an extremely moving piece of work and I personally don't particularly care who wrote it. It's alternately upbeat and hopeful, eventually crashing down when Jade receives the terrible news that she has just weeks to live. She talks us through every step of her illness and doesn't hold very much back I don't think; it's terribly hard to read towards the end as this active young woman is struck down very quickly and she becomes distraught at how long she has to stay in the hospital when all she really wants is to be amongst her family in her Essex home.
Of course, the most upsetting aspect of this book is the effect Jade's illness has on her two very young sons. Bobby and Freddy are both aged around five years old and Jade tells us how she has tried to prepare them for her death, although in true form I get the feeling that she doesn't really understand the impact of it on their lives. She is advised to show them a book which the hospice has given her to show them that their mummy is very poorly indeed, but she neglects to show them this until it's blatantly obvious to them already that she is going to die.
The raw fear that Jade must have been feeling doesn't come across in the book, I think when she knew there was nothing that could be done for her she resigned herself to the fact and this is how her experience reads to me. As the pages fly by a sense of sadness overcomes the book as more and more Jade mentions the things she never got to do and reminisces about friends and happy events that have occurred in her all too short life.
Despite the subject matter I found this book to be an extremely easy read. It's written in a delightfully down to earth manner and experiences are related in a straight forward and honest way, I read Forever In My Heart within three days and that was without even skipping the particularly dull or repeated sections. Actually, there was very little dullness in here and I found myself becoming interested in her wedding preparations and hospital visits because they gave me a sense of what was important to this poor woman. I did find her overuse of the word 'La-La' (vagina) rather irritating at times, as well as the poorly described meetings and telephone calls she had from other minor celebrities throughout her illness.
If you are a fan of Jade Goody then I would seriously recommend you read this book, if only to find out her most inner thoughts as the cancer ravaged her body. If you are looking for a more substantial read about the effects cancer has on the individual and family then I think you could find something a lot better written and, frankly, more interesting and in depth. I feel absolutely dreadful saying that as I cannot imagine the turmoil going through Jade's mind as she wrote (or perhaps had a part in writing) this book. I just feel this was yet another cash cow for Max Clifford and the people who were behind Jade from her first tentative steps into the Big Brother house.
You can buy a copy of Forever In My Heart from www.amazon.co.uk for £8.63 and a percentage of sales will be donated to the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity, although rather cynically I have noticed that nowhere is it specified just how much money the charity will receive.