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Since the Royal Wedding, I have become quite a fan of Kate Middleton. To be fair, being a huge celebrity gossip fan who buys all the gossip magazines, I can't really get away from her as she seems to be everywhere at the moment; although I do enjoy reading about what she's been up to etc. So when I learned about this book, I decided to buy it.
Kate is a biography book by Sean Smith. It was released in the United Kingdom in 2010 around the time of the announcement of the Royal Engagement. I think it was then re-released in 2011 with an added chapter about the wedding; this is the version I have. This book is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £10.49 which I do think is quite expensive. I bought my copy from The Works for £4.99 a couple of months ago.
The story begins right from the beginning; Kate's life right from the beginning. It tells us about her school-life, university life, life with William, Life after university, the run up to the wedding and the wedding day. So all in all, in covers all the important topics in Kate's life.
Previously I had read a book called Kate: Making of A Princess, and whilst it was ok, I did find it a bit of a drag especially as it seemed to go around in circles and was a bit too in depth with regards to her family tree for my liking. So I was pleased to learn that this book was lovely and refreshing and didn't leave me at all bored or confused the way the other book had.
I liked that the book wasn't just about Kate. It also featured her life with William but not just from Kate's point of view. Once Kate had met William, the rest of the book was William and Kate and talking about what William was doing and not just what Kate was doing which was good. I also liked how it focuses on Kate's relationship with Prince Harry's girlfriend Chelsy Davy. So I was pleased that the book covers all the things that we are really interested in.
Obviously, the main event of Kate's life was probably her wedding to Prince William and so I was glad that the book included this part including a load of information which I had no idea about.
I thought that book was really well written; the author Sean Smith had really done his research and knew his facts. I liked how the book was written; very fast paced which allowed the story to move quickly which was good as it meant that it didn't go into depth about certain things, which if I am honest, would have bored me.
One thing I liked about the author was the fact that he came across as being really normal. Now you may wonder what it is I mean by normal; well, for instance, on the day of the wedding, he actually went along to the mall in the middle of all the crowds and cheered. He didn't have a special 'place' because he was a journalist. I thought that this was great as it proved that he had spent time doing his research and by cheering in the mall with everyone else, he could really get a feel for how the British public see Kate etc.
I liked how the author spoke about Kate in a neutral manner - he certainly didn't take sides and never 'judged' anyone; he just told the story as it was which I thought was good as it allows the reader to make up their own mind about Kate.
There are some great photographs in this book which I found interesting, especially the never-seen-before ones from her childhood and her school ones.
I found the book to be very refreshing; it made great reading. Kate came across as being very normal and just a lovely person. I found this book to be very inspirational. I had previously read a similar book by this author about Cheryl Cole which I enjoyed, although I would have to say that this is definitely his best book. This is also the kind of book which you can read over and over again.
I would definitely recommend this book!
Thanks for reading!
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