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Cheryl: My Story - Cheryl Cole
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Cheryl: My Story - Cheryl Cole
Advantages: Interesting read, great pictures, nice insight of the truth rather than what the press writes
Disadvantages: Nothing at all, I really enjoyed it
Cheryl Cole is as most of you will know, a member of Girls Aloud, but in recent years has become a successful solo artist. She appears in the press constantly but mainly due to her personal life rather than her career. I found the book really interesting and is evenly balanced between what you may already know from the press, and bits you wouldn't know.
Beginning with a Prologue, the book starts with a glimpse of Cheryl's world and the fame that surrounds her, even when she was extremely ill with malaria, and people were still trying to get her photo of her lying in a hospital bed. Cheryl is quite honest in the book and touches on aspects of her life that I expected she may avoid, such as her getting arrested for the assault on a toilet attendant, and especially the whole Ashley incident which eventually resulted in their divorce. It was really interesting reading her own side of things rather than what was written in the press. I always take articles written about celebrities with a pinch of salt anyway but it made for interesting reading about a whole different life that most of us will never experience. I found it fascinating reading the comparisons between even Ashley Cole and Cheryl's lifestyles, when you would have expected that Cheryl was earning a fortune, she was going ballistic at Ashley for spending stupid amounts of money on material possessions.
As with most celebrity life stories, they are fairly easy reads. Nothing complex and you can switch off. This is the case with this book and really isn't going to be taxing on the brain to read, but if you're a fan of Cheryl then I would really recommend it. I'm not really a follower of celebrities and I don't really buy celebrity magazines all that often but if I do read anything in the press about a celebrity it tends to be Cheryl Cole. I quite like the way she has sought fame as a singer ten years ago on Pop Stars and over the years has become a person in the public eye who still understands where she has come from. This book touches on a lot of where she came from, and being brought up on one of the poorest council estates in the North East, she saw what poverty was. Over the years she witnessed much heartache because of heroin and crime and she doesn't hold back in explaining how this affected her and the relationships she has had. Reading this book gave me an understanding of why she struggled to let go of her cheating husband, as an incredibly loyal person all she wanted was the truth.
If you know a certain amount about her life over recent years from the press, then the chapter titles aren't going to leave you guessing as to what is coming. There are 19 chapters plus a Prologue and Epilogue and the titles of the chapters include 'you're arresting me?!', 'will you marry me?' and 'I'm divorcing you'. So not really leaving you guessing (even if you know absolutely nothing about her I'm sure you could guess the contents of the chapters from the titles!
She doesn't really shove her lifestyle down your throat which I have found some autobiographies have done that I have read over the years. Mel B's springs to mind which I read about ten years ago, I didn't really have any feelings towards her but after reading I thought she was self obsessed and up her own arse! This isn't the case with Cheryl's book and at times I felt incredibly sorry for her. Yes she understands she is famous and understands the attention she gets because of it, but asks at what point does it become invasive when she is being photographed on the verge of potentially dying from Maleria or when she had to scale the wall of her house just to get away from the fifty photographers camped 24/7 outside of house. This is the side of celebrity that we don't see and it did strike me as incredibly unfair given that she isn't a celebrity that rings up the press and tips them off as to her whereabouts.
Although I have a kindle, I didn't want to download this book as the first thing I enjoy doing when getting an autobiography is flicking straight to the pictures section. I don't know why I can't ever wait till I actually reach that section but I always have to do this first and I enjoyed looking through the pictures that Cheryl had supplied in her book. There are just over 40 pictures printed inside the book and they are split into two sections. The first section has photos from her childhood and teenage years (the one where she dyed her hair blonde to look like Beyonce is my favourite!), while the second section focuses on 'celebrity Cheryl' since she has been in the public eye (my favourite of this section being a petrified looking Cheryl on a morale boosting visit to Afghanistan).
At £20 for the hardback its not a cheap read, however as long as the book is still in the chart you won't pay that. I've seen it in most supermarkets for around £10.
A really interesting read which I would recommend if you are a fan of Cheryl but obviously avoid if not!
Summary: 5 stars
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