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Cheryl: My Story - Cheryl Cole
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Cheryl: My Story - Cheryl Cole
Advantages: A book that I couldn't put down
Cheryl Cole is probably considered to be one of the most famous women in Britain. She became famous after being one of 5 winners in a competition to be in pop band Girls Aloud and has since had her own solo music career. She's also been a judge on the X factor and if that wasn't enough, she's considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the country and has been married to a Premiership footballer too!
Firstly, I'll admit that I've never been a huge Cheryl Cole fan. Don't get me wrong that's not to say I don't like her, I'm just not a massive fan who pays to watch her countless times in concert or has any particular interest to follow anything she does. I used to listen to some of her music because I thought it was quite good and I watch X factor regardless of who is on the judging panel - none of these things were because they involved her personally. But, when this autobiography was released, I found myself intrigued to read it as I am quite possibly the nosiest person in the world and I wanted to know all about her life in general, in particular her side of the goings on in her marriage to Ashley Cole because like many I'd seen umpteen stories in the newspapers.
The book is written in the style of a typical autobiography - she tells about her childhood and upbringing and tells of how she always wanted to be in the limelight. It seems even from an early age, she made big efforts to take part in local shows and events, not to become famous but because it was something she enjoyed doing. Then the story moves on to her appearance on Popstars: the rivals, the show that created Girls Aloud, before embarking on her relationship with Ashley Cole and their subsequent marriage (and it's breakdown), how she became an X factor judge and how she nearly died of Malaria after a trip abroad on safari. At 29, I was sceptical that the book would have enough information to keep me interested but she sure has packed a lot into those few years! The book was very gripping and soon became one that I couldn't put down for very long. I read mostly before I go to sleep and I found myself saying 'ooh, go on, just one more chapter!!'
Overall, I found the book a fascinating read and it completely changed my opinion on her for the better I have to say. I found her upbringing quite upsetting really as it sounds as though she really had to be a tough cookie to live in the area she did and come out of it on the other side, with some people she knew from her childhood ending up on drugs. It seemed she had to be old beyond her years to deal with some of the things in her younger days in Newcastle. One of the things that struck me, was how important her family are to her -she comes from a very close knit family who stick up for their own completely.
I was also quite surprised to read about the extent to which Ashley hurt her emotionally and she discusses this at length over a series of chapters as he was such a big part of her life. I was expecting her to mention him obviously but not to the extent that she does.
The part I found very surprising was when she had Malaria - I knew from seeing it in the news that she hadn't been well but I had no idea of the scale this had been. The illness really took hold of her and she was extremely ill for weeks. Thankfully she fully recovered and with telling this story in detail, she has probably helped a lot of people realise how important it is to check when travelling and if it's an area at risk of Malaria to take the necessary precautions before, during and after the visit. I hold my hands up and say I didn't realise how serious a condition it was as I've never visited anywhere where it is an issue but in the future it is definitely something I will check after reading about her horrific time fighting it.
There were only one or two minor points that I thought were a little contradictory in the book eg at one point she said that the wedding photos were sold to a magazine reluctantly to ensure that they received the best security for the day and said that her and Ashley didn't want to profit whatsoever from it, but in the same sentence stated that the money the magazine gave them was all put into the wedding. Really I saw this as profiting from selling the pictures?! Not that it matters, I just thought it was a bit of a strange thing to say - I was expecting her to say it went to charity instead.
I rate the book 5 stars overall, as it was one of those books that I couldn't put down once I'd started to read it. I found it very interesting - particularly as the book went on to talk about her marriage and when Girls Aloud were established as a pop band. I definitely recommend the book, even to those like me who aren't massive fans of her work. I, like a lot of people, have seen tonnes of stories in the papers over the years regarding her saying all sorts of things and this book tells the story directly from her point of view - it certainly tells a few truths and puts stories straight.
Available as a paperback, hardback and electronically for e-readers. My copy is the hardback and currently costs £8 on Amazon.
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Summary: A super read
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