Title: The Woman in Me
Author: Britany Spears
Read by: Michelle Williams
Audiobook Length: 5 hours 31 minutes
What's it About?
Britany Spears came out of the womb starving for attention. In time, she found that that starvation could be a good thing, for it guided her and fueled her love for the very career she would fall in love with. But the road to becoming woman she is today wasn't easy. It was filled with mixed messages, lies, mistreatment and sorrow, but somehow, she had to make it through.
I have to be honest, I was kind of disappointed with this read. I jumped on the chance to experience the audiobook mostly for the narrator but I was curious to see more into Britany's life, the good, the bad, the ups and downs. I was curious about her process. Instead, I got what felt more like a response to the media than a well rounded image of her life. I felt like she focused on defending herself from rumours, speculation and accusations that had floated around in the public, then just sharing her story. I suspect that maybe some of that was due to the fact that she desperately wants to be seen as a whole person, not a Barbie doll or the possession of the public but in the process, there seems to be a lot of emphasis on the negative and most difficult parts of her life and very little on the good.
I would have like to see more about her first day on the Mickey Mouse Club set, her favorite skits or performances there and how that effected her later career. How did she get from that to the teen idol? How did she make her first CD? What did she write, what didn't she, how were those songs chosen for the CD, how much say did she have? How personal were those pieces to her? What were some funny moments amongst the stars? What it was like preforming at her first award show or being recognized at award shows. But, in stead there was a lot of "This person treated me wrong, this person broke my heart and I suffered this loss". Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that this should have been pulled out of the book, but why not both?
I also realize that my opinion may have been effected by the fact that I was never a huge Brittany fan. Granted, I did get her first CD and I knew all the words of Baby one more time, and my best friend in highschool and I used to drive around blaring her second CD but I didn't really follow her closely.
I did, however, appreciate hearing her side of what was happening and I respect her for being vulnerable in the telling of said experiences. I know that couldn't have been easy, especially knowing how much crap she had gotten for years.
I don't regret reading this book, I just was hoping for a little more and couldn't help but be a little disappointed. All in all, if you like Brittany Spears or you want to read about somebody who's been through a lot but still made it through, you might want to check this one out.
What I rate it:
I give this book a
10 concert tickets
But that's just me. What did you think? Did you love it? Did you get exactly what you wanted? Or were you hoping for something more? Let us know in the comments.