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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743282655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743282659
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fantasia Barrino is a S-T-A-R."
--Los Angeles Times

"With a chart-topping single and her new album, Free Yourself, the American Idol champ showed a nation how to turn obstacles into inspiration."
--CosmoGirl

"In song after song she reaches back to her church roots, pulling notes from deep within and passionately sending them out to the sky."
--New York Daily News

About the Author

Fantasia began singing at the age of five. At nineteen, she became an American Idol winner. Her first album, Free Yourself, was released in November 2004 and went platinum in January 2005. She lives in Charlotte, N.C.

Customer Reviews

God's blessings Fantasia!!!!
Thornette Johnson
One thing she left out is, those people that did not want to have anything to do with her and her baby, are now trying to be her friend.....LOOK AT GOD!!!!!
Anointed
I was pleasantly surprised that Fantasia's "Life Is Not A Fairy Tale" was an interesting read.
Hope for Women Magazine

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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Bright on October 2, 2005
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Who knew that an American Idol could have such a truly inspiring story? Fantasia writes about her life story, warts and all. The things she's lived through - dropping out of school early, sexual abuse, unmarried teenaged motherhood - it's all here. But more importantly, the life lessons that she's learned are here, in frank and powerful language that can benefit every young woman in America. It's the story of so many young women nowadays, but it also includes true inspiration. Highly recommended!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Treva A. Koonce on October 2, 2005
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I would like to applaud Fantasia on her courage in being able to reveal so much personal stuff. It takes a real woman and a God fearing woman to have that kind of strength and faith. I can relate to her in so many areas. I am not saying that her story sounds exactly like mine, which in some areas they were. But I have been through alot of trying times as well and coming from North Carolina, I know firsthand about that Southern Family Love. You can't find that anywhere. I also recommend that every Black household is able to get at least one copy to fill their homes, because if you have any young daughter(s), this will serve as a must have testimonial Bible to fill your home. I am going to let my daughter read it because I know that she needs it. (God knows she does) But for right now, all hands OFF!!! (lol) Kind of selfish, it's still fresh. Every chapter is so interesting, so interesting to the point that you find yourself playing your own little movie out in your imagination while reading it. I am sure that someday this book will turn into a movie. Even though the stories weren't quite as old as "The Color Purple" scenes, it played out in my mind like that from the beginning stories till the end, except my movie became up-to-date with what she was writing. There is no way that I can say "I can't imagine" those things happening to someone, but I was Fantasia at one point in my life. Except my fear was in my mom as much as my dad.

Please decide to get a copy of "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale", you will not regret it. I purchased two online and my patients ran thin when I didn't receive them, so I went out and bought me one. That trip was one to remember because it took me about one hour and forty five minutes to two hours to find the store.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Anointed on October 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book. I work in the town where Fantasia comes from and know the people she is talking about, and she is telling the truth. I wish I was this smart when I was 21. I believe God is going to do some awesome things in Fantasia's life!!!! I also love to go hear her mother Preach.....she is awesome too!!! If you have a daughter or son, go buy them this book.....it is a eye opener and a page turner. It's good from beginning to end!!! One thing she left out is, those people that did not want to have anything to do with her and her baby, are now trying to be her friend.....LOOK AT GOD!!!!!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chachah on September 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't put this book down. Fantasia takes you on a journey with her. You see the good, the bad, and the ugly. It made me laugh, cry, and smile because it is so real and releveant. So many people go through the same things described in the book, particularly looking for love in the wrong places. By reading about Fantasia's mistakes, people can either learn from them or forgive themselves for going through some of the same situations. This is a great read and can definitely strengthen your relationship with God.

P.S. I have joined the "book just came out today and I'm finished club." It's possible sweetie.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matrella on October 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have immense respect and admiration for Fantasia. Her courage and honesty speaks volumes. Everyone is focusing on her admission of not being able to read well but that is just a small portion of what is chronicled in this book. It is a book of hope, perseverence, courage, inspiration, faith and love. If people could look past their hunger for scandal and judgement then all would see what a gem this little book is. I say bravo Fantasia, bravo. Thank you for stepping up to the plate and hitting a home run. I hope this book goes straight to number one. People should read it with an open mind and open heart.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By EKG Literary Magazine on October 15, 2005
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When I first heard that an illiterate singer wrote a book, I must admit I was one of the first to make jokes.

Now that I've read her life story I realize that it's no laughing matter. Fantasia reveals her life growing up in High Point, NC with gritty detail that is touching and inspiring.

As a native of SC I've been familiar with her hometown my whole life but had no idea the level of poverty that some of it's inhabitants endure.

Bravo to Fantasia for being able to follow her dreams out and make life better for herself, her family, and her friends.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By DuchessP on September 30, 2005
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Reading Fantasia's "Life is not a Fairy Tale" was like sitting down with the family and talking about the good times, the bad times and then celebrating about how far God has brought you! It is a documentation of triumph and praise through and through. Every fan rejoice--Tasia is a published author!

"Life is not a Fairy Tale" is redemptive, restorative and renewing. You will love every bit of the book, every bit of Tasia and most importantly, you will love every bit of you.
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