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Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 16, 2008
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And it's not a great defense.
Having grown up with Southern Christian parents, I find it hard to believe that Lynne Spears was as naive as she claims to have been, particularly when it came to the '99 Rolling Stone magazine cover.
Lynne writes, "What I saw was Britney in a bra and hot pants, sitting on her bed . . . 'Let's stop now,' I said, flustered and uncomfortable." She goes on to say, "We assumed we would have final say over which pictures were chosen. Besides, they took so many cute shots, why would they want this one . . ?"
When you think Rolling Stone, do you think 'cute' or 'hot'?
According to the book, also present at the time were Britney's agent, Larry Rudolph, and her father. Between the three 'managing' adults present at the photo shoot for this internationally-known magazine--one that is extremely infamous in conservative Christian circles--not one person would have looked at the contract and demanded to have their say? And beyond all that, Britney was 18 years old at the time. She was making her own decisions. She had a right to. If her parents were as down-home and Christian as we're being asked to believe over and over again, wouldn't they have raised her to at least ask herself the question, "What will my mama think?"
Instances like these force me to question the narrator's sincerity. I believe Lynne is telling us the events in a true light, but I can't quite she's telling us all of her story.
But that's what this book is.Read more ›
"...simple Southern woman whose family got caught in a tornado called fame..."
As the mother of Jamie Lynn, Bryan and Britney Spears she says she wrote this book,
"...to hand something permanent down to my children and grandchildren, a record of our lives together..."
I went in with low expectations, that were indeed met, but I did enjoy a few insights that are worth noting. Although I can't recommend it, I can offer the following thoughts after reading:
Moderate our judgements - When you first think of Britney Spears mother what do you think? I confess, before reading this book, my first thoughts were harsh and simplistic. "Surely anybody that would allow their daughter to end up there has to be a "shameless self promoter" who is in it for herself or a "stage mom to the tenth power" or perhaps she is totally absent from her daughter's life."
The reality of who Lynne Spears is, and anybody, for that matter, is more complex than that. As she says,
"Often you don't know a person's story, and if you did, you might very well understand his or her actions better...there [is] a flesh-and-blood woman behind the mythological monster the tabloids [have] created."
Let's not be so quick to judge character or, especially, motives.
The depravity of man is obviously, and demonstrably, true - Lynne offers up many examples of this, although obviously not described in those terms. Consider Sam Lutfi,
"Sam came into my daughter's life at a time when she was at her most vulnerable."
A manipulative "manager" for Britney, Sam exerted such a level of control over Britney at one point that her family had to go to court to remove him from her presence.Read more ›
I believe that Lynne's dichotomy lied between supporting an alcoholic husband and father, and nurturing her daughter's talents. Her ignorance over the emotional origins of Jamie's alcoholism is confounding to say the least. Lynne pretends to be emotionally aware, yet prefers an ignorance is bliss mixed with Christian approach when things get too much for her. I believe faith based support is a positive thing, but to use it as a crutch to avoid reality is deeply troubling.
It is easy to see how her daughter became so screwed up. I do not believe that Britney Spears went off her rails solely due to her young fame and making bad company. Christina Aguilera became famous at around the same time and is also a product of Disney, yet managed to keep it together. I have a social science background and I am pretty certain that Britney was already showing signs of mental illness as a teenager or even childhood. Perhaps Lynne wanted to keep her daughter as mentally occupied as possible in order to keep her marbles on and not "deal" with Britney's emotions.
Also, Lynne envisioned a better life outside the confines of Kentwood. Mama Spears described her British mother's frustration for rustic small town living, and had to settle for South Louisiana after she fled London. While Lynne had to become accultured to rural Southern life, her European self (she is also part Maltese) may have innately felt that way of life was beneath her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Britney, have always been a fan. It's interesting to hear the perspective of those closest to her in a dark period of her life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great inside look into the Spears' lives. Though it is obviously biased b/c it's her mother, still a good read if you're interested in Britney and the 'dark days'. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JustinB
This book isn't one I would normally buy but I picked it up at a book sale because I had seen some of the publicity and was curious as to the story this mother had to tell. Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Lover of Catholic books
Too many important events were not fully explained. It made the book seem like it had giant holes and gaps in the story.Published on January 31, 2014 by Jacqueline Crow
I was hoping for more of an honest talk about Britney's condition. Instead I still see the marketing machine pushing it under the rug.Published on October 15, 2013 by janine mider
This book was well written and edited to (almost) perfection but that's the most positive thing I have to say about it. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by june
Great book. Britney's mom, Lynne Spears, describes her life, her being a loving parent, a guide and a teacher, and shares her thoughts, feelings and real facts about her family and... Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by secretbox