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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451414047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451414045
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (670 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

CHRIS PEREZ is a Grammy-winning recording artist and leader of the Chris Perez Band. Prior to that, he was the lead guitarist for his wife’s band, Selena y Los Dinos. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Customer Reviews

I finish reading this book in two days.
Valerie
In this book, Chris Perez shares his personal memories of Selena and inspires you to live life to the fullest, because you never know when it can all be taken away.
Myriam G.
Thank you Chris Perez for sharing your beautiful love story with the world 😊!!!
Angelica

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131 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Kimarie T on March 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Those who know me know that I am not a big book reader. I enjoy reading magazine, informational books...such as those. Never would I have found myself reading an ENTIRE book from start to finish in 4 hours. But, in March 1995 when I was in 5th grade, news rang out at my school that Selena had died. Everyone had asked,"Who?" but not me...for my grandmother had loved her for years. Who would want to harm Selena? From then on, I became tangled in who she was. And I found many similarities. I was Mexican-American also. I hardly spoke or understood Spanish. I was even wearing bangs and lipstick at 11.
For years, I wondered why Chris Perez kept silent but was so grateful that he finally opened up to share his memories with us. It's been 17 years that we lost her. And with the pain we thought we already felt, this book seems to help "stich up" the wounds.
Chris helps you to see who the REAL Selena was. The kind-hearted, funny girl from Texas. She was just like anyone of us.
I recommend this book to all who have heard her songs, saw the movie and anyone who has a dream but is afraid to follow it. For, Selena, this Mexican-American girl from Texas, dreamed big and made it.

Thanks Chris!
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By megsinspain on March 6, 2012
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Selena fans have been waiting for years for a book like this. No one in her family has ever personally penned any sort of biography on her, and this may be the closest we'll ever get. The timeline of the book follows a similar timeline to Selena the movie (minus her childhood and the original Los Dinos years of course), it provides a personal account of Chris' perspective as a band member of Los Dinos, what it was like to be on tour with them, including the early days and the later success, how his relationship with Selena began, the details of their elopement, and the ups and downs they went through as a newly married couple trying to juggle fame, fortunate, family and 5 dogs. He also talks about the awful day she was murdered, his opinion of Yolanda, and his experience after Selena's death, though he doesn't go much into his present day personal life. It fills in many holes that the movie glossed over, not all, but many. Any true Selena fan will appreciate this book. It is so easy to see Selena's smile and hear her laugh the way Chris describes her, he brings her back to life in the pages of the book, making her come alive more as a human being through personal anecdotes about Selena, opposed to focusing on the dazzling performer she was and the superstar she was going to become. It's much less about Selena's success as an artist (though of course that is talked about), and more about how she and Chris felt, what they were going through as the band became more and more successful, and how their relationship grew and evolved. It's like an inside guide to what was happening on a personal level that follows a similar timeline as the movie. Loved it.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Max Zarket on January 12, 2014
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Since the day she died, Selena has been referred to as "the slain Tejano Queen". Images of white roses appear next to a serene, emotionless face. When spoken about on television, the sad music starts to play and is often followed by the image of a motel room and a red pick up. Her family speaks about her as a departed daughter or sibling, the media refers to her career and tragic end. Finally, 17 years later, Chris has opened up to talk about Selena-- the wife, the lover, the best friend, the awesome daredevil with a big smile and an even bigger heart. I love the photo chosen for the cover of this book. That was Chris' Selena. She was sexy, vivacious, full of talent, creativity, youth and LIFE. She was far from the stoic faced angel on the Dreaming of You album cover. We get so caught up in immortalizing cultural icons as these saint-like beings, we forget that they were a real person. Chris gives us a glimpse into that person. She had mood swings, crazy impulses, ambitions, and everything else that real people have. The tragedy sets in when you realize they were both in their early 20s. So much was accomplished in 23 years of life.

Without giving away too much detail, I'll say this. Selena was a great person, but she was no saint. Nor did she pretend to be. Chris manages to write about many of their experiences together with great honesty. Situations that a family member or record company may view as detrimental to her pristine image actually make her more likable. The story of the "Kiss album" is a great example of this. No one really knows what caused her to display that sort of raw emotion, and Chris doesn't pretend to know. But it goes to show that she was a very young person dealing with her own pain and inner turmoil.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erica on March 24, 2013
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After reading his story to Selena, it was the best story ever written. He tells the true meaning of what love really is and many more details of Selena and how even more awesome and lovable she really was. From this I got to finally know how everything went down in how she had passed away.. Being a huge fan, it stings but to know she was truly happy throughout her whole life she was here puts a little better closure on things. She will always be forever loved and forever missed. Especially by her husband Chris and family. She will always be with them in their hearts and will forever be their guardian angel.
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