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To Selena, with Love Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
In this review, I am giving you my side of the experience and what the book is really about. I felt like I stepped into a time period and left the modern world. I was completely drawn into Chris' world with an active imagination.
We all knew Selena by her big smile, strong laugh, jokingly nature, and beautiful white teeth. People often wonder if it was all an act. When you read the book, you'll find out the answer to that. But in the book, Selena surprised me with some things she did that I did not think were great ideas. It kind of came to such a shock to me, becuase after all these years, I really did feel like she was just perfect in every way. She was not like other celebrities where scandals spilled out, or she said something wrong to offend somebody, or acted wild and out of conduct. She portrayed herself very well in the eyes of the public, but at home, I could tell she still had some growing up to to do and I don't blame her. She did not live a regular life, as her childhood was basically rushed under the thumb of a challenging father.
Her father was another surprising thing I experienced. Many people have different opinions about him. But I read different sides about him in the book that I'd never thought he would be like.
In the beginning Chris portrayed her as if she was this untouchable princess of Abraham, where she was priceless and no man would ever be worthy of her touch. You will finally, for the first time, understand how Selena's presence impacted him personally. It was very funny. It was if he acted like he was in front of the Queen of England. He was such a cute, shy and respectful person!Read more ›
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In my experience there are so many ways to love to judge to overlook. This book by Chris Perez gives you an inside view of the love of his live. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Regmal
Beautifully written. I saw Selena in a whole new light. Not just as a singing sensation but as a person. A person who lived life to the fullest. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you love Selena, you have to read this book. Getting to look at a more personal side of her, and the behind the scenes just makes you fall in love with her even more. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Gabriella Meloy
I loved the book it was so Interesting That I couldn't put the book down thank youPublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I felt every raw emotion Chris felt while reading this book. Their love has ignited my love in such a way that I have never imagined. Thank you.Published 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
I love this book, the only thing is the pages were not cut properly, but thats not an issue, I loved reading this book!Published 18 days ago by Christina Cruz