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Taylor Swift: Every Day Is a Fairytale: The Unofficial Story Paperback – Bargain Price, June 24, 2010
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Taylor was glad her family trusted her instincts. “Sometimes you don’t have a sure answer as to where you’re going to go or where you’re going to end up, but if you have an instinct as to where you don’t need to be, you need to follow it and my parents let me make that decision completely,” recalls Taylor.
She didn’t have a label anymore, but she had experience working with one. In 2004, Taylor was featured in an Abercrombie & Fitch “rising stars” campaign and one of her songs appeared on a compilation album, the Maybelline–produced Chicks with Attitude. “The Outside,” the song she’d written about feeling excluded in middle school, had found a temporary home.
It wasn’t long before Taylor found a home as a songwriter at Sony/ATV Records. She was the youngest songwriter they’d ever hired, which is an impressive feat, but Taylor knew she’d still have to prove herself by acting with maturity beyond her years. “I knew the stereotype people had when they heard the words ‘14–year–old girl’ was that I wasn’t going to do the hard work, and I wanted people to know that I was,” Taylor emphasized. “One of my first songwriting sessions was with [accomplished songwriter and producer] Brett Beavers, and I walked in with 15 different starts to songs. I love being prepared and I love organization, and I need people to know that I care and that this is important to me.”
Being a professional songwriter meant that Taylor had to lead a sort of double life, going to high school in Hendersonville during the day and writing songs in the afternoons in downtown Nashville, less than 20 miles away. Taylor called her life back then “a really weird existence,” and elaborated, “I was a teenager during the day when I was at school, and then at night it was like I was 45. My mom would pick me up from school and I’d go downtown and sit and write songs with these hit songwriters.”
The social politics of high school in Tennessee turned out to be very similar to those of junior high in Pennsylvania, but luckily for Taylor, there was one major difference that made school tolerable — a great friend. Taylor met red–haired Abigail Anderson in ninth grade English, when the new girl wowed the class with her sophisticated composition. “We were the ones in the back of the class saying negative things about Romeo and Juliet because we were so bitter toward that emotion at the time,” recalled Abigail. Neither girl was a member of the popular clique, so the pair made their own rules, focusing on what they actually cared about rather than what other people did. For Taylor, that was music; for Abigail, competitive swimming: “When I was a freshman, I knew I wanted to swim in college, at a Division 1 school, and she knew that she wanted to go on tour.” Such focus set the girls apart from their classmates, and bonded them together. Taylor explained to the New York Times, “It just dawned on me that I had to love being different or else I was going to end up being dark and angry and frustrated by school.” Being different meant staying away from the popular–girl party scene, which Taylor had already decided didn’t appeal to her. Taylor told Glamour, “I remember seeing girls crying in the bathroom every Monday about what they did at a party that weekend. I never wanted to be that girl.”
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Liv Spencer's Taylor Swift: Every Day Is a Fairytale: The Unofficial Story, tells readers of Taylor's journey to fame, her accomplishments, and the personal story of each song. An unofficial story is when an author collects data and research from outside sources, in this case not directly through Taylor Swift. Liv Spencer has written multiple unofficial stories, such as Love Bites: The Unofficial Saga of Twilight, The Miranda Cosgrove and iCarly Spectacular!: Unofficial &Unstoppable. This book is geared towards the teenage/ young adult age group, and almost every Taylor Swift fan is guaranteed to enjoy reading this simple book.
Readers are able to view images of Taylor Swift documenting important moments throughout her life, and many of her interviews are included throughout the story. The reader will get a taste of Swift's true character, and discover things about her that they were not already aware of.
This book allows readers to connect to Taylor Swift more, especially through her songs. In the book, there are descriptions of each song from her self-titled album, and her second album, "Fearless". For each song, the book provides notes on "behind the music", "between the lines", "audience of one", "fun facts", "diary decoder", "you saw it live", and "charting success". These notes give details on Taylor's process of writing the song, an analysis of her lyrics, who she wrote the song for, details of performances of the particular song, and how successful the song is. Swift writes or co-writes all of her songs, and on her new album, Speak Now, wrote all the songs by herself.
According to a survey completed by students at New Albany High School, 3 out of the 4 students like Taylor Swift. Some students only "somewhat" like country music, but they still listen to Swift because of her unique pop/country blend.
The student's favorite songs listed consisted of "Mine", "Mary's Song", "Forever and Almost Always", "Picture to Burn", "Teardrops on My Guitar", "Fearless", "Tim McGraw", and "You Belong With Me". All students agreed that her songs all sound similar or the same, yet many still like her because her songs "all tell a different story".
Taylor Swift is a major influence of today's pop culture and one of the best selling country artists of all time, even at such a young age. In Taylor Swift: Every Day Is a Fairytale: The Unofficial Story, Swift's heart and personality is conveyed. The book shows a personal side of her life, and the tremendous effort she put in to making every song. Any Swift fan is sure to enjoy this book, and will be able to relate to Swift even more after reading it.