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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 ›
If you're looking for scoop though, you won't be disappointed either. Lynne reveals what was happening in their world the day Britney shaved her head, attacked the paparazzi with an umbrella, was forced from her home by police and paremedics and more. Lynne also addresses the pregnancy of her daughter Jamie Lynn.
All in all, you come to learn (if you haven't been smart enough to know already) that there is dangerous power in the press and paparazzi. No celebrities do NOT sign up for this kind of attention nor do they deserve it. Adoration is one thing, assault so extreme you can't even literally walk out your front door is another. No one signs up for that, no matter WHAT you tell me about them choosing fame. The craziness and obsession that drives photographers to that extreme is a relatively new phenomenon that must be controlled before we have another celebrity death, ala Princess Diana. What will be the turning point? I don't know. What I do know is that Lynne Spears paints a real, heartfelt, non-glamorous picture of the world she and her children were thrust into all because her daughters LOVE to sing and dance. I was impressed with Lynne Spears faith, vulnerability and willingness to let it all hang out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a fabulous book! To read what this mother went thru, I commend her! And it gives me a whole new respect for Brittney. Kudos Momma Spears! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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 7 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 13 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
Though the book's writing is amateurishly written by someone who lacks credibility, it contains valuable insight into what fame can do to unprepared people who were not stable to... Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by Black Ice