Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles. She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books. She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben
Author: Ian Halperin
Author: Ian Halperin
In my own household there exist Angie and Brad fans and Angie and Brad dissenters; I am of the fan variety when it comes to Ms. Julie. I have always admired what she does for children and, frankly, Brad was the one who was married – any fault should fall directly on his shoulders.
Anyway…I digress. Mr. Halperin is a famous biographer who has gone in-depth on a variety of stars and the one thing about this author is that he is always completely thorough. Spending most of his time on Ms. Jolie’s life, the author explains in detail about Angie’s upbringing. While most of the time, when written about and investigated, her parents were kind to her and her brother and were very supportive of their career choices. Unfortunately, for Angie, her meteoric rise came when she was still quite young. After receiving kudos for her role in “Hackers,” and winning a Golden Globe for yet another stellar performance, Angie married her director, Jonny Miller. Now, the girl was dark to say the least. In fact, she did have a problem with “cutting” herself during her teenage years. Most people and parents gasp in shock and say that was awful. Considering the fact that every day a teen is now trying to “turn themselves into a vampire,” I would say what Angie did was quite tame.
Angelina Jolie has always been upfront and forthright with her opinions, loves, and somewhat vulgar, dark terminology. She has never shied away from the questions of drugs, men, etc. – and it didn’t seem to matter to her whether it affected her box office or not. She is what she is – you can take her or leave her and it doesn’t seem to matter to her one bit.
Now, the author really only mentions Brad a couple of times in the book. He talks briefly about the Southern Baptist boy’s upbringing in a conservative, Norman Rockwell community. Brad was above all quite common. He was “pretty” at a young age and did have seventh-grade “make-out” parties, but the funniest fact, to me, was when he first got a job in L.A. as a giant dancing chicken in front of a restaurant on Sunset for $9.00 an hour. The other mention is a Vanity Fair post-Oscar party where Brand and Jennifer Anniston were discussing planning their wedding while Angie was a few feet away holding on to her Oscar for her performance in Girl, Interrupted.
As I came to the end of this book, my opinion has not changed. I believe that Angelina Jolie is honest and that she had no intention of ever “choking” on a mediocre life. I believe she helps children, countries and her humanitarian work is off the charts. And I’m one of the very few who believe that Brad and Angie make a good power couple. They have the money, heart, and time to help those less fortunate, and they do far more than just talk about helping…they go right out and do it.