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
Great work Mr. Heard! You made me a Spears fan. Not the singing, perhaps, but definitely an admirer of her determination and sheer will
I’m also a huge fan of this author. I’ve read Mr. Heard’s other biographies and he has taught me a great deal about keeping an open mind and how the “star machine” has rolled over some of the kindest people in America, who are just looking for a little bit of help. Unfortunately, they are also in charge of keeping the “gravy chain” running along for all the people in their lives who sponge off their fame. Britney is no different, except for the very real fact that this was a little girl who simply wanted to achieve a dream – not unlike all of our own daughters, including mine.
The beginning is simply a story about a young family who work hard in their small town of McComb, Louisiana. Mom Spears is a stunning woman, who most people in town thought could make it in the movies because she was just that good-looking. When she had her daughter, she was absolutely excited that the Lord had blessed her with someone she could “dress up like a doll.” Dad, too, worked a great deal – trying to support his family. Both parents struggled as they lived in a house that sat between the Baptist Church on one side and a local bar on the other. (I know, I know, but this is not a bad country song – this is real life.)
We follow Britney as she first becomes enchanted with singing. This young girl – again, like all the rest – sets up her stuffed animals in her room and sings to them. She also found herself an extremely good gymnast. She even teamed up for a time with Bela Karolyi, who brought Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comaneci into the ultimate Olympic limelight. But Britney was like many children, when the sport became un-fun, it became painful, and she abandoned it immediately. The writer then brings us through the years of the New Mickey Mouse Club; the trials and tribulations of landing a NYC agent who gets her the understudy role in a Broadway play, and more.
We then move on to Justin Timberlake and his N’Sync pals, even finding out that Britney was once offered a part in a girl band at the time called Innosense, which she turned down. (I agree with her; if you’re not the “star of the show” why bother, frankly.) When Baby One More Time hit MTV – Britney hit the world, and became just as recognized as her lifetime hero, Madonna. Her relationship with Timberlake was extremely elegant – yes, elegant – for kids that age. They were kind to each other in and out of the press, for the most part, and their appearances were always sweet and charming. The thing is…I actually think they were real, too. This first love – even though in the spotlight – wasn’t tainted by “fake” feelings – it was really and truly a first love.
From Britney’s horrific times of depression; quickie Las Vegas marriage; her foray into Kabbalah; best selling perfume to a not-so-great-ticket-selling movie, the author gives us all facets of this young girl who was forced to grow up way too fast. The weight that her mother laid on her shoulders was intolerable, as far as I’m concerned; and it doesn’t surprise me that her post-partum depression led to passing out and shaving her head. If I were her, I would’ve went after MOM with the razor and taken her locks off. Perhaps Federline was a mistake, but to Britney, he wasn’t – he was the one who gave her the two most beautiful sons in the world; and, for that alone, she can be proud.
In the end – the money belongs to her. She made it; she worked her behind off for it; and, it’s disgusting when the people riding her coattails want to say THEY deserve a pierce of the pie. They don’t. I hope Britney finds the redemption she’s looking for, but mostly, I want her to be a good Mom who looks at her boys and supports their dreams with love, honor, wisdom, and kindness – something Britney lacked in her own life, she can make up for by making sure her own children are never…lost.
Great work Mr. Heard! You made me a Spears fan. Not the singing, perhaps, but definitely an admirer of her determination and sheer will.