Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Review: Growing Pains by Billie Piper

This is an astonishingly candid insight into the world of Billie Piper. Famous since the age of 15 - first as the face of Smash Hits, then as a pop singer with three No.1 hits in less than three years - Billie Piper has won over the critics and the British public for a second time by re-inventing herself as an actress in BBC productions of "Much Ado About Nothing", "The Canterbury Tales" and, of course, "Doctor Who". And that's just the professional Billie. In this book, for the first time, she talks honestly about her whirlwind romance and marriage to Chris Evans, about her battles with anorexia and the dark side of teen fame. Moving, funny and honest, this is a page-turning read by one of the nation's favourite stars.

From my personal collection.

My favorite quotes were:

Life is so full of people who you think have something special about them, who hold themselves above the rest of us, but when you get up close you realize that they are actually quite bland and have very little to offer. 

You can be an anorexic in the States and get away with it, almost be applauded for it in some places ... Olsen twins!!

Americans are so inquisitive that they just ask outright.  You can't rely on their sense of discretion if they get a whiff that something's up.

This one gets five stars. It was absolutely awesome! You felt as if you were sitting across the table from the author, listening to her tell you her story. Just you and her chatting. This friendly feel really added to the reading enjoyment. Of course, I am rather prejudiced as I am a fan of the author's work in Doctor Who and Secret Diary of a Call Girl. This was also one the few autobiographies that leaves you actually liking the author more after you read the book.

★★★★★ = Loved It


Mardel said...

I loved Billie Piper in Doctor. I didn't know about her other works. ouch on the quotes - I hate the way British people think all Americans are the same - make us all sound like loudmouthed, rude, ill-mannered people. It's awful that we come across this way to others - ouch again. I'd still like to read her book though.

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