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Starting Over

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  171 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
La Toya Jackson was always closer to Michael than anyone knew. In this heartfelt memoir, she pays tribute to his tortured soul—revealing the intimate moments she shared with the deeply troubled pop legend. The first sibling to arrive at the hospital after Michael was rushed there, and the informant on his death certificate, La Toya noticed suspicious details and demanded a ...more
ebook, 340 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Gallery Books
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I don't really want to talk about his death because it saddens me! I had chills and goosebumps reading his final days and his service. :( He will never be replaced.

Overall the book gave insight to the Jackson life, especially La Toya and the days leading up to her brother's death. I didn't read her first book, I have no interest in it because I didn't believe it. I wanted to read this one and that of Janet's...after all they are the only connection left to Michael Jackson's memory and life (othe
Nov 13, 2011 fleegan rated it did not like it
Shelves: uttercrap, biography
I can’t believe I read this. I mean, I’m a sucker for a memoir sure, but even for me this seemed off.

Two things:

1. The first part of the book where she writes about how her manager/husband abused her for years? That part was okay. It wasn’t fun to read about or anything, but it was important and real and that makes for a good book.

2. The second part of the book where she talks about her brother Michael, and then claims that there was a conspiracy to murder him even though she hasn’t one tiny pie
Aug 31, 2012 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book completely blow me away... I have a better understanding on La Toya Jackson!!even though I always liked La Toya Jackson I have a better situation with the whole Jack Gordon events and accounts. Thanks La Toya for writing such inspirational and inspiring memoir!!!
Melanie Star
Jul 08, 2011 Melanie Star rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!! I recommend you read this soon since it's such a great book and the last sentence was so well written. Warning this book will make you cry!
Andrew Stansbury-Cecil
Aug 12, 2011 Andrew Stansbury-Cecil rated it it was amazing
best book ever written by anyone ever. a real page turner and tear jerker.
Jun 19, 2013 Joni rated it liked it
Shelves: michael-jackson
Unusually for a Jackson book, the parts about Michael are the least interesting. La Toya's a fascinating psychological study and a complex, unreliable narrator of her own bizarre life. After learning in this book how badly her mafioso ex-husband/manager Jack Gordon was abusing her in the 80s and 90s, I felt bad about making fun of her. I like a lot of La Toya's strangely addictive music and I think she's far from untalented. Gordon's domination of her life was violent and disturbing, and it ...more
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Liebes Buch
Nov 11, 2014 Liebes Buch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess all of us know La Toya Jackson as the black sheep of the Jackson family. What most of us don´t know is that she wasn´t responsible for the bad choices she made. At 30 when she wanted to get independent from her family she became the victim of her criminal manager who was connected to the mafia. On a businesstrip to Japan he took her passport and that was the beginning of a decade of violence, abuse and isolation. La Toya was basically kidnapped and not allowed to meet her family or even ...more
I couldn't get myself to read this one without first reading her first autobiography to get the full picture about her struggle with Gordon. Toya's story is a life-lesson to every woman when it comes to rebellion & domestic violence. I learned a lot.

I decided to not write my opinion about what she wrote about my beloved Michael because I will say what I said a million times before. All I will say, many of what she said is based on her own perspective and not factual. I do not entirely agree
May 18, 2014 natasha rated it liked it
Recommended to natasha by: my aunt
I think I'd give this more of a 3.5. When I first started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. It was really a page turner. Latoya isn't the best writer, definitely not. She does have a distinct voice though. I'm not the biggest Jackson fan-but this book really opened my eyes and helped me understand more about their family. About halfway through til the end the book seemed a bit repetitive but it wasn't too bad to the extent where it ruins the whole book. I'm glad I experienced this book. ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Cheryl rated it did not like it
Shelves: a-to-z-read
She's a nutcase, along with the rest of the family. (Aren't we all though?) I only read this book because I didn't have a "J" book author in mind, so my friend lent it to me. It was painfully slow, and La Toya very repetetive in her phrases. Some of her word choices were so ridiculous. No one in their right mind speaks like that. At any rate, I think the most interesting part of the story is about the end of MJ's life, and his last days, and even that wasn't all that interesting.
Maya Hollinshead
I know you think that this whole book is about Michael. But it's not. About half of the book is about her abusive relationship to her ex-husband/manager. 1/4th is about recovering from that and being able to move on with her life and the rest is about Michael's death. She does has some theories about her brother's passing (that he was killed for his estate and song catalog). But it's not a bad book.
Shannan Harper
Mar 23, 2016 Shannan Harper rated it liked it
It was an ok story. It focused more about her life with her ex husband, which is probably where the title came from, but it seems as it was being marketed as if she knew who killed her brother. There were some talk of that in the book, but that doesn't seem to be the actual focus of the book as a whole. It was one I got from the library
Very fascinating look into the lives of the famous Jackson family written by Latoya's perspective. They have been through so much, yet they keep smiling and moving forward. I learned a lot not only about them, but with dealing with problems in my own personal life as well. I highly recommend this book!
Cherry Martin
Mar 17, 2013 Cherry Martin rated it liked it
More a 3.5. Mostly about La Toya's story of surviving Jack Gordon, but the last quarter looks into the facts that don't add up surrounding MJ's death. A lot of details that only the family could share strengthen your suspicions of the circumstances of his death, but you can't help but feel that you should perhaps take La Toya's writing with a small pinch of salt.
Sarah Arntson
Jul 20, 2014 Sarah Arntson rated it it was ok
As a person who didn't know anything about this Jackson sibling, I thought it was interesting to hear La Toya talk about her life. The book was easy enough to read, and entertaining enough to keep me reading to the end. Not the best written book, but not the worst either.
Pretty good read. She manages to sort out the nonsense from her first book that her abusive ex-husband made her write. Worth a look.
May 24, 2012 Sharon added it
Just starting. Should be interesting. She's the most hidden of the Jackson family.

Had to stop on page 45. He was a control freak. She writes well. Too rough a life for me.
Apr 25, 2013 Coletha rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking yet encouraging!
Winter Sophia Rose
Feb 18, 2015 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Riveting, Inspirational & Enlightening!
Dec 27, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it
Wow! She went threw hell
Sep 14, 2013 Rachelle rated it liked it
Good book, not sure I believe everything about Michael.
Dena Morehouse
Nov 05, 2012 Dena Morehouse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!
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