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To Selena, With Love

4.55  ·  Rating Details ·  2,365 Ratings  ·  329 Reviews
One of the most compelling and adored superstars in Latin music history, Selena was nothing short of a phenomenon who shared all of herself with her millions of devoted fans. Her tragic murder, at the young age of twenty-three, stripped the world of her talent and boundless potential, her tightly knit family of their beloved angel, and her husband, Chris Perez, of the grea ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Celebra Hardcover
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Daritza Luna Selena Quintanilla was a singer (I suggest watching the movie Selena if you don't know anything). This basically tells the love story of selena and…moreSelena Quintanilla was a singer (I suggest watching the movie Selena if you don't know anything). This basically tells the love story of selena and her husband chris from his point of view. (less)

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Natalie
Mar 11, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was only five when Selena died--too young to know her while she was still living--but as a kid, I discovered the movie with Jennifer Lopez and I fell in love with the music and with the story of a girl and a family who came out of nothing and became stars. I don't speak Spanish, but I can sing a lot of Selena's songs by heart, and I still listen to them when I want to dance in my car and sing along. And "Dreaming of You" is one of my favorite songs of all time.

As I got older, I became more an
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Bee
Mar 29, 2012 Bee rated it it was amazing
From reading this book I realized the authenticity of the Selena movie. The dialogue from certain scenes is the conversation as Chris writes it. Details in pictures provided in the book to things one remembers from the movie. Chris describe the memories as if they just happened yesterday! The detail in dialogue simply captivates you to keep on reading, even though you know how it ends. He leaves a beautiful picture of Selena's life and the meaning it brought to his. His final words are simply ca ...more
Dominic Grijalva
Apr 09, 2012 Dominic Grijalva rated it it was amazing
Last night I burned through the remaining 200 pages of the book To Selena, With Love written by Chris Perez. It might be because I grew up listening to her music, because I vaguely remember seeing her all over Telemundo when I was at my grandmothers house, or because I remember seeing the movie based on her life in theaters (I was very young), but while finishing this book last night, I struggled to keep it together and eventually I cried over the loss of this amazing woman.

Today would have been
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Kayla
Apr 19, 2012 Kayla rated it it was amazing
On April 17, 2012, I got to meet Chris Perez at his book signing. It was a wonderful experience. In a weird way, I could feel that Selena's presence was with him. I know she is looking down upon him, smiling ever so proudly.

To Selena, With Love is an emotional roller coaster of a book. What I mean by that is you will experience all the emotions that Chris is feeling in the book. From his joy when Selena started talking to him on the plane to pure bliss when they first said "I love you." Then of
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Venus
May 07, 2012 Venus rated it it was amazing
We all know how the story ends. What we didn’t really know, and later learn through the glimpses that Chris Perez graciously lets us peek in on, is how it all began.
To Selena, With Love, embraces a voice so authentic, so genuine, and so honest that readers can’t help but cry, smile, lament, grieve, and celebrate alongside with Chris on this incredibly touching journey.
Throughout the years, I’ve often thought about Chris Perez and the aftermath of what he must have emotionally and physically end
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Gabriella Sanders
Oct 29, 2012 Gabriella Sanders rated it it was amazing
Chris Perez's purpose in writing "To Selena, With Love" was to give everyone a piece of their life. Chris Perez wanted to give his personal perspective on Selena. Another purpose could be that, he wanted to present a side of Selena to her fans so that they knew that she was just like everyone else. In an interview he did with CNN news, he said he was comfortable putting her life into a book. He said himself that he wanted to share her life, their life, together. Perez's purpose was to unwind and ...more
Jamie White
May 31, 2012 Jamie White rated it really liked it
I was just beginning to learn Spanish in school when Selena was murdered back in 1995. I remembered hearing a story or two about "The Mexican Madonna" before her passing, but never heard her music. At the time, I didn't know Spanish and just wasn't interested. Then "I Could Fall in Love" and "Dreaming Of You" came out. Without knowing who it was, I instantly connected with the music and the voice coming over my radio. I was sad to discover that the same person singing was the one who I'd read ab ...more
Doreen Petersen
Oct 28, 2016 Doreen Petersen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Such a great book about a life that was cut far, far too short!
Devika Koppikar
Jun 30, 2013 Devika Koppikar rated it liked it
I read this book because I’ve been a Selena fan for almost 20 years and wanted to learn more about the person behind the image. Before I detail my thoughts on this book, let me first describe what Selena means to me.
Selena entered my life on the day that she died. Because I was home sick that day, I caught a glimpse of the tragic news on the television programs I normally did not watch. Then, in the days that followed, I saw tributes to Selena which were ubiquuous in Texas, where I lived at th
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Candy
Aug 01, 2013 Candy rated it it was amazing
Most of you are probably wondering, Who is Selena?

Selena Quintanilla Perez was a Mexican-American Tejano singer for the band Selena Y Los Dinos. She was referred to as the "Mexican Madonna". Selena was a talented, sensual dancer and singer and a compelling entertainer.
Selena won countless awards, including a Grammy back in 1993. She was very popular in the Latin culture and was soon going to release an English crossover album.
A driven 23 year old who had a lot more to give, but was taken away
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Rebecca McNutt
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was only twenty-three years old when her life as a popular singer was cut short by an obsessed former friend. This true crime novel documents the whole case, but it's more-so a book about how Selena's family and colleagues coped with the tragedy and how they were able to move on.
Brittany
Apr 14, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing
I literally finished this book in 1 day! You just have to be a Selena fan, to understand it! Like many, I was only 9 living in Colorado when Selena was murdered, but it wasn't until maybe a year or two later when i moved to New Mexico that I was introduced to a wonderful voice and performer, Selena! Me and my childhood friend would dress up copying all Selena's outfits and put the cd on...and perform our hearts out! I've been a fan ever since! I'm soooo glad Chris Perez decided to write this boo ...more
Tanya W
Feb 26, 2013 Tanya W rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
I lived in Florida in 1994 and 1995. Even though I was an LDS missionary at the time and didn't listen to radio or music at all... Selena's music seemed to be playing everywhere. Her catchy tune Bidi Bidi Bom Bom is still in my brain from that time.

This is a simple telling of Chris Perez's experiences getting to know and marrying Selena and the sweet life they shared before she was tragically murdered by the President of her fan club. I'm glad Chris didn't paint a completely perfect picture of h
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Ashley Scott
Jan 27, 2014 Ashley Scott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, 2014
I really appreciated the look into the real Selena, and not just the star. It was so special to read about how she and Chris fell in love and all that they endured to be together - and it was also wonderful to learn more about Chris himself. We all know this story has a sad ending, but Chris has honored Selena's life and her fans by sharing such a precious look at a Selena we've never fully known before. A wonderful and lovely read.
Cynthia
Apr 22, 2012 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, biography


Even though this book is categorized as an autobiography, it's not really an autobiography of Chris Perez's life. To Selena, With Love chronicles his life with the late Queen of Tejano, Selena.

It's been 17 years since Selena was killed and a lot of people are wondering why Chris has waited so long to write a book. Basically, he wasn't ready to share his memories of Selena. He finally came to a point in his life where he felt like it was time.

This book gives an insider view to who Selena was as
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Cristina Vela
Mar 09, 2012 Cristina Vela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An easy read of a talented singer who was murdered way before her time... RIP Selena
Erika Mendoza
Jan 15, 2014 Erika Mendoza rated it it was amazing
Even though I was only 4 months old when Selena passed away, my childhood was surrounded with her music and I became an absolute fan! I barely knew of the existence of this book a couple of weeks ago and I got my hands on it. I read it in 2 days, once you pick it up you can't put It back down--this is most true if one knows the background of Selena's life and legacy.

I am very proud of the book and I am glad that Chris Perez wrote the book. It was something the fans wanted and something he needed
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Steff
Apr 15, 2012 Steff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I cry during very few books. Rarely do words on a page literally move me to tears. However, during the last thirty or so pages of 'To Selena, With Love' I was struggling to read what was right in front of me because my eyes were flooding.

I remember watching the movie about Selena when I was very young. Even then I remember loving her music and being so sad about what happened. Naturally, I was curious to read this book and finally hear what Chris had to say about Selena and the terrible tragedy.
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Angie Fraguada
Feb 15, 2017 Angie Fraguada rated it it was amazing
There are so many feelings associated with this book I absolutely loved Selena and to hear her story from her husbands point of view made me love her even more. Chris did such a great job giving readers a glimpse of who Selena really was and she was truly amazing!! I couldn't help but be sad at the ending but his final saying "Selena, I'm still dreaming of you" made my heart break a million times over!!! Amazing book for an amazing artist!! We love u Selena!!!
Aspasia
May 31, 2012 Aspasia rated it really liked it
Like most of America, I didn't know who Selena was until after her death in 1995. When my husband and I were dating, her song "Dreaming of You" was on our personal playlists to each other (when playlists consisted of recording a song from the radio or a CD to a blank cassette).
Selena Quintinilla-Perez broke many barriers in her short, musical career: she was the first woman to break into the Tejano music scene and also the first Latino woman to successfully cross over into the American mainstre
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Tina ( As Told By Tina )
Apr 29, 2012 Tina ( As Told By Tina ) rated it it was amazing


I was a huge fan of Selena when I was growing up. I was only five when she passed away. When I found out Chris had written their story I knew I had to read it, I decided to read the book in Spanish because I knew that a true love story like theirs needed to be in Spanish. When I read it, there was parts where I cried and parts when I realized that Selena was an actual person not just my favorite singer. It was a great insight to reading Chris' side of the story. I felt like I got to know Selena
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Ann
Jun 08, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it
Nicely written tribute to the singer...This book reflects on the blossoming attraction and relationship between Selena and her bandmate and husband, Chris Perez. He has basically given another small glimpse into the world of Selena from her career beginnings up to her full-on fame. I felt the book was Chris's way of acknowledging how in love he was with Selena (and vice versa), and how even to this day, how he still feels the pain at the loss of his greatest love. There are so many private senti ...more
Angela
Jan 30, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Selenas ever since I was young before she was murdered. I remember sitting with my family & watching the news about her murder we were all crying. I watched the movie also but it is nice to see Chris Perez's account of his life with Selena helps us understand why this young husband and widower took such a long time to write this intense story. This book unfolds with the beginning of a friendship that led to love, marriage, and the unbreakable bond of two everyday people ...more
Teresa Lewis
Mar 21, 2012 Teresa Lewis rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this but the reviews I read were all very good. I wasn't disappointed. I remember when Selena was killed and it was heart-wrenching. This was a beautifully told story from the side the public didn't see. My heart goes out to Chris Perez and the entire Quintanilla family. Such a tragedy but so many parts of this story made me smile. Thank you Chris Perez for sharing.
TL
Jun 01, 2012 TL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
a wonderful book...you can tell how much in love chris and selena were, i was cryin near the end... selena was a beautiful person inside and out, she really cared about her family, fans, and her music

thank you for sharing this with us chris.. selena is very proud of you *hugs*
c.marie
Jul 19, 2013 c.marie rated it it was amazing
i may have been one of only a handful of black girls who grew to love the music and creativity that Selena embodied. i was a captivated, impressionable young fan of her work. unfortunately, i never knew anything about her prior to her death. the film “Selena” gave me the first few glimpses into someone i would grow to admire and attempt to emulate throughout the remainder of my adolescent years. this being said, i would read all that i could get my hands on if it had anything to do with Selena. ...more
Alexis
Apr 11, 2012 Alexis rated it it was amazing
The inspiring story of Selena has touched the lives of millions of people including me. The book: “to Selena with love” is written by her husband Chris Perez, who she believed would die next to him at an old age. Her dreams as his were crashed by the “real cancer” Yolanda Saldivar, whom Selena had a great friendship with. Selena didn’t deserve to die but her legacy continues as her voice is herd worldwide in the radio, and CD’s. This book shares her life with Chris in a romantic-sometimes sad wa ...more
Thamesha Watson
Sep 03, 2013 Thamesha Watson rated it it was amazing
To Selena with love is not just a book that tells a story of an extremely great singer but it is a guide for those who seek love. Its heartfelt soul inspired pages that drowns us in this non fictional love story can make us smile and yet makes us cry as we sympathize with Chris. Only a few experience the true meaning of love, and it was very generous of Chris to share this wonderful yet heartbroken journey with us as he pour his feelings and tears into teach page. To Selena with love is more tha ...more
Sharon Mariampillai
When I first heard of Selena, it was through the film adaptation about her life. It still shocks me that she had to die so young, but I think her voice will continue to inspire people around the world. I was 2 years old when she passed away. I love the fact that Chris wrote this book. It just shows me the true person Selena was. She was a good girl that had a famous career. She showed the world one side to herself that was sexy, while behind the scenes, the true special human being she was came ...more
Alexandra
May 11, 2015 Alexandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This book surprised me. First off Chris did not use a ghost writer. He wrote this book and he did a beautiful job. All I really knew of Selena was the way Jennifer Lopez portrayed her in that now very famous movie. I enjoyed getting to know the real Selena through the man who so obviously adored her. They had such a great love story which such a terribly tragic ending. I loved how he described her strength and tenderness. I laughed out loud at the stories of how they ended up adopting all those ...more
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