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Heartbreaker: A Memoir of Judy Garland

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Citadel (first published 1983)
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Fallon Burner
Jan 31, 2015 Fallon Burner rated it liked it
If you're not willing to challenge yourself over your angelic conception of this mammoth idol figure, then don't read it. Judy Garland is one of my biggest idols, and I'll admit I was uncomfortable at times reading this book. But I think it's okay to see idols as regular humans, making mistakes and living in positive and negative notes. No one is a flat hero or a flat villain. We are all 3-Dimensional. I did think the book was an interesting read, and it really zooms in on those last months of h ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Ice rated it it was ok
Shelves: auto-biography
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Aug 27, 2008 Graceann rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Memoir Fans, garland fans
Shelves: memoir
Please see my detailed review at Graceann's "Heartbreaker" Review"

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He was a nobody playing in piano bars in New York, and she was already a Legend, nearing the end of her life. They spent two months together fussing and fighting, and here's his book about it. I'm glad I read it, but the grain of salt I kept by the bedside table was huge.
Jul 27, 2008 Matt rated it liked it
I am under no illusions that this is actually a good book--the phonetic mimicry of Judy's speech patterns border on unreadable, there's really no narrative tension and even less emotional insight, and the central relationship is actually obscured by the level of detail with which it is chronicled--but, darn if I didn't really like it. It was actually hard to put down. Though I doubt it would be enjoyable to anyone who isn't already interested in Judy Garland.
Jan 30, 2016 James rated it really liked it
A haunting read. This book gives a glimpse into the theatre and illusion of fame. Garland was the biggest star of her day and yet this book shows what lay behind the concerts and fame. I really sensed that the author really wanted to help and for me this book is honest and written with respect.
Apr 25, 2010 Christopher rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Garland Fans
Shelves: biography, memoir, theatre
Since I met John a couple of weeks ago, I thought I should read his book. Wow. That was some wild ride he had with Garland. I don't know how he did it...
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