Celebrity autobiographies are becoming somewhat of a weak spot for me now. This one however is not what I expected or really wanted I guess. I'm not tCelebrity autobiographies are becoming somewhat of a weak spot for me now. This one however is not what I expected or really wanted I guess. I'm not talking about the serious tone because I was aware of his depression and other issues before hand. It was more the description of his work, either the work swallowed up his life ooorrrr his life didn't make the final cut because I felt constantly that I was hearing of his never-ending failures.
Now I realise that it being an autobiography he cannot make those failures successes but it was the style in which they were told. Very reminiscent of a list, like this happened and it failed so we moved on to this and it failed and then this and it failed. Every so often though it was interspersed with a part of his life, like his friendship with Matt Lucas or his relationships which was so honest and open that it was a pleasure to read. These interspersions made the book readable but just.
I trudged through this which was such a let down to me since I was looking forward to it so much. The writing style itself was not the problem, on that score I have nothing to complain about. It has the conversational style which I enjoy in an autobiography and yet keeps an informative tone which keeps the whole book grounded. Which was important in this book especially as it could have easily escalated in madness.
All in all I would recommend this for only die hard Walliams fans, otherwise maybe give this one a miss....
You have to respect the determination to be famous he had I just don't think it read that well.
Let's be honest if you're going to read a celebrity'sYou have to respect the determination to be famous he had I just don't think it read that well.
Let's be honest if you're going to read a celebrity's autobiography you want to know things we have no access or way of knowing. E.g. Dominic Cooper sounds like a loon, a lovable loon, Russell Brand has a sex problem(all very shocking) So the raptures of Shelley and Sheridan and every other person he met/dates/worked with was disappointing in the scoop stakes.
He admitted he was a dick. This was something I was looking for because we all knew it, I was just waiting for him to admit to it. Fair enough you believed the hype everyone has at some stage been brought back down to earth. It's only when you have contact with so many people like in this case that it's pretty savage. That being said though he did apologize to EVERYONE. ALL. THE. TIME.
I'd say 57% of the book was an apology, 5% anecdotes, 30% rattling off his imdb page, and 8% girlfriend talk (non-juicy bits)
He is by far not the worst author and this is by far not the worst celebrity autobiography (that particular crown is still worn by Katie Price) but still not especially great either....more
Scratch the cheesy as hell blurb and you do have a teen novel which is worth a look. Since this is the second time I've read it I'm tempted to say itScratch the cheesy as hell blurb and you do have a teen novel which is worth a look. Since this is the second time I've read it I'm tempted to say it really is one of my favorite teen books to date.
Molly isn't the best, most developed character and Dean is almost half created but I love that about this book. It's not pretentious and telling you that this girl is perfect and yeah she makes a ton of mistakes and gets drunk and sleeps with the wrong people. She's a teenager, that's what we do. At least that's what we do now.
T is a tad stereotypical but that's OK, you can forgive it when Manning creates a whirlwind of quick fame, growing up in a mixture of booze, drugs and too much love in too short a time. Now if you can handle these things, fair enough. However if you get them all, for free, in such a short amount of time when you've had such a sheltered upbringing it can be beyond crazy. Which is exactly what Manning creates for you in a brilliant head rush.
She captures the kid in a candy store aspect which the fame brings to the entire group of teenagers. Then runs with it until you hit the inevitable filling that that much candy is going to bring. It's bad for you but that is it's best quality.
Recently I haven't been posting an there's many reasons why, to be kept on this occasion though, to myself. To say life gets complicated is an understatement and cheesy so I'll leave it at I've been living for the past few months at least. ...more
It's so beautiful. Ever so ever so beautiful and a must have for any enthusiast of tattoo art and it's world. The cover is an embossed white creationIt's so beautiful. Ever so ever so beautiful and a must have for any enthusiast of tattoo art and it's world. The cover is an embossed white creation which just hooks you in, with more tatto designs on the tracing paper like label stating it's contents. Once you crack open this beautiful thing (much excitement was felt during this) you encounter page after page, each different and yet all startingly brilliant.
If you haven't been able to tell whether I loved it or not I'll sum up I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH IT HURTS!!!! It has everything I love about art AND the tattoo world in one collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings and glitter art. Though not entirely sure how he did that I'm still likin it. Each medium has a new point therefore something new to offer.
The Ostrich eggs! Oh the ostrich eggs! They were so good! The fragility of the casing perfectly encaptured the object inside whether it be flowers or the human skull each is perfectly captured in graphite (I beleive) drawings. However this isn't the only piece of his art that this is present in many of his pieces. The stacks of dollar notes which we has oh so carfeully peeled away to reveal various clever incorperations of tradtional religeous imagery with traditional tattoo art. They work very well, funnily enough they both use strong black outline and simple shapes and lines to create images as opposed to the blurred realism of Impressionists (yeah I'm a bit of an art geek). I have no idea how long it took to create these but the abosolute dedication to this venture is impressive.
He doesn't stop at fragility though he takes on the idea of ownership and what is worth more to different people. He took "weapons" from various state prisons and coated them in gold, perhaps stating that for these prisoners thats what these weapons are worth. They are the line between life and death for them and are priceless, whereas we see a scredriver or a broken bottle and therefore not worth anything until covered in gold. This says a lot about our culture and our inability to view things from anothers perspective, this of course is me writing aloud as it were but thats what interesting. Thats what art is all about, artists create something mayby they'll be trying to make a point, maybe they want to create something beautiful but each person takes something different from that same object. But first and foremost Campbell is a tattoo artist and that is what he does. He's tattooed anyone whose famous and wants tattoos to be honest, I mean he's even tattooed Marc Jacobs! Great loss to the female world that, then again he makes up for it with gorgeous perfumes and bags etc. Plus he has a spongebob tattoo and I'm a big supporter of all lovers of spongebob (I have a t-shirt). The book also shows many designs that are just drawings, whether they've been used or not they are now immortalised in this book, whatever your taste (if spongebob isn't your thing) he's got something for you. The book also includes some history of the tatto, where they come from and why they came about which pulls you in. It sounds deathly boring but each culture has a different origin and different reason for wanting to mark their bodies so that they remember certain incidents, people or life-changing decisions. http://theteenagebookworms.blogspot.c......more
If one more person says "You've started with the wrong one!" I may be forced to commit murder... I realise it's not the most famous but for me it sounIf one more person says "You've started with the wrong one!" I may be forced to commit murder... I realise it's not the most famous but for me it sounds one of the most interesting. Plus it was free and as the family motto goes - if it's free, take it. (We're a giving family traditionally...)
Now that I've defended my choice, though for many of you I may not even have needed to, I can move onto the book. Woop, Woop!
Thank God for this book! I have been on a bit of a loser with books at the moment, having picked two books which shame the name of trash (There's Butterfly as well but I haven't worked up the energy to write about it yet). But Hornby has saved the day!
Not only was this book an insightful look at what success and failure and fear of both can do to people and the people they are in a relationship with. It is also a philosophical debate over the true influence of people, something which is always recycled as an idea because no one can truly get to the bottom of it, and Hornby doesn't pretend to he just creates a narrative representation of his views.
Views which although are set in such a dismal, boring, every-day setting with everyday people shine because they're just so right. Not only that but he makes you fall in love with Annie and she isn't perfect or model-esque or even young and yet I feel like I know her intimately. Her wants, dreams and wishes. So much so that by the end I didn't want it to be the end, I just wanted to keep reading about her life.
Even though Duncan is a weak man and I can't stand them I can't help but be interested in his obsession with Tucker Crowe. He sounds so much like the middle class. socially awkward and too into one subject, narrow minded guy that my life is ridden with, but what is delicious about this book is that this man that somehow we all know is unravelled and stripped right down to what really makes him tick. It's just so..................interesting!
Finally the man of the book, Tucker Crowe. A failed 80's rock star, you know the cliche and a half deal. He was as every out of touch Dad should be, a complete dick. But at the the same time he wasn't, I couldn't personally condemn him even though that's exactly what I should be doing!
Gotta say I love Hornby after this book and cheers to it continuing....... ...more
THIS HAS VERY BAD SPOILERS NOT THAT THEY MAKE MUCH DIFFERENCE BUT STILL....
'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I cTHIS HAS VERY BAD SPOILERS NOT THAT THEY MAKE MUCH DIFFERENCE BUT STILL....
'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.'
He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.'
15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.
So where will they be on this one day next year?
And the year after that? And every year that follows?
Of course I felt I HAD to read this book because of the movie, the hype etc. etc. so when my boyfriends mum asked me if I wanted to borrow it I jumped at the chance. The funny thing was as soon as I came home jubilant over my new book to read my mum appears in the doorway, hands behind back, big grin on her face.......with One Day in hand. It has been one of the only times I felt like I could've hit my mother. After weeks of moaning, whining and other childish tactics with the result always being flat denial after I finally, FINALLY get the book SHE BUYS IT TOO!
Anyhoo, back to the book, I was excited and the start was hopeful, not ecstatic but good enough for me to think it would get better but page by page I read Dexter's life go down the plughole in a mixture of drugs and booze and Emma worry more and more about how her life isn't going how she planned it. This wasn't particulary appetising, no one wants a 437 page story about how crap someones life has turned. Which in the end was what it was.
I also hated Dexter, actually couldn't stand him. The way he was obsessed with Sylvie Cope and then when she went off he turns to his second option........Emma. Emma was so taken for granted I couldn't stand it and when she passed up Jean Paul it was the most emotional I got throughout the book....which if you've read it shows how low in my estimation it was.
Yeah so the big SURPRISE was so not built up that I just passed through it and felt nowt, at all. I then went back and was like, waaaaiiiittt a second I felt nothing?!? Have I turned into an insensitive monster??? But no, it was just how untragic it was told.
I never felt love between Dexter and Emma, the last chapter was the most romantic but not worth waiting for and totally expected. Soo I'd give this a miss if I was you..