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Growing Pains

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  650 ratings  ·  66 reviews
A pop star at 15, married in Vegas at 18, a time traveller and actor, Billie Piper has lived more lives at 24 than most of us ever will. This is the untold story of the country's most famous girl next door.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 19th 2006 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I know it's ridiculous a 23-year-old writing an autobiography, but Billie Piper has packed more into her 23 years than many people do in a lifetime.

In case you don't know her, Billie became a pop star at age 15. The record company wanted her to be a British Madonna and, while that didn't quite work out, she did have three very successful and, according to this book, gruelling years as a popstar.

I'd be lying if I said that, before picking this book up, I wasn't mostly interested to read abou
Stop laughing! Someone got me this as a Christmas present years ago, apparently acting on a tip-off from Hannah that I had a minor engouement for the ginger-marrying, doctor-following, chart-bothering Swindonian. The only anecdote I can now remember from the whole book is the fact that she went commando at her wedding to Chris Evans. Everything else has apparently been drowned out by the tide of indignation at the fact that a 23-year-old had the audacity to write an autobiography (I remember som ...more
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I knew Billie from her time on "Doctor Who" and I became a huge fan or her and her role, Rose Tyler. When I learned that she had written a book, there was no other way but to order it and read it.
Growing pains was the first biography I've read and I learned a lot about the person Billie Piper, as well as what it means to be famous and watched 24/7. I was shocked by her revelations about her eating disorder and reading how she dealt (or not dealt) with it had a great influence and the way I becam
Tardis Engineer
May 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm happy to admit this, and to the worldwide audience of the web, but this is a great read and very well written book.

Billie keeps nothing from you and shares her life with you and I appreciate her more for the doing so. She talks in great detail about her stuggle with the eating disorder and puts a new spin on it (even for this former psychiatric nurse with a specialist interest in the subject).

The chapters discussing her marriage to Chris Evans are gripping and show the maturity she and the R
Dec 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Britney Spears
Recommended to Linda by: Al
I opened a gift on Boxing Day to see that I had received this saucey autobiography about one of my favorite Brits. I just finished reading about Billie dancing, lip-synching, and "bucket bonging" her way to "Top of the Pops."

She's a talented young lady who got a lucky break as a teenager, worked her very perky bum to the bone to maintain that luck, was pushed and pulled in every direction to compete with Britney Spears, which ultimately led to her losing her bearings. But with the help of an old
Mark Farley
Aug 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ah, Billie Piper. She seems alright when you see her, don’t she? Well, she comes off a bit smug in her opening chapter which, in itself, is written like some sort of Orphan Annie, rags to riches overnight, dreamscape to inspire to. That is you can be dumb and sheeplike enough to get over the annoying sense of glee she has.

I call it a chapter, but I should apologise to the artist now and relent to the format in which she presents her craft. This is not a book of normal, conventional parts. Oh no.
Toni Skidmore
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
It was decent. There was a bit of "dirt," if you can call it that. I always find it slightly suspect when someone so young publishes an autobiography, in Billie's case, having just reached the age of 24 when "Growing Pains" was published. (The queen of this trend would, of course, be Drew Barrymore, who published "Little Girl Lost" when she was just 16.) Although their short lives may have seemed like a full lifetime to these young kids - and many of them, especially Barrymore, certainly had int ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
I was curious about this book after seeing her perform as Rose in Doctor Who (which I adored her in) and then finding out that in Britain she was also a very popular teen singer. I probably still wouldn't have read it except that I somehow came across a review that revealed how she described that while being a teen celebrity that it did not prepare her for the "real world" on being able to drive or even cook. Sounded a bit refreshing to see someone talk candidly about it as well as how the press ...more
Makayla Osipenko
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most people know Billie Piper from the British sci-fi series Doctor Who, but little known to many non-British people, she had a career as a pop-star long before she was Rose Tyler. This book was very honest and written in a way regular people can connect with. Billie Piper didn't hide the unglamorous parts of her life in this book. From personal failures, doubts, mental illnesses, relationships, everything was put out there, and it made her seem very real and makes her someone that's easy to und ...more
Rebecca Haslam
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Imagine being a number 1 pop star at 15. Could you handle the pressure? How about finding the love of your life at eighteen? These are just two of the moments chronicled in this book, Billie's life in her words; the highs and the lows.
From being a huge selling pop star to battling anorexia, from marriage to divorce to Doctor Who - it's been quite a journey for the girl who isn't even in her late twenties yet.
I grew up listening to Billie's music and, like much of the nation, I loved her as Rose
Mar 27, 2011 rated it liked it
A really down-to-earth and interesting look at Billie Piper's life and career. I was impressed with her personality, and candor when discussing her experiences. It's nice to see a young artist's perspective on the performance business and lifestyle.

If this book were a movie I would rate it PG-13 borderline R due to content. Definitely, for an older reader, although I felt that the content was important to the story and couldn't be improved upon.
Megan Bowers
2016 Reading Challenge: A book written by a celebrity.

Billie Piper is the reason I fell in love with Doctor Who, which is my absolute favorite TV show, so I will forever watch/read anything she's involved with. After reading this, I completely understand why she left Doctor Who after two years. I also want nothing more than to just give her a hug and make sure she's happy.
Abby-Rose Margarida Sparrow
I don't have a ton to say about this one, except that, yeah, despite this not really being the sort of book I usually read (non-fiction about celebrities), I liked it.

It's funny in parts, though not throw-back-your-head-bellowing funny, and it's honest and well written. It was surprising to me that Billie didn't like being a singer -- I have both of her CDs and loved them, so it was kind of a shock that she herself didn't really like them and had such a rough time creating them. But the behind-
Alex Laycock
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
bought as wondered who this person was that chris Evans had married, as ive no Tv not too sure if she is any good as an actress, and her "pop" music never had any impact on me (do i sound dull!!)... a fast paced book... not too sure if i felt enriched from reading it ..infact i wouldnt recommend to anyone who has had an eating disorder as it will send you yearning for a relapse and sliding down that path again... i find the extravagance of celebrities astonishing but she did seem happier when li ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Not normally one for autobiographies, this was give to me as a Christmas present years ago, and I’ve only just got around to reading it. It is an interesting read of her life and all the things she had done in such a short space of time.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Sad account of the pitfalls of child fame. Really liked Billie though and felt sympathy for her parents.
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've promised myself that I would get around to writing a review for every book that I've read this year, (2015) and I'm slowly beginning to get around to it.

I want to jump right in and say that this book was an absolute gem and I was lucky that I even looked at it to be honest. I picked this book up before I had Goodreads, and I only stopped to look at it because it was on the clearance rack for a pound! I absolutely love Billie Piper, but I was surprised to find out she'd written a novel so y
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first became familiar with Billie Piper when I started watching Doctor Who. I thought she was brilliant. Eventually I moved on to watch her show "The Secret Diary of a Call Girl," and loved her even more.

I am a bit of a nerd and watch interviews on Youtube with anyone who's been on Doctor Who. I eventually saw an interview with Billie in which she spoke a bit about the fact that she used to be Anorexic. It wasn't a HUGE shock to me because to be honest she looks like she has gone through a co
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book, was fantastic, thus my rating of five stars. If I could have possibly given it more than five stars, I would have done. This book is a real eye opener for anybody that wants to go into the drama or music industry and it shows what those kind of careers entail, especially when fame is involved.

Billie recalls and retells the events of her life, and the fact a 25 year old is writing a book upon their life is crazy, but Billie has so much to tell, and if she'd waited to write this book in
The book ends with a photo of Billie on the stage wearing a shirt that says: "Don't put your daughter on the stage." Everyone who's considering letting their child have a career in showbusiness (even if they want it themselves), should read this book. It's not as lovely as it looks. Personally I think this is the real message in the book, not to mention that ending with this particular picture is very good and underlines what she's trying to say. The book may be an autobiography, but it's not ju ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I found Billie’s autobiography on sale for only two euros, but I am quite glad I bought it. I first saw Billie as Rose on Doctor Who, or so I thought. While reading Growing Pains I listened to some of her hits and recognized each and every one of them. I was a teenager myself when she was famous, but couldn’t for the life of me remember seeing her in the pop magazines I always bought. Thinking back now, I remember that I did know her from somewhere, but did not know from what or where.

Billie wro
Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to get into the music industry or anybody interested in it.
Shelves: non-fiction
I was a fan of her as a teenager as a singer and I am now a fan of her as an actor in my twenties.
Billie's life is very interesting and very different than my own. She's always very social and always loved performing as a child. At her pre-teen stage she became into drinking, sex and drugs with her friends as well as dancing. I didn't expect her to be so rebelious but she was.
I sounded like she didn't have any real desires to become a singer but became one because it might open some doors. She
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just... Wow...

I started reading this book because I was such a fan of Billie's music career. YTV's Hitlist always played the BEST British pop back in the late 90s early 2000s, Billie being one of the artist played. I became addicted to her music and bought both albums that I still listen to today. Being the time period it was, and how young I was, I didn't know much about Billie, only her music. I wasn't interested in her personal life, but watching music videos, from Because We Want To to
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I remember idolising Billie and loving her music when I was a tween. I remember a friend and I spending ages trying to learn every dance step from the 'Day and Night' video clip and wishing that we looked like her and had her seemingly perfect life. Reading about what was really going on then- the anorexia, the mental instability, illnesses, drug use, paranoia, benders and her desperate unhappiness shows what an illusion all of that was and how my friend and I, these 2 surburban Aussie girls who ...more
Jen Vance
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
For an American who is obsessed with Rose Tyler and Billie's music, learning about her from her is kind of incredible. Most american's unless they have watched Doctor Who have no clue who Billie Piper is. I am kind of glad I purchased this book even if it is a bit out of date. I wouldn't have learned so much as I did. I am kind of glad for it. This book took me a week to read and I was kind of disappointed that the whole bit about the Secret Diaries of a Call Girl weren't in it. But I understand ...more
Elizabeth Harrison
Billie Piper is one of my most favourite British stars.

Her book was candid, to the point, and so honest. She discusses her battle with anorexia from a young age, and how she often went back to it, her marriage to Chris Evans, her decision to leave the music industry, her role in Doctor Who (which stepped up her career) and everything that came after it.
I remember Billie being popular when I was a child, and I loved Because We Want To - talk to anyone over the age of 30 and they remember this s
Hollie Stark
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Billie Piper is such a young person, therefore it seems odd that she is already writing an autobiography. Yet Piper's biography is captivating from the first pages because she has been through more in her short time than I have been and she's only a few years older than I am. Piper was launched into super-stardom at an immensely young age and she struggled a lot with family, friend, and especially body issues due to that. Through all of the tough times that Piper has had to trudge through, she h ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've always been a big fan of Billie Piper, well before her Secret Diary of a Call Girl & Doctor Who days way back when she burst onto the soundwaves with her smash hit pop song, Because We Want To. I missed her when she stopped singing and always wondered what happened. This book tells you. Written by Billie herself, the book explains those dark times and what she went through to come out the other side and do what she was really ment to do: Acting. This book really made me admire Billie. I ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I became a fan of Billie's from her being on Doctor Who. When I found out she had an autobiography I ordered it straight away. I thought it would be just a normal book about the life of a popstar, but it was so much more.

Billie's story is a very interesting and inspiring one. She has overcome a number of obstacles in her life and makes for a compelling read.

I read this a few years ago when I was younger, so some of the themes were a bit confronting. I didn't fully realise at that age that bad t
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of the only celebrity autobiographies I've been able to get all the way through, and a really good one. The events in there and the stories she has to tell warrant an autobiography at such a young age, and it's great to get her view, particularly of the pop music scene for a teenage performer and the pressures to succeed in that industry. It's great that she was so willing to share her struggles somewhat as deterants, a real understanding that she isn't entitled to more than anyone else and ...more
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Piper is an English singer and actress. In 1998, at age 15, she became the youngest artist ever to debut at number one in the UK Singles Chart. She retired from singing in 2003 to focus on her acting career.
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