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Child Bride

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  435 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
With three steamy books by the women in Elvis's life already published (1997's Elvis: In the Twilight of Memory by June Juanico; Priscilla Beaulieu Presley's 1991 tell-all, Elvis and Me; and Joyce Bova's Don't Ask Forever: My Love Affair with Elvis), can the world absorb another? Suzanne Finstad, author of Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, certai ...more
Published October 1st 1998 by Arrow Books Ltd (first published August 12th 1997)
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This book was the literary equivalent of a train wreck you can't help but stare at as you go by. As many times as I wanted to throw the book down and stop reading it altogether, I couldn't. I could get past the anger this author seemed to feel against Priscilla for whatever reason and I could even get past how she made Elvis seem easily manipulated to do things he didn't want to do, because I honestly believed almost everything in this book was severely embellished. But what I couldn't get past ...more
Apr 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the author's treatment of the ex-Mrs. Presley's life to be thorough, but oddly mean-spirited. Finstad seems to feel that Priscilla Presley is a vain, self-serving charlatan who grew up with lies, based her relationship with Elvis on lies, and has lied about pretty much everything ever since.

Although it's hard to take the fairy tale of Priscilla's Elvis and Me at face value, it's equally as hard to accept as truth Finstad's portrait of Priscilla as a cold, heartless harpy. Instead, I reco
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
The writing is pretty corny, but I am still giving it 5 stars because without this jewel of semi-solid investigative journalism, the world would not know the real Priscilla. And she is totally fascinating and it's totally our business. Plus, later Elvis bios site the bejeezus out of this.

Yes, the point of this book is to discredit her autobiography "Elvis and Me." But I disagree with other reviewers that the author was mean spirited towards Priscilla, I felt a sympathetic vibe.
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate biographies where the author has a personal grudge with their subject. The author kept on attacking Priscilla Presley, and it started to get annoying after awhile.

It wasn't a bad book, it was just annoying at times.

This book mostly talked about how Priscilla wasn't the most innocent teenager/girlfriend/wife in the world.

Agree with Dawn who said ' I found the author's treatment of the ex-Mrs. Presley's life to be thorough, but oddly mean-spirited. Finstad seems to feel that Priscilla Presley is a vain, self-serving charlatan who grew up with lies, based her relationship with Elvis on lies, and has lied about pretty much everything ever since.

Although it's hard to take the fairy tale of Priscilla's Elvis and Me at face value, it's equally as hard to accept as truth Finstad's portrait of Priscilla as a cold, heart
Jul 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Misogyny-filled agenda. This author clearly hates Priscilla Presley. The book was written with a complete vendetta towards her. I wanted to understand things from Priscilla's side, but that was impossible here as she was painted out to be Cruella de Vil. I am a huge Elvis fan and love his music, but think it would be really hard for anyone to be married to the man. I look forward to visiting Graceland and thank Priscilla for making this possible.
I don't really know what to make of reading this book. I own and have read twice (2nd time was last month) Priscilla's memoir Elvis and Me. So I have read what th lady herself had to say about ther relationship with Elvis and now what others say about it. I believe the truth must be somewhere in between the two. I don't believe every word of either, but think they both contain their own truths.

Back to this book. It does appear be author has done her home work. I felt at times the book was a lit
Emaida Krvaric
Nov 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terribly Written Gossip

I bought and read this book out dozens of reviews on better ones that basically stated this was "the one" about her. I am so sorry I wasted my time. This book was written for haters. Where are the facts that she so much compiled? How was all this data properly collected, other than tidbits and hearsay? We have already read the true parts from well-researched books and authorized biographies. The rest is garbage and made up stuff. To state that "Priscilla killed Elvis becau
I re-read this book after buying it in the 90s. As someone who previously read "Elvis and me" with fascination, this book is interesting in terms of explaining what most likely really happened ("Elvis and me" turning out to be a good amount of fiction) and this story does make a lot more sense. What brings this book down though is that the author pushes the same points across again and again (in a "see! I told you I was right!" way) and increasingly seems to sound a bit vindictive. As the reader ...more
Kathy Gebhart
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one will ever know the real story what happened between Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley. This book is probably closest to the truth than the others written. I never believed that Priscilla's step dad and mother were not behind Priscilla's romance to Elvis especially when they "allowed" her to basically move into Graceland when she was just 17 when she was months away from graduating from high school. I could not help but feel sorry for Priscilla dedicating her youth to please Elvis. Those ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This author hates Priscilla Presley. I don't know why but her vendetta against her is absolutely absurd. There's so much speculation, little facts, with quotes from Priscilla's book which I probably should have just read in the first place. It feels like it was written by Regina George from Mean Girls. I could overlook all of that bc I generally like gossipy trash BUT she lost me when she sided with Priscilla's rapist. I stopped reading after she told the rapist's story and used it to call Prisc ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get past Chapter 7. The writing was corny and juvenile. If I had read this in the 8th grade I could've given it 5 stars. There was too much "commentary" from other people who had "known" Priscilla (memories always fade or embellish with age) and not enough meat and potatoes. Priscilla was portrayed as a major Elvis fan before she met him (which may or may not be true) and a bit of a harlot by the age of 12-13. Nothing rang true for me in this book. I had a hard time believing anything ...more
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sooo boring.Full of repetitions and normal things presented like they were extraordinary. For example the fact that Priscilla fell in love with one of her schoolmates was something that needed to be analyzed in a chapter. But a 28 year old man tried to rape a 14 year old girl seems not that important to the author. She writes about Elvis like he was a stupid man with no personal opinion or will and everybody tried to fool him. Agree with the others that Finstad seems to have personal grunge agai ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just a wildly inappropriate book. The author may have very well been onto something with a few topics (ex: the lack of compatibility between Elvis and Priscilla) but this is mostly a character assassination on Priscilla Presley. Finstad literally accused a 14 year child, at the time, of being a manipulative seductress. Ridiculous.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A helluva lot more believable than "Elvis and Me", which is just bs from start to finish. The author was scathing at times but did an excellent job of showing probable reasons why Priscilla did what she did and why she maintained so many lies. Guess what. She's human. She was so very young when she met Elvis. How any woman could stand that lifestyle with Elvis is beyond me.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read this book and find out about their lives together. However, I don't understand why the author wanted to write about Priscilla and Elvis as it seemed she really didn't like them. The book was more of a "tell anything bad I come across during research" book. I was very disappointed but if you are looking for trash, this is the book for you.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Found this in the library discard pile when bringing leftover book sale books to the salvation army. Picked it out for fun, and fun it was! All sorts of interesting dirt on life with Elvis and on Priscilla. I'mNot typically a gossip reader, but enjoyed the dirt in this book. If it oz true, it crushes the Elvis/Priscilla myth
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It'll change your view, just a bit, of Priscilla. She didn't want this book published; it tells a very different story from her fairy tale life with EP, and for me, the puzzle pieces fit. That's all I'll say.
Angela Thompson
Oct 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere between this book and Priscilla Presley's, the truth will likely be found. It feels as though Finstad sets out deliberately to 'unmask' Priscilla's legendary biography of her relationship with Elvis, and she dissects each aspect with a distinct uncharitableness. I found it hard to get through, and question how 'skewed' the information presented really is. Finstad sets out to 'debunk' and to do it in a sensationalized way. Priscilla's book, while undoubtedly biased and written to paint ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If all of this information is true, this book has everything you ever wanted to know about Priscilla Presley. I rated four stars because of all the work that went into this book. There were a ton of interviews, research, and time that went into this book; however, I wish the writer did more showing instead of telling. I felt that there was a strong bias against Priscilla and most of the interviews and/or research was skewed to convince the reader that Priscilla never loved Elvis and used him for ...more
Monika Sylvestre
I give it a three because it has a distinct gossip column feel and for the length. It’s over 500 pages but it was interesting enough to spend the last week reading. I wish I hadn’t read this prior to Elvis and Me though because now I’m going to doubt the entire memo
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
total garbage
Tammy Heath
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Child Bride was a very well put together book about who Priscilla is and who she never will be.

I gave the biography a 5 because I feel the research was done to make the bio as truthful as it could be because the only people who know the truth are the ones who can't and the ones who no the truth won't. I found the bio very interesting and I see Priscilla as a little girl to a women that I hope will one day tell the truth and set her soul free. Keep and open mind while reading what is the trut
Jul 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books like these make me glad I'm not famous or married to someone famous. It's hard to imagine having my life and my family's life picked apart like that. This book allegedly dispels the "myth" of Elvis and Priscilla's romance and makes some very mean claims about Priscilla (e.g., that she was wildly happy when Elvis died). Parts of this book were not believable at all. So from Priscilla's point of view, I feel sorry for her that a book like this was published.

With that said, damn! This book wa
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me more of a fan of Priscillas. It made her seem like more of a real person and I could relate to her more with this book than her own. Some of it is a little out there and the author does seem to have a grudge against her. It really seems like she's simply jealous. It's pretty easy to tell the true parts from the fake because the fake parts are wild conclusions drawn from nothing really. I would recommend it just don't let the authors attempt to bring Cilla down get too you.
I quit. I just quit. I can no longer endure another word of this he said she said garbage. I. DON'T. CARE. Not even a little bit. and I don't know why I ever thought I did. Obviously Priscilla led an interesting life, & clearly the author wanted to get the facts straight, but she went about it the wrong way. I hated the constant repeating of every little detail. just get on with it! Priscilla's a liar, you did your research, ok, now tell us what happened next. Ugh. I gave up at 41%.
Libby Andrews
This book reads like a school textbook. Its well researched but really heavy going and a slow read. The book focuses on Priscilla Presley but there is much to learn about Elvis here. There are a few fascinating points - Elvis was clearly a pedo and Prescilla's parents virtually sold her off to him. If you're mad on Elvis or Prescilla its a must, but if like me, you wanted a brief insight, leave well alone.
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While thorough and full of "truth", this account of Priscilla's life comes off as very mean spirited. For understandable reasons, Priscilla's autobiography bends the truth to maintain her and Elvis' dignity.
The author of Child Bride seemed to be on a mission to tear her apart and expose her. That left a sour taste in my mouth. Priscilla even gave interviews at the author's house. Um, you're welcome!
2.5 stars for all the research but did she deserve this??
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Could it be any more obvious that Suzanne Finstad does not, um, care for Priscilla Presley?
Did not care for her writing style at all.
Glad I read the book though, at least I know now not to fill my Kindle with any more of her works.

Never so glad for a book to end.

And I remain a Priscilla Presley fan.
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got bored with too many conflicting statements.

I quit around forth way. Not what I expected. However considering Priscilla young age I can believe she would twist facts to protect herself. Her parents were very trusting, stupid, or paid off as I see it. However Curry comes off as a pervert. Pushing to get her to admit they had sex. I quit reading before the marriage.
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