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A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,389 ratings  ·  417 reviews
After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story.

Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and capturing the hearts of fans around the world. One person was th
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Dutton Books
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Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a searing indictment of the Houston family and the way they exploited and manipulated Whitney, enabled her addiction, drove a wedge between her and the love of her life, and only served themselves. They are all trash. Absolute trash. Bobby Brown, also trash. This is the most depressing book. Crawford tells a compelling story of her life, her life with Whitney and her life after Whitney. What’s interesting is that don’t really know Whitney that well, even at the end of the book. I think e ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 6 hours. Contrary to popular beliefs this book is not a “tell-all” book. It’s a book about Robyns life, before and after she met Whitney Houston. And since Robyn met Whitney in her teens, and was with her for 20 years, it is understandable that Whitney would be a part of her story. This honestly to me is the most real, raw, and honest version of Whitney Houston that I have read since her death. Robyn talks about Whitney in a loving way, but also discuss both of their struggle ...more
Katie B
I've always associated certain songs or artists with different different time periods in my life. Whitney Houston was a huge presence during my grade school years. I remember how excited I was the Christmas I got a pink, dual cassette boombox with a microphone and the Whitney album on cassette tape. (If it sounds like I'm bragging, I am) And of course I remember all of the long car trips in our conversion van in which my parents were up front listening to talk radio and I had to share our one Wa ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston" by Robyn Crawford is a truthful and bittersweet memoir of love and friendship, recalling the highs and lows of Houston's extraordinary rise to fame and fortune, and the support Crawford provided for her beloved friend in her career and personal life, also the impact of change, sacrifice, and loss as Crawford's life moved in a new direction.

In 1980, Crawford introduced herself to Whitney Elizabeth Houston (1962-2012) aka. "Nippy" after spotting her a
Book Reviews by Tara aka Queen of Memoirs
I didn’t write about this book immediately after reading it because I honestly didn’t know what I thought about it. After giving it time to sink in, I realize the reason I was so conflicted was because this book is not so much about Whitney Houston, as it is about Robyn Crawford. As I began to process it from that perspective, it all became clear.

Robyn Crawford has been this mysterious woman that we’ve all seen by Whitney’s side from the very beginning of Whitney’s music career. We’ve heard many
Jennie Damron
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once I picked this book up I could not put it down. As a little girl I grew up listening to Whitney Houston and dancing to her music. She was so beautiful and poised. It never dawned on me how little control she actually had. The people that ultimately loved and had her best interest at heart were tossed aside as she spiraled down. Robyn clearly loved Whitney. Not just the star, but the person she was and wanted to be. Whitney's gift was beautiful but her life was tragic. I loved the way Robyn's ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book. All I have to say is— if you are one of the people saying things like “Why now?” or “She’s trying to make money off of a dead woman’s name!” or “Whitney isn’t here to defend herself!”, I warn you that you sound misinformed and proving yourself to be unreflective. This isn’t a book about Whitney, this is a book about Robyn. She is not accusing her of a crime or slandering her name. She is diving into a professional and personal relationship that spanned decades. One in ...more
M.  [storme reads a lot]
This book is beautiful and sad. I don’t understand why everyone thinks this was a way to make money when it’s just an honest story.

Whitney Houston was exploited by her family and some of her friends for a long time. She was just a way to pay their bills. It was sad that she had to do so many tours because people would burn through her money like there was no tomorrow. She had started out as a young girl, modeling and ready for a singing career and she was used until she was dead. It’s just a ver
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just wanna give Robyn a hug after this. I can’t imagine how brave it was to put it all in words, but I’m confident it is going to bring her the peace she deserves. I didn’t know anything about Whitney besides her songs, but this books illuminates her life and trajectory as “the lucky one”. If only her entire family loved and cared for her; if only she hadn’t felt constrained by the music industry to hide her true self; if only she and Robyn could have been free? Don’t even get me started on Bo ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok

1. Loved her inclusion of different moments of musical history and song-based lessons she was a part of thanks to Whitney.
2. Robyn has an uncanny ability to use small experiences she remembered to show the larger destructive patterns many people in this story engaged in
3. However, while she is all too happy to share about the destructive patterns of everyone else in Whitney’s life, it sometimes feels like she is unrealistically casting herself as the “hero” of this story, and the o
Yesenia Cash
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Robyn for sharing your story, this was tasteful and I felt the love you have for your dear friend Nip.
Justin Riley
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
An intimate look into life of Whitney Houston through the eyes of her best friend and loyal assistant of 20 years. Robyn allows readers to peer into Whitney as a person, not just the superstar. A love letter to her best friend after remaining silent for decades, Robyn gives readers everything you want to know, including the answer to the rumors that circled them for years.
Reading Mama
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always love a good memoir, and like so many others, I grew up knowing who Whitney Houston was. My parents were huge fans of hers, and my mom especially loved The Bodyguard and The Preacher's Wife. I remember seeing Whitney Houston's appearances at various awards shows during her years of drug addiction, and I even remember the reality television show she starred in alongside her husband Bobby Brown. Like so many, the news of her death was a shock to me, and I watched the televised funeral and ...more
Nov 18, 2019 added it
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I like Whitney Houston’s music a lot but am not a super fan and was not familiar with a lot of the history and her story. I read this because I was interested in the secret relationship aspect of stardom and how homophobia presented itself in Robyn and Whitney’s relationship. This is not a tell all, as other reviewers have said, and it still feels like Robyn is holding back due to how private of a person Whitney was. It was a fascinating, quick read, very poorly ghost written but interesting to ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
An honest book about true friendship. Reading the book you get a sense of the deep love and admiration that Robyn felt for her friend, Whitney. The truest line in the book comes early on when Robyn writes that she wished those early days "could go on that way forever." Whitney, on the other hand, seems determined to be successful at all costs, and I think one of those costs ended up being the loss of Robyn by her side. Interwoven throughout the book is also Robyn's longing to rescue her friend f ...more
Hannah Hoover
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-in-books
I knew when I started reading this book, that it would make me cry.

Cry, I did.

It's hard to review and rate memoirs, because of their personal, unique nature, but this was one of the most moving memoirs I have ever read.

I can't recommend this to someone unless they loved Whitney Houston, because these pages are sacred to her memory and sacred to the real Whitney.

I feel oddly protective of it, like if you didn't love her, then you don't deserve to read Robyn's re-telling of their lives together
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most honest and vulnerable books I've ever read. Whitney went through a lot, and Robyn really shared her story in such an honest way. ...more
Novelist Dienne
I laughed, cried a little, and got angry at certain people. I'm glad that I got to know Robyn Crawford a little more I find her time with and away Whitney Houston valuable. ...more
Wow! This was an amazing story about Robyn’s life and her friendship with Whitney. It’s refreshing to hear the story of Whitney’s rise and fall from a different perspective other than that of her family. I really enjoyed learning more about Robyn and who is she really was/is. The stories she shares about her own personal life are heartbreaking, but in the end she finds peace and happiness. She really did love “Nippy”. The true definition of a life-long friendship.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is Robyn’s story and it’s not a tell all but rather the life of Whitney Houston from her unique perspective. She really didn’t tell us anything that we didn’t already either know or assume and she knew Whitney MUCH LONGER than MOST.

Chiiiiilllleeeeee, the TEA was served piping hot and the most disturbing thing I took from the book was Whitney’s family... what a disgustingly dysfunctional group of people!!! And to learn that Gary wasn’t even a whole — whew LAWD! I didn’t know th
Cassandra Haywood
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True Friendship

This was a well written story about Robyn Crawford and Whitney Houston life long friendship. My attention was grabbed from the beginning until the very end. Even though there were the rumors, lies, gossip and dysfunctional ways that were said and written about. Robyn told her side of the story with respect and not really bashed anyone.
Sometimes when seeing family and loved ones heading down a path of destruction, you just have to step back and show tough love.
This storyline is a
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting read. The thing that is most important in a memoir for me is truth! Does it feel true, does it read as authentic? That is often a difficult thing to judge, but judge we must. And I would say that this memoir, and be clear, that's what this is, rings as truth. It feels right! So kudos to Robyn Crawford for allowing us to share in her memories of one of the greatest voices ever heard, Whitney Houston. She details their friendship from teenagers through Whitney's superstardom up to her ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I wasn’t going to read this one...I felt like too many people exploited Whitney...however after reading reviews I decided to read it. the love and friendship Robin had for Whitney is clear from the first page. Good read.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you followed Whitney Houston’s career, you know who Robyn Crawford is. Becoming friends as teenagers, Robyn spent 20 + years with Whitney as she rose into stardom. This is not a tell all into the Whitney camp, but it is a beautiful memoir filled with love. I have seen the Whitney documentary and Robyn’s perspective on events was different but had some commonalities. Robyn gave us a view of Whitney that many don’t think of when someone young soars into stardom, the amount of pressure they feel ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I give this book 3 stars only because it feels like a first time writer.., However, it would be a 4 if I based it on the sincerity I felt that she was giving us that we have not seen in previous books and documentaries about Whitney’s life. I feel that Robyn was a true friend, and I thank her for sharing!
Brandi Delany
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had planned to hate it because I’m a huge Whitney fan and I was worried it would be disrespectful. I actually think it was well done. She told their story in a way that seemed honest and genuine but not salacious. You can tell she really loved her friend and had her best interest at heart even in writing the book.
Shame on the Houston family.
Shame on the Brown family.
Shame on the Warwick family.
Shame on Clive Davis.
Shame on Arista Records.
Shame on L.A. Reid.
Shame on CeCe Winans.
Shame on drug dealers.

This book could've used a little more editing (grammar and spelling).
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book! Thank you Robyn Crawford.
Lisa K
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
10/10 recommend as an audiobook to hear a nice lesbian telling a classic lesbian story about a transition from lesbians to BFF
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