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A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  429 ratings  ·  84 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
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 ...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 ...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
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.
Nov 18, 2019 added it
Shelves: memoirs
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 ...more
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.
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Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My heart is ripped to pieces.
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 ...more
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.
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!
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
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book! Thank you Robyn Crawford.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-memoirs
I didn’t know if Whitney would disappear or if it was too good to be true, but what we had just happened out of the blue of a summer, and I wasn’t even expecting it. I thought, Here’s the friend that I prayed for. But I was learning that when Whitney wanted to do something, she just did it.

I have read a few books regarding Whitney Houston life, including the book that was written by her mother. However, this one was the best one, Robin showed her transparency and vulnerably and told the real
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was great!!! I did the audio version which is great because Robyn narrates it. I was blown away by some of the stories. At the same time a lot of it made sense if you were A TRUE fan. You just put the other pieces together as your reading along. Nobody but Robyn allowed Whitney Houston to be herself. And most certainly didn't allow her to be with the one person she longed loved, wanted and needed. But you also called Robyn when you wanted to get through to Whitney. She literally passed ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a little less than what I expected. Not that I wanted Robyn to give EVERY intimate detail, but most of it was filled with sadness detailing how Whitney was so desperately in need of genuine LOVE, and help for her addiction and sadness; but instead her own family continued to supply her with drugs and ignored her pain for their own gain. As someone else stated, that whole family is TRASH! Her mother especially. Whitney didn't stand a chance with all of the enablers and hanger-ons ...more
Nov 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wanted to sip an adult beverage and munch on the snacks I have hidden from my son in my nightstand and really enjoy this book. I loved Whitney Houston from the very first note I heard her sing. I saw her in concert twice and she gave me literal goosebumps. This disappoints. Not because of the subject matter - that might have been salacious in the 80’s but in 2019 - with all we have going on - meh. The book disappoints because it reads like it was written by a 6th grader. I saw ...more
Eff Emm
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Whew! What a story! You get a whiff of it in the documentary, but that family was so irresponsible. The book has a few reveals, but really needed the hand of someone who could shape the history and memory into something more intimate and substantial. The same hesitant, oddly stressed quality in her interview voice makes the story feel limited somehow. She wants us to feel her pain, and she talks through it, but has trouble letting us in close enough for it to be impactful. In fairness, though, ...more
Kourtney Cunningham
Awesome Story

Wonderful Book!! A lot emotion ups and down. It was real life, I enjoyed the book. I can definitely relate to some of Robyn's and pain and Joy's
Makeba Garner
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally some Truth!

I really enjoyed this book and appreciate Robin for coming forth and showing us Whitney fans, the REAL Whitney- even when she didnt show us herself. It seems that it wasnt just the drugs that killed Whitney Houston, but her family's greed, selfishness, inconaideration, and toxicity. And being married to Bobby Brown didnt help. He may not have introduced her to drugs, but he introduced her physical, verbal, and mental abuse. Her mom and dad saw this yet did nothing, it seems.
Edgle Bennett
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I spent the whole day reading this book, it's so depressing, it's a
this woman has it all or did she????? Heartbreaking
Bianca Davis
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written

Reading Robyn's account of her time with Whitney was thrilling, sad, and if you're from New Jersey you felt a sense of pride. I am from Newark and both my parents are oddly related to Whitney so this book was confirmation on everything they would tell us about her. I pray Robyn is now fulfilled! Great book!
Dee Dee
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true loyal friend

I read this in one day. Loved everything about it. We all loved Whitney and wished she gotten the help she needed. Robyn you was her true loyal friend til the end. So glad you got to tell your side..
Miriam Hughes
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good and loyal friend. One of the few.

What comes through the most in this book is Robyn’s abiding deep love for Whitney. And how important it is to fill your life with good people. Bobby Brown wasn’t one of them for Whitney, and neither was most of her family. Unbelievably talented, but also very destructive the waste of Whitney Houston’s life and gifts makes for sad reading. It is good that Robyn got out when she did and was able to build a happy, fulfilling life for herself.
Jeffrey Chassen
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a gorgeous homage to Whitney Houston. Every page is a love letter - even the hard ones. It humanizes someone who, for much of her life, was a mystery, having to wear many hats and be many things. In truth, she was loved, and that is all that matters.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Robyn was a good friend to Whitney, I think, but there were times when I couldn't decide if the trashing of Whitney's family was warranted or done out of jealousy. In any case, it is a sad tale - we all know how it ended.
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