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Life Is Not a Fairy Tale

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FANTASIA tells of her astonishing rise from hopeless high school dropout to American Idol superstar in the inspirational New York Times bestseller Life Is Not a Fairy Tale

In one moment, with one tearful performance of "Summertime," the nineteen-year-old Fantasia captured the hearts -- and the votes -- of millions of American Idol fans. Her powerful voice and independent
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Touchstone (first published 2005)
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Rebecca McNutt
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Normally I'm not a fan of memoirs that evoke pity and sympathy. Many of them end up just being 200-some-pages of ranting and raving and complaining, the authors trying to enforce that their lives are so sad and so much harder than the readers could ever imagine... give me a break!

But Fantasia's story, though it has its depressing and sad moments, is more filled with goals, dreams and a struggle to achieve them. It was well-written and unlike many memoirs out there, Life Is Not a Fairy Tale felt
Tyrencecia Williams
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
a book about a girl who had a bad child hood and she got pregnant at 16 right after she was raped a former friend who was sent to prison but was let out because she dropped the charges. she dropped out of high school and went to go live with a friend and then a couple months later she auditioned for american idol and then she won and now is famous for her music and her talented she talks to girls all around about how to stay in school and how to be smart and talented young girls
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was good and this kinds of things that happened to her in this book happens to people daily, i know bwcause i experienced most of the things that she has experienced in life and im only 16 years old.This is a great book for every one whose going through something and it thinks that they cant make it out of it, there is a chance because she made it out of it and so did i.
I like Fantasia. I just couldn't get through her life's story.
3Brittany C
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Having never seen one American Idol episode, though I've heard of Fantasia, is what made her memoir a pleasure to read, particularly the section on how she came to American Idol, and how she sang her way into the number one spot. Good God this section carries a spiritual note, like nothing I've ever read.

The grandmother, and her mother, the friend Tory, and without doubt, her brother I applaud. And thinking back on that `defying moment', I applaud her father too. The inclusion of Clive Davis (in
Sabrina Rutter
After watching the movie about Fanatasia's life I wanted to read her book, but I must say that I enjoyed the movie much more. She is very religous and talks about God all the way through the book and though I admit some of it was pretty inspirational, alot of it felt like I was reading about how to be a good christian girl from the hood.
The book was not wrote in a story from at all, it was basically Fantasia telling you what happened and her thoughts on those experiences.
I must admit that afte
Taisa Smith
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm one of the world's biggest Fantasia Barrino fans. This book was better than the movie. I think I was better off reading the book before I watched the movie. In this amazing book ,I've learned a lot. Fantasia was only a kid when she was raped. Soon after she give birth to a little girl. A lot of people including family thought Fantasia was going to be like everybody else. But Fantasia didn't her not finishing school or being a teen mother hold her back from anything.Just like myself singing w ...more
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: this book is about the famous sinqer Fantasia. and how she became famous, its basically her life story..

Audience: towards youing mature adults
Purpose: to give you info. on Fantasia's life..
Medium: Life Story, A Book.
Genre Of Settinq: Non-Fiction
Genre Of Plot: Auto-Bioqraphy
Genre Of Style: Everyday person becominq a star :)
The book to me was very good. it made me think of what i wanted to become in MY LIFE, and how i was qonna make a differece. because Fantasia
Nandi Crawford
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all young sisters and anyone needing some inspriation
I got to read this book, and I tell you for someone still quite young, she's learned her lesson and has since moved on with her life in a more positive way. Two albums under her belt, starring in a Broadway production(The Color Purple). But her life before this was not pretty. She was the only girl in her family. She had a reading problem which caused her to do poorly in school because of it, and with her boyfriend, she had her first baby, Zion in 2001. I highly recommend this book for all the y ...more
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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Symphony Griffin
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
The winner of American Idol Fantasia put in writing everything in her life that hapeened to her good and bad. The story it not about [" oh woe is me", It is about how she went from rags to riches by believing in her gift. Fantasia turns he negatives into positive and how everything she does is for her daughter. In the publication she also talks about what you can do to better yourself and that it is all about having courage, hope, and God and each time it will turn out all right. Even though sh ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book long time ago. But as I remember, while I was reading this book, I always look at the remaining pages and says, please don't yet finish. This book has full of advice and motivation especially for the teenage.

"God grant me the serenity to accept the thing that i cannot change, the courage to change the things i can, and the wisdom to know the different."
This is the best quote that I have found in the book.
Brychaunna Warfield
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Imagine boys only liking you for your body or how you dressed how would you feel? The people that was in the book is Fantasia , her baby father B and her mom and dad. The book was about a girl who had problems since she was young until she got older then she got picked for American Idol now she's pursuing her dreams and trying to become a good mother. This book was good and yes i recommend people read it.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
this book was alright. it wasn't the best one I have read. I feel for her and then again I don't because she falls in love too quickly she is way to naïve and I just don't understand how someone like her can live like that. beautiful girl, beautiful voice, beautiful personality but she is a bit dumb for me. I would not recommend this read to no one
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a decent read. There was some repetition sometimes however it mostly kept my attention. I enjoyed reading about her life before and after winning American Idol. Although she wasn't my favorite during that season I did like some of her performances. And after reading her book, I am now rooting for her continued success.
Kimberly Hicks
May 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Fantasia's life has been an emotional roller coaster ride, but I respect her for telling her story. She gives a detailed account of her upbringing and her roots, and I enjoyed the read. It's always a pleasure to learn how people became who they are, and I really enjoyed this book!
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a rare, that the movie is made 99% like. She became a friend and I motivation after reading. I would encourage any adolescent or approaching to read this book or just anyone that feel like hard mud.
Sep 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young females
Omg!!!!!!!!I totally love this book.The number one thing i learned from this book is never judge a book by its cover.Most people that keep big secrets that needs to be told bottled up inside,are in for a rude awakening.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a long time ago, just thought I'd add it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Fantasia's life. People are so critical of others, and people are very harsh to her, but I'm so glad she rises above anyhow, isn't that sweet? Success is the BEST revenge! :)
Michelle Jackson
So inspirational.

I had it when people judge a person based on their past how can you expect them to do better if you don't give them a chance to get to their future?

I loved this book it was an exquisite modern-day rags-to-riches tale!
May 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
fantasia life isn't a joke.She came from being rape from achieving her dreams. She is a inspiration to me. She could teach the world how life is not a fairy tale.
Zoë Malik
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You don't have to care about borrowed, rental, and used.
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mznew_bootie1 by: my cuz
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itz a cool book i also learned about her lifestyle
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I like what I have read thus far!
thix is a good book and i love it cuz its ah gud book and true...
Winter Sophia Rose
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Honest & Inspiring! An Uplifting Story!
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Jennifer by: nobody
this book is very good its real and i like it alot its very interesting and it makes you want to keeep reading and reading
Eleah Mayo
Sep 30, 2011 is currently reading it
I really like this book an I can't to finish!
Daniel Williams
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love this book.

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