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Learning to Fly by Victoria Beckham
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Oct 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biography-or-memoir, 2000-09-release, chick-lit-n-stuff, read-before-goodreads
Read in August, 2005

Okay, four stars is very generous for the actual quality of this book but come on, she was, is and always will be my favourite Spice Girl. It's an entertaining read, light and fluffy, and not that badly written when you compare it to certain celebrity 'auto'biographies (I'm looking at you, Jordan, anyone who was ever on Big Brother/The X Factor/similar, etc). The stuff about her early life is pretty interesting; she was bullied extensively as a child - which obviously had quite an impact on her as she returns to it again and again - and was in a relationship with a possessive, overbearing boyfriend when she joined the group. (She attributes her lack of vocals on 'Wannabe' - and thereafter being thought of as 'the one who doesn't/can't sing' - to this; he wouldn't allow her to go to the studio and record her vocals for the single, which is why she has no verses in it.) This book is going to be of absolutely no interest to you if you never liked the Spice Girls; personally I've never really understood why anyone would read a biography if they don't care about or actively dislike the subject, which seems to be the case with the majority of negative reviews written about this book. If, however, you ARE (slash were) a Spice Girls enthusiast, this is the best of their biographies.
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