Thursday, May 7, 2015

Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir by Toni Braxton

I received a free paperback copy of Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir by Toni Braxton for free through Goodreads First Reads. The following is my unbiased review for Ms. Braxton's memoir.

Before reading Toni Braxton's memoir, Unbreak My Heart, I was familiar with her songs Breathe Again, Unbreak My Heart, and Another Sad Love Song. But I wasn't familiar with Braxton's personal life at all... Like her strict religious upbringing, two bankruptcies, that Braxton's youngest son was diagnosed with autism or that Toni Braxton herself was diagnosed with Lupus... Let alone that she starred in her own reality television show titled Braxton Family Values!! So, needless to say, much of what I read in Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir by Toni Braxton was news to me. 

Honestly, I usually don't read celebrity memoirs as their lives are already pretty much 'open books' as it is. Their lives are on public display through television news shows/talk shows, as well as through a myriad of gossip rags. And of course with the advent of reality television shows, their lives are readily on display for public consumption. So, most of the time it's doubtful one will learn anything new from reading a celebrity memoir. 

Even though I'm not a huge Toni Braxton fan myself, I was curious enough about her life to want to read more about it. She is a talented singer and always seemed to have a squeaky clean image, at least to me anyway.

For me, as I've already stated, I learned a lot of new things about Toni Braxton that I never knew about her before reading her memoir. However, if you're already a huge fan of Ms. Braxton's music, then much of what is written may not be all that newsworthy to you. 

As far as a memoir goes, I felt it was well written and flowed fairly well. I liked that it wasn't too heavy as far as memoirs go and that Ms. Braxton covered a lot of things that happened in her life both good and bad.

The following is a summary of Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir by Tony Braxton from Amazon's website:
In this heartfelt memoir, six-time Grammy Award-winning artist and star of WE TV’s reality hit Braxton Family Values, Toni Braxton writes about her personal life decisions and their impact on her health, family and career.
While Braxton appears to be living a gilded life—selling 60 million records, appearing in sold-out Las Vegas performances and hit shows like Dancing with the Stars, and starring in her own reality series—hers is in fact a tumultuous story, a tale of triumph over a life filled with obstacles, including two bankruptcy filings. The mother of an autistic child, Braxton long feared that her son’s condition might be karmic retribution for earlier life choices, some of which will shock fans. But when heart ailments began plaguing her at the age of 41 and she was diagnosed with Lupus, Braxton knew she had to move beyond the self-recrimination and take charge of her own healing. Intensely honest and deeply inspirational, Unbreak My Heart is the never-before-told story of the measures Braxton took to make herself and her family whole again.

I'm giving Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir by Tony Braxton a rating of 7 stars out of 10 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

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