|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Feb 2010|
|Number of Pages:||246|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.06|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.25 x 9.5 x 1.0|
|Prologue: New York, November 2009||p. I|
|Cinderella Sings||p. 21|
|Desperately Seeking Susan||p. 41|
|The Heat Is On||p. 63|
|All Alone in the Spotlight||p. 83|
|A Massive Upset||p. 103|
|The Special Child||p. 123|
|Tragedy and Triumph||p. 144|
|Life on the Road||p. 164|
|Glamrning Up||p. 185|
|The Legend of Susan Boyle||p. 206|
|AVery Modern Fairytale||p. 227|
Susan Boyle became an overnight phenomenon after appearing on Britain's Got Talent last year and has since recorded the fastest-selling female debut album of all time. This shy, middle-aged, frumpy woman from a small town in Scotland wowed the audience and the judges that night, and her singing has continued to attract a massive following. Montgomery, a British freelance author, seized on Susan's popularity to produce this first biography of her.
This unauthorized account describes Susan as a "slow" child, deprived of oxygen at birth, who found her voice by singing-it's her heartfelt honesty that resonates with audiences. The author compiled published reports, magazine articles, video clips, Internet reviews, and biogs but did not personally interview the main characters.
Verdict: Although Montgomery's writing is repetitive and full of cliches, this book will appeal to a broad audience because Susan's story is a compelling representation of hope and the fact that it's never too late to realize your dreams.
-Lani & JA Smith, Oakland
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In hours the news of Susan's extraordinary, heartbreaking performance had spread around the globe. She was an instant international star. And today she holds the record for the fastest selling female debut album of all time.
In this, the first book to explore Susan's amazing rags to riches story, we follow her from her humble West Lothian background to topping the charts and performing for millions worldwide on TV. Whether it was bullying or nearly not entering Britain's Got Talent because "it was a young person's game", when faced with the toughest challenges, Susan never gave up. The memory of her mother inspired her to give her dream one last chance.