Susan Boyle: Dreams Can Come True

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Susan Boyle: Dreams Can Come True

Format:  Hardcover,

246 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Feb 2010

ISBN-13: 9781590204214

ISBN-10: 1590204212

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On "Britains Got Talent" on 11 April 2009, 48-year-old spinster Susan Magdalane Boyle stepped out onto the stage to jeers and sniggers. As she announced she was going to sing "I Dreamed a Dream," the judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan didn't bother to hide their amusement. One minute later they, and very soon the world, were giving Susan Boyle a standing ovation. She had the voice of an angel and her story was to become a modern day fairytale, a dream come true.
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.

Specifications

Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Feb 2010
ISBN-13: 9781590204214
ISBN-10: 1590204212
Format: Hardcover
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

Chapter outline

Prologue: New York, November 2009p. I
Cinderella Singsp. 21
Desperately Seeking Susanp. 41
The Heat Is Onp. 63
All Alone in the Spotlightp. 83
A Massive Upsetp. 103
The Special Childp. 123
Tragedy and Triumphp. 144
Life on the Roadp. 164
Glamrning Upp. 185
The Legend of Susan Boylep. 206
AVery Modern Fairytalep. 227

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-02-26)

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

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

On Britain¹s Got Talent on 11 April 2009, 48-year-old spinster Susan Magdalane Boyle stepped out onto the stage to jeers and sniggers. As she announced she was going to sing I Dreamed a Dream, the judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan didn't bother to hide their amusement. One minute later they, and very soon the world, were giving Susan Boyle a standing ovation. She had the voice of an angel and her story was to become a modern day fairytale, a dream come true.

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.

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