Don't get me wrong, I love, LOVE Tina Turner, but Kurt Loder is super annoying and completely ruins her story. It would have been so much better if he had just written it as a biography, written Tina's exact words, or if Tina had simply written the book herself. I almost didn't get past the first few pages because of his ever-lasting descriptions of Nutbush, and the cotton fields and the roads and the bla-bla-bla I don't even care anymore!! He spends far too much time on flowery description and excessive wording, and I found myself wishing he would just tell the friggin' story already!
It differs to the film a lot more than I expected, so perhaps there's a little bias there because I do love the film, and wasn't expecting to have what I thought I knew already completely changed. It does tend to skip around in places too, so just when you think you've moved on to a new year/decade in Tina's life, it'll skip back and go over older ground. Which is fine if it's telling you something new, but often times he moves forward too much with his biographical accounts and then when it gets to Tina's input, that's when it will skip back because she needs to recount it to finish the anecdote. I do however, like the way that other people in Tina's life (either good, bad, past or present) are included in the book. It helps to round out the details a bit more, and helps to avoid just pitting Tina against Ike and seating her as a victim, which Tina has never wanted to be, or be seen as.
I would say it's definitely worth a read, and you do find out more details about Tina's life that were either changed in the film, or weren't in there to begin with. For me though, I have to say it wasn't as fulfilling as I expected it to be, but that is undoubtedly because of the WAY it's been told, not because of WHAT Tina has to say.
Tina's sections are undoubtedly the best bits, it's just a shame there aren't more of them.