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5.0 out of 5 stars
Not what I expected---in a good way!, 21 May 2012
I picked up this book completely randomly from a pile of books when I was looking for something to read back at school 3 years ago. It turned out to be the best autobiography I have ever read---and trust me I've read a lot, being such a fan of them. Like someone said, the book is really kind of divided into 3 parts; her childhood and earlier pre-Hollywood/superstardom life, then her Hollywood life and marriage to Bogie, and finally her life after Bogie's death after 1957. The earlier years sort of dragged on for me but the second part about how she came into Hollywood and after were just amazing. I could hardly keep the book away from my eyes. The beginning and development of her relationship with Boggie was so captivatingly written. It was so impeccably told and so vivid, I could just SEE it! And I believe that her and Bogie's relationship was without question one of the greatest and realest love stories of all time. Now what I did not expect at all was how sad it was. During the parts about Bogie's cancer and his death, I bawled my eyes out. I really could not stop, I absolutely WEPT! On the whole, its a beautiful story, about a REAL woman who has had REAL life experiences, good and bad times, good and bad choices made along the way. DEFINITELY recommend!