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Too much, too young - a bit too fast!
on 9 June 2007
Before I read this book, I admired Kerry and I wanted to know more about her - she'd experienced some crazy situations before she'd even hit her twenties, usually courtesy of her unstable mother. It was impossible not to find yourself cheering young Kerry on as she battled through desertion, the foster care system, her mother's fragile mental state, and as she finally hit the big time, it restored your faith in karma to know that she'd finally been given the means to reap some rewards from all the years when she had nothing.
I did feel that as soon as we reached the part of the book when Atomic Kitten hit the big time, Kerry had been given a word limit. Whole weeks and months were skipped, and we lurched from one page on "Wow, I'm in a top ten pop band" to the next where she suddenly announced "And then I'd had enough". All the detail disappeared from her story. The next part of the book flew by in a blur - the breakdown of her fairytale marriage, stints in rehab, the "I'm A Celebrity" jungle adventure and the story of her new husband shot by, when these are the things I most wanted to know about.
Kerry comes out of the story as someone who's been fighting for so long that she's in need of a well deserved sit down. She's been wronged by people who should have been there for her, savaged by the press, and still manages to come out with the happy-go-lucky attitude we know her for. The brief "And finally" at the end of the updated version is a bittersweet conclusion, so I'm hopeful that there's another, more detailed book in the pipeline to fill in the gaps on the transition from pop star to Mum Of The Year in the same detail that she gave to her early life.