3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2013
The story begins just like many young girls' rock star fantasies do. Judy, a high-school senior, and soon-to-be art student, develops a fascination on a charismatic rock star. After a show one night, they finally talk and thus begins a long, off-and-on relationship with Jim Morrison.
But this is no fairy tale: though Judy and Jim had a mutual fascination with each other, their intermittent attempts at being together often hit a little off target for one or the other. Over the years, he gives just enough hope to fuel her continued obsession.
Love Him Madly offers plenty of insight into Jim Morrison. Here are the intimate details that only one who was close to him, who was there, can share. What was it like to be Jim's lover? Judy knows. There are wonderful details here, too, which bring late-1960s and early-1970s Los Angeles to life.
At its heart, though, Love Him Madly isn't really about Morrison, or the L.A. scene, but rather about Judy at a critical time in her life. It's about her growth as a young woman: her desire to love and be loved, youthful idealism and dreams, struggles with mental health, and drug use (sometimes with serious consequences). It's about her near-deification of a man, and how she hung all her romantic hopes on him and got something baser.
Those wishing to read a moving coming-of-age tale and fans of Jim Morrison alike will find Love Him Madly a very engaging, moving and thought-provoking read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2014
what amazed me about this book was the photographic recall about the "encounters" with Jim Morrison which were described in incredible detail. Decades have passed yet the author seems to be able to vividly remember whole conversations with forensic detail. Maybe she kept a diary, maybe they were seared into her consciousness due to the unique and intense nature of her lifestyle, I was uncomfortable reading about what came across as a sexually exploitative "relationship", basically she is available to Morrison only as and when he decrees and that this unbalanced and unequal connection is presented as love. Yes, she was a very troubled young woman but putting a sheen of celebrity onto an account of a man basically taking advantage of vulnerable girl makes for a dsiqueiting read