A book of two halves,
This review is from: Absolute Beginner: The Autobiography (Paperback)
Patsy Kensit was a child star, therefore she's not even hit fifty yet and there's a whole load to learn about her life. The narrative travels along at a cracking pace and the first half of the book is a really good read - the descriptions of being on set with huge Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Redford and Mia Farrow are excellent and rather pithily written (hugely assisted by a ghostwriter one presumes?) Her rise to stardom in the 1980s is also fascinating to read because I'm a huge fan of that decade and as a result will probably rent Absolute Beginners at some point as I hadn't realised that it's such a cult hit.
This leads me on neatly to the second half of the book which really concerns the rise and fall of Kensit's acting career interspersed with tales of her marriages. I realise that she has two sons with her second and third husbands respectively, but there really isn't much meat in there apart from a constant refrain of 'we were both travelling so much that we didn't get much time together'. Really? What about all the stuff in the 1990s eh Patsy? Hmm.
The last few chapters appeared rushed and to only dedicate half a page to the relationship with her fourth husband was rather bizarre. I suppose it was written to a publisher's deadline and it certainly feels as though it is. Oh well.