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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Compelling Reading, 29 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter (Paperback)
Having bought this book over six months ago, I finally found the time to sit down and read it and once I started, I could not put it down. This is gripping reading and the author L. Randy Schmidt knows how to keep the reader engaged. I first discovered the music of The Carpenters in the early 90’s when the film The Karen Carpenter Story was shown on British TV. I was a stroppy teen who did not have a TV in her bedroom, and my parents politely informed me they were going to watch this film, if I did not want to I could go to bed... Having a stroppy teenage mood I sulked as the film started, but as the end credits rolled, I had tears in my eyes... a movie I thought was going to be boring turned out to be poignant viewing. Yes I had suddenly discovered The Carpenters, and my mother rooted out an LP the one entitled Singles 1969 – 1973, I dusted off the brown looking cover and became mesmerised playing this amazing voice in me bedroom, even converting it to a cassette so I could listen to this fabulous music on my walkman going to school!

This book is a must have read for anyone who is a fan of the sound of Karen Carpenter, it delves into her personal life and the struggles that only those close to her saw, she had a way of hiding her troubles and emotional ups and downs from the press and TV camera. It is true to say that Karen only wanted to be accepted by those closest to her, she strived for perfection, and love, her control was food and her weight. I could very much relate to the book especially with her need for love and control over food having been someone who is battling Borderline Personality Disorder and who has dealt with a Binge Eating Disorder and weight issues for over 20 years – much brought on through emotional issues as a child and teenager.

The book had me in tears especially seeing how forceful her mother Agnes was about Karen going through with a wedding she did not want to, and the shelving of her solo album in 1981 that she worked so hard on for a year. The TV movie about Karen’s life is heavily edited, but you do get the jest of the kind of relationship she had with her mother, this book goes into this relationship in much more detail.

Randy Schmidt has produced a book full of truth about how Karen really battled over the years with the disease Anorexia Nervosa.
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