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5.0 out of 5 stars Little Girl Blue is essential reading for anyone interested in Karen Carpenter, 21 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter (Hardcover)
This biography of Karen Carpenter has the ability to make you laugh, make you want to cry and make you angry all at the same time. If you thought you knew Karen's life story (and I thought I had a pretty good idea of what was what) read this book and you will find that you probably didn't. In Randy Schmidt's brilliantly written book he talks to many of Karen's friends and reveals things that were simply jaw-dropping.

For example I knew that Karen's mother, Agnes, was a difficult and rather controlling person, but I had no idea of the extent to which she made her daughter's life so utterly miserable. It's well known that Karen's marriage to Tom Burris didn't last, but what I certainly didn't know until I read this book was that Karen tried to call the wedding off when she learnt something about the man she was marrying that changed everything. Agnes Carpenter wouldn't hear of the wedding being cancelled: "The invitations have gone out.....People magazine is going to be there.....you will walk down that aisle." Mrs Carpenter said.

It's hard to believe how a mother of someone with Karen's history could be so cruel and it's devastating that Karen couldn't stand up to such a person.

When you also consider that Karen's brother Richard had it in him to be just like his mother and her father wouldn't say boo to a goose, it's not at all surprising that Karen had so many struggles.

This book left me feeling that Karen was an unplanned and accidental pregnancy and was resented by her mother from 'Day One'. Resented for being born at all and resented for having a singing voice that got her far more public attention than anything her brother could do.

If it wasn't for the few close friends that were truly on her side, Karen's tragically all too short life might have been even shorter.
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Initial post: 3 Aug 2010 10:19:05 BDT
i do hope the book cover shown is not used on the uk edition, and the us edition cover is used.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2010 13:38:20 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2010 04:11:19 BDT
NJ2toU says:
You don't have to announce to the world that you're a cheapskate. This is not relevant to the review.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2010 04:16:55 BDT
NJ2toU says:
Unfortunately this IS the cover. The author tried to get it changed, but the UK publisher was adamant that this was "better" than the US cover for the UK audience. Okaaaay...

The also changed around the title. Instead of Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter, they have it as The Life of Karen Carpenter Little Girl Blue.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2010 07:52:18 BDT
NJ2toU:
I'm not a cheapskate, I'm just sick and tired of books being way overpriced. If you want to keep spending a fortune on plush pulp, be my guest...

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2010 15:29:58 BDT
NJ2toU says:
That's fine, but it has nothing to do with REVIEWING this book and adds NOTHING to the discussion. And I don't know about Amazon UK but Amazon US has if for around $10 less than "list" price. There are plenty of places you can get a discount. If you don't care to "spend a fortune on plush pulp", which I disagree on, fine. There's no need to advertise that on a REVIEW site.
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