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There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me

There Was a Little Girl The Real Story of My Mother and Me Actress and author of the New York Times bestseller Down Came the Rain Brooke Shields explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother Teri in her new memoir Brooke Shields never had what a

  • Title: There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me
  • Author: Brooke Shields
  • ISBN: 9780525954842
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Actress and author of the New York Times bestseller Down Came the Rain, Brooke Shields, explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri, in her new memoir Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life She was raised by her Newark tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all bActress and author of the New York Times bestseller Down Came the Rain, Brooke Shields, explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri, in her new memoir Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life She was raised by her Newark tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself Brooke s iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only eleven months old, and Teri s skills as both Brooke s mother and manager were formidable But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.As Brooke became an adult the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever And when Brooke s own daughters were born she found that her experience as a mother was shaped in every way by the woman who raised her But despite the many ups and downs, Brooke was by Teri s side when she died in 2012, a loving daughter until the end.Only Brooke knows the truth of the remarkable, difficult, complicated woman who was her mother And now, in an honest, open memoir about her life growing up, Brooke will reveal stories and feelings that are relatable to anyone who has been a mother or daughter.

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    1. 3 For This Little Girl Stars * * *I was one of those people who would see the commercials and love the beauty of Brooke Shields. At a time in our culture, for me, she had moments which connected and an image which physically seemed flawless. I saw the movie Pretty Baby loving the film with the way it was artfully presented. The Calvin ads with her and Andie McDowell were the best smart, beautiful yet had personality a marketing dream. As Brooke grew up, she went through phases and many of the de [...]

    2. I am not sure how others will interpret this book, but to me, it came across as a rough draft written by a person that was just spewing and needed to have an editor with a firm hand and a very red correction pen. Paragraphs rambled and repeated themselves, incorrect tense of words and in some cases, completely wrong words, and large sections read more like ideas than well thought out paragraphs. You would think that Dutton or Penguin would kindly pat Brooke’s hand and say, “thank you, we wil [...]

    3. Basically there is only one sentence in this book: Brooke Shields' mother was an abusive alcoholic.Turn the page and repeat that sentence 416 times. I should stop reading biographies (unless it's about Adolf Hitler) because I always like people less after reading them. There were a few interesting sentences that I had to read out loud to the nearest innocent victim. At one point Brooke Shields absolutely insists that no one, not the writers, the producers, her mother or anyone else ever suspecte [...]

    4. Poorly written and edited, repetitive, and at times so vague as to be confusing. I think Shields didn't want to reveal too much about some things, which I can understand, but then either don't write a book or be a better writer so you can make it work anyway.And yet, I read the whole thing. Skimmed in places, but not much. There was just enough insider info to keep me going. However, she never full-on addressed the reason I picked up the book -- was she angry about the amount and type of jobs he [...]

    5. I was fascinated by Brooke Shields when I was a young child. The Blue Lagoon was one of my favorite movies growing up. There was always a certain curiosity about Brooke as a person. The book strikes me more as a biography rather than a memoir but it satisfied my curiosity about Brooke’s childhood and how she got started in showbiz. The book was supposed to deal with the relationship between Brooke and her mother but I felt like her mother did not come across as more than a woman who was very i [...]

    6. I purchased the audio version on audible.  I’m disappointed in both the content and the narration.  The author goes into insufferable detail with each of her anecdotes. In narrating, her tone of voice seems to suggest that every bit of every facet of her life is fascinating and exciting and sometimes shocking.  Quite the contrary; haven’t we all grown up with a mother or mother figure with whom we share a complicated relationship? Didn’t we all feel insecure on our first day at a new sc [...]

    7. Not sure exactly why I picked this up, since celebrity autobiographies are not my sweet spot. It's basically 400 pages of assorted neuroses, alcoholism and serious co-dependence issues. It's a sad story, but not terribly profound or revealing. You probably know quite a bit of this story already. The writing is just OK, but I don't think you read something like this for the writing. If you are not a big Brooke Shields fan, you might want to pass on this one. Good, but not great.

    8. Pretty impressed with Brooke's honesty about about growing up with an alcoholic mother, living in the spotlight, and then watching her beloved mom succumb to dementia. Powerful and heartbreaking.

    9. Brooke wrote this book out of indignation for her mother's harsh critics. She was determined to prove that Teri Shields was not the typical stage mother, but the truth was far worse: she was an abusive alcoholic that made her daughter her meal ticket. It is sad to read Brooke's excuses for her mother, her praise, her glossing over the ugliness; it just makes the abuse and neglect she endured seem far worse. And though Brooke acknowledges she would never allow her daughters to make a film like Pr [...]

    10. Being a huge fan of Brooke Shields growing up I was interested to read this account of her life. Especially to find out more about her relationship with her Mum. Whilst an interesting read, quite emotional in parts and entertaining, I found that the editing let it down and this distracted me quite a bit from fully enjoying the story. As an only child however I was able to relate to the quite unique, not always healthy bond between Brooke and her mother and was able to fully appreciate the role r [...]

    11. It started out interesting then turned to drivel. The ramblings of an adult child of an alcoholic mother.

    12. Loved this book! It was very well written and interesting to hear about Brooke Shield's life. I am about her same age and it was refreshing to read that even celebrities lives are very similar to ours in emotion, things that have happened to them over the years, and just human daily life of a child growing up in her era. It is especially interesting to read about the Mother & Daughter relationship; the emotions felt as a child and as a Mother myself, I saw so many parallels to my relationshi [...]

    13. This book was a big surprise. I thought it would be a light hearted memoir about movie stars, broadway shows and exotic locales. Instead it is one of the most heartbreaking and honest books about what it means to be a mother, or a daughter. She nailed it. And it was almost more than I could bear! A great book!

    14. I remember watching an interview with the author who wrote this book. I remember how she was promoting the book, but I did not have a clue who the actress was. However this book really opened my eyes about who she was and the troublesome childhood that she endured. The things she endured as a child was heartbreaking, but despite the trials she went through, I knew that she loved her mother. It seemed like this book cleared up the misconceptions about her mother, Teri if anything. According to th [...]

    15. Because she's Brooke Shields! This was entertaininguntil it wasn't. The story of her childhood was great, including all the details about living with an alcoholic, co-dependent mother. But when the career details fall away in the latter sections of this memoir, things become tedious least for this age-contemporary fan who really just wanted more behind-the-scenes storytelling about films, television and stage. (I listened to the unabridged audiobook, narrated by Brooke Shields herself.)

    16. There were parts of this book that were really interesting. Dean Cain, Andre Agassi, Brooke's life as a wife/mother. Other parts though seemed to drag on and something about this book just didn't flow right, I agree with other reviews that it seemed choppy at times. This isn't my usual genre, I don't read memoirs but I've always liked Brooke Shields and thought this would be an interesting book to read and I am glad that I read it.

    17. Being a woman of a "certain age", I grew up with Brooke Shields and always loved her. I knew of her alcoholic "momager" through all of the gossip mags of the time. Brooke recounts so much of her childhood and how the co-dependency shaped her career and life. It's hard not to feel sorry for the little girl who felt that she had to take care of her mother. However, Brooke does a good job of painting both sides, the pain and the pride that her mom felt as she watched Brooke succeed.

    18. Closer to a 4 Just needed some editing Brooke shows amazing compassion and forgiveness towards her mother. Just about every event or milestone in Brooke's life is marred by her mother's drinking. I have great admiration for Brooke as she breaks from her mother's control, doesn't become a train wreck herself and finally finds happiness with her husband and daughters.

    19. This is a difficult book to read because it is way too long, is not well organized, and is written by a spoiled rich kid who clearly doesn't have an objective view of the circumstances. It would have been better if Shields would have entrusted the details to a professional writer who could shape it into a fascinating tale of a drunk, crazed stage mom who so fears losing her little girl that she convinces her daughter that the two must remain joined at the hip. The potential for a great Mommy Dea [...]

    20. Lets get in out there. Terri shield was an alcoholic living vicariously through her daughter Brooke. With a laugh, she says her mother made other choices that were more detrimental to her career. "I have more of a problem with her deciding it was a good idea for me to have a Brooke doll or the fashion head where you could design the hair," says Shields, who dismissed her mother as her manager when she married tennis star Andre Agassi in the 1990s.Shields, who wrote frankly about her postpartum d [...]

    21. I found this book fascinating. The writing was well-done. The story line was engaging and interesting. The surprise was the random F-bombs tucked into the story. It made me think less of the author and was unnecessary to her point in my view. Worth Reading.

    22. “There was a Little Girl: The Real story of my Mother and Me” by Brooke Shields, is a recollection of her mother Teri and also her own life as an actress in the spotlight. The read is at once tragic and poignant—recounting Shields’s rise from model to actress-all happening under the shadow of her mother’s problems with alcoholism and her simultaneous fight to stand up for her daughter both as a mother and her manager. Shields grows up in a single-mother household, and she has no one bu [...]

    23. Brooke Shields wrote this about the relationship she had with her mother Teri Shields. Brooke Shields has been working since she was 11 months old. She started out modeling and doing commercials. Her mother Teri was almost as well known as her famous daughter. But not in such a good way. If you ever read the press about Teri Shields, it was never very good. She was labeled as the "stage mother from hell" she was often judged harshly for the career choices of her daughter Brooke when she still a [...]

    24. Brooke Shields' memoir about her deeply codependent relationship with her alcoholic and emotionally abusive mother. I found this to be occasionally insightful, and certainly interesting to read her side of things (Pretty Baby and Blue Lagoon, the Calvin Klein ads, marriage to Andre Agassi) but much more often I found myself tremendously frustrated that Brooke continues to make excuses for her mother's choices and behavior. Brooke flip-flops between blind loyalty and justified anger, between inde [...]

    25. I bought this book for my mother for christmas. she loved brooke shields and loved to read memoirs,among other books. In february my mother passed away and when i went to her house the book was on the coffee table, so i put it in my tote. The timing of my reading this book is eerie. For good or bad my mother and Teri had similarities and the thought processes that brooke had are quite similar to mine and the feeling i had/have about mom's passing was voiced by brooke in this book. The book made [...]

    26. This book could have been improved with more editing--it was about 50 pages too long. Also, there were many typographical errors and repeated passages that should have been edited. However, I enjoyed Brooke Shields' honest self-reflection on her complicated relationship with her alcoholic mother. She also revealed details of her relationships with Andre Agassi and Liam Neeson that were interesting. Anyone who has had an unhealthy, enmeshed relationship with her mother may find comfort in reading [...]

    27. AWESOME!!!!!#I could not put this book down. Brooke has always been a great actress, and I am a fan for sure. It just goes to show that not every actor or actress is perfect or has a perfect life. Every family has their problems. It's how you grown up and come away from them intact. This is a great read. Brooke Shields, you are a wonderful person and writer.Angela Power

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