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I'm not usually that interested in celebrity autobiographies, or celebrities in general to be honest. I'm not even a fan of Jordan / Katie Price, but I couldn't resist this book for the chance of reading a bit of gossip. I had quite high expectations of the level of detail and level of "juicy-ness" of the gossip! The paper back version of this book costs RRP £7.99, but there are plenty of copies selling on the Amazon marketplace starting from just 1p plus postage + packing. I picked up my copy in a charity shop for just 50p.
Description: "This book needs no introduction. The hardback edition was the hottest seller of 2004. WH Smith cited it as the record holder for most copies of an autobiography sold in one week. In fact it has turned out to be the surprise darling of the book trade! Now, at last, the paperback edition is available and Katie has brought it right up-to-date with full details of her love for Peter, their new life together, their engagement and their impending wedding. She also reveals the projects she has been working on and what the future holds for her career. No book buyer will want to miss out on the next instalment of Katie's life - so fasten your seatbelts for another rollercoaster ride."
Jordan is a celebrity model that has taken her career to the extreme. With constant TV documentaries following the movements of her life, becoming and "author", and putting her name to any product that she can get her hands on including perfume, styling products and even an iPod! There is currently a big media flurry over the break up of Jordan's latest marriage, but this book is quite out of date now with how quickly the celebrity world moves. Being Jordan was Katie Price's first autobiography, but to date she has now clocked up the impressive total of four autobiographical books.
Because Jordan attracts so much attention from the media she is constantly in the spotlight, especially from gossip magazines and tabloid papers. When reading this book it seemed more like she was using it for an opportunity to clarify rumours and stories that may have been inaccurate, rather than actual detailing the journey she has travelled through her life so far. This wasn't really what I was expecting, I had imagined something a bit more standard such as the story of her upbringing and information about how she got started in her career and how she got her big breaks.
There are many references made to other celebrities and lots of name dropping. The book is almost entirely focused on Price's string of boyfriends and lovers, and sometimes gives a level of detail that feels somewhat uncomfortable. She really delves into her emotions and writes about some incredibly personal and intimate situations (and not just all about her sex life!). Jordan gives us her side of her involvement with many high profile men including Ralf Schumacher, Dane Bowers, Hunter from Gladiators(!), and even Gareth Gates. Even though the cover of the book states "includes the story of my love for Peter", he is left right til the very end of the book and there are a mere 8 pages covering this (at the time) new relationship.
There have been some traumatic circumstances resulting from bad choices and maybe even naivety and Price does not seem ashamed to verbally bare all and share the darker times as well as the good. There are plenty of shocking topics covered in the book that you might think he would want to keep private, but Price really does seem to reveal all. She covers relationship issues, abortion, parenting, the effect of the press upon her life... There does seem to be a great deal of genuine emotion and it is quite incredible how some people can go through that many bad experiences. There are some things such as her cancer scare that I had never even heard about before. Price is really up-front about everything, and although some may have their doubts I think she has managed to present herself in quite a good light. She can come across as bitchy or strung out, but equally she seems quite down to earth and focused most of the time. I really like the tone that comes across in the writing, it's very light and conversational and it makes it very easy to see where she is coming from.
Jordan is a larger than life character but this book doesn't give much of an insight into her professional life and career. It would have been nice to read more about the differences between plain old Katie Price, and the transformation she undertakes when playing the role of glamour model Jordan. If you want to know the background of her love life then this is an enlightening book, but it wasn't revealing in any areas other than her romantic involvements. This book is a quick and easy read that you can breeze through without applying any brain power, but not something that I got a great deal of pleasure from reading.
Summary: An easygoing book that is full of surprises, but might better better entitled "Dating Jordan"!!