Published by Celebra on November 4th 2014
Genres: Nonfiction, autobiography, Memoir
Format: Kindle Edition
In Jennifer Lopez’s first ever book, True Love, she explores one of her life’s most defining periods—the transformative two-year journey of how, as an artist and a mother, she confronted her greatest challenges, identified her biggest fears, and ultimately emerged a stronger person than she’s ever been. Guided by both intimate and electrifying photographs, True Love an honest and revealing personal diary with hard-won lessons and heartfelt recollections and an empowering story of self-reflection, rediscovery, and resilience.
Completely full-color, with photos throughout and lavishly designed, True Love is a stunning and timeless book that features more than 200 never-before-seen images from Lopez’s personal archives, showing candid moments with her family and friends and providing a rare behind-the-scenes look at the life of a pop music icon travelling, rehearsing, and performing around the world.
When I first heard Jennifer Lopez was coming out with a book I thought “oh she’s going to spill everything about her past relationships and I want to read it!”. Lame, I know but really I wanted the juicy details but she literally lets you know on the first five pages this book will not give you any juicy details about relationships like you were hoping. I was disappointed not going to lie but I kept reading to see just what was this book about.
What was it about exactly? Learning to live, love and dance again after having your fairy tale dream comes to an end. Picking up the pieces and learning to live again, to love again and to dance.
Jennifer mentions after every major break up or major event in her life she has to do something to keep herself busy, distracted or avoiding the issue completely. The idea for a world tour came a couple days after her separation from Marc Anthony. She does explain what happened between them and how that helped form her world tour. It doesn’t give a lot of details but it does a good job at telling you what happened and explains just how much she was hurting after their separation.
She does go into details about the tour, how she designed each segment and why. I think that’s probably the most important aspect of the book, it explains how each segment in the show and how each song she choose for that segment meant something to her during a certain part of her life. It gave you a glimpse of the real Jennifer not the one we see splashed on magazine covers.
The true human being. She explains how she cried for months at a time about her divorce, how she wasn’t sure if she could be a single mother of two, how was she afraid she wouldn’t be able to pick up the pieces she was left with. She was afraid of what her kids would think. I’ve always pictured Jennifer as some mega diva who didn’t worry about those kinds of things but it was a different side of Jennifer that everyone should see.
I ended up reading the entire book in sitting. When I finished it, I felt empowered, inspired, and motivated. It was definitely not what I was expecting when I first read the book. It’s an easy read and the pictures are nice to look at.
Of course, if you’re looking for juicy gossip about her life this isn’t the book for you. Otherwise, if you want to know how she’s grown as person then you should pick it up!
My Favorite Quotes:
“My genuine intention and what I hope to accomplish with this book is that others can draw upon the experiences that changed the course of my life and find encouragement in the mantra that motivated the following pages:
You will live,
You will love,
You will dance again…” pg. 5
“But in the end, the truth finds a way to surface, even if you don’t want it to.” pg. 15
“Families come in all shapes and sizes, and they don’t have to fit the perfect dream ideal to make you happy. They are the people that support and love you by giving you strength when you need it most.” pg. 20
“As painful as some of the past year’s changes have been, they will ultimately lead to a better place. The adversity you come across in life may cause pain, but with pain comes growth and the opportunity to rise to the occasion as your strongest, best self.” pg.20
“You have to be okay on your own before you can have a healthy relationship with another person, but again I didn’t know that yet.” pg. 65
“The only way you can be mistreated is by allowing yourself to be mistreated, and that was something I did over and over again…” pg. 103
“Whenever it feels uncomfortable to tell the truth, that’s often the most important time to tell it.” pg. 142
“Here’s the thing about kids: They don’t do what you say; they do what you do” pg. 158
“When you give e your time, your love, your respect, you deserve respect in return. You deserve comfort , you deserve honesty, and you deserve to feel safe.”