The TV personality and fashion designer addresses different aspects of her life through a series of letters.
Calling the writing of her new book “one of the most intense forms of therapy I have ever experienced,” Osbourne (Fierce, 2009), in her latest, covers a wide array of personal opinion and history. Headstrong and unabashed, the author displays the same steely resolve in her writing, and she notes that letters were, during a particularly dark time, the only communication she’d had with family and friends. Osbourne opens with a missive to her inner filter, the one that has failed and seemingly sabotaged her from Day 1. She then moves through the pains of being a celebrity’s kid and thoughtful appreciations of friends, her mother, Sharon, overprotective father, Ozzy, and brother, Jack. An especially tender section on Osbourne’s long, fond friendship with Joan Rivers is nicely juxtaposed with memories of Ozzfest (her “sleepaway camp”) and harrowing chapters on bullying and a full disclosure on how she lives with Lyme disease. The author regrets the “innocent” decision to participate in MTV’s The Osbournes, which thrust the author “completely unprepared” into the celebrity spotlight only to be subjected to the cruel scrutiny of social media. Osbourne is mostly successful in balancing her infrequent triumphs and stumbling blocks like drug addiction and weight and self-esteem issues, which should prove empowering for younger readers. Eventually, despite a cautionary warning, nonfans may tire of the barrage of defensive expletives, which may seem necessary for an Osbourne book but become tedious. Still, readers who adore the unadulterated Osbourne will devour her amusing and sometimes-scandalous anecdotes and applicable advice on life, fashion, and self-acceptance. “I am living proof that with the right intentions, hard work, passion, and love for what you do, nothing can stop you,” she writes.
A breezy, well-intentioned memoir for Osbourne fans.