UNBREAK MY HEART by Toni Braxton


A Memoir
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Six-time Grammy Award winner Braxton speaks out regarding her turbulent personal and professional lives.

From the time Braxton was a little girl growing up in rural Maryland, she wanted to be a star. By the mid-1990s, she had achieved that goal, and her 1996 single, “Un-break My Heart,” from her second album, “Secrets,” became a chart-topping, certified-platinum success. Yet guilt, financial and personal troubles, and ongoing family health issues have pockmarked the author’s projected glamorous life. In 1988, 21-year-old Braxton and her four sisters landed their first recording contract. “No one could’ve predicated the painful episode that would follow: Five bright-eyed Braxton sisters would soon be narrowed down to one.” For many years, Braxton suffered severe guilt about accepting a record deal that excluded her sisters, and the decision infuriated her mother, which added to Braxton’s sense of dismay. The author’s success was also marred by two bankruptcies, a divorce and her son’s autism diagnosis. The author faced her own health crisis during her Las Vegas show when she received a diagnosis of lupus. “My diagnosis that day marked the beginning of my road to recovery,” she writes, “but it was also the end of my Vegas run.” The author eventually disclosed her condition on the family reality TV show Braxton Family Values, which began in 2011 and features her mother and sisters. Braxton seems intent on establishing a secure pathway through life’s inherent messiness. “I’m starting to realize that we’re not supposed to keep everything lined up and in perfect order—even with our best efforts, we can’t accomplish that anyway,” she writes. “Instead, we’re meant to find lessons in both the chaos and the cleanup.”

Overly sentimental, but Braxton fans will applaud the star’s candor and perseverance.

Pub Date: May 20th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-06-229328-2
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: It Books/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2014


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