Book Reviews of Mommie Dearest

Mommie Dearest
Mommie Dearest
Author: Christina Crawford
ISBN-13: 9780425044445
ISBN-10: 0425044440
Publication Date: 11/1/1979
Pages: 312
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 51 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Putnam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Like the person below me said, the movie was definitely sugar coated. It is tame compared to the story in this book and it doesn't do the book justice. This is one of most moving and heartbreaking books I have read. I actually cried while reading this, which is rather rare.
If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.
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Helpful Score: 2
From reading this book, i get the feeling they sugar coated the movie. Much better than the movie. wonderful read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the heartbreaking true story of a lonely little girl trying to win the love of her world-famous mother, Joan Crawford.
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I love a good biography, but in reading this I had to question whether some of the horror described in the book really happened. Christina Crawford does an excellent job in retelling the events of her childhood growing up under the fist of mother Joan.
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A quick read and short glimpse into the twisted world of hollywood families. I enjoyed the movie more, but the book really shows Christina Crawford's struggle to find herself in a life and world so thoroughly manipulated by her adopted mother, Joan Crawford.
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Most certainly an interesting and worthwhile read, particularly if you are fascinated by celebrity (which I am!) If you can keep yourself from feeling sorry for the author, the scandal and true story of Joan Crawford is pretty delicious.
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The book is better than the movie!
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To say I enjoyed this books sounds kind of sick, but it's true. I did. I was both horrified and fascinated. There are not alot of answers. There is no why really. Just this sense of pervasive anguish. Good book.
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A sad story of a woman so desperate for attention and approval she sells her soul to Hollywood. By the adopted daughter forced to struggle to survive in Hollywood with her.
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Waa waa chistina. Spoiled rich kid. Grown up now, mad at mommie for not leaving her more money. We all have sob stories. Get a life Christina.
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I found this book a very difficult read, as much for its unrelenting style as its subject matter.
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Christina Crawford's memoir of the truth behind the glamorous image of life with her movie star mother, Joan Crawford, is moderately intriguing, but mostly sad. Christina vividly writes of the abuse she suffered, but rambles in the rest of the novel about how she still loves her mother and wishes to be loved back. Like an abused dog, Christina keeps returning to Joan just to be kicked again. The writing suffers from these rambles and from a bad editor who left many grammar and spelling mistakes in the manuscript. It's still worth a read if you really enjoy memoirs or the inside scoop in Hollywood.

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No More Wire Hangers!!! Ever!!!!!!
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Very sad story . I think it took great courage for christina to write this and im thankful to her for sharing her story. The end really annoyed me but i was happy christina made peace with everything
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I thought this book was very interesting, but I have always wondered how true it is. Faye Dunaway played Joan Crawford wonderfully, no?
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From the back cover: "Joan Crawford's adopted daughter, Christina, has written the most shocking and heartbreaking love story ever. It is the story of a Hollywood child growing up in a nightmare of alcoholism, abuse and terror. It is a story of the tragic love between a beautiful and ruthless woman who wanted the world. . . and a lonely little girl who only wanted a mother. It is Christina's own story."

A classic now, still as shocking as when it was published. Sensational and sad.
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I like the glimpse into 50's Hollywood. Makes me glad for the mom I have!
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The story of the tormented and glamorous star, Joan Crawford, struggling to survive in a cutthroat world, succumbing to a rage leading to alcoholism and child abuse.
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nonfiction...biography, written by Christina and white pictures...Movie, staring Faye Dunaway Heart breaking true story about a lonely little girl trying to win the love of her world famous mother, Joan Crawford.
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This is written by Christina Crawford.
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Some yellowing of the pages due to the age of the book.