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Home Work – Julie Andrews

I seem to be reading a lot of autobiographies at the moment! They never used to appeal to me when I was younger and I do think they have to grab me in some way to keep me going. I loved Julie Andrews when I was younger. Sound of Music is easily in my top 5 movies of all time. This is how out of the loop I am when it comes to autobiographies – I didn’t even know she had already had one out! Home Work follows Andrews as she embarks on her Hollywood years.

Plot

As said above, this follows Andrews from her time entering into Hollywood to the mid 80s.

Opinion

As stated above, I love Julie Andrews! So it comes as no real surprise that I do like this! I hadn’t realised she was in her 80s until this book. Which seems ridiculous but with her age in Sound of Music, obviously they stay that age in your head. I wonder if we will see the final book written with her input? Her daughter is the ghost writer and Andrews seemingly has written diaries all her life as they make a great impact here so it is possible that we could get the 3rd installment post Andrews but then again, people are living well into their 90s and she did do publicity for this book so is still fit and able.

I would say that this book has made me want to get the first book on her life. Whilst there was a recap at the beginning of the book, it seemed such a fascinating period of her life and the hardships she had to overcome look like they would be interesting to read about.

I did like this book, and I found interesting to read about her experiences on the films I have seen (Poppins, Sound of Music and Victor/Victoria) but I must confess I didn’t really know much about the other films she was in and did find that to drag somewhat. Her experience in Cambodia and Vietnam when she went as part of a charity trip was horrific and one of the better parts of the book as she reacted to what she was seeing. I did think some aspects were brushed over slightly quickly. We didn’t really get into her brother’s drug abuse, which might have been for the family but seems a shame we couldn’t go further into that. Same with her step-daughter’s relationship with her boyfriend that Blake Edwards (Andrews’s husband) disapproved of enough to cut her off when she moved in with him. This comment just popped up with no forewarning of this boyfriend and was rarely mentioned again. I understand it was maybe a ‘we need to add it in as it happened but we don’t want to go over the details for the family’ situation but seemed like the family connections which I love to learn about were very much brushed over.

Andrews was very candid about her relationship with her husband, Blake, discussing his pain pill addiction, his depression and at times volatile nature were all interesting.

Overall, I’d give this 7.5/10. 

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