This month Blogher Book Club is reading You Have No Idea by Vanessa Williams and her mother Helen Williams.
Prior to picking up this book, I knew very little about Vanessa Williams, her life, her hardships, and her mother. When Blogher sent out the email looking for reviewers, I responded because I thought it would be an interesting change from the types of books I usually read. Autobiographies aren’t necessarily at the top of my list, especially celebrity autobiographies.
With that being said, I really enjoyed You Have No Idea. The dynamic between Vanessa Williams and her mother, and especially how the stories were written were captivating. Vanessa tells her side of the story, and then you hear her mother’s perspective. Although my and my mother’s life are drastically different from Vanessa and Helen (no Miss America, no fame, no nude photographs, etc), I can’t help but draw comparisons between their relationship and ours. I think that is one of the things I enjoyed most about the book. Helen, a strong mother, makes it clear that no matter what Vanessa does, her family will always support her. My parent’s are very much the same way. Through times when I have made them proud and other times when I have acted in ways I know better than, my parents have always stood by me. I am more than grateful for that kind of support.
Vanessa details a lot of the very public incidents of her life as a celebrity, but she also divulges information that is not so commonly known. Information that shaped the way she acted and behaved. Coming away from the book, I respect Vanessa and her mother Helen. Their work ethic and determination is commendable, but reading about their relationship with one another is what I enjoyed most.
If you would like to read more about You Have No Idea, please join the discussion on the Blogher Book Club page.
And for any of my readers in the Dallas area, please feel free to send me an email if you would like my copy of the book!
*This was a paid review through Blogher, but per usual, the opinion stated is all my own.*