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I loved the stories of her busking on the street
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2016
The beginning of this book was so interesting. I loved the stories of her busking on the street, meeting interesting people (including Neil Gaiman) and getting started with her band. Amanda has a great writing voice and the message really hit home for me since I have a hard time asking for help. I think this is something that is not talked about enough--that most people actually LIKE being asked for advice, and don't mind doing favors if they are asked nicely and thanked properly.
However, since this was the point of the book, she gave example after example of it. She asks people for places to stay when she's on tour, asks fans for lyric ideas on Twitter, asks people to play with her band for free during shows, asks fans to fund her next album. And I get it--if you don't like that she does that, all you need to do is not give her money.
However, it got OLD. She asked for this thing, and got it, and didn't that work out great? Same with this other thing! She also asked people for that, and they delivered! Wonderful! And then, this other thing, she wasn't sure if she should ask, but then she did, and...guess what?
You get the picture.
Surely there were times when she was asked for favors as well, and was happy to give them? I'm hoping this was the case and she just didn't want to brag too much. Because it comes off a little selfish to hear about all these times of people helping her and very few instances of her helping back.
If you are a huge fan of AP and would like to know every detail about her career, then by all means, this book is for you. I enjoy her music but I was far more interested in reading a memoir about an interesting life. And after the first half, I just could not find her life that interesting.