True Love – Jennifer Lopez
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Pages: 288 pages
“Sometimes you have to explore the darkness to get to the light and get back to who you are.” – Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez, one of the most influential Latinas in Hollywood, pens a heartwarming memoir. This is one more accomplishment to include on her already impressive résumé. Dancer, actress, singer, producer, fashion designer and now author. Is there anything Jennifer cannot do?
The public envisions Jennifer as such a diva. She’s gorgeous, wealthy, talented, one of Hollywood’s most influential and powerful women. Though she could have had some diva ways, Jennifer shows us who she is today. She is human. She is down to earth. She is a beautiful soul looking for love.
In True Love, Jennifer lets us into her real world behind the cameras, behind the glamour. She shares moments of low self-esteem, panic attacks, emotional and verbal abuse. In trying to make her partners happy, she forgot to love herself. Sadly, she found love in all the wrong places. Furthermore, Jennifer gives us a play-by-play of her highly successful World Tour and how it integrates with her innermost emotions. For many years, Jennifer contemplated doing a World Tour but, when the idea surfaced, it was never the right time to pursue it. But the day did come. The day Marc Anthony and Jennifer decided to end their 7-year marriage, she knew it was time for her tour. It was time for her to Dance Again.
Jennifer briefly touches on her past relationships. For example, she recalls a conversation she held with Sean “Diddy” Combs about her career, but never gets into details about their intimate relationship. Later, she explains how she and Marc united. When Jennifer suffered a heartbreak after her break up with actor and then fiancé, Ben Affleck, she took comfort in Marc. After all, they’ve been friends for many years. He’s always been there for her – and still is. In addition, Jennifer shares some American Idol moments including her anxiety before taking on the job as judge and lovely pictures of her tour and one of her sitting at the dining room table in her Castle Hill home. That image was on my favorites.
If you are expecting intimate details about Jennifer’s love life, then this book is not for you. Jennifer lets you know that early on. Nevertheless, the admirable and inspiring Latina does open up her heart to talk about the different types of love shared with lovers, family, children, friends and above all – oneself. The essence of her book is finding true love. And in her particular situation she has two different types of love – love for dance and love for her beautiful twins.
I read True Love in one day. I normally take my time reading books (interesting or not), but this particular book spoke to me. I connected with Jennifer, not only because we are both from Puerto Rican descent and we were both born and raised in the Bronx. But because we both experienced some type of abuse in our past relationships, low self-esteem and other factors. While reading her book, I will admit I had tears in my eyes. Especially when she expressed her anxiety and panic attacks. I’ve been there before. Though Jennifer wrote this book for her fans (JLovers), I felt as if she wrote it just for me. Sounds weird, right? Nevertheless, if you can relate to her journey in some way, you will definitely appreciate True Love. The essence of her memoir is to never forget to accept and love yourself.
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