Title: To Selena, With Love
Author: Chris Perez
Publisher: Penguin Group
Rating: 5/5 (If I could a 20/20)
I bought this book around the time it came out(2013) but didn’t get to read it till now. I am so glad I made the decision to pick up this book. I’ve always loved memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies. I love to see what a celebrity or an important person’s lives are behind the scenes. Sure we know them at these great superstars but sometimes, us as fans and as individuals forget that these people too are human. This great piece of work was exactly like that. Chris took us further than the stage and let us into their lives before and after being man and wife. I love the little things about Selena, like her love for animals and helping people out. The way she was so spontaneous and determined to work hard for everything in life. Reading this also gave us a glimpse also behind the scenes when the family and the band toured together and how it was for them. Chris Perez is such a great writer. His words are so finessed together and he makes you visualize yourself right at the moment that he’s talking about. After watching the movie Selena, everything that he would describe and I would remember from the movie I visualized it. This book made me feel so many different things. Anger, happiness, frustration and sadness, but that’s what a great books does right? At the end Chris makes you really think, and I too thought if things were done differently we would still have Selena with us. It makes you angry when you think about it, but things happen for a reason I suppose; it sucks.
If you’re a huge fan of Selena, I urge you to pick up this book and read it; it’s definitely a shelf keeper. I’ve never had another book (besides Matilda) that made me stay with a book hangover and that touched me in such a way that I never knew a book could.