First of all, I have been a Motown-head or Motown-lover, literally my entire life. When my mother bought "Money" by Barrett Strong, it went into heavy rotation in my household. Like it or not, you were going to hear it. The lyrics were more like "grown folks" music so it always felt a little distance to my youthful ears. I didn't know it then, but, when one of the first singles I bought with my allowance was "Fingertips". Mary Wells seemed to own all the picnics and parties in the summer of '62. When a close relative began making wedding plans, "You've Really Got a Hold On Me" was the anthem.
My childhood best friend and I would spend countless after school hours (after homework) listening to each other's favorite songs. I liked The Supremes. He liked Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. (How ironic was that since Diana and Smokey had known each other since childhood). We both loved Motown immensely and became a big fan of B-sides like "Ask Any Girl" or "Much Better Off". He was tragically hit by a car in his early teens. But when I had the good fortune to thank Berry Gordy and Smokey on a couple of occasions, my best friend stood with me in spirit.
So as much as I want to love this book, it is almost insulting in its juvenile, unprofessional form. (Poor grammar, incorrect dates and names and just poor vocabulary and syntax).
Still, there is enough Motown in it for a good quick read. There are a few surprises like the writer portends that with Diana's final urging, he signed The Jackson 5. Considering though, the book's third rate presentation......I took that with a grain of salt. Suzanne dePasse really put that controversy to rest by stating that it was a "Creative Marketing" decision that Diana agreed to entitle their debut, "Diana Ross "presents " The Jackson 5". At no point have I ever heard Diana say "she discovered" The Jackson 5. She may have never gone into detail about Bobby Taylor or Gladys Knight also championing their signing......the fact of the matter, being Motown's forever and always supreme artist, it can only be seen as a "wise" and near genius decision.
Back to the book, there are a few other new things to me, for which I cannot remember at the moment.....that helped maintain my interest.
I really cannot understand why anyone, but a deeply devoted parent(s) or loved one, could honestly give this book 4 let alone 5 stars. I struggled enough with 3 stars.
I consume everything Motown so its no coincidence that includes this little 4th grade effort.