If Only: From Amazon.co.uk
I look at myself sometimes and
think, You spoilt brat. You don't realise how lucky you are. I'm
just trying to be happy. Aren't we all?"
There are few things more rewarding than being able to prove
your doubters wrong, and with her autobiography former Spice
Girl Geri Halliwell obviously feels that she has silenced a few
of those who believed she was simply a loud-mouthed young girl
who struck it lucky.
Written in a first-person narrative, the result is a
surprisingly engaging and enjoyable read as Geri recounts the
events that shaped her formative years. The celebrity whirlwind
that her life has become may seem like a heady dream for most of
us, but her early days will ring a familiar tone with many. She
didn't come from a rich family and would while away hours
singing along to Madonna songs in the mirror. These early
chapters reinforce the "little girl lost" image Geri
seems so desperate for you to buy into throughout the book, but
her relationship with her father, a man who encouraged her to
chase her dreams, is genuinely touching.
Those expecting a bitching session will be disappointed--Geri
pours praise on her former bandmates whenever possible, making
some of their comments since her departure seem more than a
little harsh but perhaps that is Geri just being clever. It's
clear that she still feels a great affection for the girls,
especially Mel B, who Geri bonded with right from the start.
Those early days of Spice seemed a rollercoaster of laughs and
highs, but as Girl Power reached an almost fever pitch, Geri
felt constrained and almost trapped to the point where she knew
she had to leave but didn't really know why.
Overall, this a fun and frothy "rages to riches" tale
of her sheer determination, rather than any great talent,
finding a platform to perform to the world like the little girl
who used to dance to Madonna in her bedroom. --Jonathan Weir
In May 1998 a 25-year-old woman walked out of her job, and it
made world news. Geri Halliwell had left the biggest pop
phenomenon of the Nineties, the Spice Girls.
Geri had come a long way from her modest childhood in Watford.
Like many other starstruck young girls, she would dress up,
stand on the table with a hairbrush in her hand and sing along
to Madonna. She wanted to be a pop star. She wanted to marry
George Michael. She wanted to be famous. Geri had boundless
energy, plenty of cheek and she always stood apart from the
crowd. However, the road to fame is all too often a rocky one.
After leaving school she also left home, and attempted to scrape
a living through a series of dead-end jobs. Following stints as
a glamour model, various auditions for stage and screen roles,
and a taste of celebrity--as a game-show hostess in Turkey--Geri
responded to a curious advertisement placed in The Stage,
looking for candidates to form an all-girl band. The rest is
As Ginger Spice, Geri's stage presence was formidable, her
outfits legendary. The band enjoyed a succession of number one
hits, two phenomenally successful albums and a box office hit
movie. But Geri wanted her feet back on the ground. It was time
to go, to find out who she was when she wasn't Ginger Spice.
Geri is now focusing on building a successful solo career. Over
the last year she has also been working on behalf of the UN,
Breast Cancer Care and Comic Relief.
Geri's autobiography is funny, frank, poignant, incisive and, in
the best sense, inspirational. At its heart, If Only is about
fame and the rollercoaster journey one girl took from believing
it would provide the answers to life's problems to her discovery
that the real solutions lie elsewhere. --This text refers to the
This autobiography of Geri Halliwell is about growing up - about
choices - and the determination of a little girl to succeed
whatever the cost. It tells the truth about the early years, the
"glamour" modelling, her struggle with bulimia, the
rave scene, the Spice Girls, the success and the split..