Kelly Osbourne's advice book: Admirable or ho-hum?
We knew that Kelly Osbourne inked a book deal late last year. That news came as no surprise, seeing as how publishers are always hungry for juicy memoirs from drug-addled starlets, even ones who spend their days trying to eke their way off the F-list. But yesterday, WWD.com received some intel from Osbourne herself regarding the theme of her book, which is titled Fierce: “It’s about all the major things girls go through before they turn 21…. It’s 16 chapters where I explain what I did and where Iwent wrong, and then I offer professional advice on how to do thingsdifferently.”
First off, I have to applaud the 24-year-old Osbourne for rejecting a run-of-the-mill memoir that makes most readers question whether or not the author has lived long enough to churn out his/her life stories (or, a run-of-the-mill memoir that leaves readers thinking, “Who cares?”). Young girls coping with their own troubled times are well-served reading about the trials of those who have experienced drug addiction and rehab. And it’s interesting that Osbourne is opting for some image rehab as well, seeing as her own mum devoted time hosting the first season of Rock of Love Charm School, an entire program centered around image rehab (and, let’s face it, boobs and trucker hats).
But after seeing Osbourne grace the feature pages of People and other magazines discussing her rehab experience, I’m beginning to wonder if the singer is just milking her troubles a bit too much for her own good. It seems as if Osbourne’s career has become intertwined with her addiction just as much as Kirstie Alley’s career has become intertwined with her weight problems and, really, that isn’t the best move for someone who actually had promise in another field. Granted, I can’t fault Osbourne for trying to improve the lives of others — as I mentioned above, it is admirable — but do we care enough at this point to read yet another book/watch yet another interview with a member of the Osbourne family discussing drug addiction? Why doesn’t she just filter her problems into song, and release one heckuva comeback album?
Thoughts, PopWatchers? Would you read Fierce? Buy it for your daughter? And do you think the celebrity rehab genre has grown tired, especially considering there’s an entire VH1 series called, you know, Celebrity Rehab?
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