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Mar 04 2013

This is me: Ian Thorpe the Autobiography by Ian Thorpe

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Simon and Schuster, 2012. ISBN 9781471101229.
Recommended. I picked up this book fully believing that all you had to do to swim fast was to move your arms really fast. I put down the book knowing a lot more than I bargained for.
WOW, is the best word to describe this book. I've always approached autobiographies hesitantly, but WOW every time I have a break I have to give myself a minute to remember that I'm not Ian Thorpe, but only a girl who struggles to swim. The book is written that well. Also some of the things that are written in this book are breathtaking. For example, when the plane crashes into the Empire State Building! I felt gobsmacked and had a heavy heart for the rest of the day. The amazing reason I felt that way was because I had previously heard about the tragedy, so it was no surprise, but I didn't realise the negativity the journalists portrayed. I hope that at least one journalist reads this book and walks away with second thoughts about the way they approach celebrities with their prying questions.
Rating: 4 stars
I recommend this book without a doubt. I now have an open mind about autobiographies and am looking forward to reading another one . . .
Lilly S. (Student

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