That Turner’s story is an archetype doesn’t make it any less true, or harrowing ... Unlike I, Tina, which was written with the journalist (and former MTV News anchor) Kurt Loder using a sort of Rashomon chorus of voices, My Love Story is told entirely from Turner’s point of view with the help of the co-authors Deborah Davis and Dominik Wichmann ... Turner, who has been a committed Buddhist for decades, comes off as neither sensationalistic nor self-serving. My Love Story doesn’t carry the literary value that Loder’s historic descriptions provided, but for a famous sex symbol who has turned a tragedy into a fairy tale, Turner is charmingly down to earth ... One question goes unanswered in both of Turner’s books. Many people must have known what was happening between Ike and Tina, who frequently had black eyes and visible bruises. Did no one intervene? Why did record labels, promoters and performers tolerate seeing a talent clearly and repeatedly abused?
Turner still manages to surprise us with her insight ...Tina’s memoir is written with a remarkable memory for details that will delight her fans and engage even those new to her image ... My Love Story is a pungent shack-to-chateau saga that shares new revelations and refreshing wisdom, entwined with a romance that was a long time in the making, and well deserved.
Stops being a tell-all and becomes a DIY guide to successful branding. There’s actually not a lot about music here ... The last few chapters of My Love Story will remind you why you should never ask an older person how they’re doing ... this is the only book I have ever read in which the last page is an organ donor form. Once again, Tina leaves nothing to chance.
My Love Story is a decent read, but lacks the passion of I, Tina. The first-person narrative has a bland, ghost-written quality, whereas the earlier book, which blends contributions from other musicians and witnesses — including Ike — allows people to speak their own salty language ... You cannot fail to be moved, though, by Turner’s reflections on her sense of isolation as a child ... Perhaps we can never really escape our past.
Turner does seem nice from this autobiography, but it is so heavily ghosted that you never get a sense of her real voice. ... I’m sure her fans will love it, but it is a pity her style is not as exciting as her life.