If Only

If Only❰KINDLE❯ ❄ If Only Author Geri Halliwell – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk From exSpice Girl Geri Halliwell, one of the world's most famous pop superstars, comes her own honest, revealing, and poignant life story For the first time ever, Geri herself takes readers past the g From exSpice Girl Geri Halliwell, one of the world's most famous pop superstars, comes her own honest, revealing, and poignant life story For the first time ever, Geri herself takes readers past the glamorous facade of Ginger Spice to show the vulnerably real young woman behind it Illustrated with dozens of photographs, If Only is part comingofage story and part inspirational memoir, chronicling Geri's search for acceptance and purpose that would lead her into, and ultimately away from, music's greatest girlgroup phenomenon, the Spice GirlsAs the unofficial spokesperson for the Spice Girls, as the woman who coined the term Girl Power, or as the heartstopping beauty in the famous Union Jack dress, Geri Halliwell had quite a lot to do with making journalists and pop music fans around the world pay attention to a virtually unknown quintet from London Geri's departure from the band in May , when they were at their chartbusting peak, was frontpage news around the world, leaving reporters and fans scrambling for answers Now, in If Only, Geri Halliwell is ready to share, detailing her troubled childhood, her father's untimely death, her breastcancer scare, her complex relationships with the other Spice Girls, and her constant battle with feelings of inadequacyGeri Halliwell had grown up telling herself If Only If Only she were taller If Only she were thinner If Only she were talented By learning never to give up, never to accept the status quo, Geri turned a life of urban poverty, ill health, and broken promises into one of wealth, celebrity, and social activism An inspirational book from a remarkable young woman who took a step back to gainperspective and to devote herself to the causes for which she feels strongly, If Only is than a reallife Cinderella story It is a lesson in perseverance and selfesteem for girls and women everywhere. It is the ultimate cinderella story,the Spice Girls came from absolutely nowhere,with very limited talent, to become world famous.

And it was Ginger Spice,Geri Halliwell,who as long as she was with them,was the best known of them all.This was the girl who coined the term Girl Power.

I can't stand their sound,I don't consider it music.When I watch their youtube clips,I see a lot of jumping about,a lot of noise and little else.

But this book surprised me,I loved it.The best thing about it is the humour.It's been a long time since I read it but I remember how much I enjoyed it.

She came from a background of urban poverty and had to deal with ill health as well.These things,however,don't dominate the book.It's bursting with amusing anecdotes and is lots of fun to read.

The title If Only refers to her wish to be taller,healthier and more talented.But as it happened,her wildest dreams came true. As a Spice Girls fan, of course I was going to enjoy this. As an aspiring writer, I identified with a lot of Geri's career struggles.

I found the first 1/3 of the book to be the most honest and thoughtful, perhaps because she had the most distance from it, the most time to reflect and understand. The middle 1/3, about the rise of the Spice Girls, was fascinating because I could track my own journey along with it. (Did I remember that scandal? Where was I when they were doing this concert? Etc.) Not to mention all the behind-the-scenes info, like her friendship with Mel B, or their interactions with other celebrities at award shows, or going out dancing with her bodyguard.

I also enjoyed the connections I saw between her story/their story and their music. I could see where certain lines came from, or where certain scenes in their movie clearly were inspired by real life experiences. Again, as a fan, that's just a blast.

But toward the end, as Geri was feeling more and more distanced from the Spice Girls phenomenon, Present Day Me felt like I could see an increasing gap between what she was perceiving and what was actually happening. I'm no expert, but it seems to me like Geri was a deeply insecure person -- possibly even a deeply unhappy person -- with depressive and self-destructive tendencies, and eventually the fame and intense touring schedule just got to be too much. (Understandable. It seems like the highs were super high, and the lows were super low. I appreciated her honest portrayal of how wonderful and simultaneously how stressful that level of success is.) But I suspect that if it hadn't been the Spice Girls bringing her problems to the forefront, it would have been something else. Now, there's nothing *wrong* with that -- it's human -- but she didn't seem to be fully aware of it. Instead she kept trying to justify her actions, looking outward instead of inward, even as she claimed to be doing the opposite. And for all her assertions that she was happier and felt better after leaving, I didn't see it. She was doing different work, fulfilling work, sure. But she still seemed to be floundering, grasping at straws every which way, and hoping for the best. Again, that's all very human, it just made me feel a bit sorry that she struggled so much.

(Side note: She kept looking for causes to support, but it seemed obvious to me that she would have been (and could probably still be) an excellent spokesperson for mental health issues, such as eating disorders, depression or anxiety. But again, I think she didn't have the distance to perceive that yet.)

(Oh, her father's death seemed to be hugely unresolved for her, as well.)

It was interesting for me to realize that this was written in 1999, right after the split. I'd be so curious to see what she has to say about it all now. And of course, to see what the other girls' views of these same events were. As Geri says more than once in the book, we each have our own perspectives, our own versions of the truth. This was hers, and I enjoyed reading it.

On a writing note, it's not brilliant, but there are some nice turns of phrases here and there, and overall it's quite an easy/conversational narrative. No two people see events the same way.
Everybody's truth is different. This is my truth.

If only there was a world
with no pain
only love.
If only there was no fear.
If only


That is how the book begins and I've always loved that part. Every diary I've had I've always wrote that on the inside. If Only by Geri Halliwell, most people probably know her better as Ginger Spice, the book goes through her life from the time she is young through the Spice years, her solor career and life after the Spice Girls. Geri's relationship with her father is very touching.
I read If Only when I was, maybe 13, and around age 12 is when a lot of problems started with my parents. By the time I was 13 I was depressed most of the time and this book really helped me a lot.

People can think what they want of Geri Halliwell, but the only thing that matters to me is what I think of her; she's a great person and has really accomplished a lot. I really had no idea to what her life was like until I read this book. Geri did things she wasn't proud of and she's not perfect and I think this book really can show you that stars are people just like us.

When I read If Only and finished it for the first time, I felt good and determined. No matter what I went through I wasn't going to let it beat me. This book definitely was inspiring. It inspired me to go after my dreams and that's just what I am doing.
How I Came To Read This Book: I borrowed it from my sister Gillian.

The Plot: Geri Halliwell is the fifth member of one of the 90s most popular and famous supergroups - the Spice Girls, but she is perhaps most famous for splitting from the group in '98, as their stars showed no sign of stopping. This book is her autobiography written shortly after her departure from the group, which essentially encapsulates her life pre-Spice as a poor club kid in Watford, and what her role in the evolution of the Spice Girls was, and how she became increasingly disillusioned with fame which spurred her split.

The Good & the Bad: This book is very interesting - as is the other Spice bio I've read, Victoria Beckham's Learn To Fly. I'm kind of glad I read Geri's book a decade after it was written, if only because I know where her career went, and that she actually did reunite with the band. I actually found Geri's background quite interesting (more than Vic's) as she really appeared to always have a hunger for the spotlight, even if she was forced to go about it in shady ways by working in the 'glamour' modeling industry for awhile.

I also found her insight on the Spice Girls interesting. Because her book was so focused on either life pre-Spice or life in-Spice, she went into a fair bit more detail about events and roles in them than Victoria ever did. Additionally, there were some revelations to be had - such as her surprisingly very tight relationship with Mel B and the fact the band apparently made a deal at one point that they'd do everything they could in two years before calling it quits - a promise everyone seemed to forget but Geri.

That being said, there is a note of falsity throughout, particularly when Geri starts to formulate her leaving the group. For one, certain phrases and ideas throughout the book I realized were actually found in the lyrics and themes of her debut solo album - an interesting PR-laden coincidence given her debut single was released a mere two weeks after the book was released (which is mentioned IN the book's epilogue as to What's next for Geri). I also found it a bit weird / false - as I did at the time of Geri quitting - that she did such an about-face in terms of her image, motives (to give back and do something good), and to become so disillusioned with fame
only to release a solo album within the year. Those things don't ruin the book per se, but they certainly seem to shed a bit of light as to what's included - and possibly left out.

The Bottom Line: A great, interesting read on one of the Spice Girls' most enigmatic and energetic members.

Anything Memorable: Nope, although I promise you'll have some Spice tunes in your head after reading this sucker!

50-Book Challenge?: Book #8 in 2009. 3.5 stars

I didn't realize how much Geri struggled in her life
with a lot of things really. Parents in an unhappy marriage, financial stress, mental health issues and an eating disorder to name a few. For the first 1/4 of this book I really felt sorry for her. Then she joined the Spice Girls
I was a big fan when I was younger and let's face it, I still am! Much like Victoria Beckham's book, I got caught up in the excitement of them forming the band and their crazy trip to stardom. However, even though this is Geri's side of how things happened I still thought of her as selfish for leaving and I was just as outraged as when I was reading it in VB's book. Funny how that happens.

I'm glad she did what she needed to do for her own well-being and I'm glad for her that the book (which was written in 1999) ended happy. I love this book and this is the first autobiography is have ever read
being a spice girls' fan and particularly Geri's fan, i can't help but want to know more about her. The more i read this book, the more i can relate to her, and her decision to leave the Spice girls
She discusses about her family and explains everything quite clearly. Geri is a clever woman
who is brave to express herself and definitely define the word Girl Power. Very easy reading and quite interesting not just for the 'behind the scenes' of the Spice Girls, but also getting to know Geri on a more personal level. I never realized just how much she battled with her personal life and appearance, but through reading this book it was nice to see 'first hand' that she's really just a normal person with common problems. Yes. I read this. Stop laughing. It was interesting. You clearly need to spice up your life. Geri Halliwell was always my favourite Spice Girl. Her cheekiness, her bright red hair, her sense of humour
I loved everything about her and still do! However, up until recently, I'd never owned any of her two autobiographies despite this one being published in 1999 (well, I was 5 when this was released!) so therefore had never read them! And I'm really glad that I left it until now to read, as my 543 page mass market paperback edition of If Only took me straight back to my childhood and made me nostalgic in the way only the Spice Girls can do!

There's a recurring theme throughout this book that to me says 'be careful what you wish for because you just might get it' - Geri always wanted to be famous, whether it was by being a glamour model, a tv presenter, or as one of five of the most successful British girlband ever. But when she rapidly achieved her dreams, she realised that the reality of them could never exceed her fantasies. Which in a way is really sad, as even though she was in the biggest group in the world at the time, part of Geri was still desperately unhappy :(

As well as this, Geri openly speaks about her battles with bulimia, and not being able to grieve properly after her fathers death. I found these scenes really hard to read, but it shows that she is a human behind the celebrity.

My favourite scenes to read were about Geri's decision to quit the Spice Girls - at the time when it happened I was 4 and was desperately heartbroken, but reading the book I really do understand why she decided to leave. Of course, its still sad to reflect on my favourite member leaving my favourite band, but now I completely understand why she chose to do so.

I also really liked reading about the formation of the Spice Girls and reading all the behind the scenes stuff about them becoming friends and in rehearsals and preparing for world domination.

All in all, I gave this 5/5 as it has become one of my favourite celebrity autobiographies. I'm now going to start reading Geri's second book Just For The Record and be taken back to my childhood all over again with what happened next in Geri's solo career! We as the public only get to see a little glimpse of what happens in the life of our favorite stars, sometimes this little glimpse make us believe we know them and also that we know and that we can judge different situations. If we remember Ginger Spice we collectively will think about a very confident woman with no issues about herself at all
but is Geri Halliwell really the Ginger Spice we all got to know and love?

This book takes us from the very beginning, from a little Geri from Watford that dreams of being famous, to a Geri that hopes that once all her dreams have come true she will finally be able to love herself more, to a Geri that makes all her childhood dreams come true as one of five Spice Girls only to notice that the fame and the feeling she had while dreaming about it does not feel the same in reality.

Why did Geri just suddenly up and left the Spice girls when she had all going for her in the group? This and many other answers to questions I didn't know I had, are presented in this bigger glimpse into Geri's life and now everything makes a bit more sense, at least to me
;)

If Only ePUB ¿ Hardcover
    If Only ePUB ¿ Hardcover vulnerably real young woman behind it Illustrated with dozens of photographs, If Only is part comingofage story and part inspirational memoir, chronicling Geri's search for acceptance and purpose that would lead her into, and ultimately away from, music's greatest girlgroup phenomenon, the Spice GirlsAs the unofficial spokesperson for the Spice Girls, as the woman who coined the term Girl Power, or as the heartstopping beauty in the famous Union Jack dress, Geri Halliwell had quite a lot to do with making journalists and pop music fans around the world pay attention to a virtually unknown quintet from London Geri's departure from the band in May , when they were at their chartbusting peak, was frontpage news around the world, leaving reporters and fans scrambling for answers Now, in If Only, Geri Halliwell is ready to share, detailing her troubled childhood, her father's untimely death, her breastcancer scare, her complex relationships with the other Spice Girls, and her constant battle with feelings of inadequacyGeri Halliwell had grown up telling herself If Only If Only she were taller If Only she were thinner If Only she were talented By learning never to give up, never to accept the status quo, Geri turned a life of urban poverty, ill health, and broken promises into one of wealth, celebrity, and social activism An inspirational book from a remarkable young woman who took a step back to gainperspective and to devote herself to the causes for which she feels strongly, If Only is than a reallife Cinderella story It is a lesson in perseverance and selfesteem for girls and women everywhere. It is the ultimate cinderella story,the Spice Girls came from absolutely nowhere,with very limited talent, to become world famous.

    And it was Ginger Spice,Geri Halliwell,who as long as she was with them,was the best known of them all.This was the girl who coined the term Girl Power.

    I can't stand their sound,I don't consider it music.When I watch their youtube clips,I see a lot of jumping about,a lot of noise and little else.

    But this book surprised me,I loved it.The best thing about it is the humour.It's been a long time since I read it but I remember how much I enjoyed it.

    She came from a background of urban poverty and had to deal with ill health as well.These things,however,don't dominate the book.It's bursting with amusing anecdotes and is lots of fun to read.

    The title If Only refers to her wish to be taller,healthier and more talented.But as it happened,her wildest dreams came true. As a Spice Girls fan, of course I was going to enjoy this. As an aspiring writer, I identified with a lot of Geri's career struggles.

    I found the first 1/3 of the book to be the most honest and thoughtful, perhaps because she had the most distance from it, the most time to reflect and understand. The middle 1/3, about the rise of the Spice Girls, was fascinating because I could track my own journey along with it. (Did I remember that scandal? Where was I when they were doing this concert? Etc.) Not to mention all the behind-the-scenes info, like her friendship with Mel B, or their interactions with other celebrities at award shows, or going out dancing with her bodyguard.

    I also enjoyed the connections I saw between her story/their story and their music. I could see where certain lines came from, or where certain scenes in their movie clearly were inspired by real life experiences. Again, as a fan, that's just a blast.

    But toward the end, as Geri was feeling more and more distanced from the Spice Girls phenomenon, Present Day Me felt like I could see an increasing gap between what she was perceiving and what was actually happening. I'm no expert, but it seems to me like Geri was a deeply insecure person -- possibly even a deeply unhappy person -- with depressive and self-destructive tendencies, and eventually the fame and intense touring schedule just got to be too much. (Understandable. It seems like the highs were super high, and the lows were super low. I appreciated her honest portrayal of how wonderful and simultaneously how stressful that level of success is.) But I suspect that if it hadn't been the Spice Girls bringing her problems to the forefront, it would have been something else. Now, there's nothing *wrong* with that -- it's human -- but she didn't seem to be fully aware of it. Instead she kept trying to justify her actions, looking outward instead of inward, even as she claimed to be doing the opposite. And for all her assertions that she was happier and felt better after leaving, I didn't see it. She was doing different work, fulfilling work, sure. But she still seemed to be floundering, grasping at straws every which way, and hoping for the best. Again, that's all very human, it just made me feel a bit sorry that she struggled so much.

    (Side note: She kept looking for causes to support, but it seemed obvious to me that she would have been (and could probably still be) an excellent spokesperson for mental health issues, such as eating disorders, depression or anxiety. But again, I think she didn't have the distance to perceive that yet.)

    (Oh, her father's death seemed to be hugely unresolved for her, as well.)

    It was interesting for me to realize that this was written in 1999, right after the split. I'd be so curious to see what she has to say about it all now. And of course, to see what the other girls' views of these same events were. As Geri says more than once in the book, we each have our own perspectives, our own versions of the truth. This was hers, and I enjoyed reading it.

    On a writing note, it's not brilliant, but there are some nice turns of phrases here and there, and overall it's quite an easy/conversational narrative. No two people see events the same way.
    Everybody's truth is different. This is my truth.

    If only there was a world
    with no pain
    only love.
    If only there was no fear.
    If only


    That is how the book begins and I've always loved that part. Every diary I've had I've always wrote that on the inside. If Only by Geri Halliwell, most people probably know her better as Ginger Spice, the book goes through her life from the time she is young through the Spice years, her solor career and life after the Spice Girls. Geri's relationship with her father is very touching.
    I read If Only when I was, maybe 13, and around age 12 is when a lot of problems started with my parents. By the time I was 13 I was depressed most of the time and this book really helped me a lot.

    People can think what they want of Geri Halliwell, but the only thing that matters to me is what I think of her; she's a great person and has really accomplished a lot. I really had no idea to what her life was like until I read this book. Geri did things she wasn't proud of and she's not perfect and I think this book really can show you that stars are people just like us.

    When I read If Only and finished it for the first time, I felt good and determined. No matter what I went through I wasn't going to let it beat me. This book definitely was inspiring. It inspired me to go after my dreams and that's just what I am doing.
    How I Came To Read This Book: I borrowed it from my sister Gillian.

    The Plot: Geri Halliwell is the fifth member of one of the 90s most popular and famous supergroups - the Spice Girls, but she is perhaps most famous for splitting from the group in '98, as their stars showed no sign of stopping. This book is her autobiography written shortly after her departure from the group, which essentially encapsulates her life pre-Spice as a poor club kid in Watford, and what her role in the evolution of the Spice Girls was, and how she became increasingly disillusioned with fame which spurred her split.

    The Good & the Bad: This book is very interesting - as is the other Spice bio I've read, Victoria Beckham's Learn To Fly. I'm kind of glad I read Geri's book a decade after it was written, if only because I know where her career went, and that she actually did reunite with the band. I actually found Geri's background quite interesting (more than Vic's) as she really appeared to always have a hunger for the spotlight, even if she was forced to go about it in shady ways by working in the 'glamour' modeling industry for awhile.

    I also found her insight on the Spice Girls interesting. Because her book was so focused on either life pre-Spice or life in-Spice, she went into a fair bit more detail about events and roles in them than Victoria ever did. Additionally, there were some revelations to be had - such as her surprisingly very tight relationship with Mel B and the fact the band apparently made a deal at one point that they'd do everything they could in two years before calling it quits - a promise everyone seemed to forget but Geri.

    That being said, there is a note of falsity throughout, particularly when Geri starts to formulate her leaving the group. For one, certain phrases and ideas throughout the book I realized were actually found in the lyrics and themes of her debut solo album - an interesting PR-laden coincidence given her debut single was released a mere two weeks after the book was released (which is mentioned IN the book's epilogue as to What's next for Geri). I also found it a bit weird / false - as I did at the time of Geri quitting - that she did such an about-face in terms of her image, motives (to give back and do something good), and to become so disillusioned with fame
    only to release a solo album within the year. Those things don't ruin the book per se, but they certainly seem to shed a bit of light as to what's included - and possibly left out.

    The Bottom Line: A great, interesting read on one of the Spice Girls' most enigmatic and energetic members.

    Anything Memorable: Nope, although I promise you'll have some Spice tunes in your head after reading this sucker!

    50-Book Challenge?: Book #8 in 2009. 3.5 stars

    I didn't realize how much Geri struggled in her life
    with a lot of things really. Parents in an unhappy marriage, financial stress, mental health issues and an eating disorder to name a few. For the first 1/4 of this book I really felt sorry for her. Then she joined the Spice Girls
    I was a big fan when I was younger and let's face it, I still am! Much like Victoria Beckham's book, I got caught up in the excitement of them forming the band and their crazy trip to stardom. However, even though this is Geri's side of how things happened I still thought of her as selfish for leaving and I was just as outraged as when I was reading it in VB's book. Funny how that happens.

    I'm glad she did what she needed to do for her own well-being and I'm glad for her that the book (which was written in 1999) ended happy. I love this book and this is the first autobiography is have ever read
    being a spice girls' fan and particularly Geri's fan, i can't help but want to know more about her. The more i read this book, the more i can relate to her, and her decision to leave the Spice girls
    She discusses about her family and explains everything quite clearly. Geri is a clever woman
    who is brave to express herself and definitely define the word Girl Power. Very easy reading and quite interesting not just for the 'behind the scenes' of the Spice Girls, but also getting to know Geri on a more personal level. I never realized just how much she battled with her personal life and appearance, but through reading this book it was nice to see 'first hand' that she's really just a normal person with common problems. Yes. I read this. Stop laughing. It was interesting. You clearly need to spice up your life. Geri Halliwell was always my favourite Spice Girl. Her cheekiness, her bright red hair, her sense of humour
    I loved everything about her and still do! However, up until recently, I'd never owned any of her two autobiographies despite this one being published in 1999 (well, I was 5 when this was released!) so therefore had never read them! And I'm really glad that I left it until now to read, as my 543 page mass market paperback edition of If Only took me straight back to my childhood and made me nostalgic in the way only the Spice Girls can do!

    There's a recurring theme throughout this book that to me says 'be careful what you wish for because you just might get it' - Geri always wanted to be famous, whether it was by being a glamour model, a tv presenter, or as one of five of the most successful British girlband ever. But when she rapidly achieved her dreams, she realised that the reality of them could never exceed her fantasies. Which in a way is really sad, as even though she was in the biggest group in the world at the time, part of Geri was still desperately unhappy :(

    As well as this, Geri openly speaks about her battles with bulimia, and not being able to grieve properly after her fathers death. I found these scenes really hard to read, but it shows that she is a human behind the celebrity.

    My favourite scenes to read were about Geri's decision to quit the Spice Girls - at the time when it happened I was 4 and was desperately heartbroken, but reading the book I really do understand why she decided to leave. Of course, its still sad to reflect on my favourite member leaving my favourite band, but now I completely understand why she chose to do so.

    I also really liked reading about the formation of the Spice Girls and reading all the behind the scenes stuff about them becoming friends and in rehearsals and preparing for world domination.

    All in all, I gave this 5/5 as it has become one of my favourite celebrity autobiographies. I'm now going to start reading Geri's second book Just For The Record and be taken back to my childhood all over again with what happened next in Geri's solo career! We as the public only get to see a little glimpse of what happens in the life of our favorite stars, sometimes this little glimpse make us believe we know them and also that we know and that we can judge different situations. If we remember Ginger Spice we collectively will think about a very confident woman with no issues about herself at all
    but is Geri Halliwell really the Ginger Spice we all got to know and love?

    This book takes us from the very beginning, from a little Geri from Watford that dreams of being famous, to a Geri that hopes that once all her dreams have come true she will finally be able to love herself more, to a Geri that makes all her childhood dreams come true as one of five Spice Girls only to notice that the fame and the feeling she had while dreaming about it does not feel the same in reality.

    Why did Geri just suddenly up and left the Spice girls when she had all going for her in the group? This and many other answers to questions I didn't know I had, are presented in this bigger glimpse into Geri's life and now everything makes a bit more sense, at least to me
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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • If Only
  • Geri Halliwell
  • English
  • 22 February 2019
  • 9780385334754