America's Sweetheart - Mark Bego

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She has a million-watt smile that has made her the highest paid actress in the history of the movie business. From her incredible box-office hit Pretty Woman to her Academy Award-winning performance in Erin Brochovich, Julia Roberts has delighted audiences in over 30 films. As famous as she is for her movie roles, she is equally known for the men she has dated, married and left behind. From Keifer Sutherland to Liam Neeson to Lyle Lovett to Daniel Day-Lewis, she has a trail of broken hearts behind her. A tale of talent, ambition and drive, this behind-the-scenes look at Julia Roberts unravels the mystery of the woman known as America's Sweetheart.

Yes, after the abysmal Rosie O'Donnell publication, I shuddered to read this one. If possible, this one was actually worse. O'Donnells actually had a variety of details and some facts to support said things, as well as quotes from friends, etc., but here it seems shorter and without any personal insight.

Focusing on Roberts string of "men" and Robert's career, there's just nothing that interesting about this book. It's spelled out Roberts had a tough time with her father, and hinted about obstacles with her brother, yet of course there's no way to know what could be factual from the information presented. Everything is so meagerly touched upon it almost comes across as whimsical gossip heard from a fifth party. No rational explanations are given on this supposed bloodline war, with no wrap-up or anything of the sort. As for the string of men, being an unmarried woman, her legacy of lovers just doesn't seem that high to me. Hell, I've dated more and had more serious relationships than Roberts, if you go by guidelines according to this book.

Sadly the only thing that the small spurts of lover's quarrels left me with is wanting to know more information, especially on the whole Keifer Sutherland deal. It figures that when it finally grows interesting, the section stops.

The end result is simply boring, with gathered quotes from a variety of sources, trying to paint a picture that doesn't have a proper enough sketching to come together for a realistic enough image. With no index and no solid storyline, this book is simply a waste of time. The only good thing about it is the writing style is so simple a child could read it easily, and there are pictures. Black and white pictures, but hey, still pictures. At least the O'Donnell book, while trashy, was interesting in some of the time span.