A Helluva High Note (Enhanced Edition): Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol


Many of the songs she mentions as "hits" I've never heard of and as you look through the list of her songs in the back of the book you realize that she really hasn't done much. Probably the only interesting part of the book is that she explains a bit more about her relationship with Paula Abdul, which was much deeper than the audience was led to believe when they were on American Idol together.

But even then Kara is careful to choose her words and doesn't reveal enough to offend Abdul. This book is full of avoidance.

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She sets herself up as a strong-willed female empowerment role model, yet what's on paper is all image and no substance. Just like her song lyrics.

Jul 21, Becky rated it did not like it Shelves: The book's narrative is disjointed and frustrating to read. Kara spends too much time skimming the surface of her life events leaving the book with very little depth. Why even write a memoir if you're ultimately a private person who doesn't really want to tell your story to the world? I don't expect any person to tell everything about their life in a memoir but it works better to focus on only a few segments of your life and go into detail about them instead of talking about a lot of different e The book's narrative is disjointed and frustrating to read.

I don't expect any person to tell everything about their life in a memoir but it works better to focus on only a few segments of your life and go into detail about them instead of talking about a lot of different events and leaving the reader with little insight. In fairness, I did not finish the book and maybe it gets better, but I'm guessing not.

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I read most of the chapter endings where Kara talks about songwriting experiences and those were as non-descriptive as the first few chapters. One experience she wrote about really irked me. When Kara described a scene in her college years where a man died, she talked about the indecency of all the people who walked by and didn't help.

I can't understand why she was so mad. I have walked by tragic events and not offered to help because a there was already a crowd of people surrounding the person in need and b I am not a medical professional and am unable to offer more help than the average bystander.

It isn't always a lack of caring that keeps people from stopping Kara was an admirable first responder and I respect that, but her anger isn't entirely warranted. In fact, she strikes me as an emotionally volatile person, but I suppose that helps fuel her songwriting. Aug 03, Todd Janko rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm going to have to start my music auto biography reviews with this book that I picked up out of the blue last year at the library.

Kari DioGuardi a well know song writer for stars from Janet Jackson to Katy Perry reflects her writing skills in is truthful, reflective book. The book also portrays an interesting perspective of being a contemporary, pop music songwriter in the music industry in this day and age. As many musicians realize, just being in the music industry alone is a lot of hard I'm going to have to start my music auto biography reviews with this book that I picked up out of the blue last year at the library.

As many musicians realize, just being in the music industry alone is a lot of hard work. Kari comes over much adversity in her life, along with be being a virtually unknown celebrity getting a judge position on one of the biggest TV shows in America would not be easy task.

She did end up lasting on the show for two seasons; that's more than Ellen can say. I do have to point out she is Italian, good looking, intelligent, and has learned from her mistakes and always be at the top of her game. This is a truly inspiring book for any up and coming song writer that wants to fulfill their dream in the music industry.

Jul 10, Lily rated it liked it. I have always been a fan of Kara's writing, I'm sure many of you think you don't know her but she's written songs for everyone, from Celine Dion to Paula Abdul. So when I heard she was going to be on Idol I was ecstatic. Althought I didn't find too many people that felt the same way, I guess we are a rare breed. But anyways onto the book, I was very excited to read about her time on Idol and to find out more about the person.

It felt like you were reading her diary, the entries were enlighting a I have always been a fan of Kara's writing, I'm sure many of you think you don't know her but she's written songs for everyone, from Celine Dion to Paula Abdul.

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It felt like you were reading her diary, the entries were enlighting and heartfelt. You realize that behind that rough exterior is a very sweet person whom just like everyone else has insecurities and doesn't like to air them out. But her vulnerability comes out through her writing and that is how she truly decides to share it with the world Aug 09, Tara rated it really liked it. I didnt know much about Kara as I dont watch the full season of American Idol, only the auditions as I like the "funny" ones!! Jun 29, Bonni Sweet added it. Not a bad book.

I hadn't realized that she was as popular in the music business as she was. Like most people who write their own stories she came out with some of her past personal problems but did so without dwelling on them. I would recommend this to others. Apr 30, Amy rated it liked it. I love her so much, but I was hoping for a more exciting American Idol story, although if that's the way it really happened I guess it's not her fault. Also she spends far too much of this book defending herself and trying not to offend people.

A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol

Jul 27, Stacy rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed learning about Kara's life and her musical career. I think music lovers will really enjoy this. The American Idol part of her career just makes up about a chapter, though. May 08, Ellen rated it did not like it. Boring and full of herself. Didn't bother reading the whole thing.

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Aug 22, Nicole Veno rated it really liked it. Great read, she is talented and honest and I loved it! Dec 25, Gina Gatewood rated it really liked it. Dec 19, Rachel Buckley rated it it was amazing. One of the best autobiographies I've ever read. Dec 06, Denae rated it really liked it. I liked reading about the creative process that goes into writing a song. She has so many hit songs, it surprized me. Jun 12, Jennifer rated it really liked it.

Gives me a new outlook on life. I now have a more respect for Kara. Feb 28, Katie Rodemich rated it really liked it. Kara DioGuardi is Awesome and so inspiring!!! Sep 14, Linda rated it it was ok. Could not get into it. Jan 26, Patti rated it did not like it Shelves: Stephen rated it liked it May 04, Shara rated it liked it Mar 10, Teresa rated it did not like it Jun 15, Lori Conroy rated it liked it May 03, Ngai Kay rated it liked it Oct 09, Books by Kara DioGuardi.

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Editorial Reviews. From the Back Cover. Kara DioGuardi is an award-winning hitmaker, a savvy A Helluva High Note (Enhanced Edition): Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol Kindle Edition with Audio/Video. by. A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol [Kara DioGuardi] Hardcover: pages; Publisher: It Books; First Edition edition (April 26, ).

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