Review: The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince by Mayte Garcia

Wednesday, March 29

My rating:
2 Stars…

Synopsis:

At the one-year anniversary of his death, legendary musician Prince's first wife shares a uniquely intimate, candid, and revelatory look inside the personal and professional life of one of the world's most beloved icons.

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together: from their unconventional meeting backstage at a concert (and the long-distance romance that followed), to their fairy-tale wedding (and their groundbreaking artistic partnership), to the devastating losses that ultimately dissolved their romantic relationship for good. Throughout it all, they shared a bond more intimate than any other in Prince's life. No one else can tell this story or can provide a deeper, more nuanced portrait of Prince--both the famously private man and the pioneering, beloved artist--than Mayte, his partner during some of the most pivotal personal and professional years of his career. The Most Beautiful is a book that will be returned to for decades, as Prince's music lives on with generations to come.
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What I loved:

Ms Garcia speaks with love and respect. I really enjoyed that a lot of this book was very kind, and non-sensationalist in the stories she had to tell about Prince.

I mean, I'm not a massive Prince fan but one day whilst binge-listening to old Prince albums I thought what the hell! and decided to check this book out. For that, it was probably no good. If you were an avid Prince fan, me suspects this would give you good insight into another facet of his very peculiar life. I think a lot of what Ms Garcia said was tastefully done.
Quote…I hear his voice in my heart, and I know as surely as I know my name that I will see my love again.
What I didn’t love:

This is more the Mayte Garcia story than the Prince story. I mean, really... she says herself at one point that Prince never talked to her much about his family life. So the majority of the backstory we get is hers. I know what her career was before she got famous for being on stage with Prince. I don't know what his was. I know what her relationship with her parents was. I don't know his. I know how she felt going on stage. Prince - like, one of the most famous artists in the world - no idea. For that reason alone I give this book a low rating.

Overall…

If you're a Mayte Garcia fan, you'll probably find this interesting. If you, like me, think of her as just another ex-of-famous-person, there are much better "I once knew a celebrity" memoirs out there.
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