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It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments - the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today. Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it’s been impossible to communicate It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments - the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today. Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it’s been impossible to communicate the complexities and depths of my experience in any single magazine article or a ten-minute television interview. And even then, my words were filtered through someone else’s lens, largely satisfying someone else’s assignment to define me. This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs. Unfiltered. I went deep into my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed and triumphant woman I became tell her side. Writing this memoir was incredibly hard, humbling and healing. My sincere hope is that you are moved to a new understanding, not only about me, but also about the resilience of the human spirit. Love, Mariah


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It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments - the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today. Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it’s been impossible to communicate It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments - the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today. Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it’s been impossible to communicate the complexities and depths of my experience in any single magazine article or a ten-minute television interview. And even then, my words were filtered through someone else’s lens, largely satisfying someone else’s assignment to define me. This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs. Unfiltered. I went deep into my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed and triumphant woman I became tell her side. Writing this memoir was incredibly hard, humbling and healing. My sincere hope is that you are moved to a new understanding, not only about me, but also about the resilience of the human spirit. Love, Mariah

30 review for The Meaning of Mariah Carey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    5 stars. This was even better than I could have imagined, darlin'. Mariah Carey is an icon and one of my favorite artists of all time. I grew up with her music. I remember when I was a child I had both Music Box and Butterfly on cassettes (I'm showing my age, I know) and I wore them out. Literally. The tape had started to unravel on them both, that's how much I played them. I was fascinated with her sound, her voice and everything she did with it. Plus, it was always fun trying to do her whistle 5 stars. This was even better than I could have imagined, darlin'. Mariah Carey is an icon and one of my favorite artists of all time. I grew up with her music. I remember when I was a child I had both Music Box and Butterfly on cassettes (I'm showing my age, I know) and I wore them out. Literally. The tape had started to unravel on them both, that's how much I played them. I was fascinated with her sound, her voice and everything she did with it. Plus, it was always fun trying to do her whistle tone and failing miserably. I digress. After reading this, a lot of what you see about her public persona starts to really make a lot more sense. Her childhood really played a huge part in that and it's something that she still struggles with. My heart hurt for her. Her family situation was nightmarish and I applaud her for getting away and making something of her self. She's also very honest about her struggle with her own identity as being bi-racial and I thought that was interesting as well. We also get a lot of detail into her hellish marriage with Tommy Mottola. I mean, we already know he's trash but damn to read it in her own words of just how bad it was was even worse. If Mariah had actually listened to him she would've never crossed over into Urban and we never would've gotten the legendary Butterfly album and that's just unacceptable. We also get the real tea about that infamous "Mariah Carey mental breakdown" from the Glitter era and I think that had to be one of my favorite parts of the book just because I remember all of that happening so vividly, it was all over the tabloids and in the news at the time you couldn't avoid it. Let's just say everything isn't always what it seems. Also, yes to her giving some background on two of my favorite songs from her! Crybaby from Rainbow and The Roof from Butterfly. I got all of my life from those little tidbits. I loved this book. I love that this was therapeutic for her in helping her to finally move on and close the chapter of her life that was her childhood and that awful first marriage. I will say, the petty in me wanted some shade about She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named but I guess Mimi still doesn't know her. Oh, well. *Kanye shrug* I read this on my kindle and I also listened to the audiobook. The audiobook is absolutely superb. Mariah reads it herself and she sings some songs and I just about died. It's a fabulous experience and I highly recommend going the audiobook route. Overall, a wonderful, raw and entertaining read. We expect nothing less from the Diva honestly.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    I am a HUGE Mariah Carey fan. Always have been. Anybody who knows me knows that this was one of my most anticipated reads for the last decade or so. I can definitely say that the juice was worth the squeeze. ☕️ The story of her life, in her own words, is told in four sections: -WAYWARD CHILD Mariah has had a difficult life, and it was rough from the very beginning. Being biracial in predominately white neighborhoods, with a Black father and white mother, made her an easy target. This section explo I am a HUGE Mariah Carey fan. Always have been. Anybody who knows me knows that this was one of my most anticipated reads for the last decade or so. I can definitely say that the juice was worth the squeeze. ☕️ The story of her life, in her own words, is told in four sections: -WAYWARD CHILD Mariah has had a difficult life, and it was rough from the very beginning. Being biracial in predominately white neighborhoods, with a Black father and white mother, made her an easy target. This section explores her childhood, growing up with: an angry, emotionally abusive and sometimes violent older brother, a troubled older sister who became pregnant in her teens and turned to prostitution and drugs, a father who loved her, but didn’t understand her dreams of becoming a singer, and a mother who didn’t show her much affection and never stood by her side. She and her family moved thirteen times, and she never really had one place to call home. Through all the rare ups and many downs (one of the lowest was when her sister drugged her with Valium and tried to sell her to her pimp), Mariah stayed 100% focused on the grand prize...getting a record deal and finally having some stability. -SING SING When Mariah was a teenager, doing background vocals and demo work, she was finally able to record her OWN demo. In a bit of a Cinderella moment, her demo ended up in the hands of Sony Music President Tommy Mottola, a powerful man more than 20 years older than her. Although she felt some attraction for him initially, she really wanted stability...and thought that he would provide it. Instead, he had the home they built and equally paid for equipped with motion sensor cameras, recording devices, and fully armed security personnel. Tommy didn’t like to have Mariah out of his sight, which is why she nicknamed the beautiful upper NY mansion they lived in Sing Sing (as in the Prison). On top of that, Tommy was very unsupportive of her taking her music in the R&B/Hip-Hop direction (although most of her music had layers of these genres from the start). He didn’t like her discussing the Black part of who she was, didn’t like her Black friends, and made it his mission to control every aspect of her life until she was drowning in despair. He got worse as her success rose. My two favorite parts of this section: 1. Mariah met Derek Jeter, a baseball player with the NY Yankees, as her marriage was falling apart. They fell in love very quickly, and although she didn’t sleep with him until after she found the courage to leave Tommy for good, Derek is the catalyst who gave her the strength to leave. He made her realize she was allowed happiness in her life. Although their relationship was short-lived, it’s clear she is so thankful for him and looks back on their time together fondly. There is also an ADORABLE picture of them in the book that makes me sad they didn’t make it. 2. Something I learned about only days before reading this is that Mariah secretly wrote, produced, recorded and released a grunge/alternative rock album in 1995. No joke! She recorded it simultaneously with the “Daydream” album as a way to let out angst and have some laughs. The album was released under the artist name, Chick. Mariah blended her vocals with her friend, Clarissa, on lead. You can totally hear her all over the album though. And as a bonus, Mariah recently stated that she is digging through her vault to find the original recordings with just her vocals. -ALL THAT GLITTERS After her divorce, and leaving Columbia Records, Mariah signed the biggest record deal ever with Virgin Records, and was finally able to add acting to her repertoire (something Tommy forbade). This section discusses the disappointing process of filming the movie “Glitter”, the sabotaging by her ex-husband (who had record executive spies report back to him about the soundtrack she was recording so he could take the samples she used, give them to one of his “artists”, and get that single released before Mariah’s so she wouldn’t be able to use the sample anymore), and Mariah’s so-called “breakdown.” The breakdown was simply stress, lack of sleep, and pure exhaustion. It’s also quite clear that her family sold her out, didn’t have her best interests at heart, and ultimately only cared about her money...ignoring her mental health. This section is scary and disturbing, and ultimately talks to the strength Mariah found in herself to pick herself up, dust herself off, and move on. What also helped was getting the right circle of support around her. “Not all debacles are created equal, dahhhhling.” -EMANCIPATION This section is about her triumphant return to the top. All of the pain and hurt and mistrust resulted in a phenomenal new decade for Mariah: Back at #1, albums with HUGE sales, record-breaking chart statistics, a hit film that won awards, new relationships, giving birth to twins, and finally feeling content. This amazing story of her life ends in December 2019, when she scores her 19th #1 single. I tried to make this short and sweet, but that clearly didn’t happen. 🤦‍♂️ I enjoyed reading this more than I ever thought possible, and really appreciate how open and honest Mariah is about parts of her life she has never discussed before. I have a whole new appreciation for her as a human, an artist, a producer, and successful businesswoman. I also think this explains why she sometimes puts on her “diva” act in public. It all stems from insecurities. Truth is, she loves her fans, loves her children more, and has fought her whole life to get to where she is today. She writes that her family, friends, and lambs 🐑 (Mariah fans) see beyond that, and she is right. Another thing I love is that her song lyrics are sprinkled throughout, most of which are autobiographical and point to specific situations in her life. I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up the humor. Mariah is FUNNY, and has some awesome, quotable material in here to lighten up a sometimes dark story. All the stars for Mimi!

  3. 4 out of 5

    anna jo

    RELEASE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHUT. THE. FRONT. BACK. SIDE. AND GARAGE DOOR. pre-order PLACED. this tea will FLOOD THE NATION! y'all better have your life jackets R-E-A-D-Y

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    Audiobook...read by Mariah Carey If you’re a die-hard ‘everything’ Mariah Carey fan.... then this book will probably be a 5 star read. Me.....( not a die hard fan).... I like her fine — but not in a ‘fan-ship’ way. I could only handle listening to this audiobook- a few chapters at a time. One can only hang out with a diva so long, before needing a break. Not pointing a judgement finger at Mariah—- it’s just that when my reality and stylized-living is so different — I simply needed to step off her p Audiobook...read by Mariah Carey If you’re a die-hard ‘everything’ Mariah Carey fan.... then this book will probably be a 5 star read. Me.....( not a die hard fan).... I like her fine — but not in a ‘fan-ship’ way. I could only handle listening to this audiobook- a few chapters at a time. One can only hang out with a diva so long, before needing a break. Not pointing a judgement finger at Mariah—- it’s just that when my reality and stylized-living is so different — I simply needed to step off her platform for awhile. I ‘am’ inspired by Mariah’s voice - ( I loved when she broke out into a song); her talent is exceptional. Mariah’s sincere appreciation to her fans, and faith in God is moving..... But.... at times I was bored - I wasn’t very interested in her closet, shoes, clothes, and thoughts on dating: I felt the details were neutral to flat. It also wasn’t thrilling to digest Mariah’s blame of her white mother and black father either....( for not understanding Mariah’s feelings). They didn’t live up to her dreams, or expectations. ( even though they both loved her) Mariah didn’t sound forgiving—or complete, either. Not to me..... but.... she uses her ‘unhappy experiences’ for her artistic endeavors. Seems to work for her. It ‘was’ interesting to learn about how her lyrics came to her ( from personal life experiences). Stepping inside her creative head were my favorite parts. The few times she broke out into song - was great. I was left wanting more singing and less memoir-writing. I found it deeply heartbreaking that her most prominent relationships in life: mother, father, sister, brother, ex-husband were complex, sad, bleak, frightening, confusing, dreadful, and often unbearable. Overall: Fair - good - not incredible. The writing, sharing, and editing was average. 3 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wilmus Toh Wai Yon

    Food For Thought: Why didn't she name the memoir as Memoir Of An Imperfect Angel? I'm so interested in reading the book when it's released! I'm a HUGEEEEE Mariah fan and she's the first artist whom I listened to in the 90s playlist before I started liking old school music altogether. Like I used to be a huge TayTay fan but the moment I heard Mariah's voice, I felt emancipated (pun intended) and I started digging deeper into her entire discography! And the next second before I knew, I was already Food For Thought: Why didn't she name the memoir as Memoir Of An Imperfect Angel? I'm so interested in reading the book when it's released! I'm a HUGEEEEE Mariah fan and she's the first artist whom I listened to in the 90s playlist before I started liking old school music altogether. Like I used to be a huge TayTay fan but the moment I heard Mariah's voice, I felt emancipated (pun intended) and I started digging deeper into her entire discography! And the next second before I knew, I was already a Lambily! I'm so excited to see her address the Mottola issue and also J-Lo like we know her sample got stolen but it would be interesting to see her delve deeper in this realm. And also, more light needs to be shed on the chapter of her life before her eponymous debut album was released since she has briefly touched on her childhood in interviews. Let me describe why I liked(like) her music(and her, of course) a lot because her voice changes every year, tonally speaking due to the nodes. So, you ain't gonna hear the same old Mariah and if you listened to the albums in her later career, you would find that her voice really fits the contemporary sound. It won't sound like she's trying hard or anything to fit in. Next, she's the Queen of Shade! Need I explain further? Oh yes, when people come after her, she just needs to SUBTLY shade(actually the truth, TBH) and then that's it. She didn't need to channel her anger/abhorrence towards the insolent DIDI individual who just simply poked her nose into everybody's business for absolutely no reason. Mariah stayed classy that time and didn't even give a soot to her irrelevant tweets. Thirdly, she's the Queen of Christmas, self-explanatory. And this is an unpopular opinion and though unrelated, I felt E=MC2 was second to the best album she had put out. Like everything in the album was a total BOP. But her record label didn't do the album justice as they did not release the appropriate singles like OOC, Migrate and I'm That Chick. Fourth, she came from a very humble beginning and didn't instantly become a one-hit wonder or something like that. She had to work her S hard to secure a record deal. Oh, wait, talking bout' this, I'm also interested to read why Brenda K Starr became very hostile towards her after 1997. So, the list of what I would like to read could go on and on, but I rest my case here. I gave this an instant 5-star review since writing a memoir would be just a piece of cake for her since she has written/co-written so many songs throughout her career, like DUH. But of course, when the book comes out, I will give a more objective review based on the book. Update #1: I'm almost done with part I and can't wait to move on to part II (Sing Sing ft. Tomato Mozarella). Part I Review: We have always perceived Mimi to have a lavish and easy-going lifestyle(like now she has owned several high-class properties as well as raking in millions just from her bestselling Christmas single itself). We have also heard her mention about the struggles of being biracial in a predominantly white neighbourhood. And you would be lying if you didn't think that well, being ostracized is part and parcel of life and surely her success in the music industry had helped to "compensate" for the void in her childhood. Boy, I did kinda think along that line and I was UTTERLY WRONG. Her interviews had always been about mentioning about the blatant racism that had been cast towards Mimi and her family. Well, that's like only 0.01%(am I exaggerating at this point?) but it's true that she has covered only a modicum of her troubled childhood. Having a sister who threw a BOILING hot tea at Mimi is only a fraction of her troubled childhood. Oh wait, talking about "fraction", hmm... Patricia Carey, mind to explain yourself????? Highly regarded as an opera singer, she wasn't pleased when Mimi kinda laughed(not in an insulting manner) when she had sung "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell when it came on the radio in an operatic style/tone. This was covered in her interview with Oprah recently when the line "You should only hope that one day you become half the singer I am." There you go, a very scathing remark from a person biologically-related to her, the one whom she called Mum. And as she has put it, she has been put down by her friends but what if it's coming from your mother? Summary of Part 1: - It's basically about Mariah's struggle with racism growing up as well as sibling issues. Both her siblings hated her since she's allowed to pass as white and also having it easier than they had being the youngest one in the family. - Her siblings' uncontrollable behaviour(Morgan being violent almost all the time and Alison hooking up with several guys until she was pregnant when she's sixteen) - Her granny had disowned her mom when she had decided to marry her dad since in the Irish culture back then, marrying a Black person is a disgrace to the family as the Black community was considered the most inferior when it comes to living status. - Her mum having hooked up with several guys but there's one particular guy named Henry(used to serve in the military and Mariah suspected him of suffering from PTSD) who had raised a long doubled barreled shotgun in one of his hands, threatening them to not leave him. For a child, it's definitely very traumatizing to see a gun in a man's hand. - Her friend named Becky had planned to stay over at Mariah's house but she cried when she saw her Dad. It's as though being Black is a curse and a crime at the same time. Mimi's mom then fetched her back home.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Liron Dagan

    Heartbreaking, inspiring, moving, funny, revealing. Not a typical celebrity memoir. An incredible story about a person's resilience, ambition and will power to overcome their struggles all the way to superstardom. This book will make you cry, laugh, reflect on family relationships and give you a whole new appreciation and understanding of the real person that is "Mariah Carey".

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leon Lee

    Exactly what I was expecting from Mariah. It was a bunch of ''Me, me, me.'' ''Look at all my achievements'' ''Bad things happened to me but they were never ever my fault.'' kind of memoir. I wish it had a little more depth. Quite a boring read even for someone like me who enjoys some of her (older) music.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    This was an 11 hrs and 17 minutes wild ride. I now walk away with an even better understanding of Mariah and all she's achieved and somehow my love as a fan has grown even more for her. Hearing her narrate the audiobook herself really made this one rise above. She doesn't do bleak narrations. Instead she talks to you as if you're a friend she's telling stories to. Anyone who is a fan is familiar with her mannerisms that are ever present here. Even if you are the biggest stan and thought you knew This was an 11 hrs and 17 minutes wild ride. I now walk away with an even better understanding of Mariah and all she's achieved and somehow my love as a fan has grown even more for her. Hearing her narrate the audiobook herself really made this one rise above. She doesn't do bleak narrations. Instead she talks to you as if you're a friend she's telling stories to. Anyone who is a fan is familiar with her mannerisms that are ever present here. Even if you are the biggest stan and thought you knew Mariah well this was full of information you've never heard. This was a book for the lambily definitely and chock full of quotable moments even during the more sad and difficult times. However even someone who isn't the biggest fan could listen to the animated audiobook and enjoy. This isn't a book that's going to address all the tabloid fodder. This is Mimi at her most open and raw recalling the events that shaped her to be the person she is today. All the highs and lows, people she's lost and gained, and how she's persevered. Full in depth interview on my blog https://womenofcolorreadtoo.blogspot....

  9. 5 out of 5

    Skyler

    “I saw how my voice could make other people feel something good inside, something magical and transformative. That meant not only was I not unworthy, valid as a person, but I was valuable. Here was something of value that I could bring to others—the feeling. It was the feeling I would pursue for a lifetime. It gave me a reason to exist.” This is a deeply moving and profoundly intimate account of Mariah Carey’s hardships, trials and tribulations, and her inevitable meteoric rise—in her own words. “I saw how my voice could make other people feel something good inside, something magical and transformative. That meant not only was I not unworthy, valid as a person, but I was valuable. Here was something of value that I could bring to others—the feeling. It was the feeling I would pursue for a lifetime. It gave me a reason to exist.” This is a deeply moving and profoundly intimate account of Mariah Carey’s hardships, trials and tribulations, and her inevitable meteoric rise—in her own words. True fans (also known affectionately as the lambs) have always taken note of the deep complexities present in her songwriting, and the few stories she’s shared of her traumatic upbringing. This book, however, lays it all bare—she openly shares each devastation, each dire moment that almost hindered her from achieving her goals. The one thing that always remained steadfast for Mariah was her belief in herself. She knew what was possible, so she worked hard consistently. Then, she never stopped—even when she’d reached, what could be perceived by most, as “the top.” This is a testament both to the power of believing in oneself, and of taking care of yourself. Mariah’s experiences show that you must always be your own advocate. Artfully sprinkled with her lyrics, The Meaning of Mariah Carey gives us a chance to know Mimi like we never have before. She is an icon, an artist, one of the greatest talents of all time. And now, having released the heavy burdens she’s carried all these years, she is—in her own words—freer.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mekiah Johnson

    So fucking excited.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yours Truly, Diana * burningdesire_x3 *

    Everything Fades Away *self-purchased. No need of sugar daddies called promo teams* What’s this book about? (I'm trying to give as little spoilers as possible) This is Mariah Carey’s first autobiography. It’s the first time we get to hear her side of the story. This isn’t the first time I read something Mariah has written. I read her lyrics all the time. SINCE SHE WRITES HER OWN LYRICS, HEYYY. I pre-ordered this as soon as it was available. However, Thalia took its sweet time to deliver the pape Everything Fades Away *self-purchased. No need of sugar daddies called promo teams* What’s this book about? (I'm trying to give as little spoilers as possible) This is Mariah Carey’s first autobiography. It’s the first time we get to hear her side of the story. This isn’t the first time I read something Mariah has written. I read her lyrics all the time. SINCE SHE WRITES HER OWN LYRICS, HEYYY. I pre-ordered this as soon as it was available. However, Thalia took its sweet time to deliver the paperback (it came on my birthday early October, so still sweet). Therefore, I purchased the AUDIBLE version! I’m telling you that the audiobook is an experience in itself. I’ve never heard this side of Mariah, emotional, raw and ACTUALLY CRYING, outside of her music. I was truly interested in her life with Motorola (yes, that isn’t a typo. I wrote MOTOROLA), but, as it turns out, Mariah’s insights into her family life prior to fame were the scene stealers. I’m grateful that she decided to share this side with us, and I felt so many emotions while hearing her tell her story. I was captivated, and I couldn’t stop listening. If I loved Mariah before, now, I love her ten times as much. I laughed, cried, and I realized that everything does indeed fade away. I recommend this to all the lambs, to everyone who thinks Mariah is a diva (this book will prove to you why she earned that title), and to all the lonely girls that nobody understands. I was a little girl a couple of years ago (make it 7), and Mariah was the only one who understood me. ORIGINAL COMMENT I love Mariah, and this book truly made me sad at times. I'm so glad she finally opened up, but I was also not ready. Instagram Facebook My Blog Goodreads Bookbub Amazon

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Lachance-Fedele

    ❤️👑☕️So.frikkin.excited!!!! Pre-ordered and can’t wait until it’s in my hands. A must read during this awful time of Corona. Thank you MC!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    if you like audiobooks I recommend you listen to this!! Mariah also sings some lyrics throughout this book besides reading it... as a long-time listener of her music and a fan, I went into this thinking I already know so much about her and her music, yet there is so much more to learn...I loved her stories about how her iconic lyrics came about..and of course, there are so many "behind the scenes" stories about her life.. this memoir has everything one would respect of such an icon; * heartfelt & if you like audiobooks I recommend you listen to this!! Mariah also sings some lyrics throughout this book besides reading it... as a long-time listener of her music and a fan, I went into this thinking I already know so much about her and her music, yet there is so much more to learn...I loved her stories about how her iconic lyrics came about..and of course, there are so many "behind the scenes" stories about her life.. this memoir has everything one would respect of such an icon; * heartfelt & personal stories * humor * candid storytelling * many moments where she remembers Aretha, Whitney, Michael Jackson, Prince, Luther Vandross, Aaliyah, Biggie, ODB * music Mariah is a storyteller, fighter, and a survivor ... she made her dreams come true and it was delightful to hear about it.. Here is my Mariah playlist

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Cox

    This book was good. Mariah wasn't as open as I had hoped she would be. I felt like she talked too much about the opulence that comes with being famous. I was less interesting in that. I already knew she lived in glorious homes and wore gorgeous gowns and shoes. I don't care about all of that. I wanted to get a better sense of who she is a person. She came across kind of shallow despite her childhood traumas. I was confused about that. I thought she would come across MORE humble because of the fa This book was good. Mariah wasn't as open as I had hoped she would be. I felt like she talked too much about the opulence that comes with being famous. I was less interesting in that. I already knew she lived in glorious homes and wore gorgeous gowns and shoes. I don't care about all of that. I wanted to get a better sense of who she is a person. She came across kind of shallow despite her childhood traumas. I was confused about that. I thought she would come across MORE humble because of the fact she came from such "humble beginnings". She seems very cutoff from reality. She did talk about being cutoff from pop culture, that part I understand. Yet, I don't think most regular people will relate to Mariah at all at this stage in her life (she has been famous and had money for so long...she is very cutoff). It was nice to hear her own voice since I listened to the audiobook.

  15. 5 out of 5

    zzzz

    I don't know how to rate this book*, or even write this review, because like. I am a consummate lamb, daahling. I would have devoured this no matter what. I listened to the audiobook (thanks for that free trial audible, I will immediately cancel it now) and it was a delight, because Mariah does little voices and accents, sings every now and then. The dahlings and moments and all the other Mariah-isms just don't register the same when written down, although I would have probably heard the ghost o I don't know how to rate this book*, or even write this review, because like. I am a consummate lamb, daahling. I would have devoured this no matter what. I listened to the audiobook (thanks for that free trial audible, I will immediately cancel it now) and it was a delight, because Mariah does little voices and accents, sings every now and then. The dahlings and moments and all the other Mariah-isms just don't register the same when written down, although I would have probably heard the ghost of her voice in my mind anyway. I saw someone on twitter ask why her prose looked like it was out of a Harlequin novel, and tbh, I won't say that they were wrong, but it completely works in her narration. And honestly. Writing about romance is where Mariah shines as a lyricist, and wow did she have me half in love with Derek Jeter. Ms Carey, have you considered writing a fictional romance novel? Definitely the most interesting, harrowing (and new to me) parts of the book were about her childhood. Mariah has always talked about how hard she had to work and believe in herself and claw her way up to success, but. The details—damn. After I listened to the "Dandelion Tea" chapter, I laid down in bed, listened to the opening verses of "Petals", and just cried. Even now, writing that previous sentence I teared up a bit lmfao. I have tremendous respect for Mariah's resiliency and achievement, more than ever before. Some omissions I'm curious about: Walter Afanasieff, Stella Bulochnikov (lolz...), whom/what were "Underneath the Stars" and "Fourth of July" abouT?!?!! The way she didn't talk about any song from the Emotions album; were they all chopped liver to you. Some complaints that I have: I know the stans are always talking about chart positions and sales on twitter but I feel like I didn't really need to hear about all of that in this book, cuz. I know. I'm on twitter too. But I want to know about the art, not the charts, daaaaaaaaaahling. (Oh my god I'm not gonna be able to stop saying that now, huh.) Also that chapter towards the end about the various male celebs she likes and admires, I was like nnnnnnn I don't care about these men at all (well, I like Stevie Wonder). I also feel like there was a bit of revisionism going on with "Hero" and Merry Christmas because my understanding was that she was rather opposed to and forced into these projects by her label; in this retelling that's quickly glossed over. But um, who am EYE to say, No actually you're wrong about your own feelings. Anyway babes let's all stream Caution and ASMRbracelet on Spotify now and pray that Mariah finds her lead vocals for Someone's Ugly Daughter. 2020 is a pretty good time to be a lamb, as it turns out. [*gives it 5/5 anyway]

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nick Melloan-ruiz

    The lost Toni Morrison novel

  17. 4 out of 5

    K.M. Allan

    Beautifully written—and spoken and sung in the audio book version—The Meaning Of Mariah Carey gives an insight into one of the world’s biggest and most misunderstood stars. I’ve been a Lamb for 26 years, bought every release, and I still listen to Mariah daily. Her song writing is one of my biggest inspirations as a writer, and when you follow someone for that long, you think you know them. This memoir proves that no one really knows anyone. Revealing Mariah’s traumatic upbringing and family lif Beautifully written—and spoken and sung in the audio book version—The Meaning Of Mariah Carey gives an insight into one of the world’s biggest and most misunderstood stars. I’ve been a Lamb for 26 years, bought every release, and I still listen to Mariah daily. Her song writing is one of my biggest inspirations as a writer, and when you follow someone for that long, you think you know them. This memoir proves that no one really knows anyone. Revealing Mariah’s traumatic upbringing and family life, her repressive first marriage, losses, betrayals, failures, triumphs, and the family she’s always longed for and finally created for herself, it’s an insight into a person so many people wrote off, and still continue to write off to this day. There’s a reason for many of Mariah’s “eccentricities” and this book reveals and puts them into context, never shying away regardless of whether they are uplifting or heartbreaking. It’s given me a new found respect for an artist who has soundtracked my life. It’s changed my perception of some of her songs. It’s made me both laugh and cry. And it’s made me see the person behind the star. Highly recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Damian Herman

    All rise for Her Majesty the Queen. The voice of a generation is about to speak, and fans are dying to hear what she has to say! This was a fascinating read that casual fans and the Lambily are sure to enjoy. From her rocky childhood, catastrophic marriage to Tommy, and the media circus that surrounds her, you learn a whole new side to Mariah Carey and can really truly appreciate the sheer talent and craft she puts into all the songs she writes from her experiences.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    It is a waste of time to be fixated on time. Often time can be bleak, dahling, so why choose to live in it? Life is about the moments we create and remember. My memory is a sacred place, one of the few things that belong entirely to me. This memoir is a collection of the moments that matter, the moments that most accurately tell the story of who I am, according to me. Global superstar Mariah Carey tells her story about her childhood, triumphs and resilience in this vulnerable book about beating t It is a waste of time to be fixated on time. Often time can be bleak, dahling, so why choose to live in it? Life is about the moments we create and remember. My memory is a sacred place, one of the few things that belong entirely to me. This memoir is a collection of the moments that matter, the moments that most accurately tell the story of who I am, according to me. Global superstar Mariah Carey tells her story about her childhood, triumphs and resilience in this vulnerable book about beating the odds. I will not say that I am a huge fan of Mariah but I cannot deny her vocal talent and her iconic shade. This book explored in depth with how many trials that she had to through as a child and it surprised me to discover all the trauma that she experienced. It was sad to read through all the racism that she experienced and how she was abandoned by many people that were sworn to protect her. I love how most of these chapters had song titles and the inspiration behind the songs were shocking to read. As an artist, one puts all their hard work in a song thus it is always special to read about the background of a song. This book really made you appreciate Carey not only as an artist but as a human being. The fame could cloud away all the emotional stress that she been through as a child,as well as a grown adult. Amazing account of Mariah, she came from very humble beginnings to be an amazing singer she is today.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Reads

    This is a Master Class in how not only celebrities should live but all of us. Give folks enough along the way so they think they “know” you, let folks speculate/gossip, and when you are ready then you own the narrative to tell your story. Mariah did not hold back in the sharing of her story and now we have much greater context and understanding to her song lyrics in which she mainly writes herself. This is one memoir I truly enjoyed!

  21. 5 out of 5

    W. Frazier

    I rarely get angry at a book, but I’m there. I picked up Mariah Carey’s autobiography as a casual fan. I know some songs, heard some high notes, and that’s about it. Not many preconceptions. But something is wrong. The first chunk of the audio book, voiced by Carey, is crazy. I’m not sure whether it’s an autobiography, revisionist history, a dream sequence, notes from a therapy session, a public relations relevancy exercise, or a manifesto. Then the real narrative begins, and follows Carey’s jour I rarely get angry at a book, but I’m there. I picked up Mariah Carey’s autobiography as a casual fan. I know some songs, heard some high notes, and that’s about it. Not many preconceptions. But something is wrong. The first chunk of the audio book, voiced by Carey, is crazy. I’m not sure whether it’s an autobiography, revisionist history, a dream sequence, notes from a therapy session, a public relations relevancy exercise, or a manifesto. Then the real narrative begins, and follows Carey’s journey to stardom. And it’s so completely different from the opening salvo, a completely different voice. The start is mired in rabid description. The remaining pages are unfocused, totally scattered. There is a common thread - nearly everyone mentioned in this book gets thrown under the bus, viciously. The book then loses most of its steam and just falls away. This book is not fun. Carey’s memories are miserable. Her conclusions are not healthy. The book takes on current racial theming, but comes perilously close to exploitation. Carey is obviously not in a good place. But then again, maybe it’s all intentional, a vengeful and victimized diva persona. Whatever, I’ve spent way too much brain power on this exercise, I need to learn to accept DNF leanings and I don’t. That’s my takeaway.

  22. 5 out of 5

    J.Paul Thunders

    THIS IS GONNA BE BULLSHIT SINCE I AM A STINGY BITCH WITH MY 5 STARS—BUT NO MATTER WHAT HOW I FEEL WHEN I FINISH READING THE BOOK, I WILL RATE THIS WITH A SOLID, EARTH-SHATTERING 5 STARS. MARIAH CAREY IS MY QUEEN, MY SOLACE, AND MY SAVIOR. HER MUSIC SAVED ME WHEN ANY ENTITY WITH A LITERAL HEART AND SOUL COULDN'T.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mitch Loflin

    So glad to finally know the meaning of Mariah Carey. I know we all love to joke about Mariah but this book is actually a fantastic (and mostly pretty well-written) portrait of her brilliance as an artist - someone whose superhuman talent and relentless ambition for the CRAFT of singing and songwriting is so earnest and deep, but who is also no stranger to an Over the Top Moment. There are passages here that are beautifully illuminating (oh how I cried reading about the death of her father!), and So glad to finally know the meaning of Mariah Carey. I know we all love to joke about Mariah but this book is actually a fantastic (and mostly pretty well-written) portrait of her brilliance as an artist - someone whose superhuman talent and relentless ambition for the CRAFT of singing and songwriting is so earnest and deep, but who is also no stranger to an Over the Top Moment. There are passages here that are beautifully illuminating (oh how I cried reading about the death of her father!), and then there are also unbelievably funny things that I could not believe I read with my own two eyes. (An aside: I've always said that people do not give Mariah Carey nearly enough credit for being in on the joke, at least 9 times out of 10. I find no better evidence for this than her legendary 2002 Cribs appearance, which is required viewing. I don't make the rules.) In any case, I would be remiss not to include some of those "OMG" moments here, so a few highlights for me are: - (of Derek Jeter) "Just like his position on the team, our relationship was a short stop in my life." - (photo caption) "Opulence and decadence on Roberto Cavalli's yacht" - "I only wish Princess Di had lived long enough to have Instagram or Twitter." - (apropos of nothing) "Sconces, dahling" - "That day, the police saved my one-of-a-kind-dress moment. If only someone could have saved our once-in-a-lifetime Whitney Houston." (Literally choked on my water at this one) This is all to say I love Mariah and I love this book! She's an icon! Read it!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Mariah Carey has done it again! With unfiltered honesty, Mariah Carey relays her experiences growing up multiracial, poor, and in the face of significant childhood trauma, offering readers a new lens into her life. With lyrics and music (in the audiobook), Mariah Carey transports readers into her music and world, the world of a misunderstood star. As a die-hard fan, a lamb, I thought I knew everything about her, but boy was I wrong. The Meaning of Mariah Carey reintroduced the star I thought I k Mariah Carey has done it again! With unfiltered honesty, Mariah Carey relays her experiences growing up multiracial, poor, and in the face of significant childhood trauma, offering readers a new lens into her life. With lyrics and music (in the audiobook), Mariah Carey transports readers into her music and world, the world of a misunderstood star. As a die-hard fan, a lamb, I thought I knew everything about her, but boy was I wrong. The Meaning of Mariah Carey reintroduced the star I thought I knew and I was once again reminded me of the admiration and complete respect I have for her. This is a book about love, loss, heartbreak, and laughs. It is a story of resilience, faith, and survival.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maria Lewis

    "If Mariah wants fries, she's gonna get fucking fries." - Da Brat

  26. 4 out of 5

    britt_brooke

    Honestly, when I first heard about this book, I’d thought it’d be a hot ass mess, but it’s a well-written, solid celebrity memoir. I knew nothing of Mariah’s childhood. Like many artists, she’s been through, and risen above, a lot. She comes across genuine and vulnerable; playful and self-deprecating. At times, unreachable, yet also relatable. She expertly narrates and sings well-placed a cappella snippets. My god, her voice is stunning.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jake Hyslop

    Just finished this book, and it’s truly a beautiful, captivating read. Mariah’s gone through so much, and she beautifully and articulately expressed her triumphs, defeats, and struggles. An absolute must-read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Albert

    I never knew Mariah’s childhood experiences were worst than all the mishaps she experienced when she’s famous. Now I quite understand why she needs to hide behind the “diva” persona she’s trying to play. I hope she’ll recover from all the traumas.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bintang

    For those of you who do know me, Mariah Carey is the center of my musical adoration, as well as the foundation and lens of how I build and/or see love for myself and other people. She has been in every moment of my life from puberty — the first gift that a group of friends had ever gotten for me was the CD of her debut album, Mariah Carey. For junior high, CDs are expensive, especially when it comes from the nineties. So this, in of itself, was the very first taste of love that I got to experien For those of you who do know me, Mariah Carey is the center of my musical adoration, as well as the foundation and lens of how I build and/or see love for myself and other people. She has been in every moment of my life from puberty — the first gift that a group of friends had ever gotten for me was the CD of her debut album, Mariah Carey. For junior high, CDs are expensive, especially when it comes from the nineties. So this, in of itself, was the very first taste of love that I got to experience. It was amazing. To be honest, I don’t quite remember when did I start loving Mariah Carey. As she once said in the opening of the memoir’s preface, “I refuse to acknowledge time, famously so.” That begins my love and hate relationship with time and memory, but also what birthed there was a feeling, an emotion, that would now become my parameter of tracing and rediscovering of my past. This has always been tangible in Mariah’s music and lyrics. She remembers memories with vivid desires and yet she keeps distance from them so they wouldn’t hurt them. But like many people, she got stung. I absorbed the memoir in just two nights, and my tear ducts leaked almost five times — which is surprising because I thought there would be more. But the tears were accompanied by numbers of shaky feelings, petty giggles, and love. Love swarmed through the book and sprinkled with the most Mariahisms remarks; “dahhling!”, “bleak”, “um okay”. I was thoroughly entertained, but also surprised. At her past with her family and TM and DJ and Glitter — she always has something to ponder about in any kind of event that she had gone through. There’s no reason for me to praise the writings because helloooo? She’s a SONGWRITER first and foremost!! With my immaculate knowledge of hers (the years of listening to her albums & B-sides and of watching her live performances and interviews and music videos and such), I began to correlate the events that she had written in the memoir to the closest period of time where she was seen publicly. What I have discovered was just, amazing and truly saddening. So much has happened to her, and now she’s “peaceful and complete.” Mariah Carey is the reason why I love music, and why I love love. But I don’t consider her as an idol (Lord knows how idolization can get disappointing most of the times), but more of as a friend. The fact that she’s an Aries makes so much sense, since 4 of the best people in my life are also Aries. This is something that I hold onto so well, too — I mythologize and spiritualize and romanticize things and situations in my head, so they would be attainable to me. Of course, that has its own downfall. I understood that and Mariah did too. But be that as it may, we both feel like in order for the lessons to really stick in our heads, something has to happen. That isn’t really the best idea, which is why Mariah decided to reframe her perspective, so the bad things would weed out and vanish completely from her sight. I feel like I should start doing that too, from now on. Which is why, this has brought me to an ultimate closure to this bewildering and nonsensical tangent (sp?). I will go to sleep, thinking about Mariah Carey. Her songs, her lyrics, her love for the craft, her love for her family, her love for the Lambily (famously her nickname for us fans), and also — how they have reinvigorated my will to wake up, my will to create, and my will to graciously live.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Juhyun Kim

    This book is deep, sad, very much scarred, and at the same time, hopeful and inspiring. The famous singer-songwriter Mariah Carey revealed her real story in her own voice. I knew that her big sister who was infected with HIV ripped her off relentlessly. But I didn't know her big brother and her mother also played an important role in downsprial to her mental breakdown. Her broken family and insecurity in her early life really affected her in many ways and from that miserable experiences came the g This book is deep, sad, very much scarred, and at the same time, hopeful and inspiring. The famous singer-songwriter Mariah Carey revealed her real story in her own voice. I knew that her big sister who was infected with HIV ripped her off relentlessly. But I didn't know her big brother and her mother also played an important role in downsprial to her mental breakdown. Her broken family and insecurity in her early life really affected her in many ways and from that miserable experiences came the great songs including "Petals" and "Close my eyes". Her life with her first husband Tommy Mottola was also devastating. I can't even imagine living with my free spirit locked up, unable to speak freely or meet new people, by a control freak husband. (view spoiler)[I was genuinely surprised by the fact that she had to literally escape from her security personnel selected by her husband just to have french fries and chat with her friend Da Brat when she was shooting Always be my baby remix music video. I was oblivious to her fear and suppressed feelings when watching that music video. She looked so happy and pretty. But I now know that she had to. She had to smile and look happy in all her videos just to live a moment, just to survive.  (hide spoiler)] I also discovered that she wrote lyrics "I'll risk my life to feel your body next to mine"  in "My All" because she literally feared for her life when she tried to leave Tommy Mottola (Part II The Last Show at Sing Sing). My eyes filled with tears when I reached the point where she went through a mental breakdown during the infamous "GLITTER" era. My words cannot convey the truth about tragic and horrendous experiences she had to endure. The book becomes more hopeful and inspirational towards the end. Mariah finally finds her salvation and her own emancipation. There are many other stories behind creating great songs such as "Hero", "Fly like a bird", "The roof", etc. And you will see how professional and how creative singer-songwriter she is in the current music industry. What she is telling in this book is not how hard her life was or asking people for empathy. She tried to show that you can be whoever you want to be no matter what your circumstances are if you believe in yourself and know what you want clearly. She is proving her point by showing her raw feelings and very personal scars.  Someone criticizes her for not including the weight issue or her battle with bi-polar disorder or her embarrassed New Year's Eve appearance. But this is not an autobiography. This is a memoir. If she decided to exclude certain events of her life, let her do it. And for the matter of bi-polar disorder, I mean isn't it weird not to have that kind of mental illness after going through such a long years of lack of consolation? I am really happy because she finally found the courage to speak up for herself and she didn't lose herself in spite of all of the close calls and setbacks. 

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