What are Critics Saying About Britney Spear’s Memoir The Woman in Me?

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What are the critic reviews of Britney Spears memoir The Woman in Me?

Britney Spears’ long-awaited bombshell memoir The Woman in Me is scheduled for release on October 24.


However, the highly-anticipated book was accidentally put on sale in Mexico days before its official release date and the early reviews are in.

What are the critics’ opinions on Britney Spears’ The Woman in Me?

  • “It’s hard to read any one of its 275 pages without thinking that Swift’s folk wisdom must be rooted in some truth. As Spears looks back at her life, first with wistfulness and then with rage, it’s clear she feels that, although her earliest years were spent being hurried into adulthood, she has spent that adulthood feeling like a child in a world of corrupt grown-ups” — The Washington Post

  • The Woman in Me seems designed to be read in one sitting. It’s nearly impossible to come out of it without empathy for and real outrage on behalf of Spears, whose admitted bitterness over the dire circumstances of the last decade-plus of her life — she no longer speaks to her family, and says she has no immediate plans to return to recording — is tempered by an enduring, insistent optimism.” — The New York Times

  • “It’s not a particularly uplifting read, though relief and rebellion course through it, as she expresses for the first time her side of the indignities foisted upon her… Her writing is conversational and straightforward, and though there are moments of self-reflection, the details are enough.” — Los Angeles Times

  • “[The] moments of introspection are fleeting. The book leaves the reader with the sense that she hasn’t yet totally figured out who she is. Ultimately, what is clear is that Britney Spears is a woman recovering from trauma. And we ought to give her the space to do so.” — TIME

  • “Anyone looking for starry anecdotes or studio vignettes won’t find them here. Instead, The Woman in Me tells a focused story that makes inarguable the ties between patriarchy and exploitation, and deserves to be read as a cautionary tale and an indictment, not a grab-bag of tabloid revelations.” — The Guardian

Update 10/24/2023 by Pesala Bandara: Information on The Guardian review added.