The evolution of the amazing Adele—singer, instrumentalist, songwriter—is retold by Doeden (with help from USA TODAY articles) as one of the "Lifeline Biographies." Growing up in multiethnic neighborhoods like London's Tottenham and Brixton, Adele started singing at age four. Encouraged by her mother, she attended concerts, listened to the Spice Girls, Pink, and later, jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James. Her dream of a singing career turned credible at the London School for the Performing Arts & Technology, where she met future stars Amy Winehouse and Jessie J. When a friend posted her demo on Myspace, Adele immediately attracted attention, beginning her swift and spectacular rise to fame. Loyal fans will be familiar with Adele's songs, her albums 19 and 21, and her multiple awards in both Britain and the U.S. Doeden quotes critical praise for her work and her compelling voice, adding insights into her private life and the use of relationship crises to inspire her lyrics. He does not evade questions some fans asked about her weight and the gamine/casual clothes she wore. Though Adele claimed she did not care about being glamorous, once she came to America and was nominated for a Grammy, she hired fashion advisors and changed her image—suddenly Adele was looking like a supermodel. A breakdown of her voice, including major throat surgery and recovery, is told as a dramatic suspense story in which Adele triumphs and comes back to win an unbelievable six Grammies in 2012. Her songs and albums have become record-breaking sellers, she has appeared on the cover of Vogue, and been proclaimed by Time as one of 100 most influential people in the world—what could the future hold for Adele? Though she has taken time off to have a baby, Doeden believes she will bounce back with exciting new ideas. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Matt Doeden is a writer and editor who lives in New Prague, Minnesota. He has written books for several Twenty-First Century Books series, including Sports Heroes & Legends, USA TODAY'S Debate series, USA TODAY's Teen Wise Guides, and the USA TODAY Lifelines. Matt's most recent title is A Marked Man: The Assassination of Malcolm X (2013).