A Mother's Gift

A Mother's Gift

by Britney Spears, Lynne Spears

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ISBN-13: 9780440237990
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/08/2003
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Besides being an author, Britney is that rare phenomenon, a megastar-one who still phones her mom every night, no matter where she is. Not only is Britney the bestselling female artist during any one-week period in music history, but her debut album, . . . Baby One More Time, made her the youngest artist to hit the 10-million mark. Her second album, Oops! . . . I Did It Again, sold more than 1.3 million copies in its first week and to date has sold more than 17 million CDs worldwide.
Besides being the mother of the planet's biggest superstar, Lynne taught school in Kentwood, Louisiana, for several years before taking time off to be her daughter's biggest fan. She and her husband, Jamie, are the parents of Bryan, Britney, and Jamie Lynn Spears.
This is Britney and Lynne's first-but definitely not their last-work of fiction together.
From the Hardcover edition.

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After 15 long, tense minutes, they finally rounded the school's curved driveway and stopped in front of the big doors. The car's engine was smoking as Wanda shifted into park.

Holly pulled her things from the backseat faster than a skycap hustling for a tip at a crowded airport. It seemed that everyone around her had fancy luggage with wheels and handles that pulled out and snapped back into place. There were duffel bags in bright colors and plastic crates filled with computers and stereo equipment.

Suddenly, the car quit idling. Its engine stalled. Smoke poured from under the hood.

Someone behind them in the line of cars yelled, "Move that clunker out of the way!"

"I'll just raise the hood," Wanda said quickly, flipping up the latch. A couple of guys standing near the curb laughed as she began to cough.

"Mom!" Holly said through her teeth, wondering if she really could die on the spot. "Are you trying to totally humiliate me?"

This was definitely not the way Holly wanted to make her entrance. Every second that passed left her -- and the smoking car -- open to public viewing. And mockery.

Holly wanted nothing more than to kiss Wanda good-bye and get her out of there. "Didn't we pass a gas station on the way in?" she tried innocently, pushing her hair behind her ears.

"I'm not sure, Holly Faye. And I'm not sure I'd make it there --"

"You would." Holly felt desperate.

"But don't you want me to come in? Help you get settled?"

"I'll be all right." Holly leaned over and planted a quick kiss on her mother's good cheek.

"I -- I'd better go." She jerked her head toward the school. "Don't want to miss the orientation meeting, right? See you at Thanksgiving."

Before Wanda could protest, Holly fled to the safety of the double doors.

"Bye!" her mama called out faintly, unable to mask the hurt in her voice.

But Holly was already inside the building.

Fourteen years of togetherness were over in a few embarrassed seconds.

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A Mother's Gift 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Alright, lay aside the fact that the authors of this book have true mental problems, and read it for what it is. A book. Now some people may not be able to do this and I'll tell you right now, you're going to hate it. But for those of you who can, this is worth the read. I've gotta say, its one of my favorite books. If you're so shallow that all you can think about when reading this is the author, then don't read it. Other than that, I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Britney Spears shows off her writing abilites in the book 'A Mother's Gift'! A Mother's Gift is an awesome book! I recommend it to anyone!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let's get serious for a moment. What purpose does this book serve other than to capitalize on a worthless career that's WAY past its fifteen minutes? What is the shelf life of this book? Would you actually pay full price for this piece of garbage? Would you pick it up for $0.50 at the local library sale? Nope. And as for its literary merits... you'll find more inpiration and creativity in Bazooka Bubblegum wrapper jokes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...but the story really didn't go anywhere. I still give the Spears props for attempting a heartwarming story. Still I think it's a cute little read for a pre-teen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This trashy, trailer park, harlot writing a book should clue you off that something is wrong in the first place. This pieve of garbage was the biggest waste of money in my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a good. It was really well written and kept me turning pages. I read it all in one night! I recomend it to anyone who likes Britney Spearsor to anyone who just likes reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not read the whole book but it didn't make sense.I saw the movie though. The movie is totally better than the book. Trust me. It didn't make sense. In the movie the girl is like 17-18 AND SHES GOING TO A college called Haverty in P.A. for the performing arts (dancing,singing(opera),musical instruments) in the book she's 13-14 going to Haverty Highschool in P.A. (everyone's names are the same) The thing that confussed me most was THAT in the movie she lives in texas in the book she lives in Mississipi. This book didn't make a whole lot of sense. I would recommend NOT i mean NOT by this book if u really want to read it borrow it from the library don't pay good money to buy this book even if u do love Britany Spears trust me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Britney and her mom did an excelent job at writing this book. I bought it because it sounded interesting, so I started to read it and before you know it I had read the whole thing in one day. The book is really good becuase you can relate to the charactor in so many ways. 'A Mother's Gift' is a Grab-a-blanket-and-read-under-the-covers kind of book. I loved it, and even if you don't like her music or whatever you should still read it or check it out, it is worth wile. The story put clear pictures into your mind and is like a movie being played ion your head. Once you read it, wait a couple of months and read it again it is THAT good! They did a terrific job with this book, and all the charactors. They made it a movie on ABC so if you liked the book you should see the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
now i never have liked Britney Spears but i have to say i loved this book, my mother bought it and i read it then she did. we both loved it soo much! The plot was great. I could never put it down! I am so happy that my mother bought it for me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I myself like this book very much. It has a plot to it and very emotinal. For all of you out there that didn't like this book, you are really not getting the point of it. The plot and the emotion she felt and her mother felt. Keeping a secret then finally breaking it to her. That took alot of effort for her mother to do. I hope the ones who didn't like it would go back and read it and put some effort in it and concentrate on the main subjects and plots of the whole story. Cause people that has lost there mothers can relate to this book and know how they feel and took some effort to put it all a book for the whole world to see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. For those of you who have ever lost a mother, or someone you looked at like a mom you will love this book. Britney did a good job writing this, and I don't even like her music very well. It was touching. I couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You know people are going to be judgemental about this book before they even bother to read it because it was written by Britney! Okay, I was a fan of her and still am in a way, though I do prefer Beyonce and X-tina. But that isn't the point. Ally Sheedy released a book and the world was judging her too, all because of the stardom. Well, this book isn't a FABULOUSLY well-written one, but I do have to admit it is rather fun. Okay, not great. It may even seem a little unreal sometimes. But hey, in the world of writing, anything goes, right? I'd rather read this than that book about Jessica Simpson's wedding (no offense Jess - love Newlyweds!). Writing is a gift and Britters and her mom seem to have a smidgen of potential. However, they should not pursue it as a main occupation. This will be turned into a movie on ABC Family soon. I'll watch if I'm not busy.
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I think this book needs a lot of help. I got this book on Christmas and I wish I never did. The time taken out of my life to read this book was a waste. I think Brintey should stick to singing. This book was to obvious and dull. We all knew that the secret was going to be about the birthmark. Thanks a lot Mom for buying me this 'really' good book it was the worst two hours of my life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book I've ever read. The first time I read it was this summer and it was amazing. I just did a book report on it as my fave book. It really is amazing. Everyone should read this book. Britney and Lynne did a wonderful job writing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book was amazing! It really showed some of Britney's other talents. The story was great too! I really liked the message about loving your family and following your dreams. It is a must read, and a must buy! Also another book you should read is Daphne's book. It is also about family and how Daphne's family is a little different just like Holly's in A Mother's Gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Thats just one of the many great words that describe this book. Any good book can make me cry and this is the only book i have ever read that made me cry. This truely makes you appreaciate everything you have in your life especially good family and freinds. This book was amazing! Every mother and daughter should read this together!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK. To start this off, it was awesome. Anyone that said it was 'ok' doesn't know what there talking about!! Or if they gave it a 1. I loved it. I also don't think it is in anyway FAKE! IT is realistic!! I recommend this book to anyone that has a dream they can't seem to reach. This girl doesn't think she will ever get to go to college or anything. She goes places!! literally!!!IT has it high and low points but alls well that ends well!! Hope others enjoy this as much as i did!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok, I read this book even though Im not a Britney fan. And I also would like everyone to know my view on this book has nothing to do with me not like her as well. I thought this book was to predicable and also fake. The story line could have used a little more thought and, come on the charecters should just have been named Britney and lynn.I expected some lameness in this book but not to the point that I would actually be embaraced for the authors then myself. I think britney and her mother were going in the right direction but got caught up in making a story everyone else was expecting then what they really wanted. but dont take my word on it, read it for yourselfs. This is just what I think. And I say it could have been a way better gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book for 12 and up. Don't worry it has nothing to do with Britney Spears. Has a southern theme. Go to your bookstore now and get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow!, It was beautiful and to think you actually knew those people espically Wanda Jo and those beautiful pearls. I loved it great for a girl's night in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What writing grades did Britney and her mom get in grade school? Didn't they learn ANYTHING? I love Britney's music and her acting talent, but writing this book has been going way to far. The plot is VERY boring.The first page had me wondering if I should read the whole thing! The book should be for second graders- it's to easy to read! Well Britney, in my opinion this book flopped, but better luck next time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. It showed that you shouldn't be imbarassed of people who really love you. I't doesn't take a miilion dollars for you to love someone. And also, it shows you should go for your dreams beacuase if you keep trying, eventually your dream will com true. This book is great. I reccomend it for girls following thier dreams.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the bad reviews this book got was from people how didn't like Britney, so of course they'll put her down. Well I'm not a fan but I'll be honest, the book was good! It surprised me, I expected a really bad story, instead I got a book that was truly inspirational, rousing, moving, stimulating, and exciting. I could'nt put it down!