Publish Date : 4/4/2017
Author: Mayte Garcia
Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
Ask me what my favorite song is. I’ll embarrassingly tell you, “Raspberry Beret”. No joke. When I was a kid, my favorite artists were Prince and Michael Jackson. I always said I would see them perform. Unfortunately I never was able to do that. Since both of their deaths, I’ve made it a goal to go see as many greats as I can before they pass. Music was my passion long before reading. I still connect with music and I jumped all over finally getting to read Mayte Garcia’s The Most Beautiful.
I was only on the third page where I was already admiring Mayte Garcia’s writing. Her descriptions, imagery, similes, metaphors, all the above were so great! I was immediately tied in and was wondering myself why she doesn’t pick up a pen and write a fictional story. She’s a great writer and even if you aren’t a Prince fan like myself, you would most likely enjoy the book as it is mostly about Mayte and her life with Prince just happening to be a large part of it. Don’t expect to get a bunch of Prince data here. Yes, he is a main focal point of the book but as stated it really is about Mayte and her life while Prince was involved in it.
I started the book, and then life happened. Even though it says I started the book on the 11th, I really didn’t sit down until the 26th to tackle it. I read it in two sittings pretty much. It’s a quick and interesting read. It’s so beautifully written and I really felt the love between her and Prince jumping off the pages. I was actually heartbroken thinking how a love so strong ended. Mayte however writes this book in pure love. She doesn’t hide some of his flaws but talks so highly of him throughout the entire book it’s hard to stay angry with any of his flaws in which she also had a hard time doing.
I’m so glad I read her perspective of the life she had with Prince. The book is warm yet blunt, happy yet sad, and full of love yet full of heartbreak.
“Before I learned to walk, I learned that sometimes life requires a girl to be a tough little cookie.”