A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

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A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

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Interwoven throughout the book is also Robyn's longing to rescue her friend from her self-destructive habits and her dysfunctional family relationships. Homophobia played its part here because Whitney was torn - she was convinced by people that her career would be ruined if she was open about her relationship with Robyn. This is a searing indictment of the Houston family and the way they exploited and manipulated Whitney, enabled her addiction, drove a wedge between her and the love of her life, and only served themselves. I do think Robyn was able to show there really was something special about Whitney and I am glad I read this book.

I believe that this book will provide Whitney Houston fans with the knowledge and understanding of maybe the reasons why Whitney chose to use drugs at such a young age and was never able to quit. Cocaine had been part of the two women’s lives as teenagers, until Crawford’s mother had found out and yelled at her to quit. The story told by Robyn Crawford in the pages of A Song For You, an account of her decades-long relationship with Whitney Houston is tender, moving and painful to read, the history of a friendship that is also a love story. In stark media terms, the only reason any of this is a story – why we’re here today – is because two women slept together and one became famous.

After giving it time to sink in, I realize the reason I was so conflicted was because this book is not so much about Whitney Houston, as it is about Robyn Crawford. Even though there were the rumors, lies, gossip and dysfunctional ways that were said and written about.

This book broke my heart over and over again, but I'm so thankful that Robyn had the courage to set the record straight, and to give her own deeply heartfelt, incredibly intimate perspective on the life of Whitney Houston.

Meanwhile, Crawford was harangued, marginalised, and allegedly threatened with violence by the singer’s family. She was there for Houston's "Star-Spangled Banner" at the 1991 Super Bowl, perhaps the all-time most acclaimed performance of our national anthem — and it was Crawford who suggested that Houston take the field in a white track suit. I just wish she’d stuck to the 7-or-so-year run when it seems they were incredibly close, instead of reaching and regurgitating and hypothesizing to meet the page requirements of her book deal. I had planned to hate it because I’m a huge Whitney fan and I was worried it would be disrespectful.

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