Book Review: My Love Story by Tina Turner #BookReview #MyLoveStory #Memoir

My Love Story

By Tina Turner


My thoughts on this book:

My Love Story by Tina Turner can be categorized as one of my favorite memoirs of 2019. I just finished it this week and I’m so happy I picked it up. I read it word for word from beginning to end and enjoyed every single minute of it.

Tina Turner has been a massive inspiration to me since I was a young child. I love everything about her, yet early on knew nothing about her past struggles. Thinking back to some of her earliest music videos on MTV, particularly one of my favorites, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, I fell in love with her voice, her style, her positivity, her fierceness–pretty much everything. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome became a favorite 80’s film; I thought her performance as Auntie Entity was fantastic. Her music and inspiration still remains a part of me today.

“And you know what I say to people who ask, “What do you do when all the odds are against you?” I say, “You keep going. You just don’t stop. No matter, if there’s one slap to the face, turn the other cheek. And the hurt you’re feeling? You can’t think about what’s being done to you now, or what has been done to you in the past. You just have to keep going.”

In this memoir, Tina Turner shares her recent history, beginning with her happy marriage to long-time boyfriend Erwin Bach in 2013. She also reflects on parts of her past: exposing times from her childhood in Nutbush, Tennessee as Anna May Bullock, the beginning of her career, her marriage to Ike Turner (including the abuse she endured), and how she finally got away and started creating her own music–on her own terms. She also writes about health problems she’s experienced (which I knew nothing about) and the friendships that she’s made over time. After watching the film What’s Love Got to Do with It when it first released, I was shocked with all that Tina had gone through. I appreciated that she shared her true thoughts regarding the movie in this book because I always wondered how accurate it was. Honestly, there’s so much more in this book! Some of her darkest times are revealed. Parts of it are incredibly sad, especially the ending which brought me to tears. After it all…how wonderful that Tina was able to find true love and then to experience her fairy tale wedding. It’s heartwarming.

I enjoyed the writing and organization of the book. Many pictures are shared in multiple sections (the vast majority I’d never seen). Once I started reading it, I simply didn’t want to put it down. This book is everything I wanted it to be.


Find this book on Amazon and Goodreads:

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (October 16, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781501198243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501198243

“What’s Love Got To Do With It”

Thanks for reading my review. Are you a Tina Turner fan? Feel free to share below.

❤ Mischenko

31 thoughts on “Book Review: My Love Story by Tina Turner #BookReview #MyLoveStory #Memoir

  1. I didn’t even know about this book! I’ve watched What’s Love Got To Do With It but this book covers more than her rise to fame and troubled marriage with Ike. Will add to my TBR. Also want to read Michelle’s autobiography as I heard that’s good too. Lovely review and thanks for sharing.

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  2. starjustin

    Amazing woman! I love that video too. I’ll have to read this one. Her talent has lasted a lifetime and she’s a legend in the music industry for sure. Glad you enjoyed this one so much. I think memoirs are really interesting. Great review! 😉

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  3. Omg this was so beautiful.. I didn’t know anything about her. I have heard a couple of her songs. But to know about her hardships must have been inspiring…
    On a personal note, I was just feeling shitty about something and life in general. Finding everything so tough. And I read this line in your review – what do you do when odds are against you? You keep going, you don’t stop. I am going to do the same. I will keep moving and taking one day, one step at a time.
    Thank you for this review… Saved me from feeling sad

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    1. Her story is amazing, Shalini. She’s been through so much and she’s so brave. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been feeling down. Isn’t that an awesome quote though? She always lifts me up too. I’m so happy it helped you! She is definitely an inspiration and I think you’d really enjoy the book. 💖 Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Nice review Jenn. I saw the Ike & Tina movie years ago and a lot of the content in this book sounds like it was covered in the movie, but I think I still want to read this book. Thanks for sharing this one.

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  5. What a fabulous review! I found the movie What’s Love Got to Do With It extremely difficult to watch. One of those glad-I-watched-it-never-want-to-see-it-again kind of movies. But a memoir sounds wonderful! Do you know if she used a ghostwriter or had a co-writer or if it’s all just her on the page?

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    1. Me too! I was shocked with the way she was treated and it’s true. This book does cover some of that, but there’s so much more. She did have help writing the book I believe. I’m not sure how much though. 😉


  6. I must get this! I love a celebrity memoir and she has had a very interesting life. Saw her in concert in 1984, now I’m showing my age. My foot was heavily bandaged because I had stuck a garden fork through it the day before, the things we remember haha!


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