Thalia bares her soul in autobiography “Growing Stronger”

My love or like for Thalia changes based on my moods and also where she is in her career. During her Melody days, I was all up on her… Even as she moved to EMI but at some point in the course of history, I moved on to “following” other artists and let Thalia live in existence in a world where she realized an album and I bought it. That is it. Yeah, I knew she got married; but any more than that, Thalia and I were on a pure music friendship. I listened to her music, and nothing more.

Who knew she wrote a book? Who knew she has Lyme disease and almost died. If it wasn’t on a CD, I didn’t know. Just recently, I was searching for a book to read for my upcoming work trip. I browsed the entire libraries digital database in the biography section and saw Thalia had a book on there. I immediately knew what I was going to read for the next week.

As a Thalia “music” fan, I knew I wanted the book to cover certain points of her career. Like Ricky Martin’s autobiography, most fans wanted to know about Menudo. I wanted to know about Timbiriche. I got a small part in a chapter. I felt let down. To certain fans, like myself, my devotion for Thalia is based on her experience in Timbiriche. If it wasn’t for Timbiriche, I don’t know how or even “IF” Thalia would be in my catalog of music. Mostly yes, but would I have had enough desire to spend a week reading about her life if I didn’t want to know more about her time in Timbiriche? Probably not. So as I stated, I was let down.

Thalia has had a lifetime of professional experiences, as well as personal. This book talks more about the personal side of her world, than the professional. We don’t have major stories about the little things like Timbiriche, Marimar, or any one particular event. What we got stories of is her family, her sadness, her loneliness, her faith, her husband, and all the little things that make her, her. These same stories and feelings follow us throughout the book, in every chapter. How many times do we need to hear that her mother followed her everywhere and was her best friend. How many times do we have to hear Tommy is the love of her life.

As a fan, I want to hear “chisme” or the gossip of Timbiriche, more about what it was like recording this or that. I understand that the book was written for a reason. Thalia has still a lifetime of experiences to live and those may again be added to another book; but this time, we are reading about the change between Thalia then and Thalia now and what it took for her to get to this place in her life.

There were still many things I have learned about Thalia and her career, which is what I wanted to know. There also was a lot I learned about her personal life and how she views things. These views can provide a little of self-help for those who look at the words and come at them with an open mind and heart. Thalia is still an influential person and as a whole, this book might be the light in many of fans who need Thalia to guide them there.

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