Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World

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Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World
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AuthorLynne Spears
CountryUnited States
SubjectBritney Spears
Jamie Lynn Spears
Adolescent sexuality
PublishedSeptember 16, 2008 (Thomas Nelson)
LC ClassML480.S714

Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World is a memoir by Lynne Spears that she co-wrote with Lorilee Craker.[1] The memoir is about Lynne's daughters: Britney and Jamie Lynn.[2] The book was announced in 2007 and published on September 16, 2008 by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publisher.[3] Prior to the book's release, the National Enquirer leaked several of the book's revelations, including that Britney had started drinking alcohol at age thirteen, soon after she began appearing on American variety show The Mickey Mouse Club.[4] When Britney was seventeen, her talent manager Larry Rudolph promoted her as a virgin who continued to shun premarital sex while dating teen idol Justin Timberlake.[5][6] Lynne said in an interview with the Daily Mail that, of all the chapters in the book, the ones she found most difficult to write were those about Jamie Lynn's teenage pregnancy.[7] Sam Lutfi, a former talent manager of Britney's, began a defamation lawsuit against Lynne[8] for alleging in Through the Storm that he had isolated and drugged Britney.[9] An Entertainment Tonight article by James Herman calls Through the Storm a "jaw-dropping tell-all book".[10] In an Entertainment Weekly review, Adrienne Day writes that the book only provides information that can be found on Wikipedia, therefore its useless, and showed the gap between mother and daughter .[11]


  1. ^ Craker, Lorilee (September 21, 2008). "On the Night Table". Winnipeg Free Press. p. D0.
  2. ^ Fisher, Luchina (September 17, 2008). "Lynn Spears Book No Bombshell". ABC News. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Tiegel 2008, p. 25.
  4. ^ "'Britney Started Drinking at 13, Lost her Virginity at 14 and Took Drugs at 15,' Says Her Mother in Shocking New Book". Daily Mail. September 4, 2008. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Wilson 2010, p. 19.
  6. ^ Wilson 2010, p. 20.
  7. ^ Das, Lina (December 6, 2008). "Lynne Spears: I'm to Blame for My Britney's Meltdown". Daily Mail. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "5 Revelations from the Britney Spears Trial". The Hollywood Reporter. October 23, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  9. ^ Soltis, Andy (October 20, 2012). "Britney Spears Shaved Her Hair Off in 2007 to Cover Up Drug Use: Ex-Aide". New York Post. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  10. ^ Herman, James Patrick (December 2, 2014). "Is Britney Spears the Oldest 33-Year-Old in Show Business?". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  11. ^ Day, Adrienne (October 1, 2008). "I Read It So You Don't Have To: Lynne Spears' Memoir". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 6, 2015.