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After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story. Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and capturing the hearts of fans around the world. One person was After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story. Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and capturing the hearts of fans around the world. One person was there by her side through it all--her best friend, Robyn Crawford. Since Whitney's death in 2012, Robyn has stayed out of the limelight and held the great joys, wild adventures, and hard truths of her life with Whitney close to her heart. Now, for the first time ever, Crawford opens up in her new memoir, A Song for You. With warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, Robyn describes the two meeting as teenagers in the 1980s, and how their lives and friendship evolved as Whitney recorded her first album and Robyn pursued her promising Division I basketball career. Together during countless sold-out world tours, behind the scenes as hit after hit was recorded, through Whitney's marriage and the birth of her daughter, the two navigated often challenging families, great loves, and painful losses, always supporting each other with laughter and friendship. Deeply personal and heartfelt, A Song for You is the vital, honest, and previously untold story that provides an understanding of the complex life of Whitney Houston. Finally, the person who knew her best sets the record straight.


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After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story. Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and capturing the hearts of fans around the world. One person was After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story. Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and capturing the hearts of fans around the world. One person was there by her side through it all--her best friend, Robyn Crawford. Since Whitney's death in 2012, Robyn has stayed out of the limelight and held the great joys, wild adventures, and hard truths of her life with Whitney close to her heart. Now, for the first time ever, Crawford opens up in her new memoir, A Song for You. With warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, Robyn describes the two meeting as teenagers in the 1980s, and how their lives and friendship evolved as Whitney recorded her first album and Robyn pursued her promising Division I basketball career. Together during countless sold-out world tours, behind the scenes as hit after hit was recorded, through Whitney's marriage and the birth of her daughter, the two navigated often challenging families, great loves, and painful losses, always supporting each other with laughter and friendship. Deeply personal and heartfelt, A Song for You is the vital, honest, and previously untold story that provides an understanding of the complex life of Whitney Houston. Finally, the person who knew her best sets the record straight.

30 review for A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

  1. 5 out of 5

    Roxane

    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. They are all trash. Absolute trash. Bobby Brown, also trash. This is the most depressing book. Crawford tells a compelling story of her life, her life with Whitney and her life after Whitney. What’s interesting is that don’t really know Whitney that well, even at the end of the book. I think 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. They are all trash. Absolute trash. Bobby Brown, also trash. This is the most depressing book. Crawford tells a compelling story of her life, her life with Whitney and her life after Whitney. What’s interesting is that don’t really know Whitney that well, even at the end of the book. I think even in death, Crawford is protecting Whitney and her privacy. I don’t believe for a second that they stopped being physically intimate. But I respect why Crawford might say that’s the case. And I could be wrong. The book is in desperate need of copy editing and proofreading. There is no excuse for the misspellings and other grammatical issues. But to repeat, the Houstons are trash. They should live the rest of lives in shame because Whitney and Bobbi Kristina’s blood is on their hands. We knew her family were a pack of vultures but goddamn, now we KNOW. Fuck Clive Davis, too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Adesuwa

    I read this book in 6 hours. Contrary to popular beliefs this book is not a “tell-all” book. It’s a book about Robyns life, before and after she met Whitney Houston. And since Robyn met Whitney in her teens, and was with her for 20 years, it is understandable that Whitney would be a part of her story. This honestly to me is the most real, raw, and honest version of Whitney Houston that I have read since her death. Robyn talks about Whitney in a loving way, but also discuss both of their I read this book in 6 hours. Contrary to popular beliefs this book is not a “tell-all” book. It’s a book about Robyns life, before and after she met Whitney Houston. And since Robyn met Whitney in her teens, and was with her for 20 years, it is understandable that Whitney would be a part of her story. This honestly to me is the most real, raw, and honest version of Whitney Houston that I have read since her death. Robyn talks about Whitney in a loving way, but also discuss both of their struggles with drug use and Whitney’s self-esteem issues (which we already knew). However, the portrayal of Whitney Houston was not negative as in the most recent documentaries and biographies. 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. Unfortunately it was secrets and the feelings of abandonment and loneliness that failed this Fallen Angel. Coincidentally, it’s the truth (portrayed in this book) that could’ve set Whitney Houston free. **ALSO, I don’t understand the 1 & 2 star ratings given before the book was actually available for the public to read. And the fact that these ratings are not accompanied by actual reviews leads me to believe that the ppl who rated did not actually read the book, but chose to rate anyway b/c of their personal feelings about Robyn writing this book. To those who did this: you are not true “Goodreaders” b/c if you were you would understand that everybody deserves to tell their truth. If you don’t agree with it you don’t have to read it… Therefore you shouldn’t a review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    I've always associated certain songs or artists with different different time periods in my life. Whitney Houston was a huge presence during my grade school years. I remember how excited I was the Christmas I got a pink, dual cassette boombox with a microphone and the Whitney album on cassette tape. (If it sounds like I'm bragging, I am) And of course I remember all of the long car trips in our conversion van in which my parents were up front listening to talk radio and I had to share our one I've always associated certain songs or artists with different different time periods in my life. Whitney Houston was a huge presence during my grade school years. I remember how excited I was the Christmas I got a pink, dual cassette boombox with a microphone and the Whitney album on cassette tape. (If it sounds like I'm bragging, I am) And of course I remember all of the long car trips in our conversion van in which my parents were up front listening to talk radio and I had to share our one Walkman (with the tape on the back to keep the batteries in and headphones that kept falling apart) with my brother and sister. I always brought my Whitney cassette tape with me while I patiently waited my turn to be able to listen to it. I 100% do not believe Robyn wrote this book as some quick way to cash in on Whitney's fame. I think she finally decided so many years later to speak about her friendship with Whitney so the rest of the world could see the Whitney she knew. And yes some of the rumors were true, they did have a physical relationship at one time, but it ended long ago. I thought it came across loud and clear Robyn cared deeply about Whitney as a friend. And that's why I do believe this is the most honest look at Whitney we are ever going to get. Whitney had a lot of shady people around her including family members but I don't think Robyn was one of those people. I felt very sad while reading this book because I just wish things could have turned out differently for Whitney. Everyone knows she and Bobby Brown were a highly dysfunctional couple but this book did confirm that drugs were a part of her life long before he entered the picture. Their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, essentially was left to fend for herself while her parents were a mess and it is tragic she lost her life at such an early age. I do think Robyn was able to show there really was something special about Whitney and I am glad I read this book. She had that "it" factor. I truly hope she is at peace now.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    "A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston" by Robyn Crawford is a truthful and bittersweet memoir of love and friendship, recalling the highs and lows of Houston's extraordinary rise to fame and fortune, and the support Crawford provided for her beloved friend in her career and personal life, also the impact of change, sacrifice, and loss as Crawford's life moved in a new direction. In 1980, Crawford introduced herself to Whitney Elizabeth Houston (1962-2012) aka. "Nippy" after spotting her "A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston" by Robyn Crawford is a truthful and bittersweet memoir of love and friendship, recalling the highs and lows of Houston's extraordinary rise to fame and fortune, and the support Crawford provided for her beloved friend in her career and personal life, also the impact of change, sacrifice, and loss as Crawford's life moved in a new direction. In 1980, Crawford introduced herself to Whitney Elizabeth Houston (1962-2012) aka. "Nippy" after spotting her at a Community Center event (East Orange, N.J.). Crawford was in college, and the pair struck up a fast friendship and soon became inseparable. The focus of Houston's life always centered around music, and Crawford wrote extensively the first time she heard Houston sing in her church choir. Whitney was very religious and sang like an angel, yet she smoked cigarettes and weed on a regular basis. Crawford smoked weed with Houston and was introduced to cocaine, and reflected that it wasn't a difficult decision to eventually quit using substance altogether-- though this wasn't the case for Houston, who spent years battling substance addiction. Crawford was raised by a no nonsense single mother that led her family by example--whereas, Houston's family seemed most concerned about how they were viewed and regarded by others. Throughout the book, Houston's parents usually avoided direct and open communication, and may have been in denial about Whitney's sexual orientation, her disturbing marriage to Bobby Brown (m.1992-2007), and escalating use/abuse of substance. Houston became mega-famous when she signed with Arista Records: with a string of number one hit records and sold out concert tours world wide-- her relationship with Crawford was constantly scrutinized by the press. Instead of giving interviews, which may have improved her social standing somewhat, Houston made harsh and derogatory statements against homosexuality and defined herself rigidly as a "man's woman". Behind closed doors, Houston often said that she couldn't be herself, as she made plans to go through with her marriage to Brown. Immediately following the wedding the couple became tabloid fodder with their very public fights and drama, and Houston's use of substance escalated. Houston had a few close friends and devoted staff who were committed to her success and wellness, this would quickly change following her marriage. Certain staff members were demoted or unable to care for Houston. Crawford seemed to be unable to have a private conversation with her. Despite Houston's heavy touring schedule, that considerably wore her down; Cindy Madnick, the bookkeeper of Nippy Inc. stated that Houston was funding large sums for the living expenses of others: senior employees, Brown's mother was using Nippy Inc. like an ATM machine, her father had set up an account where gas was paid at a Mobil station that a number of people were taking advantage of. Houston ordered stop payments and credit cards be taken away, but the financial exploitation continued anyway. It was unclear why more wasn't done to protect Houston's assets and best interests financially and otherwise. The decision Crawford made to resign her position working for Houston was rough, she had spent all her adult life with working with and for Whitney. Throughout the years Crawford has been approached by several publishers for her true story, and in sharing it, Houston's legacy can be understood in a manner that wasn't always possible. Robin Crawford lives in New Jersey with her wife and children, and writes full time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Book Reviews By Tara

    I didn’t write about this book immediately after reading it because I honestly didn’t know what I thought about it. 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. As I began to process it from that perspective, it all became clear. Robyn Crawford has been this mysterious woman that we’ve all seen by Whitney’s side from the very beginning of Whitney’s music career. We’ve heard many I didn’t write about this book immediately after reading it because I honestly didn’t know what I thought about it. 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. As I began to process it from that perspective, it all became clear. Robyn Crawford has been this mysterious woman that we’ve all seen by Whitney’s side from the very beginning of Whitney’s music career. We’ve heard many stories about Robyn. But we’ve never heard from Robyn...until now! In her long awaited memoir she finally shares her side of all the stories we’ve heard from so many others. But clearing up rumors is not the only thing this book is about. A Song For You is more importantly, the story of a woman that chose to walk away from her best friend & the extraordinary life they built together, in order to save herself. The essence of this book is the story of Robyn as an individual. Stories about her family, the pain of losing both her mother & brother from the same horrible disease, taking care of her mentally ill sister, starting a new life from scratch after having lived the lifestyle of the rich and famous...these are the stories that are the foundation of this book. This is the story of a woman who loved herself enough to walk away from a toxic friendship, a lavish lifestyle, & a successful career, without ever turning back. I began reading this book thinking it was going to be all about Whitney Houston. I thought I was going read new and more positive stories about Whitney. Some stories were new, but not all of them were more positive. However, it is the life they shared. After analyzing my thoughts I have come to realize this book is the story of a woman that couldn’t save her friend so she saved herself. It’s a story of courage, strength and determination. It’s proof that self-love conquers all!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I just finished this book. All I have to say is— if you are one of the people saying things like “Why now?” or “She’s trying to make money off of a dead woman’s name!” or “Whitney isn’t here to defend herself!”, I warn you that you sound misinformed and proving yourself to be unreflective. This isn’t a book about Whitney, this is a book about Robyn. She is not accusing her of a crime or slandering her name. She is diving into a professional and personal relationship that spanned decades. One in I just finished this book. All I have to say is— if you are one of the people saying things like “Why now?” or “She’s trying to make money off of a dead woman’s name!” or “Whitney isn’t here to defend herself!”, I warn you that you sound misinformed and proving yourself to be unreflective. This isn’t a book about Whitney, this is a book about Robyn. She is not accusing her of a crime or slandering her name. She is diving into a professional and personal relationship that spanned decades. One in which she made tremendous sacrifices and investments. One that shaped an enormous chunk of her life. Don’t be that person: pick up the book, read it, then comment. That’s what I did, and I give it 5 stars and commend Robyn for writing her story. If you are truly a fan of Whitney then you should accept the things that made her human. Yes, there are countless perspectives to every story. Unfortunately we will never hear Whitney’s, but I assure you, there would be nothing for her to “defend.” It made me love Whitney even more. A wonderful tribute to a very real part of an Icon. I think Robyn would know better than us and I’m grateful to her for sharing. Bravo!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Justin Riley

    An intimate look into life of Whitney Houston through the eyes of her best friend and loyal assistant of 20 years. Robyn allows readers to peer into Whitney as a person, not just the superstar. A love letter to her best friend after remaining silent for decades, Robyn gives readers everything you want to know, including the answer to the rumors that circled them for years.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I just wanna give Robyn a hug after this. I can’t imagine how brave it was to put it all in words, but I’m confident it is going to bring her the peace she deserves. I didn’t know anything about Whitney besides her songs, but this books illuminates her life and trajectory as “the lucky one”. If only her entire family loved and cared for her; if only she hadn’t felt constrained by the music industry to hide her true self; if only she and Robyn could have been free? Don’t even get me started on I just wanna give Robyn a hug after this. I can’t imagine how brave it was to put it all in words, but I’m confident it is going to bring her the peace she deserves. I didn’t know anything about Whitney besides her songs, but this books illuminates her life and trajectory as “the lucky one”. If only her entire family loved and cared for her; if only she hadn’t felt constrained by the music industry to hide her true self; if only she and Robyn could have been free? Don’t even get me started on Bobbi Kristina. Overall, it’s tragedy over tragedy. But I’m glad Robyn claimed her own story - and made justice for Whitney’s name.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Damron

    Once I picked this book up I could not put it down. As a little girl I grew up listening to Whitney Houston and dancing to her music. She was so beautiful and poised. It never dawned on me how little control she actually had. The people that ultimately loved and had her best interest at heart were tossed aside as she spiraled down. Robyn clearly loved Whitney. Not just the star, but the person she was and wanted to be. Whitney's gift was beautiful but her life was tragic. I loved the way Robyn's Once I picked this book up I could not put it down. As a little girl I grew up listening to Whitney Houston and dancing to her music. She was so beautiful and poised. It never dawned on me how little control she actually had. The people that ultimately loved and had her best interest at heart were tossed aside as she spiraled down. Robyn clearly loved Whitney. Not just the star, but the person she was and wanted to be. Whitney's gift was beautiful but her life was tragic. I loved the way Robyn's book did not demonize Whitney but instead showed why things happened the way they did. Not with judgement but with overwhelming sadness and a sense of, it didn't have to be this way. I'm so glad I read this book. And I'm glad to know Whitney had someone in her life that saw her, truly saw her.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I like Whitney Houston’s music a lot but am not a super fan and was not familiar with a lot of the history and her story. I read this because I was interested in the secret relationship aspect of stardom and how homophobia presented itself in Robyn and Whitney’s relationship. This is not a tell all, as other reviewers have said, and it still feels like Robyn is holding back due to how private of a person Whitney was. It was a fascinating, quick read, very poorly ghost written but interesting to I like Whitney Houston’s music a lot but am not a super fan and was not familiar with a lot of the history and her story. I read this because I was interested in the secret relationship aspect of stardom and how homophobia presented itself in Robyn and Whitney’s relationship. This is not a tell all, as other reviewers have said, and it still feels like Robyn is holding back due to how private of a person Whitney was. It was a fascinating, quick read, very poorly ghost written but interesting to look at the rise to stardom, the effect of rumors about sexuality, a young, codependent relationship, and the sad descent into addiction and the people around Whitney Houston who enabled her addiction, rather than promoting treatment, for their own personal gain.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    An honest book about true friendship. Reading the book you get a sense of the deep love and admiration that Robyn felt for her friend, Whitney. The truest line in the book comes early on when Robyn writes that she wished those early days "could go on that way forever." Whitney, on the other hand, seems determined to be successful at all costs, and I think one of those costs ended up being the loss of Robyn by her side. Interwoven throughout the book is also Robyn's longing to rescue her friend An honest book about true friendship. Reading the book you get a sense of the deep love and admiration that Robyn felt for her friend, Whitney. The truest line in the book comes early on when Robyn writes that she wished those early days "could go on that way forever." Whitney, on the other hand, seems determined to be successful at all costs, and I think one of those costs ended up being the loss of Robyn by her side. Interwoven throughout the book is also Robyn's longing to rescue her friend from her self-destructive habits and her dysfunctional family relationships. In the end, they proved to be too much for even a great friend and she left Whitney's company feeling frustrated and defeated. Nevertheless, she never stopped being loyal to Whitney or their connection only speaking out now long after her death. She does so in a loving way that seeks to stop speculation and also highlight both the beauty and limitations of a lifelong friendship.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jada

    This was one of the most honest and vulnerable books I've ever read. Whitney went through a lot, and Robyn really shared her story in such an honest way.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa K

    10/10 recommend as an audiobook to hear a nice lesbian telling a classic lesbian story about a transition from lesbians to BFF

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Delany

    I had planned to hate it because I’m a huge Whitney fan and I was worried it would be disrespectful. I actually think it was well done. She told their story in a way that seemed honest and genuine but not salacious. You can tell she really loved her friend and had her best interest at heart even in writing the book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I didn’t know if Whitney would disappear or if it was too good to be true, but what we had just happened out of the blue of a summer, and I wasn’t even expecting it. I thought, Here’s the friend that I prayed for. But I was learning that when Whitney wanted to do something, she just did it. I have read a few books regarding Whitney Houston life, including the book that was written by her mother. However, this one was the best one, Robin showed her transparency and vulnerably and told the real I didn’t know if Whitney would disappear or if it was too good to be true, but what we had just happened out of the blue of a summer, and I wasn’t even expecting it. I thought, Here’s the friend that I prayed for. But I was learning that when Whitney wanted to do something, she just did it. I have read a few books regarding Whitney Houston life, including the book that was written by her mother. However, this one was the best one, Robin showed her transparency and vulnerably and told the real story of Whitney. The media had heavy influence on the life of Houston, anything from ranging from drugs to her marriage to Bobby and her declining music career after she did drugs. I had no idea that all of the things that were mentioned in this book happened! Whitney seemed like she was such a broken soul that gave so much to people but did not get anything in return. Robin traced their childhood to adulthood, she was a trusted friend and companion. This book was mainly about Crawford life but she tied in Whitney's as well. I really love how non-threatening this book came across. I never felt that Robin was trying to point fingers on who was the reason behind Whitney's dowfall but she wanted to tell her story. There are some that speculate that is making up stories and it took her too long for her to come out publicly following Houston dead.. However, why would she make up this entire story when Bobby himself confirmed speculations about Whitney's personal life? Also it is better late than never, it was a touching memoir that is so heartwarming but deeply sad at the same time. After this memoir, I do not want to read anymore books about Houston. Let her rest in peace, she was the voice that will never be forgotten. Despite the rocky life she had as a musician, I will always love her and admire her from sharing her gift to the world.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andre

    Interesting read. The thing that is most important in a memoir for me is truth! Does it feel true, does it read as authentic? That is often a difficult thing to judge, but judge we must. And I would say that this memoir, and be clear, that's what this is, rings as truth. It feels right! So kudos to Robyn Crawford for allowing us to share in her memories of one of the greatest voices ever heard, Whitney Houston. She details their friendship from teenagers through Whitney's superstardom up to her Interesting read. The thing that is most important in a memoir for me is truth! Does it feel true, does it read as authentic? That is often a difficult thing to judge, but judge we must. And I would say that this memoir, and be clear, that's what this is, rings as truth. It feels right! So kudos to Robyn Crawford for allowing us to share in her memories of one of the greatest voices ever heard, Whitney Houston. She details their friendship from teenagers through Whitney's superstardom up to her untimely passing. At times it feels as though Robyn is holding back, and that isn't a criticism, just an opinion. Who knows? Being born and raised in Jersey, I took a lot of personal pride in Whitney's success, and her around the way girl sensibility. Alongside her reputation as a talented singer, was her hood chick bona fides. Robyn doesn't try to downplay nor amplify this simple truth, she just writes about it matter-of-factly. Whitney's parents get excoriated in these pages but not in a mean-spirited way, but again just as veritable memory. There is a chopiness in the editing, some directions are hinted at, then quickly abandoned but most importantly Robyn fills in some blanks that the tabloid media may have intentionally missed. Overall, I think it's a good read; are there things to quibble over? Certainly. But these are Robyn's memories and I for one am glad she shared them. I recommend it to all.😌

  17. 4 out of 5

    Storme

    This book is beautiful and sad. I don’t understand why everyone thinks this was a way to make money when it’s just an honest story. Whitney Houston was exploited by her family and some of her friends for a long time. She was just a way to pay their bills. It was sad that she had to do so many tours because people would burn through her money like there was no tomorrow. She had started out as a young girl, modeling and ready for a singing career and she was used until she was dead. It’s just a This book is beautiful and sad. I don’t understand why everyone thinks this was a way to make money when it’s just an honest story. Whitney Houston was exploited by her family and some of her friends for a long time. She was just a way to pay their bills. It was sad that she had to do so many tours because people would burn through her money like there was no tomorrow. She had started out as a young girl, modeling and ready for a singing career and she was used until she was dead. It’s just a very tragic story. Her documentary on Hulu, Whitney, shares more about her life and all the terrible experiences she had to endure. Robin was her best friend for years until Bobby Brown became insecure. Her and Robin did have a romantic relationship at the start, but it became a friendship that ended because of a jealous man. It even says Whitney was doing drugs years sooner than people said. But honestly, it’s a wonderful story of friendship but very sad about how it all ends. Highly recommend for anyone who likes memoirs and fans of Whitney. Seriously though, watch Whitney on Hulu. It’s fantastic.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sweetz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have lots of thoughts about this book but I’ll try to be brief. I initially heard about Robyn Crawford from a background singer that told me there were rumors of Whitney being gay. Never gave it too much thought as I don’t take hearsay as facts. Then I saw the documentary and knew there was some truth to the rumor. I too believe this book was Robyn’s honest account of her life with Whitney. But there was also an underlying indictment of the Houston family and how they utterly failed their I have lots of thoughts about this book but I’ll try to be brief. I initially heard about Robyn Crawford from a background singer that told me there were rumors of Whitney being gay. Never gave it too much thought as I don’t take hearsay as facts. Then I saw the documentary and knew there was some truth to the rumor. I too believe this book was Robyn’s honest account of her life with Whitney. But there was also an underlying indictment of the Houston family and how they utterly failed their sister, daughter, niece, cousin friend! It also showed how, when one doesn’t live in their truth or indulge in self care, you wilt away mentally, physically and emotionally. Whitney was surrounded by a lot of family but they ultimately used and abused her instead of keeping her grounded in a great foundation. She had the voice of an angel with demons all around her. I’m thankful Robyn was in her life. However, Robyn was ultimately pushed out by the ugliness along with Sylvia. Its a crying shame she wasn’t even able to attend the service. Whitney was the voice of a generation. Yet she was broke by 1987 and again later in life by unknowingly bankrolling lazy ‘n selfish individuals that called themselves family. Robyn also endured tremendous loss with her mom, brother and father. Father because he was so abusive and wasn’t present. Finding out her sister was bipolar at 30 something AFTER having professional trouble and personal loss! I know her therapy sessions left her eyes burning from all the tears and pain. I hope writing this book was cathartic for her as she too needed a hug or two after witnessing all that was revealed in this book. Sometimes even if your NOT the victim, bearing witness to such drama can take its toll. I’ve said more than I was going to say so I’ll end here.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amiee

    I wasn’t going to read this one...I felt like too many people exploited Whitney...however after reading reviews I decided to read it. the love and friendship Robin had for Whitney is clear from the first page. Good read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sobo

    Beautiful book! Thank you Robyn Crawford.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Haywood

    True Friendship This was a well written story about Robyn Crawford and Whitney Houston life long friendship. My attention was grabbed from the beginning until the very end. Even though there were the rumors, lies, gossip and dysfunctional ways that were said and written about. Robyn told her side of the story with respect and not really bashed anyone. Sometimes when seeing family and loved ones heading down a path of destruction, you just have to step back and show tough love. This storyline is a True Friendship This was a well written story about Robyn Crawford and Whitney Houston life long friendship. My attention was grabbed from the beginning until the very end. Even though there were the rumors, lies, gossip and dysfunctional ways that were said and written about. Robyn told her side of the story with respect and not really bashed anyone. Sometimes when seeing family and loved ones heading down a path of destruction, you just have to step back and show tough love. This storyline is a great read and I highly recommend this book to read. Cassandra H.

  22. 5 out of 5

    LeeTravelGoddess

    UMMM WOOOOOW! This is Robyn’s story and it’s not a tell all but rather the life of Whitney Houston from her unique perspective. She really didn’t tell us anything that we didn’t already either know or assume and she knew Whitney MUCH LONGER than MOST. Chiiiiilllleeeeee, the TEA was served piping hot and the most disturbing thing I took from the book was Whitney’s family... what a disgustingly dysfunctional group of people!!! And to learn that Gary wasn’t even a whole — whew LAWD! I didn’t know UMMM WOOOOOW! This is Robyn’s story and it’s not a tell all but rather the life of Whitney Houston from her unique perspective. She really didn’t tell us anything that we didn’t already either know or assume and she knew Whitney MUCH LONGER than MOST. Chiiiiilllleeeeee, the TEA was served piping hot and the most disturbing thing I took from the book was Whitney’s family... what a disgustingly dysfunctional group of people!!! And to learn that Gary wasn’t even a whole — whew LAWD! I didn’t know that she and her mother were so disjointed, I mean— parents are how WE GET THROUGH LIFE, forrealz! This book shows how Robyn and Nippy loved one another deeply which shows in how she remembers the late GREAT, Whitney Houston... I loved her description of her very first time of officially hearing Whitney sing; that was truly beautiful. Finally, to Randy Jackson... you tried it Sir—- I hollered at Robyn’s recant of Whitney’s description of him and his cheating ways. In some ways, I really wish that Eddie Murphy had acted better because I believe they would have been a solid match but colliding stars don’t create anything beautiful when you think about it spatially (so perhaps not). The saddest part is y’all; Whitney didn’t live to tell her own story but everyone else is YET HERE feeding us their side. Whitney was hurt & troubled from the beginning & the plane soared off the ground to its highest permissible altitude and began its decent in a slow spiral— one that was undetectable and by the time everyone noticed, it was too late. Rest In Peace Whitney Elizabeth Houston 💚

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    If you followed Whitney Houston’s career, you know who Robyn Crawford is. Becoming friends as teenagers, Robyn spent 20 + years with Whitney as she rose into stardom. This is not a tell all into the Whitney camp, but it is a beautiful memoir filled with love. I have seen the Whitney documentary and Robyn’s perspective on events was different but had some commonalities. Robyn gave us a view of Whitney that many don’t think of when someone young soars into stardom, the amount of pressure they feel If you followed Whitney Houston’s career, you know who Robyn Crawford is. Becoming friends as teenagers, Robyn spent 20 + years with Whitney as she rose into stardom. This is not a tell all into the Whitney camp, but it is a beautiful memoir filled with love. I have seen the Whitney documentary and Robyn’s perspective on events was different but had some commonalities. Robyn gave us a view of Whitney that many don’t think of when someone young soars into stardom, the amount of pressure they feel and how one could get lost in the midst of it all. It still amazes me to know how toxic Whitney’s family was. I just can’t understand how Sissy and John Houston didn’t see Whitney’s addiction would be detrimental to her career that they were leaning on. You know how they say partners are supposed to make you better, fill in the gaps? Robyn did that for her, Bobby did not. Robyn lost herself while working with Whitney and her life did not truly begin until she separated herself although that was probably one of the hardest things she had to do. Robyn has suffered a ton of loss but therapy and being surround by those who loves her and wanted to see her do well, she thrived. I really enjoyed this one, every event mention I would what to stop and go listen to a song or watch a movie to see if I was able to see what Robyn saw.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cam

    This book is about over a decade of love and friendship between childhood friends. It a very interesting story of their journey. I wonder if she would have still published this book if Whitney or her daughter were still alive.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Obscurenoun

    My heart is ripped to pieces.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I give this book 3 stars only because it feels like a first time writer.., However, it would be a 4 if I based it on the sincerity I felt that she was giving us that we have not seen in previous books and documentaries about Whitney’s life. I feel that Robyn was a true friend, and I thank her for sharing!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Chassen

    This book is a gorgeous homage to Whitney Houston. Every page is a love letter - even the hard ones. It humanizes someone who, for much of her life, was a mystery, having to wear many hats and be many things. In truth, she was loved, and that is all that matters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dee Dee

    A true loyal friend I read this in one day. Loved everything about it. We all loved Whitney and wished she gotten the help she needed. Robyn you was her true loyal friend til the end. So glad you got to tell your side..

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Shame on the Houston family. Shame on the Brown family. Shame on the Warwick family. Shame on Clive Davis. Shame on Arista Records. Shame on L.A. Reid. Shame on CeCe Winans. Shame on drug dealers. This book could've used a little more editing (grammar and spelling).

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Diamond

    This was a good book, told alot of truth. Honesty, riveting in terms of concert dates and traveling. It started out slow but then picked up. Answered alot of stories. Whitney was addicted long before the media said she was. Glad to know that Robyn left on her own terms. It's hard to watch someone you love disintegrate in front of your eyes. Learned alot about Whitney and Whitney's family. It was time and I believe Whitney is at peace because of Robin's truth. God Bless Robin and her family.

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