Book Review: The Sporty One by Melanie Chisholm


Title: The Sporty One

By: Melanie Chisholm

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 432

Release Date: September 15th, 2022

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

An intimate memoir from international pop star Melanie Chisholm--better known as Mel C. or Sporty Spice--chronicling her trajectory from small-town girl to overnight icon as part of the Spice Girls.

25 years ago, The Spice Girls, a girl band that began after five women answered an ad in the paper, released their first single. 'Wannabe' became a hit and from that moment and, almost overnight, Melanie Chisholm went from small town girl to Sporty Spice, part of one of the biggest music groups in history. 

Beginning in her bedroom in the north-west of England dreaming of performing on stage, THE SPORTY ONE follows the meteoric rise of the Melanie and The Spice Girls, from the incredible highs of becoming one of the world’s most recognizable popstars – playing at Wembley, conquering the BRITs, closing the Olympics – to the difficult lows. For the first time ever, Melanie talks about the pressures of fame, the shaming and bullying she experienced, the struggles she has had with her body image and mental health, and the difficulty of finding yourself when the whole world knows your name. 

THE SPORTY ONE is an incredible story of resilience, hope and how you can find your power.


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I remember the Spice Girls from my childhood. The epitome of girl power, but little did I know of the strife that lay just under the surface. It tore at the very seams of the group.

Melanie C lays all the dirty laundry out in the open for all to see. She gives the nitty gritty... All the good stories and even the bad. We learn of the fighting and the alcohol. At times, it wasn't pretty. I really appreciated the honest in the words.

Although the stories were interesting, I didn't enjoy the writing style as much as I had hoped. It was raw and choppy and didn't flow so well.

Still, all in all this was a good read. Definitely recommended if you like the Spice Girls or memoirs.

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