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Book review: Leona Lewis: Dreams

Leona Lewis


Leona Lewis. Photos by Dean Freeman.

Publication date

It's out now!

The story

Leona's become a global superstar since winning the X Factor in 2006, but what was she doing before she entered the competition? And what's life really like when your dreams of fame and success come true?

These are just some of the questions Leona sets out to answer in this illustrated autobiography.


It's really interesting to find out what goes on during the X Factor from a contestant's point of view, especially when Leona talks about her relationship with the show's most feared judge, Simon Cowell.

And finding out about Leona's attempts to make it as a singer before she entered the competition will give hope to any struggling wannabes out there. Top tip - you need to be REALLY determined and prepared to work hard!

But don't worry if you're not that into reading, there are LOADS of pictures of Leona's whirlwind road to stardom over the past couple of years too.

Any weak bits?

More than half of the book is photos, which may disappoint hardcore Leona fans who want to know more about their idol, but overall, it strikes a good balance.


It's interesting for fans, but most people will probably pay more attention to the photos.

NR rating:

Four out of five

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Your Comments

"This book is brilliant, fabulous and fantastic!!!"

Rhiannon, 11, Tyne and Wear, England

"I am desperate to read it! I have bought all of Leona's albums that she has released and I am hopefully going to buy this!"

Samantha, 9, County Durham, England

"It's an awesome book! I read it over and over every night!!"

Ami, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I think it is very good."

Holly, 7, Cambridgeshire, England

"I think Leona is one of the best singers I know. You've came a long way, keep going!"

Emma, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"This book is a must read, I highly recommend it. It speaks the truth."

Gem, 12, Staffs, England

"I haven't read this yet, as I think that young people like Leona shouldn't actually write an autobiography. She has so much more of her life ahead of her yet! I like Leona, sure, but maybe she should stick to singing, not writing books!"

Jamie, 10, Bristol, England

"This book was AMAZING. It was so inspiring to hear her story. Leona is definitely the best singer ever."

Allie, 11, Bristol, England

"Wow!! I read it in a few hours, I couldn't put it down!! The pictures paint a thousand words."

Emily, 12, Lancaster, England

"I really liked her book because I didn't realise how much she cared for music, although I would have liked to have seen more about her life. I found the pictures interesting and nice to look at, but after a while I got a bit bored and wished she'd written more and put less pictures in. Overall, a FAB book!"

Alice, 12, Northampton, England

"I like Leona and I like her singing but I don't like her book because I got really bored! Just because my name is Leona, it does not mean I like Leona Lewis and I sent the book back!"

Leona, 8, Leeds, England

"I love Leona Lewis, she is my role model and when I grow up I want to be like her. SHE RULES!!"

Louise, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"I think Leona Lewis is a good singer and I think that her book is really good. When Leona won the X Factor I was just so happy. I think Leona has a great singing voice too."

Grace, 10, Reading, England

"I think she is so angelic (apart from her LA mansion) and it would be great to read about her rise to fame!"

Elle, 11, Newcastle, England

"I think Leona Lewis is a good singer, she should have some more books out because this book was really good and she is a really talented woman."

Chantelle, 13, England

"I think that her book is a really good book and I think she should start writing more."

Leoni, 14, Nottinghamshire, England

"I thought this was OK, but I really dislike celebrity books because they only get published because the authors are celebrities."

Katherine, 11, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I haven't read it yet but I'm sure it will be great just like Leona. I have heard her new album and think Happy is the best song."

Katy, 9, Luton, England

"I'm getting it for Christmas and I can't wait!"

Emily, 12, Lancaster, England

"I haven't read this book YET but now that I have read these reviews I am SO going to get it."

Stephanie, 8, Livingston, Scotland

"It's was really good. I want to read it again. I can't though because I borrowed it off a friend."

Liam, 8, Dorset, England

"When Leona won the X Factor I just knew she would do well as a solo artist. Her new song Happy is my favourite yet that she has released."

Thomas, 11, Lancashire, England

"I am a big fan of Leona and this book was amazing. It really inspired me to follow my dreams!!"

Daisy, 13, Newcastle, England

"This book is amazing. It shows what her life was like before stardom."

Allie, 11, Bristol, England

"I really enjoyed the book, especially when she told us about how it felt just before she went on stage. It was like you were there with her all through her X Factor experience. Amazing book!"

Sara, 12, London, England

"I really liked it. It was amazing. There are cute pics of Leona."

Alessia, 11, Hampshire, England

"I think that Leona Lewis has made a brilliant book that everyone can enjoy, even boys."

Rebekah, 11, Barnstaple, England

"It was OK I would give it three stars. I did like the pictures though."

Karen, 10, Newcastle, England

"Well I haven't read it YET but I think that this will be quite a good book. Loads and loads of people love reading about famous pop stars and their lifestyle so why would people not read the book about such a big sensation?!"

Shree, 11, Slough, England

"Even though Leona's book might be full of pics I think it would be still good to read!"

Emily, 11, Manchester, England

"I think Leona's book is worth reading. I think Leona has a great singing voice too."

Nicole, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think Leona's book sounds really interesting and can't wait to read it."

Hari, 11, England

"I've read her book, it's OK but not great. I wouldn't recommend this book to any of my friends."

Kamilla, 12, London, England

"I haven't read it yet but I really want the book Dreams for Christmas it looks really good. I've read the blurb and it sounds really good."

Robyn, 10, Hereford, England