Over the past few months, there has been considerable buzz about this book, which the author describes as the story of Michael Jackson's secret romance.
Now I'll be honest, I wasn't active on the MJ forums and boards much after the trial. I wasn't super familiar with Shana's name or her story while Michael was still here. But, when Michael Jackson died in 2009, I watched hundreds and hundreds of YouTube videos and came across some videos about her and their secret relationship.
If you are curious about Shana and think her face looks familiar- you are right. She was one of the actresses in the short film for "Ghosts" and also was featured in the short film called "Is It Scary". Filmed in 1993, "Is It Scary" was never finished or released but, is available on Youtube by doing a simple search.
Shana Mangatal's "Michael And Me" gives an intimate look at who Michael Jackson was behind closed doors. And interestingly enough, you find out that a love interaction with the King Of Pop was, at least for Shana, at times more challenging than fairytale romantic.
One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was how well Shana painted the picture of each moment. She keeps you engaged and entertained with the "little things". Shana describes how smooth and buttery his complexion was and how soft his hands were. Her descriptions made for a good read and painted Michael in a very intriguing and attractive light.
Another fun tidbit- some of you may already know that I was a Japanese major in college and really heavy into food, snack and novelty items from there. Shana wrote about fans from Japan meeting Michael and giving him a box of banana cakes. True story- I knew exactly what she was talking about and it is one of my favorite snack items - ever! To find out that Michael also loved "Tokyo Banana" just like I did, made me smile.
This is just one instance of how Shana makes you feel like you're right there with her, living in the moments with Michael. I do feel like the marketing lead me to believe there was more actual juicy content than there ended up being but, truthfully, I prefer it this way. (I really am not interested in changing my perception of Michael, particularly since he's not even here to deny or confirm any of the contents of the book.)
If you are picking this up because you expect to read excerpts of love letters, hear about late night conversations and rendezvous, see photos of elaborate gifts... memories of surprise flowers and jewelry... You will be disappointed.
"Michael And Me" is actually interesting because it's the typical tale of that confusing and "gray area" of dating.
Definitely not a one-night-stand.
Not quite a relationship.
A romance... still something real but, not quite defined.
If you want to read about what it would feel like to go from a starry-eyed fan, to Michael's secret lover... This is your book.
And finally, if you want to get a glimpse of what Michael would be like as a lover....
This is your book.
I would recommend "Michael And Me" to any fan who is interested in the intimate side of Michael Jackson and can keep an open mind while reading.
Check it out on amazon.com here:
Did you read "Michael & Me? What did you think about it? I'd love to hear your thoughts!