Susan Boyle became an overnight phenomenon after appearing on Britain's Got Talent last year and has since recorded the fastest-selling female debut album of all time. This shy, middle-aged, frumpy woman from a small town in Scotland wowed the audience and the judges that night, and her singing has continued to attract a massive following. Montgomery, a British freelance author, seized on Susan's popularity to produce this first biography of her. This unauthorized account describes Susan as a "slow" child, deprived of oxygen at birth, who found her voice by singing-it's her heartfelt honesty that resonates with audiences. The author compiled published reports, magazine articles, video clips, Internet reviews, and blogs but did not personally interview the main characters. Verdict Although Montgomery's writing is repetitive and full of cliches, this book will appeal to a broad audience because Susan's story is a compelling representation of hope and the fact that it's never too late to realize your dreams.-Lani & JA Smith, Oakland Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.