Book Review: Taylor Swift: Music Superstar

TITLE: Taylor Swift: Music Superstar (Celebrity Biography series)

AUTHOR: Jeff Burlingame


ISBN: 978-0-7660-3870-7

SOURCE: Review copy provided by publisher


GENRE: nonfiction


“Best. First. Youngest. Each time Taylor Swift’s name comes up in a newspaper, magazine, or online article, there is a good chance at least one of those three words will be included.”

This pop star’s 48-page biography chronicles her life from her childhood in Wyomissing, PA, through her 2011 “Speak Now” tour. Backmatter includes resources for further information, timeline, discography and a glossary.

THEMES/TOPICS: music, celebrity biography

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: Burlingame shows that much of Swift’s success can be attributed to her hard work rather than luck. Before becoming famous, Swift performed at karaoke, fairs and baseball games and became a staff songwriter at Sony/ATV to hone her craft. Now, rather than being a prima donna, Swift remains down to earth, using social media to connect with fans. Burlingame gives us many reasons to appreciate Swift as a wonderful role model.


  • Enslow provides an educator’s guide with extension activities covering many school subjects.

11 thoughts on “Book Review: Taylor Swift: Music Superstar”

    1. Thanks Genevieve. I also found it interesting that the author pointed out that her family used connections to get her her first large gig singing the national anthem at the US Open. I think he wanted to show that it’s not about luck.

  1. I was a bit surprised at first – I wouldn’t have guessed you follow these kind of stars. But I’m glad you did this time, because your effort points out something I wouldn’t have guessed, given my tendency to judge books by their covers! Thanks for reminding us all to look further, to look inside!

    1. This book is aimed at reluctant readers. I wanted to read it to see how Enslow, a reputable educational publisher, would handle the subject. Oh, and Taylor Swift’s new single is pretty good too.

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