Clarissa Cruz
October 29, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

If Only

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Geri Halliwell
genre
Memoir

We gave it a C+

Don’t look here for the scoop on why the star formerly known as Ginger left the Spice Girls so abruptly last year (”The girls simply assumed that I was joking, or having a bad hair day”). And for dishy details of offstage life with Posh, Baby, Sporty, and Scary, British tabloids are far more piquant — Halliwell’s raciest tales involve popping out of too-tight concert costumes. Strip away the prattle-filled chapters on the Spice life, however, and what remains are surprisingly honest bits where Halliwell details her depressive bouts with bulimia and stints as a ”glamour” (read: nude) model. But it’s only reflections like ”singing to Prince Charles is the perfect laxative” that occasionally keep the memoir from being a yawny wannabe. C+

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