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Creating Myself: How I Learned That Beauty Comes in All Shapes, Sizes, and Packages, Including Me Hardcover – August 26, 2008

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Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and sister to actress Liv, feels she's had a difficult life. Growing up, she disliked her mother and longed for more time with her famous father. After her parents split up, she and her mother lived in New Hampshire before moving to Manhattan, where Tyler was enrolled in several fine schools—only she spent her time hanging out with her buddies getting high on pot, acid, cocaine, Ecstasy, etc. Her father intervened after she suffered a massive overdose: it paid to have a rock star for a dad, she says. Once on her feet again, Tyler was kept therapeutically busy with a lucrative offer from Lane Bryant to model clothing for plus-size teens. Months later she came to visit her mother and found her slimmer and in love. They bonded—but then her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor that proved fatal. Tyler, constantly falling in and out of love, finally realized that the point wasn't to find herself, but to create herself, a questionable insight. Not only that, she comes across as spoiled and shallow. (Sept.)
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This is a paean to self-acceptance and self-esteem. Initially, though, first-time author Tyler—famous as a reality-TV star, a plus-size model, and a daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler—sketches a life fraught with addictions to drugs, cutting, and eating disorders. Fortunately, she gains valuable insight into her destructive patterns to re-create herself as a healthy, loving adult. For teens and twenty-somethings who can identify with Tyler's struggle.—Lynne Maxwell
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1ST edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416558608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416558606
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Tyler is pathetic. And I am/was a fan.

He lets his very young daughter run free backstage at his concerts - enough said.

He won't let her live with him, his new wife, and two children, despite many pleas. Why?

He leaves Mia and her mom in horrible living conditions, while he has more than ample funds. His three other children live the good life.

He leaves Mia in the care of an unstable mother.

His response to Mia's serious abuse of drugs is to assess the close-calls via long distance phone calls, and declare all is well. This even though she describes herself as "going crazy." He doesn't even call 911.

He ignores every cry for help, other than to throw a gold credit card at her, which only buys her more trouble.

He interrogates her boyfriends by asking what drugs they have used. This guy should have turned over the role of dad to someone else.

The neglect and sick parenting must have left this woman with a load of baggage, and are likely responsible for many of her problems which she never explores in this book. As another reviewer says, she gives her dad a pass. She's young. She's got lots of painful emotional work ahead.

She blames her truly sick and justifiably wounded parent, and has yet to face the horrid neglect of her dad. She has a long road of healing to do.

Her many snippets of life advice, coming from a young woman with her history, who hasn't faced her father, would feel arrogant to me, a 52 year-old woman if it weren't so sad.

And yet in an Oprah interview, he says he's surprised she was in so much pain!

Oy'
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I finished this book in one day. Impossible to put down. I received it in the mail, opened the box and that was it- I read the whole darn thing.

It is so well written and it was great to finally hear the truth through a child's eyes. Her truth. Her experiences.

I've heard the story about her sister Liv in both Bebe Buell's bio "Rebel Heart" (which I LOVE) and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way". I've heard all the rumors and it is lovely to put the puzzle pieces together. What a story.

I was left sobbing my eyes out in the parts about her mother Cyrinda Foxe dying of cancer. Her perspective was honest and moving.

This is such a good read. You put it down feeling good. Feeling good about yourself and others.
Not to mention the great inside stories about some rock icons.
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Laura, what do you mean why was she so troubled? Didn't you read the book? She told us! In spite of Mia's rich and famous father, she was neglected terribly as a child. She didn't just randomly hate her mom, she was angry and hurt by her mom's lack of attention and lack of ability to love her. And her father, while loving, was largely absent and unable to help her in the way she needed.

This book was clearly written by someone young and, while mature in some ways, clearly not in others. I appreciate what she is trying to do for young people in validating overweight young girls. I appreciate more her search for acceptance and understanding about herself. I liked the one poem she chose to publish quite a lot.

Still, as she tells about her crappy first marriage you wonder why is this girl who is claiming to be so confident and strong marrying this creep?

So, the most problematic part for me is the feeling that even though we are supposed to view this as a finish act (creating myself), I am pretty clear that there is still a lot of creating to be done. I want to be her mother and offer her what she never got from her own mom. And, I wonder, will that gap ever be filled?
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Don't know if it's her or me, but the last third of the book felt lackluster. Beginning? Couldn't put it down. So I 'm saying 3/5 stars because parts were a 1 and parts were a 5. She's been through a lot, being Steven Tyler's daughter you can imagine... Highs and lows, literally.
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Wonderfully writen! Almost rivals her father, Steven Tyler's debute memoir. It was THAT highly readable book that led me to THIS Gem! A "MUST READ!"
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I really enjoyed Mia's book. What struck me especially is her honesty and willingness to talk about the things she's not especially proud of as well as some of the fun times she experienced. She makes mistakes and owns them. I think she will always land on her feet, regardless of the fact that her papa is Steven Tyler and you don't get a sense that she used her name to get ahead without having anything to back it up. If the pace of her life keeps up, she'll be able to write an interesting memoir every decade.
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I am a huge Aerosmith fan, and while this book doesn't have too much to do with the band itself, Steven's daughter Mia gives an amazing insight into what life as the child of a rock star is like. Much of the book was very sad, such as her parents drug problems and her mothers battle with cancer. It was surprising, as I expected the book to be about this rock stars daughter with a glamorous, fun life, and it was far from it. From her writing, it seems that Mia is very down to earth and real, and so many things about her were relatable. I got through this book in a few short days, and once you start reading it, you will also find that it is hard to put down. Even if you are not a fan of Aerosmith, Mia Tyler has led a really fascinating life, and I would recommend this book to anyone. Not only does she discuss life backstage with her dad's band, she also covers topics like abusive relationships, body image, and self-harm, but the book ends with positive messages about loving yourself and finding happiness. Amazing book! :)
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