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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax (March 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401360181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401360184
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,289,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This self-indulgently infantile book is a novel in only the loosest sense: it looks and reads more like a book-length zine. Amid quizzes, comics, poetry, journal entries, lists (one to-do: "Pump my own gas") and bits of narrative, child star Culkin, through the persona of Junior, tackles the emotional fallout from his years struggling under the parenting—and, inseparably, the career management—of an abusive father. Though Culkin protests that Junior the character is not Culkin the author, the line seems pretty thin. Early on, Junior notes that he's "not a writer," and few readers will argue. But as a calculated piece of celebrity implosion, the book is weirdly compelling. Passages dealing directly with the father are uniformly powerful: smart and tragic. Unfortunately, this rich central conflict gets buried beneath interminable bellyaching over the writing process, half-baked philosophical musing and go-nowhere overtures to a woman who no longer loves him. Of all the ironies Culkin tries to engage (as when overgrown rich kid Junior asks, "Wouldn't it be nice to have a place in the country like we talked about?"), the book's biggest is that it's best when it sticks with Daddy. (Mar.)
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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–This book consists of disjointed paragraphs, childish drawings, serious father issues, and a wide variety of page layouts. But the fact that it was written by a former child star and current indie actor whose battles with his father are well documented lends an overarching semiautobiographical theme that ties these pieces together into snapshots of Culkin's celebrity life. Calling this title fiction may be a bit of a stretch. There's no plot, although there are several recurring stories about Monkey Monkey Boy, former child star. The book is more a journal written by a fictional character named Junior, and it reads exactly like one. Now 25, the author may or may not have written this as part of a therapeutic process. (He drops hints that he has.) His emotions are certainly laid bare. Culkin touches on such issues as how you become who you are, how every little thing that happens to you matters, and how you make the transition to adulthood. Teens who are journaling can find a lot of inspiration in his insights. Those who have enjoyed his movies will find this peek into his soul fascinating.–Jamie Watson, Harford County Public Library, MD
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Millner on March 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This so-called "novel" is probably the most normal thing ever produced by Macaulay Culkin.

Somewhat of a mosaic of disfunctionality. It reads like a journal with checklists and doodles, one thought failing to lead into the next, but as a whole relatively insightful. Don't expect a plot or a purpose, but tons of personality. It's terribly amusing and heartbreakingly human for a person we ogle like the Elephant Man.

I consider myself pretty well-read, but on the other hand I am a fan of Culkin's (do with this knowledge what you will), and I sat down and read the book in one sitting. I couldn't have enjoyed it more.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Will you like this one? Depends on if you can relate to the very original and often odd style in which Culkin explores his truly bizarre life. He is, after all, a youmg man who was once a major child star, survived the destruction of his family, went on to get married early in life, had issues with drinking and drugs and so forth.

Now he's gone and written a book. In the process, some major things are left out (his relationship/friendship with Michael Jackson) and others are explored in detail. But then, this isn't strictly what I'd consider nonfiction. It is a novel, however based on reality. To call it anything else would be inaccurate. Yes, McCaulkin winks a bit at what to call the book by writing (A Novel) and then crossing out the words and writing "NOT" in big letters above it. But in interviews, he has called it a novel, so I'm going with that and calling it one myself. Besides, how can it be fact when major episodes in his life are left out?

It contains drawings, rants, diaries and statements of belief. It might even be closer to a piece of modern art than a traditional book. There are several endings.

And yet...I found it oddly compelling, even though I didn't think I'd like it. After all, not just ANYBODY can sit down and write a book that is interesting (at least, I think some will find it interesting, if only as an oddity), no matter how badly they want to. This could have been a lot worse. Culkin does have an original voice. Question is: will you find it compelling?

Those who already know of Culkin's difficult relationship with his father will have a field day with this book. He definitey touches on that subject, as well as how to NOT be his father, to be a differnt person.

So have a look at this one, see what you think.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Svetlana Sheilandi on March 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Imagine that as a child you got a toy box of memories on your 25th Birthday, memories you can play with, be gentle, have dreams, never mind the sorrow.

A dark photography room with a flashlight projector as if you never stepped out of that movie theatre and witness what the backstage or what happens in your life and something you don't unleash to your friends or/and a psychotherapist, an innocent wish for privacy everyone yearns sometimes, on a highway, town, or a desert. An ocean wave of a feeling, joy, combined with a brilliant sense of humor, "junior" represents a "sketch of hidden human emotions". Macaulay Culkin has a skill of writing what he wants to show the reader in 3 sentences. The easy-going style of writing with new energy and a shinning light of care between paragraphs "Junior" is a light journey on footsteps of love and understanding of what it's like growing up, and facing what one needs to face with to grow higher and at the present live road of high energy life with courage.

(P.S. Good luck with a new book in a year or two... lol :)

Sincerely,

- Svetlana Sheilandi
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stella Kae on March 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've never exactly been a Macaulay Culkin fan. Of course, I knew who he was from his "Home Alone" days and asides from that I had absolutely no interest in him. After Party Monster, I started noticing that he did a lot of things with Seth Green (Robot Chicken) and some of the 'That 70's Show' kids who covertly seem like they might be interesting characters behind the scenes so when I heard he had a book, I contemplated being interested in it although I must admit, I didn't have much faith in it.

Anyway, my friend picked it up for me a couple of days ago and I read the entire thing in one day. It's a pretty easy read but it's completely random, which is something I'm into (the random, not the easy) and not at all what I expected. I related to it quite a bit and am pretty impressed. He didn't go the route I expected him to go, at all. I loved it but I'll say that it isn't for everyone. You have to be able to appreciate stream-of-consciousness style writing and perhaps be a little bit insane to truly get it.

Kudos to Macaulay for writing something completely unexpected and refreshing. It could have been stronger from a literary point of view but the way he went about it makes it a little more consumable, I suppose.

Worth reading if you appreciate self-exploration and randomness. Don't pick it up if youre just looking for some kind of celebrity gossip, tell all autobiography type of thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book because I had read articles & watched interviews about Macaulay Culkin. I was surprised at how much I loved it, he as a very private person, really told more than I expected. The book is like opening a journal or private notes of a friend. His childhood as an actor is chronicled, but not dwelt on, his teen marriage, all of it. It was gutsy of Mac to put himself out there like this.
All in all, very poignant memoir. I really just GOT IT, I guess.I blew through it in 1 day, entertaining & sweet in places, sad & angry in others. I also loved the unique style.
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