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"A lovely autobiography, equal parts dish and pathos."--Vanity Fair
"[Lowe] writes viscerally and insightfully...He looks back at the aberrant highs of his heart-throb days, the changing nature of stardom in Hollywood, the trade-off he has made between high life and home life, and the step-by-step effort behind his show business survival. He looked like the callowest kid in the "Outsiders" crew. Now he looks like the sturdiest of them all"--The New York Times
"I really enjoyed it...Thoroughly entertaining: the Brat Pack years, the Wayne's World years, the Alcoholic Obscurity, the Glamorous Romances (Princess Stephanie of Monaco!), the Inevitable Rehab, and the Triumphant Comeback on The West Wing."--Time Magazine
"[Lowe's] charming, honest, even affectionate memoir is the story of strong guts behind a strikingly handsome face...A book to recommend widely."--Booklist
"A fresh pop-culture history of Hollywood in the ’70s and ’80s from the point of view of the man who lived it…[Lowe] is as funny as he is thoughtful. This is the best type of celeb memoir, because its author is as interested in the world as the world is interested in him."--People Magazine
"The world would be a better place if more stars’ memoirs were like Lowe’s--chatty, dishy, and with celebrity walk-ons (Tom Cruise! Sarah Jessica Parker! Princess Stephanie of Monaco! Martin Sheen!) galore. As entertaining as a Brat Pack film festival."--Parade
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- Publication date : April 26, 2011
- File size : 849 KB
- Print length : 321 pages
- ASIN : B004OA62VS
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Henry Holt and Co.; First edition (April 26, 2011)
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,861 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed reading about how Rob Lowe grew up. His family was a mess, especially his mother, and while he doesn't say it straight that acting was a way to escape his family and lose himself in focusing on his craft, it is certainly implied. As many of the better celebrity memoirs are, Lowe make a point of saying that no matter how hard you work at acting and how good you are, there is always some luck involved. Lowe worked hard and made sure as he had as many opportunities for luck as possible. He also writes in awe of many of his experiences, as if he still can't believe some of the things that have happened to him. I think my favorite was he was working with James Cameron to act in a movie that Lowe wrote and was to direct (it never came to be). But really, there are so many great stories and made me smile and laugh throughout the whole book.
A fun book; I think anyone who reads STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS will have a new appreciation for who Rob Lowe really is and smile because of it.
I really wasn't expecting much so I was pleasantly surprised to find this to be overall one of the best personal biographies I've ever read.
I guess I was expecting arrogance and pretense and got exactly the opposite. To me his public image seemed very high brow and narcissistic.
After reading the book found him to be very genuine, humble, and intelligent with a great deal of emotional depth. Who knew?
I hope he continues to write honest, insightful books like this one. If he does, I'll continue to buy them.
Anyhow, don't let his pretty face and mediocre acting in the past fool you (my opinion of course, and he's gotten much better over the years). This guy had to work hard in the entertainment industry to get where he is, although I am sure his looks did help him quite a bit. But it's his way with words and art of storytelling that captivated me more than his blue eyes or celebrity status.
I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys memoirs. You don't have to be a fan, but you may end up one after reading this book. Excellent job, Mr. Lowe!
This book was extremely entertaining. I am a fan of celebrity autobiographies/memoirs. While some are slow in the beginning and some lost my interest in the end where I just don't get around to finishing, this book never lost traction from start to finish.
Well done Rob! :)
I don't hesitate to tell friends about this book. I don't have my copy in my home because I've passed it to my neighbor and I also bought a copy for one of my best friends because it's just that good, it has to be shared!
There are some really great stories in here and Rob Lowe does not dish dirt on anyone ..... in fact he shows a lot of gratitude towards those who he has met in the business. Those expecting tabloid "trash" or "dirt" won't find it here. He is a man who talks of life's choices and how he has transformed from his acting days in the 1980's to become a loving father. I respected what he had to say on many fronts.
I found myself taking his side when he expressed disappointment when he learned more than 20 minutes of his screen time was cut from the Outsiders. No one told him and he never saw it coming. I also liked the stories he shares about Michael J Fox, it's probably the funniest part in the entire book. The incident about their celebrity bus being pulled over by a cop in rural California was crazy !! Who would have thought the movie "Back To The Future" could help you get out of a ticket ?
I've seen most of Rob Lowe's movies and my personal favorites are Oxford Blues, Youngblood and Wayne's World. The most interesting pieces of information in the book to me ? Rob Lowes grueling workouts before filming Youngblood since he never knew how to skate. I may have to rent that movie again. Also Mike Myers encouraged him to write a book while he and Rob Lowe were golfing. He was correct, Rob Lowe is a great storyteller. After reading this I'm giving serious consideration to reading his follow up book "Love Life". Highly Recommended reading.
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Maybe I expected too much but I could have easily visited his wikipedia page for free and learned as much as I did through reading the book. The only difference being the book is written in his own words., and his honesty is refreshing.
There are parts of the book which feel like he has held back, especially towards the end, but personally I think that even if someone is a celebrity or moviestar much of their life is really none of our business and I'm just thankful for what he has told us. Some of the stories about his shenaghians from his early life and the unknowing beginning of the 'Brat Pack' are hilarious. I especially liked the part of the book on 'The Outsiders' and I really enjoyed reading about his friendships with the other boys and their awe of an unbelieveably cool Matt Dillon and, of course, Patrick Swayze.
Lowe also tells the reader all about the world of Hollywood and film, how casting works (the casting for The Outsiders sounded horrific) as well as trying to explain how he acts and contrasting it with others. The later part about the Westwing was really interesting too and I've never even watched the TV show.
Overall this book was a brillant read, really funny in places and I was actually sad to see it end. The book itself is also written very well and I like that the actor has pretty much written it himself so it feels very authentic. Highly recommended :)