8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
She's Taking It One Day at a Time,
This review is from: High on Arrival (Hardcover)
Mackenzie Phillips's character Julie was my favorite on "One Day at a Time", so when I found out Ms. Phillips had written a memoir, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. It turned out to be a heart-wrenching account of a little girl who was given no boundaries and raised to believe that she was not accountable for her behavior. That a child is taught by a parent how to roll joints and then later how to shoot up heroin is mind blowing. And then to discover that this same parent molested her was too much. While reading High on Arrival I longed to reach out and hug that child to let her know that not all adults/parents were so self-absorbed and untrustworthy. I couldn't hug her, but I was doing the next best thing: listening to her story.
High on Arrival reads more like a diary than an memoir, relating episode after episode of getting high, having sex and being molested. Halfway through the book I'd gotten tired of reading about drugs and liaisons with other celebrity kids. I wish Ms. Phillips had offered more self-reflection and insights into how her previous experiences have shaped her self-awareness, but then again, a diary is there to offer a safe space for the outpour of emotions. Ms. Phillips has enormous courage to lay bare her deepest, darkest secrets and certainly has been strong to withstand the backlash from her family that this book has caused. I applaud you, Ms. Phillips, and wish you all the success I can for your continued healing.
It's definitely worth reading to have an idea of what it can be like for child stars growing up in Hollywood. It certainly helps me to find compassion for the young startlets who are now in trouble: Lindsay Lohen, Brittney Spears, etc.
Carolyn Vines, author of memoir Black and Abroad: Traveling Beyond the Limitations of Identity
Black and Abroad: Traveling Beyond the Limitations of Identity