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Stories I Only Tell My Friends Paperback – 19 Jan 2012
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"A slick, seemingly confidential portrayal of a complex, charismatic actor"--The Times
"Engaging and revealing"--The Spectator
"Compelling"--Mariella Frostrup, The Observer
"Fascinating... thoughtful... compelling"--Heat
"A lovely autobiography, equal parts dish and pathos"--Vanity Fair
"I really enjoyed it...Thoroughly entertaining"--Time magazine
"[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 showbusiness survival"--The New York Times
"[Lowe's] charming, honest, even affectionate memoir is the story of strong guts behind a strikingly handsome face... A book to recommend widely"--Booklist
About the Author
Rob Lowe is a film and television actor and producer. He also is involved in politics. He lives with his wife and two sons in California.
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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 :)
But Lowe is generally frank and honest with self awareness and with strong writing ability. This is no kiss and tell, but the story of his journey and the astonishing people he meets. It does give you the impression that in Hollywood everyone knows each-other and it is like a small club. He bumps into people who are famous (or will become famous) with astonishing ease but tells his tales in an interesting rather than a name dropping style. He does cover his battles with sex addiction and booze although not in the depth he could have done.
So overall and interesting, well written autobiography, but it could have been so much more....