Hearing her story, we don't realize how tough child actors have it if their parent are not on tp of it
Her family life
Her narration was filled with emotion but not over dramatic.
Yes, I actually had to listen to it slowly as it was making me very depressed. We are the same age and it just made me so sad to hear how LONG the SEVERE dysfunction went on, hard to believe n this day and age why she wasn't on antidepressants much sooner.
I know this was written 7 yrs ago and to be honest the reason I looked the book up was seeing her on Dancing with the Stars and how her face/skin looks so old. I truly thought that she might have been burned in a fire or chain smoker etc. It really disturbed me as we are the same age.. This is in no way meant to be mean as she is a beautiful woman.
As a child growing up with the Brady Bunch I, like all girls, dreamed of being Marcia. It was by far my favorite show. I remember in the 5th or 6th grade as a project I took a poster board and cut out squares of the brady's as shown on the show's intro. I pasted each Brady kid on the poster. I remember it so well and was so proud of it. I wanted to have a family just like the Brady Bunch and when watching the show I felt transported into the land of "normalcy" that gave me a peaceful feeling of serenity. I felt like the Brady kids were my own siblings. The truth is I wanted to trade my family in for the Brady's because I felt like my family was a three ring circus. My dad was bi-polar and I grew up with a lot of shame, loneliness and fear. I was so surprised to learn about the problems Maureen grew up with because they are so similar to my situation. I was extremely moved by the book and cried after listening to it. To know that "Marcia" experienced some the same kind of sorrows and hardships that I had and made similar mistakes impacted me greatly. A heartfelt thank you to Maureen for sharing your story and touching my life. I wish you the best!!!
I really enjoyed this story...all in all I found it less shocking than I thought it would be. Maureen fell into the same spiral as many child stars, drugs, sex, and family troubles. Truthfully the story has very little emphasis on her time as Marcia Brady and really focuses on her time after the Brady Bunch ended. It is a story about growing up, letting go, and surviving. I really enjoyed it.
A frank and honest autobiography by a fragile yet incredibly strong woman. I loved her narration, her compassion and her strength in the face of family, addiction and stardom pressures. A real, human, success story.
I appreciated hearing the author narrate her own book. it is to her credit that she was able to transcend the challenges her personal life threw her way-and come out on the other side, insightful and whole.
Like millions of other people, I grew up looking up to Marcia Brady and Maureen McCormick by extension. Maureen's story is so tragic and the trap of Marcia so complete. The book is painful to listen to in spots but Maureen leaves us on a hopeful note. I do wish that some of the loose ends with her family had been tied up--I'm not sure they have been in real life but I still think the situation as of the writing of the book should have been stated.
Maureen McCormick told her story in a poignant, open way that confirmed my hunch this book would be good. It got 4 stars from me for two reasons: every one of these memoirs always must end in hope rather than ambiguous endings and the abridgment doesn't always serve the story justice. I do wish McCormick were more the fighter than the "nice girls don't make waves" type of gal--her relations need their collective hind ends kicked for their treatment of their kin--but I could relate to her in a way I didn't think plausible.
She narrated this well with her own inflection in memories causing listeners to hear she'd been crying in spots, and laughing in others, but for the whole, it was a fine read for an abridged book. Not many child stars associated with the roles they're known well adjust to their pasts well, but McCormick sounds like she's taken this in stride and did her Marcia Brady and other characters well--and did herself justice.
I thoughly enjoy Heres the story by maureen mccormick. I found here telling of her life, heartfelt, gutrenching and my heart went out to her for what she went through.