What an unexpected pleasure this book was! I found myself sitting in my driveway with my iPod plugged into my car with no headphones and not wanting to stop the playback! Rob Lowe can write, and write well! What a great storyteller!
Mr Lowe has had a very interesting life. Full of ups and downs and hard work and lots of struggle and just plain fun. Nothing, not one thing has ever been handed to him and that has instilled in him a drive that has gotten him where he is today.
It's seems to me from this memoir that Mr Lowe has his mother to thank for so much. She was a tragic soul, who i firmly believe was literally being poisoned for many years. He mentioned more than once how his mother felt it was important that he find his own way and figure things out for himself. She was the antithesis of the current day "stage mother". Rob Lowe rode a bus for 2 1/2 hours a day to get to the studio! Can you imagine that happening today? My Lord, someone would call Child Protection!! Yet the result is clearly a man with an arsenal of personal strengths and enormous character that has gotten him very far! When push comes to shove Rob Lowe has what it takes to pick himself up and do the right thing and stay on track. When partying was his priority he did it hard and he did it well. When responsibility and love became his priority he did it hard and did it well.
Kudos Mr Lowe! YOU are the Hollywood actor I would like to see as the role model, You are the person our children should be emulating!
Rob Lowe has done an excellent job here. No question about it he is an unknown american icon. After reading this book I am a huge fan of his struggle in life to reach a place of serenity. Heartwarming, well written and fascinating stories. You would be hard pressed not to enjoy this one.
I have always been a Rob Lowe fan but, this book has made me like him even more. It kept my attention and I found his life story very interesting. He has a pleasant delivery and who knew he could do so many impressions.
Really loved this one. It was a great read. Rob Lowe is truly an amazing person with a great gift for writing and story-telling. He has come a long way!
Nice listen. I greatly appreciate an auto-biography by someone in recovery that not only isn't a drunk-a-logue it's not the focus. Rob's recovery comes shining through as insight, gratitude, humility and a clear sense that he realizes how much grace he has been given and what a gift it is.
So Rob if you read this-thanks for sharing and keep coming back. I'm looking forward to your next book and btw your role on Californication ROCKS. Good for you for pushing that far out.
Wow what a book, who would have thought Rob lowe could write, enthralling, engrossing, funny and appealing, I could not wait to get into the car to continue listening, started taking it to lunch and coffee, one of the best I have listened to. He could have a career as a writer.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and insight into a celebrity who seems to have figured things out about life. Nice that he reads it himself. Love his discriptions of celebrities he's met, how & where.
knitting keeps me sane.
Loved this book. Rob was pretty open about his own mistakes without trash talking his friends too much. I could have listened to a whole book on the making of the Outsiders. Being from Dayton, the mentions were fun, and his dad is still a lawyer here. Allison Janey and the Sheens are also from Dayton, and they all come back for politic stuff sometimes. Mostly, it was dreamy to have Rob Lowe read to me. ;-)
The book opened with a very interesting anecdote on JFK Jr's decision point to marry Jacquelyn and their subsequent tragic death. I followed the subsequent chapters with interest because the stories are connected with public personas during my teen years. I also remember St Elmo's fire very vividly. However, the book "reads" more like a collection of articles on the lifestyle of the rich and famous or a written reality show in sections. Although I appreciate Rob's honesy about his problems with alcohol and challenges with the hollywood system, I find that the book lacks the depth and level of development that one might find in a memoir such as Angela's Ashes, or even that of Hillary Clinton's, Cathie Blak or Bob Schaeffer. Towards the middle, I also got somewhat jaded with the parade of famous sexy women he's had sex with - it almost felt like a subtle boasting of his conquests. Good enough book for a first publication though.
Perfect. Fun. Wonderful listening. Having Rob Lowe narrate it himself makes it even more incredible. I hated to have it end. He did a superb job writing the stories he tells.