Prepare to be amazed by the many ways this book and its author are better than you thought they would be. Everybody knows that Rob Lowe is very handsome, and that he spent a long time being a Hollywood wild child. Now in his 40s, Lowe’s reflections on his life thus far demonstrate a remarkably responsible perspective and a refreshingly self-deprecating look at how he ended up in the better state of mind he inhabits today. While the headlines and high notes may come and go, Lowe remains a devoted husband and proud father.
This listen is a small miracle for many reasons. It’s not simply the fact that Lowe reveals himself as capable of compelling writing, which he certainly does. It’s also not merely the path of the narrative that’s intriguing, though that’s definitely the case. Whether he is spending several chapters thoroughly reminiscing about the many lessons he learned during The Outsiders or sharing a quick anecdote about trying to meet Liza Minnelli when he was a little kid, Lowe indeed offers up a terrific set of insights about both life and stardom. He proves himself as a generous spirit, with strong thanks for Martin Sheen and solid praise for Patrick Swayze.
His narration is clearly heartfelt, and never comes across as phony or acted. This listen feels like a casual dinner conversation, minus the slick descent into rumor-mongering that usually rears its ugly head in memoirs of this variety. Lowe manages to steer clear of the blame game when analyzing the simultaneous blessing and curse of the Brat Pack label or his decision to leave The West Wing, and even finds some gracious adjectives for Tom Cruise. Be on the lookout for eerily spot-on impersonations of many stars, including a particularly good Christopher Walken and Matt Dillon.
In the end, it’s hard to put a finger on what makes this book so utterly fascinating. There isn’t anything shocking in the subject matter; there isn’t any mud-flinging in the tone; there is very little that stands out as an exclamation point. Yet the total package undeniably and irresistibly triumphs at being genuinely charming. This is ironic, because the book then actually sort of mirrors Lowe’s career. He’s spent the last two decades trying to upend the idea that he is simply a pretty face. The book succeeds in that endeavor, just as his several iconic film roles have done, and yet the shallow type-casting of Rob Lowe somehow too frequently persists. It’s true that he is a very dreamy guy, but this memoir absolutely proves that he is also intelligent, worldly, witty, and political. It’s an excellent listen that ought to once and for all put an end to the notion the Rob Lowe’s charisma is only skin deep. Megan Volpert
A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye. A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio who was uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-70s Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood. The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics, both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the 80s, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.
Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.
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"[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)
"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)
"A lovely autobiography, equal parts dish and pathos.” (Vanity Fair)
As an 80s girl, I enjoyed Rob Lowe's work. Through this book we visit it all, and much more, from his perspective. It is very well written and enjoyable. Not only do I like him even more than ever, I nearly started the book over again just to make sure I didn't miss a single thing.
Love to listen and walk or run and knit, knit knit
I didn't read the print version. However, what can be better than listening to a read by the author!
A glimpse into his life was compelling and for me honest and true.
Everything. There is much more to Rob Lowe than your image of him as a Hollywood star.
His love for his wife and children!
I love self improvement books, bios, memiors, educational! I love to learn about other cultures, science, and history. I am dating someone with kids, so I am also seeking helpful books on how to raise kids.
Rob Lowe obviously, but it was so interesting how his life intertwined with so many other Hollywood stars.
Maybe when he brought a princess home and his crazy mom had a meltdown.
I love how vulnerable he let himself be in this book. He tells it all.
really enjoyed this autobiography. while it can be cliche at times, it's also very honest and raw. Mr. Lowe does not sugarcoat his behavior or how things happened. it was this honesty and plain descriptions that were intriguing Nd made me like him as a human.
The story is interesting as Rob recounts his interesting encounters and experiences as a young actor and then how his story unfolds into a beautiful love story and mature career. I also really enjoyed the impersonations and fun then Rob added to the book by narrating.
This book was so moving and down to earth. I knew I always enjoyed Rob's acting but his simple yet eloquent way of putting his life in text was just wonderful! I will forever be his fan because of his candor and optimism! Thank you for letting us in your world Rob!
I heard this would be a good audio book to listen to on a podcast and they were right! Rob was really good, genuine, warm and funny, and oh, the voices. I loved his stories, there was so much I did not know about him, to me he was the actor from Parks & Recreation and The West Wing. I'm fascinated by his story of growing up and making his mark in Hollywood. I have a lot of respect for his life, his work, his struggles and his triumphs. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good book.
It is easy to discount Mr Lowe in pre-rehab years, the grit of which besides the premise he will not truly share with you. But despite his smug condescension of those with a non-traditional family, Mr Lowe sees all such people as engaged in risky behavior on the verge of death from his Christian traditional marriage standing, the story does have an authenticity in that it is his truth. Never mind that others in his sphere are easily dismissed and often ridiculed with pretentious imitations or that Mr Lowe's ego is still the elep
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