A deeply personal and revealing Hollywood-survival story.
Lovable child star by age ten, international teen idol by fifteen, and to this day a perennial pop-culture staple, Corey Feldman has not only spent the entirety of his life in the spotlight, he's become just as famous for his off-screen exploits as for his roles in such classic films as Gremlins, The Goonies, and Stand by Me. He's been linked to a slew of Hollywood starlets (including Drew Barrymore, Vanessa Marcil, and adult entertainer Ginger Lynn), shared a highly publicized friendship with Michael Jackson, and with his frequent costar Corey Haim enjoyed immeasurable success as one half of the wildly popular duo "The Two Coreys,"spawning seven films, a 1-900 number, and "Coreymania" in the process. What child of the eighties didn't have a Corey Feldman poster hanging in her bedroom, or a pile of Tiger Beats stashed in his closet?
Now, in this brave and moving memoir, Corey is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.
While Corey has managed to overcome the traps that ensnared so many other entertainers of his generation—he's still acting, isa touring musician, and is a proud father to his son, Zen—many of those closest to him haven't been so lucky. In the span of one year, he mourned the passing of seven friends and family members, including Corey Haim and Michael Jackson. In the wake of those tragedies, he's spoken publicly about the dark side of fame, lobbied for legislation affording greater protections for children in the entertainment industry, and lifted the lid off of what he calls Hollywood's biggest secret.
Coreyography is his surprising account ofsurvival and redemption.
©2013 Corey Feldman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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I don't like a guided review, so here are my thoughts...I always thought he was a talented actor. I enjoyed the chemistry between the two Coreys, I never gave one thought to what life was doing to those boys and I feel guilty that this happens over and over again in 'Hollywood'--but really throughout the world. Corey does a fine job of telling his story and highlighting Corey Haim's...his voice rings true in the telling. He also comes across as a survivor, a hero in his own lifestory--as he should. He stole a piece of my heart along the way. The mother in me wants to comfort the child he was, the lost boy he became, and the wounded man he is...but the woman in me knows this is unnecessary, he's all grown up. Scars and all, this man has found his way and does not need my comfort. I admire his fighting spirit and I wish him all the best, it takes real courage to strip away your defenses and expose yourself to the light.
I found the book to be well written, no cloying self pity clouding the storyline, just a glaringly honest accounting of his life to date. I do recommend the book.
This is one of the best biographies I have read. I grew up in the 80's with Corey's films. He tells an honest and straight forward truth about what went on behind the scenes. It's shocking to know what most people don't realize child stars go though. After reading or "Hearing" this, I realize it starts with their parents. These kids many times aren't protected. I have a great deal of respect for Corey Feldman that he made it through.
This is one of the best I have read because he doesn't hold back. The whole book is punch after punch on events that shaped this man's life. I grew up in LA and always have heard stories but it's shocking when Corey validates it. I hope this book helps others. I hope other kids that are in acting read this.
I couldn't compare it to any. I truly felt this was honestly written. I tend to read old rock star biographies and they don't seem as sincere as this. Mostly because they did so many drugs they really don't remember. I think it took a lot of courage for him to write this book. I am sure it was healing to him because I am sure you will never 100% recover from what this man went through.
It was shocking, sad but also brought back memories of my own childhood watching these films as a kid.
This is a great book and I highly recommend it. He bears his heart and it's honest. I hope other child stars or parents of future child stars read this book. I grew up in this town and the Hollywood glamour is a big illusion. It's not all bad, but it's not all good.
My favorite books are autobiographies read by the author and this does not disappoint. Loved Corey's performance, emotions, and accents throughout the book
All were great (for different reasons) - his parents, Corey Haim, industry folks like Donner and Spielberg, and of course - Michael Jackson (for whom Feldman has great respect)
I am amazed with his tenacity throughout the difficult times in his life and his relentless pursuit of a positive attitude
I didn't know too much about Feldman and was impressed that he shared his story and experiences. Great audio performance - heartfelt and genuine. Give it a try, it does not disappoint!
audio book junkie
Growing up amid the teen heart-throb frenzy of the two Corey's I was mildly interested in the biography of Corey Feldman. The voice of the book is clean and simple and Corey Feldman has a pretty interesting life story. It was fascinating getting a glimpse into the world of child actors. The pressure they have to deal from their parents and the impossible task of having adult responsibilities while still being a child are gripping, like watching a train wreck. Feldman delves into the dark side of Hollywood he writes of drugs and molestation and failing careers. By the end of the book I was finding it difficult to like Corey Feldman at all. His character is weak, his decisions are terrible and he has a problem with loyalty. But there is one thing I will give him, he had the courage to put it all out there and the result is a pretty damn good biography.
author of books for teens and children
Corey Feldman had it hard. His parents were awful and he was sexually abused as a teen. I felt really bad for him and admire him for speaking up now about the abuse.
But he still blames virtually all of his adult behavior on other people. Almost every time he took a hard drug, he says someone duped him into it or at least worked hard to convince him. According to him, he was a devoted friend/boyfriend/husband, but was continually let down by others. He's outraged that Michael Jackson had the gall to accuse him of wanting to write about him in a book; yet this book spends a lot of time doing just that. Almost every schlocky movie Feldman did was because he was desperate for money or was fooled into believing it would be a good film when he signed onto the project, according to Feldman. It's just excuse after excuse.
He brags about his current artistic and financial successes and charitable endeavors, but if you Google him you'll find him partying on multiple recent occasions with what look like cheap prostitutes and read that his landlord is trying to evict him for nonpayment of rent.
He had a very difficult childhood, but now that he's in his forties I believe it's time for him to take responsibility for his actions instead of blaming everyone else. I like memoirs to be honest and open. This one seemed to have a lot of subterfuge.
One of the best and quickest "reads" so far
His crazy mom and his whole childhood
His voices, a great Michael Jackson impersonation and he really brings to life all the characters in his life.
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I don't care how much his mom denies his story, I believe every word of it because he tells his story with such (seemingly) honest conviction with no "woes me".
I have a whole new respect for Corey Feldman and I hope he has opened the door for more child stars to come forward and tell their stories. It's time to out these awful stage parents and the other animals in the industry who need to be exposed.
If you were a pre teen, teen in the 80's this is a good read. I didn't want to stop listening because I was afraid I would miss something!
Probably, although I didn't read the book, just did the audiobook. It's Corey Feldman's story and he's reading it and so it feels like he's in the room talking to you.
Honestly it was like A Child Called It in some spots when he was detailing his abuse from his mom. I don't read a lot of autobiographies like this so I'm not sure.
I grew up loving Corey Haim but I felt like I understood Corey Feldman better after reading this book. Actually, this book made me have a new respect for Keifer Sutherland.
This book made me cry actually which I did not expect. I liked the Corey's when I kid but now at 38 years old thinking of all the abuse they dealt with make me sad.
Once you read this book you will never see movies like License To Drive, Lost Boys and Dream a Little Dream the same way again.
I did not read the print version.
yes, I enjoyed listening to his stories. He has had quite a life. I grew up watching him on television and in the movies. it is fascinating to hear what was going on in his everyday life.
I liked hearing Corey Feldman tell his story.
Had I had the time, I would have enjoyed listening it in one setting. I listened to it every time I got in the car until I finished it.
I think it is an important book for anyone in the entertainment industry to read, particularly if they work with children.
This one is a roller-coaster. It provides excellent insight to the curious world of "the two Corey's" while reminding us of the tumultuous lives of child entertainers.
"Nostalgia, shock, and laughter."
If you have any interest in film or the 80s "scene" this will blow you away. Apart from the frankly shocking upbringing this guy endured you will be listening intently throughout.
He describes in good detail the making of the best films he was in, this covers casting, payment, and lots more to do with the filmmaking process. I personally learned a lot about what really goes on behind the scenes. Kills the magic but so intresting.
Do not hesitate, this is a splendid addition to an audio library.
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