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.
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Father of three with no time to actually read, but also a former history teacher and current attorney with a long commute-I love audiobooks.
He gives a few interesting tales about the movies you know him from and the crazy life of a child star...
Learning that he didnt have much money even while a big star is interesting...
He tries too hard...it's your story man, you should sound like you're just telling it. Instead he sounds like he's trying to make it more dramatic than it is....
THis pretty much covers it....I mean dude was never "the star" he was just in lots of good movies...
Came across as kinda BS...he doesnt appear to take responsibility for anything...lots of excuses how it wasn't really his fault, yada yada yada....makes the book kinda funny in places where it's not suppose to be I think....
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 may very well be the best autobiography ever written by a celebrity, and believe you me I have read/listened to many in my 53 years!
Corey is brutally honest in his book about himself, other celebrities, the Hollywood industry, children in the acting profession, drug abuse, child abuse and molestation, as well as other topics.
Although Corey's descriptions of drug and child abuse brought tears to my eyes, there are other parts of the book that made me laugh; however be warned that this book is not for the timid or squeamish because Corey holds nothing back.
I can only imagine how therapeutic this book was for Corey to write and I highly recommend it not just to his fans, but more importantly to those who have suffered from drug or child abuse.
Definitely get the audio version that is narrated by the author as Corey does a flawless job with the narration and his emotions come through very well in his voice!
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.
Meet the REAL Corey Feldman
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.
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.
No matter what you think of Corey Feldman, if you have any passing interest in the following:
• Behind the scenes of 80s movies such as Stand By Me, The Goonies, The Lost Boys, or Gremlins.
• Why Corey Haim turned out the way he did
• the various types of horrible abuse children in Hollywood are subjected to
• more of an insight into why Michael Jackson was the way he was
Performed by Corey Feldman, if you are prepared to understand that Corey Feldman is who he is, with his own idiosyncrasies and oddities (like us all), not get sucked into the BS that he is just doing it for attention/a buck, and don't get hung up on quality of prose, then it's fascinating. More importantly, it rings true. I don't feel he's making anything up, and respect him a lot more. A lot to have handled for a young kid. I'm starting to think he is more of a good guy of Hollywood than bad.
Couldn't stop listening. Feldman is surprisingly quite funny. I could feel the bond between Haim and Feldman was genuine. As he spoke about the loss and violation he encountered throughout his childhood and into his adulthood, I could feel the pain myself. I can't express what a fabulous book this was.
It was good. It seems to be a truthful account of his upbringing. I figure that some parts may have been embellished a bit, only because they are THAT hard to believe. If they aren't then wow...kid never had a chance and it's amazing that he isn't dead by now like Corey Haim, River Phoenix, etc.
It was really fun and interesting listening to Corey recount some of the behind the scenes stuff that happened on various sets such as Goonies, and it was interesting hearing about some of the other actors and actresses that he interacted with over the years.
I don't really have another book to compare it to, as I've read autobiographies before, but never by someone with such an upbringing.
Corey did a good job narrating. I suppose that my favorite character would have to be Corey himself.
It was super interesting, but also kind of sad. It definitely shows why so many child actors are so screwed up later in life. Makes me think my lucky stars for my parents and upbringing.
He tells his story, and that of his best friend, Corey Haim, with genuine honesty and emotion. It moves quickly, and will leave you wondering how anyone becomes a success in the entertainment business. You will certainly know how so many lose their lives trying to.
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