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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Very interesting book. It was refreshing to hear about Feldman's childhood but it was tacky that he chose to "out" his former bff, Haim. Haim is no longer here to tell his story- neither is Michael Jackson. It sounded as though Feldman whined throughout the book and didn't take much accountability for his actions. It was always someone's fault. Other than that, it was a decent listen.
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....
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.
He spends to much time writing about his feelings and personal insecurities.
wish I would of gotten something else instead.
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.
I'm a casual to semi-avid audiobook listener mainly of the biography/memoir category. Some have been great, some awful but all educational.
This is not gonna top my list. I've got plenty that fall far ahead of this one but it wasn't bad. I don't regret purchasing it and I found some of it to be very interesting.
I think the best thing about the story is that Corey (seems to, at least) be open and honest about very difficult subjects he's experienced in his life.
I've never listened to anything by this narrator before, but he has this depth to his voice that makes him easy to listen to. I'm not an 80's Corey/Corey fan so this is coming from a completely unbiased place, he's got a good speaking voice.
There were some shocking parts that the author tells, experiences from childhood that are touching, sad, infuriating, and humiliating. He touches on some (rightly) uncomfortable things.
Overall this was a solid listen. I didn't find it "self-serving" as others have described it. The narration was actually great. I had read a few scathing reviews about his narration but didn't agree in the least. Like I said, I'm not a Corey fan...I'm still not, but he's got a voice that seems made for audio production....not singing, but talking. It's got a depth to it that is almost soothing...it's hard to explain, but it's definitely, in my opinion NOT a negative. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes memoirs and especially to those who like celebrity memoirs. It's interesting at worst and life changing at best. My experience fell somewhere in between.
I felt this was a story bravely told by the author. Most of what I knew about the Corey's was what was filtered through the Hollywood mill. I enjoyed a few of the movies that one or the other Corey starred in, and remember how their careers started to spiral down almost at the height of their success. I felt it was just another cautionary tale when it comes to child actors on the road to fame, but this book takes a bold look at an evil subject through the eyes of a painful childhood.
I found myself shaking my head in disbelief throughout the story. Most of the hardest to take sections of the story, include the abuse directed at Corey Feldman from his own parents! Many of the worst examples of abuse that took place, were in Corey's own home from his own mother. I was horrified, that his own mother could subject her own son to such abuse. No shock he ended up with a drug problem himself. It is a harrowing tale that I give Corey much credit for in bringing attention to the topic of predatory and sexual abuse that exists in the movie industry.
It is a compelling book that is performed very honestly by the author himself. The voice impersonations throughout, especially of Michael Jackson, gave the story that much more depth.
It's a story that is written from the heart, with the intent to help inform and hopefully make changes to the laws when it comes to the entertainment industry and children.
Through my life I have always been curious about the Corey's. Dream A Little Dream is one of my fav movies to this day. I have never actively followed them, but always bite when one of them are mentioned, or I come across one if their movies whether it is one or both. I listened to this book every second I could. This was fantastic and thorough. All of my questions through the years were answered except for the one that would probably end Feldman's career if answered (Charlie Sheen?) I found this a fascinating listen from a childhood crush, and I will play it again. Thanks!
This book is so reminiscent of my own life minus the Hollywood acting career. Corey, even tho having to endure such abuse in his early years, still managed to turn his life around and make something of himself. He is such an inspiration to all.
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