I really felt for her after reading this. Her mom had a really big problem and it completely affected Brooke in ways I'm sure she's still dealing with and in ways her mom could never possibly even acknowledge. The letter Brooke wrote to her mom as a child pleading with her to stop drinking, and the story of how young Brooke found out there was no Santa Claus is just heart wrenching.
This is a great, truthful and a sorrow-filled memoir of a mother / daughter relationship. It also really covers Brooke's career, which is fascinating to read. I hope Brooke can put to bed the issues her mom put upon her because she couldn't stop drinking. I just felt so bad for her. I'm sure many girls growing up in Brooke's era would have loved to trade places with her, but after reading this I'm not so sure.
Highly recommended memoir but be warned, it deals with some heavy issues and is not hollywood fluff by any means. I have so much respect for Brooke after reading this.