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Fans of Patti Smith's Just Kids and Rob Lowe's Stories I Only Tell My Friends will love this beautifully written, entertaining and bracingly honest memoir by an actor, director and author who found his start as a 1980s Hollywood Brat pack member.

Most people know Andrew McCarthy from his roles in movies like Pretty in Pink and St Elmo's Fire, and as a charter member of Hollywood's Brat Pack. That iconic group of ingenues and heartthrobs, including Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, and Demi Moore, has come to represent both a genre of film and an era of pop culture.

In Brat, McCarthy focuses his gaze on that singular moment in time and the most defining moments of his youth. The result is a revealing look at coming of age in a maelstrom, reckoning with conflicted ambition, innocence, addiction, and expectations of masculinity. New York City of the 1980s is brought to vivid life, from scoring joints in Washington Square Park to skipping school in favour of the dark revival houses of the Village where he fell in love with the movies that would change his life.

Brat is at once an exclusive window into a defining period of pop-culture history and a surprising, intimate story of an outsider caught up in a most unwitting success.

"Wit, wisdom, and a depth of honesty that resonates to your core." (Demi Moore)

"Explores masculinity, success, the dangers of fame, ambition and cigarettes in an elegant and humorous coming of age story." (Candace Bushnell)

"Absorbing, thoughtful, and sometimes painfully honest...a fascinating read." (Jay McInerney)

"A riveting portrait of the artist as a young man." (Publishers Weekly)

©2021 Andrew McCarthy (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Interesting behind story I "lived through"

Great to hear the stories behind the movies, fame and that money was never his main goal. Loved every word

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A brilliant 'read'

From start to finish this is an excellent autobiography giving you a true insight to a young actor in the 80s.

It makes me want to watch all the 80s movies mentioned.

Not to give any spoiler but the ending is the most touching ending to an autobiography that I have ever 'read' and it brought a lump to my throat.

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  • 06-13-21

Smooth Delivery from a Misbranded “Brat”

Andrew’s voice is like butter, time flew by as I listened to Brat - even on the second run through. Andrew appears to sit most comfortably on the very outer edge of the “Brat Pack” and I believe he is far too humble and grounded to be truly Bratty.

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  • 06-07-21

Very enjoyable autobiography

Loved this book. I especially loved him in Mannequin and Weekend at Bernie's films. It was so interesting to hear the story read by the author and to see what was actually going on behind the scenes in his life. I found it both insightful and nostalgic. I really enjoyed this.

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  • 06-06-21

There but for the grace…

I fell deeply in love with Andrew McCarthy when I was a teenager and I gobbled this story up…

It was fascinating to learn about his relationships with other actors in his movies.

I was so surprised though that he talked about filming Mannequin with no mention of Kim Cattral… hmmmmm

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  • Caroline
  • 05-30-21

IMPRESSIVE

I have been an Andrew McCarthy fan for ever. This is a very enlightening memoir - I loved it. It was made more enjoyable with Andrew's narration. Bravo :-)

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  • Samantha Jenkins
  • 05-30-21

80’s Nostalgia

I have listened to this in less than a few days . A great insight into Andrew McCarthy and how it was for him in the 80’s and the great actors is who stars in 2 of my all time favourite movies Pretty in Pink and St Elmos Fire

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  • 05-28-21

Great insight ❤️

This book bought back so many memories of a time that was exciting ,scary when dreams were just starting ,I loved every minute of listening to your words it really made feel happy watching your movies and hearing about your life . I like so many young 15 year old girls kept your posters on my wall and had big dreams Thankyou for allowing us into your life and telling us your stories such beautiful writing ❤️Kerry McKillop

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  • Mia
  • 05-27-21

Missed opportunities.

I am a big fan of all Andrews movies and was looking forward to hearing about behind the scenes antidotes and inside jokes the cast had.
What I received was a tale of crippling self doubt, missed opportunities, alcoholism and a description of every school teacher Andrew ever had.
My beloved movies just won't be the same.

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  • 05-19-21

Brat? not at all, self confidence lost

it was ok, i thought it would have been more interesting. still love Andrew though.