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The author recounts her teenaged years as the lead singer of the all-girl rock band, the Runaways, her career as a movie actress, and her battle with drugs and alcohol.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 23rd 1989 by Price Stern Sloan
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Rachel Bussel
This wild ride of a memoir takes us from Currie's suburban upbringing as a young rebel, dyeing her hair red, white and blue and dressing up as her idol, David Bowie, to, in a turn that is dramatically sudden, being asked to audition for The Runaways by Kim Fowley and Joan Jett while at her local hangout. All of a sudden, she's thrust into the big-time world of rock music, and the pace is hectic, with fame, and drugs, chasing the band.

The heart of the story is Currie's quest to find a family who'
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Jeannie
Jun 14, 2011 Jeannie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeannie by: Alex
Shelves: borrowed
I've always been a huge Joan Jett fan so this book was a magnet for me. Loved the whole book, her life and her story. Unlike many celebrity memoirs I have read, she is so likable you just can't help but feel all that she has survived. I love this girl and love this book!!
Laurel Beth

I think it goes without saying that the writing isn't inventive literary genius, or like, follows normal rules of tenses. But that's not why you read this book. you read it to see what life is like going from a 15 year old valley freak, to a 17 year old banshee in a globe trotting touring band, to a 21 year old coke burnout living in the Hollywood Hills with a fat dealer and passing out at the grocery store.

At first I was miffed that the beginning of the text opens with a "This book is based in
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nicole
Fame, manipulation, bad hair, and lots and lots (and lots) of quaaludes.

What a train wreck. Both the text (did she have an editor?) and the story (though on the story side of things, that's what keeps you reading, of course). It's hard to look away but in this case, sometimes I really wanted to. I'm afraid I'm forever damaged by Cherie Currie's horrifying history of sexual abuse and stupidity. If you were repulsed by the film version of Kim Fowley, don't even pick this up. Dude is despicable. On
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Guitar Chick
As a a huge Runaways fan, I loved this book instantly. There are better written books, but this had so much info on the Runaways, the icky Kim Fowley and Cherie's post Runaways life that I sucked it all in in a bout three hours. It's probably a good thirteen and up book if you skip the Kim Fowley's Naughty Things chapter. I did and I was just fine. Although some of the content is very intense, some of it is really very funny (i.e. Sandy West spraying Seltzer Water at a prostitute). A good read f ...more
Sian Lile-Pastore
at the beginning of this book i felt slightly disappointed in myself that I didn't join a band when i was 15 and go on tour and get a bit crazy while wearing a corset and suspenders(i was busy getting videos out of pier video in aberystwyth and reading books about aleister crowley), but by the end of reading this i realised that i had made the right choice. (and ye-es, there wasn't really a choice - no one came and asked me to join a band while i was hanging out in the sugar shack).

so, there are
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Christopher
She had me with the first chapter, where she first describes her Bowie fixation. Despite the fact that I've always had a soft spot for The Runaways, I knew I'd have an easy time reading the memoir of a fellow Bowiephile - but man, I had no idea what I was getting myself into with reading the stories of Cherie Currie's life. Even after seeing the Runaways movie (which was based largely on this book), I only knew the tip of the iceberg. Currie shares tales from her life that made my blood run cold ...more
Tanya
3.5 stars - After seeing the movie The Runaways I felt led to pick up Cherie Currie's book at the library. Overall, Neon Angel was what I expected - a behind the scenes look at the drug-fueled downfall of a former teenaged rock musician/actress. Currie experienced more in her first 20 years or so than usually seen in several lifetimes. Unfortunately most of the negative experiences seem to be caused by her own (drug-addled) choices or naivete. Many times I was struck by how incredibly naive she ...more
Roberto
This totally hooked me, in a car crashy way, all that sleaze and decadence. Kim Fowley! Bitchiness! And that whole late 70s Los Angeles disco darkness. I found myself just having to know what would happen next to Cherie, and some of it is just so bad. Poor Cherie. Then there were times when i just wanted to shake her and tell her to lay off the cocaine of a morning, maybe go easy on the tuinols, and stop pissing off Angela Lansbury. Still, she is obviously amazing, that hair, the outfits, just a ...more
SarahJayn
When I first read this book, I was a little confused. I had to go back and read it again.
Basically, I was confused because I have no idea how a memoir this good - raw and honest and confused and funny and sad - could have been boiled down to the piece of garbage that was the movie, The Runaways. Seriously, how did that happen?
Currie is not the most fantastic writer that ever existed. Her voice is plain and had a little of I'm-trying-too-hard-to-sound-like-a-real-author syndrome going on at tim
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Jen
From page 331:

"When I was fifteen years old, I imagined that I could just jump into being a rock star, and never have to struggle for it. It was like one of those rides at the carnival where the bottom drops away and you're stuck against the wall, spinning wildly, feeling sick and disoriented, unable to get off or even move until the ride stops."

Currie paints a very raw picture of her life as the lead singer of The Runaways. Her story is intriguing and it was a great read.

Don't just see the move
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Alexandra Simpson
Phenomenal. I love Cherie Currie so much, she is definitely, my idol, after reading this book and seeing the movie. To hearing the music. The book was the cherry on top. She is a wonderful human being, who has grown so much. I loved it.
Kyli
Neon Angel read like a diary - it was honest and raw and kept me turning the pages. Some people might say that Currie was self-centered and that she caused her own problems, but I actually admire her strength and her ability to change the course her life was taking. It's a story that most definitely could have ended differently and does for many people.

The writing wasn't entirely impressive, but there were some scenes that I felt were very well described and there was a lot of emotion weaved thr
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John
Not particularly well-written, but nonetheless a supremely engaging read, NEON ANGEL tells the story of Cherie Currie, a girl who, within the space of several months, went from being a high school outcast to one of the hottest names in the rock 'n' roll music industry. As lead singer of the Runaways, Cherie Currie launched her career playing alongside the likes of Joan Jett and Lita Ford. Like all good rock 'n' roll stories, though, the dream quickly deteriorated into a nightmare of various addi ...more
Guitar Chick
First of all, I was a huge fan of the Runaways before the movie even existed. So naturally, this was on my to-read list for a while. Soo last night at the bookstore, I saw and even though the copy was painstakingly expensive, I bought. What I didn't know was that it was not the young adult bio published in 1989, so it was a bit steamier, but she doesn't go into detail and I skipped most of it just by knowing what was coming through special circumstances. I found the Runaways period very well don ...more
Robin
Everybody thinks they want the rock & roll lifestyle. Currie writes frankly about the fact that sometimes, it just smells like dog shit and is full of swears. I'm a third of the way through and it is harsh. Still, Currie's written voice has an undertone of 'hang in there -- this is where I started, but I'm coming to the happy part.' I hope it's true!

Reading this through my own personal filter: The 70s sucked. Sex and drugs were treated so cavalierly. Currie is just enough older than me, like
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Anna
Several months ago I sat down to watch The Runaways (the movie) staring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. I ended up really enjoying it. Going in of course I knew about Joan Jett (I love her stuff) and I knew the song Cherry Bomb, but I didn't know much about the band itself or their history.

I was intrigued enough to picked up Cherie Currie's Neon Angel, the book the movie was based on. It's rare for me to read a memoir but I definitely wanted to learn more. I was absolutely enthralled with t
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*•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•*
Shortly after watching the movie The Runaways I came across this book during one of my online searches for interesting books. I was so excited to find this, and just knew I was going to love it! It did not disappoint!

Cherie Currie is lucky to be alive today for so many different reasons! I was shocked, and horrified at some of the things she went through. Oh, and let me not forget pissed off! If you think you're going to be reading some run of the mill celebrity memoir when you open this book yo
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Susan
I loved this book tremendously - especially how compassionate her voice became as the story went on and she became more self-aware - but as an abuse survivor myself, it's hard to shake the fact that there's almost nonstop darkness during her time as a performer and touring musician, especially when she later talks about all of the good times in a rather vague manner. A dark time is rarely all dark 24/7, and I think a couple of amusing and happier anecdotes (of which she assure the reader there a ...more
Caryn Rose
This was a very tough book to read because it was a very tough story. This is a rewrite of an earlier edition and you can definitely feel that in parts. The beginning could be tough because there was less edit help than there was at the end. There seemed to be a conscious attempt to retain as much as Cherie's voice as possible and that did make reading the story tough at times. I wish there had been a little less voice and a little more editing in places because that would make the story easier ...more
Andrea Capolino
Once the movie the Runaways came out; just had to get the book neon angels the Cherie Currie story; as soon as I started reading it couldnt put it down..Gives you full detail of the Runaways on and off the stage..Yes it was about Drugs Sex and Rock N Roll and they were some intense situations...Too me Cherie Currie is an inspiration how she turned her life around; and became an amazing women not only on stage and on film but in her everyday life!!! She found her true calling and this book as a v ...more
Kelly
Wow when I decided to read this book, I thought eh if I am even slightly entertained, I will be happy. It was surprising very insightful and delved into the 70's rock n roll scene. I have seen the previews for the movie about the Runaways and thought it would be interesting to watch. Now I really want to watch it. While I was familar with The Runaways, I was more familar with Joan Jett and Lita Ford being a child of the 80's, but after reading the story of Cherie Currie, I realize there is a lot ...more
Stella
Let me begin with stating that I have always been and always will be a Joan Jett kind of girl. This book was not something that I picked up because of some weird Runaways movie tie in, but in fact have wanted to read for a long time. I love books about music and especially books of this nature. That being said, I felt that Cherie was a little "woe is me" and never thought about what anyone was feeling/experiencing. There were very negative lights cast on some members of the Runaways, and parts t ...more
Sarah
The writing was clichéd at times, and needed more editing...but damn, I couldn't put it down! I stayed up until almost 5 am reading this book! Even more fascinating than The Runaways film, Cherie Currie chronicles her whirlwind experience as the lead singer of the groundbreaking teenage girl rock band, her battles with drugs, booze, and celebrity, and her rocky relationships with her family. Painful, incredible, disturbing, joyful-I was totally absorbed in her story. I didn't read the book for s ...more
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
I couldn't put this down and stayed up all night to finish it. I was a Joan Jett fan, Lita Ford fan, and saw Cherie Currie in the movie, Foxes and was completely sucked into Cherie Currie's autobiographical account of those crazy crazy years in the Runaways. This edition includes a very nice intro from Joan Jett. The story also goes beyond the years of the Runaways to chronicle Cherie's personal journey through drugs, alcohol and the Hollywood scene. Great story. Good for her for making it throu ...more
Emma
A reboot of Cherie Currie's memoir (of the same name) which inspired the 2010 flick, "The Runaways", Neon Angel has more grit, honesty, and sadness than its previous incarnation published in 1989--according to the afterword. I haven't read the earlier edition and certainly never will. The intensity, depth, and surprisingly good writing--let's be honest celebrity autobiographies aren't always known for their clarity or appropriate use of detail or succinctness depending on the situation--aside, t ...more
Andrew
I enjoyed this it's a book featuring the rise and fall of Cherie Curie but unlike many biographies of this nature manages to steer away from whiny self pity or bitter recrimination...unlike say...Peter Criss's book!!
Cherie deals with her own mistakes honestly and even when she is the victim of circumstance she doesn't choose to apportion blame too much.
Band mates generally come out of the quite well even Lita Ford who seems to have been her biggest critic within the band..even Kim Fowley gets so
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Niche
I understand that Cherie Currie is not a writer and she does has a pretty amazing story to tell but... it's obvious that she has a hard time relating to other people. All the other people mentioned in the book, Joan Jett included, do not feel like real people. They're more like cardboard cutouts. She does not try to explain, or justify, or relate to, other people-they just seem like a mystery to her. No one apparently told Cherie Currie that old saying, "Show don't tell."
Julie Barrett
What a depressing read! I had to force myself to finish - something I have NEVER said before in regards to a rock memoir. Usually a rock memoir is the equivalent of eating a candy bar - short and sweet and makes you slightly ill afterwards because you knew it wasn't good for you.

I read Joan Jett's memoir a while ago and wanted to compare and contrast her book with Cherie's. Oh Cherie. Poor Cherie. Maybe it's because I have a 16 yr old daughter and the bulk of this book takes places during Cherie
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