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Love Life

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  5,123 ratings  ·  773 reviews
Rob Lowe is back with stories he only tells his best friends.

When Rob Lowe's first book was published in 2011, he received the kind of rapturous reviews that writers dream of and rocketed to the top of the bestseller list. Now, in Love Life, he expands his scope, using stories and observations from his life in a poignant and humorous series of true tales about men and wome
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
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Diane Librarian
I could not finish this book. I had really enjoyed Rob Lowe's first memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, but this one seemed scattered and unnecessary. To the Meh shelf with you!
Lara Ruark
I love Rob Lowe as a writer. He appeals to the movie lover in me. He can describe an entire arc of emotion by referencing a scene from a famous movie, and I totally GET IT.

But there's more to Rob Lowe than the famous Brat Packer. He's a loving father, a devoted husband, a recovering alcoholic, an actor, a friend...he explores so much of himself that I feel like I know him. He not big on telling stories about famous people, and some people might not pick this up, but he really only tells stories
I started out liking this book, as I had enjoyed Rob Lowe's first memoir. But then, I came to page 205 (really, it was almost the end of the book) and these sentences "Has there ever been a more horrific barrier to reading than the Dewey Decimal System? No wonder libraries are becoming irrelevant." Bash Dewey all you want, but don't say that libraries are irrelevant. I know that I didn't purchase this book, I borrowed it from the library. Good thing.
For serious Rob Lowe fangirls, I give it a 3.5 star but I'm being generous with the other .5 star bc of the swoony end chapter he wrote about his wife. I have no idea if he had writing help, but for someone made from unicorn tears, he's a pretty decent author.

And now I feel compelled to watch St. Elmo's Fire and About Last Night again. I watched both of those movies about a millionty times as a kid, far before it was appropriate to do so. But it cemented my everlasting crush on Mr. Lowe. Well d
Rob Lowe reveals that he is TOTALLY THE WORST in this book. And TOTALLY THE WORST WRITER. More gifs to come.

dreams die so hard


Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Love Life? Are you for serious? Does it include the story about having videotaped sexytimes with a minor? Super Creepy Rob Lowe wasn't always a joke, kids . . .

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Sometimes it’s best just to not remind people of your “love life” . . .

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Oh, and also . . .

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Because I’m 12 and every time I watch that episode I ‘bout wet my panties.
Sheila DeChantal
I LOVE LOVE LOVED Rob Lowe’s book Things I Only Tell My Friends when I listened to it on audio in 2011. His narration is superb and if you are an audio person and seriously even if you are not….) you are in for a super treat by listening to either of his books.

In Love Life, Rob (oh may I call him Rob? ;) ) not only covers his loves through his life of family, relationships, and his sons; but also his love of acting. Just listening to him share some of his moments from Behind The Candelabra, Kill
April Kane
I was enjoying Rob Lowe's Love Life. It is really his musings about marriage, love and fatherhood. He does not go into great detail about his relationships except for the important ones with his wife and his sons. It was fine until, when discussing his childhood research about Bigfoot he state in side note:

"Has there ever been a more horrific barrier to reading than the Dewey Decimal System? No wonder libraries are becoming irrelevant." (p. 205).

Ok, he lost me there. I'm not a huge fan of the De
So first to set expectations…. this book is less about Rob Lowe's "Love Life" than an instruction from him for you to "love life." For those looking for juicy tidbits about his romantic or sexual escapades you may be disappointed. There are certainly a few of those, yes, but most of the book is not focused on them.

I will admit, Rob Lowe is my all-time celebrity crush since the early 80s - I stuck by him in the lean years and am happy to see his recent successes. His first book Stories I Only Te
I like Rob Lowe. I like that he has been married to Sheryl for over 22 years. I like that the loves of his life are his boys. I like that he seems to be a very down-to-earth guy who just wants to try and have as normal a life as he can for his family. I like that he doesn't take success for granted and he doesn't take his job for granted. I like that he get that acting is just a job and it doesn't define him. Saying all that, I really enjoyed reading these little snippets into his personal and p ...more
Laura Harrison
Quick, fun read. Mostly for fans of Rob Lowe. The book probably merits a four star but I am bumping it up to a five since I am sure Lowe will marry me one day. Hope springs eternal :)
A gift from my lovely friend Denise who thought that just gazing at the cover would help the Cleveland Clinic madness go down a bit easier. I'm not sure I even care if it has words inside.

****Update. Huh, there are words. I taped the book jacket to the ceiling of my bedroom so I can look at Rob as I read.

Mr. Lowe, you are one handsome fellow.

I read good reviews of Lowe's first autobiography, published only a few years ago, and I'm probably not alone in thinking some most of his best stuff wen
I was kind of bored by this book, but then I watched a bunch of Parks and Rec and was reminded how funny and handsome Rob Lowe is. Not that that should affect the quality of his writing, but I think we all know that it does. Anyway, Rob Lowe can get a little preachy. But as I said, he is incredibly good-looking. Anyway, this book has some high points (DID YOU GUYS KNOW ROB LOWE WAS ALMOST DR MCDREAMY?), but is in general not as dishy as his first one. You've seen a lot of things in your life, Ro ...more
Nikki Guerrettaz
I love Rob Lowe, since the 80's but he is also so wonderful in Parks and Rec. So I picked up this book while waiting for my son in Barnes and Noble and read a little bit. My son saw me reading it, and surprised me with a copy for Mother's Day! I really enjoyed reading it. It is a little braggy, but what would we expect from an "unadmitted but possibly qualified benevolent narcissist"? :). Fave quotes: "You can't study the map forever."(245). "I believe that all parents, however on point they may ...more
Ally Martin
I really enjoyed Rob Lowe's previous memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, so I pre-ordered this book. It did not disappoint. I stayed up late finishing it. It is a quick, interesting read. Lowe's gift as an author is that he knows himself well, and he isn't afraid to talk proudly about his successes or humbly about his mistakes. He also knows the business well, and he offers a fun glimpse into the movie and TV world. The parts of the book about his family are beautifully written. Great work, ...more
I have to say that I am a sucker for a good memoir and this one did not disappoint at all! I loved this book and I loved that Rob Lowe read it to me :) The stories had a more reflective bend than his last book but that is to be expected for a person in their middle years. It also helps that I am at a similar stage in my life and can relate to a lot of his stories. Particularly, being on the cusp of becoming empty nesters and appreciating the life you built with your spouse. Fantastic! Thank you, ...more
So, I started this odyssey of reading both of Rob Lowe's books back-to-back because of the chapter in this one about sending his older son off to college, which made me weep when I read it online somewhere. Then the chapter on his experiences in rehab made me weep again, and the one on his manager's death, and a few other spots here and there. The name-dropping in this second volume grew borderline tacky at times, especially when he wrote of parts he missed out on or didn't take that were "writt ...more
Oct 22, 2014 Sonya rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This memoir is predictable in its depth-free stories of a rich and privileged Hollywood actor. I did enjoy Lowe's recounting of working on failing television shows because they taught me about day to day decisions that make or break a show in the industry--I like this kind of insight. But the collection as a whole sums up Rob's insular worldview: He loves his kids and wife a lot. He adulates self-determination. He slyly slips in admiration for Atlas Shrugged as great literature. He has a steadfa ...more
I'm giving this book two stars. But in all fairness, this is not my kind of book. I was desperate for something to listen to during my commute, and I have listened to every decent audiobook at the library. It's probably more interesting if you care about:

1. Southern Ca.
2. Hollywood culture
3. Acting and its process (he really gets into some minutiae)
4. Rob Lowe
5. Celebrities in general

But I do not.
Rob Lowe is such a great storyteller. I've listened to him read both of his memoirs now and they make me very happy. This book is as good as the first - there is a wrenchingly sad and gripping story of watching another man confront his deepest anguish in rehab; an embarrassing story about Warren Beatty f*cking around with his girlfriend; a self-deprecating and eventually hilarious account of being invited to the Playboy mansion as a young man for a Superbowl Party; a side-splitting account of ca ...more
Jenn O'Brien
When Rob (yes I am on a first name basis with him) releases a book, I HAVE TO GET THE AUDIO. I feel like I am in an intimate relationship with him and he is personally telling me all of these private stories. He is a great writer and speaker. I was really hooked in the beginning hearing about some stories from his past. When he told his story about dropping his son off at college, I was literally crying. But then about midway through, he lost me. He told a historical family story that I wasn't r ...more
I wavered between 3 and 4 stars and settled on three because after loving STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS and waiting two years for the follow-up, I was a little disappointed. Some of the stories were interesting and some were so-so, and there was no order or continuity to some of the storytelling. For example, he talked about his role in "Behind the Candelabra" in an early chapter, then expanded on it later in the book. It's no big deal, it just seemed kind of scattered.

Other than that I was int
I truly enjoyed Stories I Only Tell My Friends, so it only seemed natural that I read Rob Lowes follow up book Love Life. At first I was beyond disappointed to the point that I was not going to continue reading the book. The book was disjoined, fragmented and went on tangents, seriously where was his editor? Then somehow the chapters began to take shape. One must read each chapter on its one and take that story for what its worth. If you know anyone who wants to be an actor then I would recommen ...more
Adina Cintron-medina
I loved his first autobiography and though I continue to be impressed by Lowe's intelligent humor, this one fell a little short and dragged a little bit towards the end. Still, overall, a nice, entertaining read.
Karen Taylor
Dear Rob,
I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that this is the book I expected to read when I read Stories I Only Tell My Friends (genius title). By that I mean to say, this is mediocre stuff and I'm pretty sure it's just all the things you cut out of Stories I Only Tell My Friends. The good news? Stories I Only Tell My Friends was a terrific read (maybe because you cut this stuff out)! This one should only be read by people who read your first book so they know what you're capable of
This is the second book by actor and producer Rob Lowe. Having read his autobiography ‘Stories I Only Tell My Friends’ and really enjoyed it, I was very much looking forward to reading his follow-up, and I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint.

In ‘Love Life’, Lowe shares stories and anecdotes from his life, both personal and professional. He is a very engaging narrator, thoughtful and contemplative, but also very witty (his story about dressing as Bigfoot on a camping trip with his children w
One line toward the end of the book really made me mad. On page page 205 he says, "Has there ever been a more horrific barrier to reading than the Dewey Decimal System? No wonder libraries are becoming irrelevant."

He clearly has not been to a library in ages! Being a librarian I know for a fact that libraries are not becoming irrelevant! Glad I borrowed this book from the library.
Jan 15, 2015 Amanda added it
The first book was great. This one had a few interesting stories but there was no flow or real reason for the book. It just didn't seem to have a purpose. It was still written well, each individual story could stand alone and was well told but the book lacked a beginning, middle and end to be as good as the first one.
I read Rob Lowe's first memoir, and while I was mildly entertained, I don't remember much about it. I remember thinking it was not a dishy book. So I shouldn't have been surprised that his new book "Love Life" would be similar in tone and content. A lot of the book focuses on his experiences as a father. There is a chapter in the book that is excerpted everywhere where he ruminates about his son going to college. It's the best chapter in the book: poignant and well-written. The rest, while as we ...more
Loved this book! One of his quotes about finding adventure and drama in your life was an excellent guide everyone should follow. His devotion to his family and love for his wife are another excellent quality we should all strive for!
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Rob Lowe is an American actor. Lowe came to prominence after appearing in films such as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, About Last Night..., and St. Elmo's Fire. On Television, Lowe is known for his role as Sam Seaborn on The West Wing and his role as Senator Robert McCallister on Brothers & Sisters. He currently appears as a main cast member of Parks and Recreation in the role of Chris Traeger.
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“Adventure is important in life. Making memories matters. It doesn’t have to be a secret sea plane and an historic sports moment. But to have a great life, you need great memories. Grab any intriguing offer. Say yes to a challenge, and to the unknown. Be creative in adding drama and scope to your own life. Work at it, like a job. Money from effort comes and goes. But effort from imagination and following adventure creates stories that you keep forever. And anyone can do it.” 8 likes
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