My book club chose this book and I would never have picked on my own. What a treat! I couldn't wait to dive into Rob Lowe's fascinating life each nighMy book club chose this book and I would never have picked on my own. What a treat! I couldn't wait to dive into Rob Lowe's fascinating life each night. Written by him as well - I super enjoyed his voice. He knows how to peak your interest with each scene and end on a perfect note wrapping up the goodie of info he just tossed you. It's like curling up with the insider view of how he fell in with the hottest of Hollywood in the 70s-80s by growing up with them in his backyard from banging around as teens shooting 8mm movies with the Sheen's to being invited to a cramped, filthy movie set that was the filming of Star Wars to shooting a sitcom with a girl named Janet who ended up deciding tv wasn't for her and she was going to follow in her brother's music footsteps (guess who that was!). And of course, there's the delicious lengthy info on the shooting of the Outsiders and Lowe's view of his co-stars from his teen memory.
What's even nicer is that he doesn't bash anyone. If you're looking for "juicy gossip" this isnt the book about that - but more about how the combo of talent, desire, dysfunctional family and a bunch of luck led Lowe from super stardom to almost losing everything to finding his way again and standing up for what he wanted. It's a book about growing up in a time that will never come again and seeing the icons of that era from a different point of view - the point of view of a reckless, driven, scared kid coming into his own who didn't entirely know the awesomeness of it all as it was happening to him....more
I enjoyed following this endearing, sad-at-times, story of two sisters, both so different, growing up by their own wits with the mountain behind themI enjoyed following this endearing, sad-at-times, story of two sisters, both so different, growing up by their own wits with the mountain behind them as their playground - and a dangerous place when a serial killer blazes a path through their quiet community. Rachel, the older sister, was a character to empathize with as a young girl who didnt quite fit in and embraced her younger sister as her only stable family (until she gives in to the popular crowd to fit in). Rachel was never strong like her sister, who was always true to herself and didn't become someone else to fit in. That being said, remembering back to being a teenager I can accept that need to go against your true self to belong. Belonging, is something we may only learn once we grow up. Sadly, Rachel never truly accepts herself, finds peace, or belongs even as an adult.
The cons: There was much repetitive information in this book that could have been cut, and near the end when we transition (rather quickly) through 30 years I didn't like the adult version of Rachel at all. She was bitter and unapproachable and even unemotional when she faces what she's been searching for obsessively all her life. And if you don't mind a 'Deus ex machina' ending to wrap it up - then you won't be a bit let down as I was.
Yet, for the most part this was a bittersweet coming of age tale I could relate to in all its family messiness. I would have liked it better if the book ended after the climactic moment that both young sisters share and we were left with the memory of one terrifying summer of youth, and never know what truly happens later. ...more