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Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
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Sep 17, 11

bookshelves: memoir, non-fiction
Read in September, 2011

I had a huge crush on Rob Lowe when I was in middle school. St. Elmo’s Fire was one of my favorite movies. I watched it over and over and I had the poster of Rob’s character Billy playing the saxophone in my room. When I heard that Rob Lowe had an autobiography coming out, I knew I would have to read it.

The title, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, is very appropriate. The book has a very conversational tone; the reader feels like she is sitting with Rob listening to him tell stories. Rob says he wrote this book without a ghost writer and it’s surprisingly well written and fun to read. Rob is not afraid to name names in his stories and there are A LOT of names to be named. He had several chance encounters with people who are now big celebrities but were virtual unknowns at the time he met them.

My only complaint is that he glosses over some of the more controversial moments in his career. The sex tape scandal at the 1988 Democratic National Convention only gets one paragraph and the words “sex” and “tape” are not even used. He doesn’t mention his former nanny suing him and his countersuit in 2008 at all but that may have happened too late to be included.

Overall, this was a great book. I highly recommend it for any child of the 80’s who loved Brat Pack movies and of course anyone who is a fan of Rob Lowe’s today. You will not be disappointed.
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