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The Sunset Strip Diaries

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  29 reviews
There comes a time in every girl's life, where she has to choose good or choose bad. Amy Asbury chose bad, hands down. Good meant wallflowers, secretaries and subservient wives. Bad meant power- and a possible escape from a life of secrets.

At twelve years old she was trying to make sense of a drug-addicted father and his disturbing behavior. By fifteen she was dealing wit
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published (first published December 21st 2010)
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Kasey Simmons
Quick and fun read. I wish the author had included some pictures.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
I thought this book would be interesting because I'm about the same age as the author and I grew up on 80's music.

It starts out promising. I reading about her upbringing and the issues in her family was interesting (and sad). She dealt with sexual abuse, her father's drug addiction and her mother's total lack of support and she was lonely and confused and had no one to turn to.

Once she gets into high school and starts hanging out on the Sunset Strip.. it just gets BORING. There is a lot of det
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow. True story that actually felt like I was in high school again, reading somebody's diary. To the point that I was cringing in some parts. Have you ever had one of those friends that you wish you could have jumped in and saved from their circumstances, but you were helpless? Gut wrenching to see what too many children have gone through at the hands of adults, and then put themselves through as a result of this pain. Plus there's all of the Hollywood nightclub scene thats just JUICY!

I should
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awesome memoir! I don't usually read the biographies... but I got TOTALLY sucked in to this one. The author is clever and witty. It's about this girl growing up in the san fernando valley and then finding her way to the crazy sunset strip scene in the glam rock days. She saw some crazy things with the famous rockers she was hanging out with. I actually powered through this book in one day - couldn't put it down, and even flaked on dinner plans so i could keep reading. :P
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was amazing! Even if hair bands aren't your thing, this book is wildly entertaining! At times hilarious, heart-wrenching, and poignant. I devoured it in 2 days and then immediately bought the sequel!
Peppermint Twist
Wow. I couldn't put this book down. Even if you aren't interested in the hair band scene of the early 90's, this is a really entertaining book. Cat fights, wild parties, blackmail, booze and drugs and lots of 80's celebs in the background.

The first half is about a shy, Los Angeles private school girl and how she studied how to be a "babe": by watching tons of MTV videos and lots of Dynasty- it was very funny and cringe-worthy- she was very honest. After successfully transforming herself into a
Peppermint Twist
Wow. I couldn't put this book down. Even if you aren't interested in the hair band scene of the early 90's, this is a really entertaining book. Cat fights, wild parties, blackmail, booze and drugs and lots of 80's celebs in the background.

The first half is about a shy, Los Angeles private school girl and how she studied how to be a "babe": by watching tons of MTV videos and lots of Dynasty- it was very funny and cringe-worthy- she was very honest. After successfully transforming herself into a
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it

Pictures would have earned her another star I thought maybe this book was going to be a bit controversial because I couldn't find it in any library. It started out ok. Makes you want to keep reading. Had me laughing when she mentioned her perfume smelling like an old ladies crotch because i have made that reference before. AsI got toward the end i found myself scanning instead of reading. She went out and partied an then she went out and partied. She mentioned some major league rockstars she c
May 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir
The first part of this book wasn't too bad, detailing the authors childhood and subsequent abuse and family break down.
But I quickly lost interest and found myself just skimming through the second half. It just wasn't that interesting, just name dropping and a few inane drunken incidents.
Didn't do much for me at all.
Erin Gray
The author and I are the same age. It is a high probability if I was living anywhere near the vicinity of The Sunset Strip at the same time as Amy Asbury, she and I would’ve been partners in crime...or competitors for attention...or both.
Some of her stories seem to ramble, repeat themselves, and the abundance of characters were tough to keep straight. But, I think that’s the point. That was her life. The nights, parties, debauchery began rolling into a repetitive event.
Robbie-Ann McPherson
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this's heartbreaking, it's funny...I love her writing in general but this particular book is a great peek in the window of that time. It's also a must-read for parents who want to see into the mind of a teenager whose family blew apart, and how she desperately tries to find safety and love....
Tabitha Rhys
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Raw, honest. No holds barred. I couldn't put it down.
Melanie Call
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down

What a wild ride, and unexpected look into what it was like to be a teen in the early 90s.
Danielle Abeyta
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent summer quick read

This book started off great but then really slowed down. I ended up skimming the last 60 pages or so.
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book chronicles the life of a confused teenage girl trying to find her way in life, and desperately wanting to become a part of the party scene on the Sunset Strip. She succeeds, and the stories of her three wild years being a popular staple on the Strip are shocking, somewhat depressing, and at some points even a little bit horrifying.

Amy’s childhood was anything but normal; her mother has completely turned her back on her and acts like she doesn’t exist and she is coping with the realizat
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Amy grew up in my era and I recognised some of the bands and the places (I'm from the UK but have been to Hollywood a few times). I found it interesting how Amy reinvented herself and used her nights out as a way to escape all of the awful things that happened to her during her childhood. The new revised Kindle edition comes with pictures, ticket stubs, flyers and posters and that really adds to the book. Amy is also active on social media where you can see several pi ...more
Holly Thompson
Not for the easily offended. If you are a mom who has just read Eat Pray Love or The Help, this might be a little much for you unless you are completely non-judgmental and, well, brave. This is a true story of a girl who had a painful life and went in search of a crowd who would accept her: The Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California. As the other reviewers have said on the Nook version, there are a lot of funny pop culture references and lots of self-deprecating humor amongst some pretty vividly ...more
Zoe Wilson
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book. This is a true story of Amy's younger years on the Hollywood scene during the early '90's. It is a hard read at times as it deals with rape,abuse and attempted suicide. I would recommend this book to everyone. I cannot wait to see what happens to Amy during her next book,Conetti Covered Quicksand. Amy is a really strong person,and i would not have been able to cope with what she went through during her early years.
Shima Andre
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in about 2 days. Couldn't put it down. It's amazing how the truth is so much more interesting than fiction. You simply couldn't make this stuff up. I also read the next one, "Confetti Covered Quicksand" immediately after. Amy is a gifted writer, and I look forward to reading more of her works in the coming future. Highly recommended!
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Why no pics of people like Birdie or Missy at least? I would've given this less stars but I read the sequel and gave that only 2. Without any pictures at all it just seems like a lot of this could've easily been made up. How do we know some of these characters in the book even existed? It's all a bit too mysterious.....MORE PICS!!!!!
Lisa Fisher
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Very so-so. Thought it would be more about bigger bands than it was. Quick, easy read.

Pretty mediocre and depressing. But that is her story. Debating on ready her next book. Hope its not more of the same.
Nikki Crist
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book immensely. I grew up during the same period. I loved glam rock! I found myself relating to her in so many ways. Although I didn't experience near the neglect or abuse that she endured. There were some truly cringe worthy parts for sure!
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this book as part of research I'm doing about the 80's/90's Sunset Strip hair metal scene. There's some good background here that I think will be helpful to me, but this book is not particularly well written or compelling.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting read, I did like it but by the end it got to be kinda monotonous.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Rating withheld pending book club discussion.
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun read and touched on my obsession with Hollywood in high school
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs
Sad story of a girl with no parental compass in here life. Written in a very amateur manner, lots of gratuitous cursing, but understanding her background, that makes sense.
Tracy Ross
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Amy Asbury is the author of two memoirs, both of which have garnered an international following. The Sunset Strip Diaries tells of her teen years on Hollywood's most famous street, a place where musical history is made and the party never ends. The follow up book, Confetti Covered Quicksand, tells of the stark fallout from those wild years, and of her struggle to reinvent herself. Her third book i ...more