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My Friend Michael: Growing Up With The King Of Pop

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  502 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Everyone knows Michael Jackson--the myth. This is the revealing true story of Michael Jackson--the man.

To Frank Cascio, Michael Jackson was many things--second father, big brother, boss, mentor, and teacher, but most of all he was a friend. Though Cascio was just a few years old when he first met Jackson in 1984, at the peak of the pop star's career, Jackson was at the cen
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Summer Lane
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I think by now everybody on planet earth knows that there was more to Michael Jackson than what was presented in the media. In fact, the media pretty much hammered and hounded him into seclusion, which although he was responsible for some of the media circus, he can never be blamed for the cruelty that was exacted on his personal integrity in the name of shock value. Frank Cascio, a kid who grew up with Michael and went on to become his business manager - but ultimately a literal brother to Mich ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Funny, Heartwarming, Charming, Insightful, Real & Compelling! An Amazing Read! I Loved It!
Kerry Hennigan
Dec 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Cascio family certainly had unprecedented access to Michael Jackson throughout his career, and Frank Cascio was there for a lot of the events that created problems for Michael. At the same time, some of his accounts vary in detail from those told by others, so once again it is left to the individual reader to decide whose memory of events is more accurate. Some variations in details are explainable due to the passage of time and different perspectives, while others remain completely at odds ...more
Charmaine Stephens
I thought this was a pretty decent book. If your a die-hard MJ fan and been following him for years and years like I have... You know half of this stuff..maybe even more than half already! lol So nothing really surprised me. I still love him with all my heart & soul always and respect him. All and all I liked the book. It shows more of who Michael was as a MAN. Off stage & when no cameras are around. I like the funny lil stories like faking crying at the ugly museum LOL He seemed so play ...more
Meranda
Jan 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Omg one of the worst books I have read in a long time. This book was not my choice to read as it was chosen by my BFF who is a Michael fan as I am. Me being a big fan of Michael did not save this book.

First of all, the book was poorly written and wasn't as cohesive and flowing as I like for books to be. Secondly, I felt slightly disturbed by the overall content of the book, but it was the same level of disturbance I felt about Michael when he was still alive. I never believed him to be a child
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Niquest
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Of all the biographies out there on Michael Jackson this one definitely feels the most honest. Many biographies tend to be marred with exact dates, footnotes, endnotes, quotes from third parties and opinions from the biographer who never knew his subject. Most biographers view the people they are writing about as subjects or meal tickets. There isn't much heart that goes into writing and as a result their work becomes stale and textbook.

Frank Cascio, a close assistant, adviser, and friend, mana
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Jowayria Rahal
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Being a firm beLIEver , I find this books to be very hoax-related .
Frank did a good job by writing this book about Mike , but I don't think that his aim was as pure as I picture it to be .. Anyways , I loved all the stories about the MAN , how he thinkS , jokeS , treatS his kids and all .
I don't know about everyone else , but I was emotionally moved by the moments that Frank reminisced . I sometimes grew tired of Frank talking about himself being Mike's back-protector , I mean I knew beforehan
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Linda L McGoey
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Friend Michael

I always like Michael Jackson... have for many years. I seemed to have had some understanding of what his life may have been like growing up having missed his childhood. To me, it made sense. Some child actors grow up having drug and alcohol problems. Michael had morals and he shared his love with children... the ones he couldn't grow up and play with. With his popularity, he built his own world be could safely live in and enjoy watching and interacting with children. I never lo
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Nathalie
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, favorites, 2019
This book is full of inside jokes, pranks, odd nicknames and other fun Michael Jackson shared with Frank Cascio. Much of it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with him being a superstar - this book gives you an inside view at Michael Jackson the human being. At times I was laughing out loud at the silly jokes Michael came up with.

Having said that, Frank was also around for the darker times in Michael's life. He tells the story from a friend's point of view: the accusations, the addiction to
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Lisa
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I never really knew much about Michael Jackson the man besides the typical media headlines and hype that surrounded him in the 1990s and beyond. But my husband and I went to the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas and it made me super interested to learn more about him. So I got this book and was sooooo happy I did! I really appreciated that Frank Cascio shared such precious memories of someone so dear to his heart and allowed us an insider’s look into what Michael Jackson was rea ...more
Ania
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Surprising. That's how I could describe in one word how I find this book. A friend of Michael Jackson wrote a kind of a diary showing MJ not only as a star, but mostly as a living, breathing person whom most of us has never really known. Eccentric, yes, but was he crazy? If you want to hear more than what the tabloids say and see the other side of the coin, this book is going to give it to you.
It's also a nice lecture for someone who has not been a devoted MJ fan but likes an interesting story.
Alessia
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Leggendo questo libro non si può far altro che pensare quale persona fantastica Michael Jackson fosse, proprio per questo dovrebbero leggerlo tutti, non solo i fan.
Frank Cascio ha condiviso delle bellissime storie, che talvolta ti strappano un sorriso, altre una lacrima. Commovente ed emozionante dalla prima pagina fino all'ultima.
Allegra
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was everything I expected to hear all along, but it was good to hear it.
Nothing really new to me, but just a very affirming read about an artist that I had respected since I was 4, and now I'm 40 and my daughter loves Michael. Overall, it's a good diversion.
Catherine
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Must read

Great read and gives a you a better understanding of MJ . I loved it. Definitely a must read. Thank you Frank sharing your relationship with the world. Your story upheld his legacy, it was honest and at the same time gave the world a true insight into his world.
Paulina
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
9/10
Jamie Habanek
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Michael Jackson and I loved reading this story <3
Meg Young
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wasn’t a big fan of this book. Just was kind of dull and did not shed light on anything more than we already knew.
Hamed  Pourkhorsandi Soufiani
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book for every MJ fan.
A good report about MJ's personality and also some of his problems with drugs in 90's and early 21th century.

Marsten
Dec 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michael-jackson
Un libro muy interesante aunque polémico por su autor.

Interesante porqué explica muchas cosas y vivencias con MJ, es ameno de leer y abarca los últimos 25 años de su vida.
El libro parece honesto y benévolo hacia el artista, pero digo parece pues el autor ha sido el blanco de multitud de críticas de muchos fans por las supuestas tres canciones falsas endosadas en el álbum póstumo "Michael" (2011) en las cuales él y su hermano Eddie fueron artífices de tal partaña... Este hecho para muchos lo desa
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Citra Amelia
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
To the fans of Michael Jackson -- I wrote this book to show you a personal side of Michael that you may or may not know. I hope you can appreciate the human being that he was behind enormous gifts and talents. For over twenty-five years, my family and I were blessed to experience the world from his perspective. Through Michael's eyes, the world was a very different place. He was the innocent.
We were all very fortunate to have been blessed by his presence in this world.
He wasn't only my friend M
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Amy Davis
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I happened to come upon this book at the library as I always like to browse the Biography section and just grab whatever speaks to me. I have never been a fan of Michael Jacksons, but I wasn't not a fan either. I just really didn't know much about him. I knew him to be an artist that a lot of my teen pop idols looked up to (my teens were in the early 2000s) and enjoyed a lot of his songs, often being shocked when a song would come on the radio and would find out it was Michael Jackson. Throughou ...more
Rachel
Dec 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Apesar da intenção do autor é relatar sua amizade com a celebridade, o que se lê é que se trata de alguém querendo narrar as regalias durante o tempo de amizade com o cantor. Completamente desnecessário colocações como "hotel 5 estrelas", e outras banalidades do gênero. Além da linguagem absurdamente simplória, há a questão de que o autor tenta camuflar TODOS os defeitos de MJ. Não é possível que alguém seja perfeito ao ponto de não haver qualquer ponto negativo a ser tratado. Quanto a paranóia? ...more
Marianne
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I'm a sucker for MJ biographies (as probably evident in my timeline). I read this one because the reviews were much better than I expected after the controversy about the Cascio songs, and I wasn't disappointed. The book not only gives a great glimpse of what MJ was like as a person, but also about the pitfalls of fame, leeches and yes-men wanting a piece of the wealth, and the sad effect that this ended up having on MJ and people around him. The book was honest, open and heartfelt, and an inter ...more
Leanna
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to read this book but it was well worth it. Seeing Michael through his friend's eyes was absolutely wonderful. I had no idea that Michael cussed so often! wow! Frank's story about the memorial was so sweet. He was so lucky to be close friends with a man as great as Michael. The picture of the Cascio family with Michael, Prince, and Paris was so precious!
This is a good book. I'm glad I read it.
Nicole
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An extensive, funny and fascinating look into one of the most elusive figures of our time. Told through the eyes of somebody who knew him best, 'My Friend Michael' breaks down barriers and will leave you with a completely different perspective on the King of Pop. Detailing daily life on tour to family Christmases together, this book provides an insider perspective with so much intricate detail that may help you better understand Michael with all of his quirks and eccentricities.
Teena
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very good biography, although it is written from a somewhat biased perspective.

Frank Cascio seems to have been a very loyal and honourable friend to Michael Jackson, but his memories of Jackson are likely remembered through rose coloured glasses due to his untimely death.

I haven't been a Michael Jackson fan since I was 12, but I found this book very engaging.
Julie
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book. While there is no denying Michael Jackson was eccentric, this book made some of his quirks a little more understandable. It would be very hard for someone to lead this kind of life from the age of 5 and turn out perfectly normal. However, the subject of his plastic surgeries were never addressed. I guess there is no explaining that.
Andrea
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it


A fascinating look at the complicated life of Michael Jackson, this author knew him intimately from the age of five. The contradiction of Michael Jackson's musical brilliance, and conflicted psyche revealed that money does not always bring happiness and health.
Sarah
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't know about know the real truth about the book because after all, Michael is gone and not here to review if the book is sincere or not. I believe from my heart that Michael is a good person. No reason not to love Michael.
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“Bashir manipulated viewers for his own ends. His questions were leading, the editing misguiding. As I watched the broadcast, it seemed to me that Bashir’s plan all along had been to expose Michael in whatever way he could in order to win the highest ratings he could for his show.” 0 likes
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