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Coreyography

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,918 ratings  ·  621 reviews
"People always ask me about life after childhood stardom. What would I say to parents of children in the industry? My only advice, honestly, is to get these kids out of Hollywood and let them lead normal lives." —Corey Feldman

A deeply personal and revealing Hollywood-survival story.

Lovable child star by age ten, international teen idol by fifteen, and to this day a perenni
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 15th 2013)
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Ana O
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I was a child, I dreamed of becoming a famous actress. Then I grew up and realized how perverted and fucked up Hollywood really is.

Oh boy, am I thankful for having lived a sheltered life. Who wants to be an actor anyway? I'd choose mediocrity over fame any day of the week.

The book started off with a bang. Corey described the moment he received the devastating word that his close friend and fellow child actor Corey Haim was found dead in his home, apparently the victim of an overdose.

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Diane
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once you get past the ridiculous title* and intense cover photo, this is a good memoir. I read very few celebrity biographies, but Corey Feldman's appealed to me because I grew up watching his movies. I loved "The Goonies" and "Stand By Me," and even the campiness of "The Lost Boys."

What I didn't know back then was that Corey's personal life was hell. His parents were abusive and neglectful, and for much of his childhood he was the sole breadwinner of the family. He had started acting in commer
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Jami
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing


First of all, I was born in 1976. That makes all the difference in the world. I had posters of the two Coreys on my bedroom wall, Stand by Me was the first rated 'R' movie I watched (it was the first rated 'R' movie any of us watched), and, though it wasn't surprising, I was crushed when I heard that Corey Haim had passed away. Basically, a good chunk of my childhood movie memories involve a movie starring Corey Feldman. At the risk of sounding like an old timer, movies just aren't the same anym
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Tara D-K
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was SO good! I read it in 48 hours. I grew up with "The Coreys"- their movies, the teen idol fandom, etc. I was a child of the 80's so I really remember the Coreys Craze. The book was definitely nostalgic for me. It also was a very...humble...book. Feldman didn't come off as arrogant or unrepentant for his issues. He also was clear that even though all this stuff happened to him, really as a result of his parents poor choices, bad parenting, selfishness, etc, he was really about forgiveness a ...more
J.K. Grice
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio-memoir
I have always enjoyed Corey Feldman as an actor, but never really knew much about him personally. I remember going to see STAND BY ME in college and just being blown away by the performances of the 4 young boys in the film, and Corey was just phenomenal. I also saw THE LOST BOYS not long after that, and again, I was impressed by the humor and maturity that Feldman brought to his role. I guess I lost track of Corey Feldman after the late 80's and really wasn't too aware of how his career continue ...more
Naksed
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's very difficult to rate this book. I felt sick and angry reading about the horrific abuse of the author when he was a child and other child actors of the era.

The complete and utter failure of the adults who were supposed to protect them, from family, to their employers, judicial system to law enforcement.

It took me an inordinate amount of time to finish it because I just couldn't make it without taking long, sanity breaks.

I am still so very angry that despite the author so courageously gi
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Gef
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Corey Feldman's youth was so peppered with scandal, drugs, and bratty behavior, it's a wonder he never became mayor of Toronto.

I grew up a child of the 80s, and as such Corey Feldman was one of those faces that always seemed to pop up in the movies I enjoyed. Whether it be Stand by Me, The Lost Boys, or License to Drive, there he was emblazoned on the screen. But like 95% of the child actors out there, he grew up and was quietly brushed aside, so the next fresh face in Hollywood could claim the
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SheLove2Read
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
If you've seen the media coverage of Corey Feldman in the last few years, reading this book will give you a new insight and appreciation for what he is enduring.

Thrown into the "business" of acting at age three, he and his sister quickly became the breadwinners for the entire family. Living with an abusive, mentally unbalanced mother and a father who only showed any interest in him when it would monetarily benefit him, I'm surprised that Feldman turned out as well as he has. He relates multiple
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Rebecca McNutt
In pretty much all of his early films, from Stand by Me to Gremlins, I thought Feldman was a terrific actor. Of course, off-screen, as with most child stars, things aren't the paradise they seem to be. Living a life riddled with drugs, neglectful parents and molestation, years of damage led to a battle with a drug addiction as an adult. Coreyography is one of few books that really addresses the issues that child stars face, and it's also an inspirational memoir.
Andrew Hicks
Andrew Hicks
Corey Feldman was a child actor whose most prominent mainstream output occurred in the mid-to-late '80s. You may remember him from such films as Gremlins, The Goonies, Stand By Me and Meatballs 4 .

Philip Gibbons
I never saw Meatballs 4 , nor any other Meatballs movies.

Andrew Hicks
Meatballs was like a PG Porky's , like what's the point?

Philip Gibbons
What's the point, indeed? Like a PG-13 horror movie, except somehow worse.

Andrew Hicks
It wasn't even supposed to be a Meatballs
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Maria
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I read this book in between others and used it as filler when I was waiting on something. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, or it was a bad book. In fact, it was the opposite. I enjoyed getting more behind-the-scenes on one of my favorite 80s child stars. Because I was familiar with his career, it was easy enough for me to pick this one up off and on.

Okay, the title is cheesy, but really it's a fun read. If you loved his movies then I think you'll enjoy this book. Corey talks about hi
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I started this book yesterday and finished it today. I grew up with and loved some of the movies he was in and just love him. I have all of the Lost Boys movies, Stand By Me and The Goonies. I want to see about getting some of his music.

Reading this memoir was really sad. You hear so many things about child stars over the years and you don't know what is real or what isn't. I was horrified at the way his family treated him. I know this happens in a lot of families that you never hear about. I k
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Miss Kim
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm an eighties child, and to this day I hold Goonies, Stand by Me, and Lost boys as some of my favorite movies of all time. Feldman's story was interesting, sad, and yet seemed to ring familiar with what happens to children in Hollywood. His parents used him as their meal ticket, and treated him like shit. He was just wanting love from anyone his whole childhood, and led him to trust those he should not.

Reading about the rise and demise of Corey Haim was very sad.

Learning about Feldman's frien
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Matt
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I've long been fascinated with the Coreys. Reading "Coreyography" made me think about why. Was it mean-spirited schadenfreude, cruel delight at watching this marginally talented kid crank out dopey direct-to-DVD movies and cringeworthy reality shows? Yes, in part. But I've always rooted for Corey Feldman too, and I think it's always because *he* seemed to believe that he had something important to offer, despite the awful music and playboy posturing that suggested otherwise.

Corey's had a tough
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Cassidy Savage
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I grew up watching Corey Feldman movies, Goonies has always been my movie. I went into this read with a grain of salt but an open mind. He has gotten increasingly eccentric since childhood. I skimmed the reviews here and they're glowing....if not a bit overly so. This is an entertaining and somewhat enlightening read. Much of it feels embellished if not fully reimagined, maybe not made up, I'm not trying to say this is a book of lies. I'm sure this is his life, I don't doubt him. But being as dr ...more
Erin
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Don't judge me. It was a Kindle Daily Deal.

I think this may be a record for shortest length of time in finishing a "purse book". It just goes to show that I spend way too much time waiting in doctors' waiting rooms. Get it together, doctors!

So, here's Corey Feldman's autobiography. It will probably surprise exactly no one that his parents were not the best, that he made some poor choices and that he has a few interesting stories to tell. I was a bit surprised that he was so open about sexual abu
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Joe Barlow
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
A brave and shocking memoir by the actor who seemed to epitomize '80s cinema for people of my generation. Feldman will shock many with his tales of drug abuse and sexual molestation, but it's hard to put down when he shares on-set reminiscences of The Goonies, Stand By Me, Gremlins, The Lost Boys, and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, or memories of his close friendships with Michael Jackson and Corey Haim. Feldman writes like a man determined to put his past behind him, and I'm sure that writ ...more
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
Review to come. Because of the much sensitive subject matter and new viewpoints I've developed from reading this book, I need to reflect before blurting out a review. Also, I need to get the rollercoaster of emotions that slammed into my face to subside.

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Suvi
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sometimes certain people appear on and off all the way through your childhood and teenage years, but you don't realize it until later. I recently rewatched Gremlins (1984), one of my favorite films as a kid, and Corey Feldman was in it. When I was fifteen, we watched Stand by Me (1986) in school and I remember being impressed by the scene where Feldman is screaming about his father, but his name didn't register then. At some point I started getting interested in vampires and watched The Los ...more
Jools
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I do not know where to start with this book to be honest. As biographies go he packs a hell of a punch into just short of 300 pages. First off I have to point out I have been trying to get my hands on a hard copy of this book since day one. So when one landed in my PO Box kindly sent from a friend I dropped everything and embarked on this roller coaster of emotions.

Like so many who will pick up this book I was a very young girl in the 80's when the names Feldman, Phoenix and Haim where gracing t
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Brian
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is as honest as a writer can get. Corey bares his soul and shares stories with a life filled with ups and downs, with many more downs than ups. If you are a fan of hollywood or books about filmmaking and acting this should become required reading. I don't see how I can ever refer to one of my favorite movies as Mearballs 4 again, it will always be Happy Campers to me. Lots of "ah ha" moments and shocking revelations kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I don't see how you can give ...more
Licha
I first have to say I totally hate that book cover. I don't know how many times I had to turn the book upside down cause I could feel Corey's probing eyes on me. It's not a cover that pulls you in. That being said...

I was surprised at how well this memoir flowed. I was ready to discard it early on because it started off as what seemed self-serving. But as the story progressed I couldn't help feeling bad for what happened to this man and to a certain extent continues to happen to him for exposing
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Mediaman
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a good book until you figure out in the middle that Feldman is presenting himself as a victim of the Hollywood system and those around him, instead of admitting to his own bad choices and mistreatment of others. The guy is a mess--he does detail some of the years of childhood drug and alcohol abuse, naming names of some of the Hollywood childhood stars who partied with him. However, he doesn't portray any of this in a negative way unless he loses a role due to his bad choices. He seems t ...more
Lori
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
Holy 80's flashback.
I grew up in the midst of the "Two Corey's" fame. I remember thinking they all seemed so cool,like they were having so much fun. In reality, the 80's child star thing was just a mass of underage drinking, pedophilia, irresponsible parenting and drug pusher vultures. Corey Feldman tells his story plainly, no excuses and it's a very disturbing one. He tells Corey Haim's too. The fact that Feldman could overcome his experiences, deal with them and build an honest, healthy life c
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Edward Lorn
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
(Actually 3.5 stars rounded up)

Like a great many others, I grew up watching Corey Feldman movies. He starred in three of my favorite films of all time: Goonies, Stand By Me, and Lost Boys. I've been quoted saying that, had Feldman played a role in Howard the Duck, cinematic perfection would have been accomplished. Howard the Duck is, after all, the greatest movie to ever grace celluloid. Add Corey Feldman to the mix and peoples' heads would explode as if they'd been set upon but a group of hyper
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Francis Coco
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Corey Feldman. I love that he was one of the original whistleblowers in Hollywood and he did it when no one had his back, no one was cheering him on- he told the truth anyway. That is truly brave. I don't know what's going on in Hollywood but it seems like a sick environment. This book was interesting and sad. Kudos to Corey for having the guts to write it.
Bridgett
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
First, I have to say, if Corey wrote this biography without a ghost writer, he picked the wrong profession...he could be a college English professor. It's a really well-written book: the timeline is straightforward and easy to follow, the descriptions are on-point, and the language is believable (unlike some other celebrity biographies I've read). At least until about the 65% point....then the tense changes. It's very odd and a bit off-putting.

The book starts off with a bang, Corey Haim's death
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Nada
Honest. Disturbing. Revealing. He indeed spared no details. What makes this memoir very good is the fact that he managed to survive. He exposed Hollywood's behind the scene life and what is it like for child-stars. He revealed his history with substance abuse & sexual abuse. He told the ugly truth.
"The number-one problem in Hollywood was, and is, and always will be pedophilia."


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One of the most important revelation from his book is regarding Michael Jackson. Corey was one of the many y
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Chantelle Atkins
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having been a fan of both Corey Haim and Feldman during the eighties and nineties, I had been keen to read this memoir for some time. The reviews looked great, and I was not disappointed. The book starts with Feldman hearing the news that Haim has sadly died. He then goes back to his childhood, detailing his journey from child star to teen heartthrob. The childhood he endured was shocking and painful to read, and it is really no surprise that he went on to have problems with substance abuse. I f ...more
Brandy
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
May be spoilers

I found this book interesting. Growing up every girl was in love with the Coreys. I myself was a Haim girl. I knew that there was a lot of drug use going on but I didn't know the extent of the sexual abuse that happened to these boys.

I am a sucker for the celeb bios, when someone is given everything, they still manage to royally screw up. I do think Feldman did have it a little harder than others, his home life was terrible, school was filled with bullies and even personal life
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“I am proud of my career, and I am proud that I continue to work as an actor,” 6 likes
“Wil Wheaton once explained—in an interview with NPR—what he thought was the key to Stand by Me’s success: Rob Reiner found four young boys who basically were the characters we played. I was awkward and nerdy and shy and uncomfortable in my own skin and really, really sensitive; River was cool and really smart and passionate and even at that age kind of like a father figure to some of us; Jerry was one of the funniest people I had ever seen in my life, either before or since; and Corey was unbelievably angry and in an incredible amount of pain and had an absolutely terrible relationship with his parents. Wil was right.” 1 likes
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