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Love Life

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  8,581 ratings  ·  1,130 reviews
Rob Lowe is back with stories he only tells his best friends.

When Rob Lowe's first book was published in 2011, he received the kind of rapturous reviews that writers dream of and rocketed to the top of the bestseller list. Now, in Love Life, he expands his scope, using stories and observations from his life in a poignant and humorous series of true tales about men and wome
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Simon Schuster
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Dec 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I LOVED Rob Lowe. I had posters on my wall and everything. My favorite movie was St. Elmo's Fire (or pretty much any Brat Pack movie).

I still like him even after all these years and I was looking forward to reading his book, but I feel a bit let down. I actually wish I had listened to the audio as maybe him speaking would have made a difference. It also took me quite some time to read. I started it months ago and finally finished it a week or so ago. Of course I often start too many books at on
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe is an American actor who became famous for his roles in young adult films like 'The Outsiders' and 'St. Elmo's Fire.' Afterwards, Lowe co-starred in several TV series, including 'The West Wing', 'Brothers and Sisters', and 'Parks and Recreation.' The eternally youthful celebrity now stars in 'Code Black.'

In this second memoir by the actor, Lowe talks about being a husband and father, TV shows and films he's made, partying and drinking during his younger years (he's a recovering
Jun 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
I started out liking this book, as I had enjoyed Rob Lowe's first memoir. But then, I came to page 205 (really, it was almost the end of the book) and these sentences "Has there ever been a more horrific barrier to reading than the Dewey Decimal System? No wonder libraries are becoming irrelevant." Bash Dewey all you want, but don't say that libraries are irrelevant. I know that I didn't purchase this book, I borrowed it from the library. Good thing.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I could not finish this book. I had really enjoyed Rob Lowe's first memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, but this one seemed scattered and unnecessary. To the Meh shelf with you!
Miss Ruark
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Rob Lowe as a writer. He appeals to the movie lover in me. He can describe an entire arc of emotion by referencing a scene from a famous movie, and I totally GET IT.

But there's more to Rob Lowe than the famous Brat Packer. He's a loving father, a devoted husband, a recovering alcoholic, an actor, a friend...he explores so much of himself that I feel like I know him. He not big on telling stories about famous people, and some people might not pick this up, but he really only tells stories
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
For serious Rob Lowe fangirls, I give it a 3.5 star but I'm being generous with the other .5 star bc of the swoony end chapter he wrote about his wife. I have no idea if he had writing help, but for someone made from unicorn tears, he's a pretty decent author.

And now I feel compelled to watch St. Elmo's Fire and About Last Night again. I watched both of those movies about a millionty times as a kid, far before it was appropriate to do so. But it cemented my everlasting crush on Mr. Lowe. Well d
Apr 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Rob Lowe reveals that he is TOTALLY THE WORST in this book. And TOTALLY THE WORST WRITER. More gifs to come.

dreams die so hard


Sheila DeChantal
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE LOVE LOVED Rob Lowe’s book Things I Only Tell My Friends when I listened to it on audio in 2011. His narration is superb and if you are an audio person and seriously even if you are not….) you are in for a super treat by listening to either of his books.

In Love Life, Rob (oh may I call him Rob? ;) ) not only covers his loves through his life of family, relationships, and his sons; but also his love of acting. Just listening to him share some of his moments from Behind The Candelabra, Kill
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Love Life? Are you for serious? Does it include the story about having videotaped sexytimes with a minor? Super Creepy Rob Lowe wasn't always a joke, kids . . .

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Sometimes it’s best just to not remind people of your “love life” . . .

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Oh, and also . . .

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Because I’m 12 and every time I watch that episode I ‘bout wet my panties.
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
So first to set expectations…. this book is less about Rob Lowe's "Love Life" than an instruction from him for you to "love life." For those looking for juicy tidbits about his romantic or sexual escapades you may be disappointed. There are certainly a few of those, yes, but most of the book is not focused on them.

I will admit, Rob Lowe is my all-time celebrity crush since the early 80s - I stuck by him in the lean years and am happy to see his recent successes. His first book Stories I Only Te
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
I was enjoying Rob Lowe's Love Life. It is really his musings about marriage, love and fatherhood. He does not go into great detail about his relationships except for the important ones with his wife and his sons. It was fine until, when discussing his childhood research about Bigfoot he state in side note:

"Has there ever been a more horrific barrier to reading than the Dewey Decimal System? No wonder libraries are becoming irrelevant." (p. 205).

Ok, he lost me there. I'm not a huge fan of the De
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction-read
I like Rob Lowe. I like that he has been married to Sheryl for over 22 years. I like that the loves of his life are his boys. I like that he seems to be a very down-to-earth guy who just wants to try and have as normal a life as he can for his family. I like that he doesn't take success for granted and he doesn't take his job for granted. I like that he get that acting is just a job and it doesn't define him. Saying all that, I really enjoyed reading these little snippets into his personal and p ...more
Ally Martin
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Rob Lowe's previous memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, so I pre-ordered this book. It did not disappoint. I stayed up late finishing it. It is a quick, interesting read. Lowe's gift as an author is that he knows himself well, and he isn't afraid to talk proudly about his successes or humbly about his mistakes. He also knows the business well, and he offers a fun glimpse into the movie and TV world. The parts of the book about his family are beautifully written. Great work, ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I was kind of bored by this book, but then I watched a bunch of Parks and Rec and was reminded how funny and handsome Rob Lowe is. Not that that should affect the quality of his writing, but I think we all know that it does. Anyway, Rob Lowe can get a little preachy. But as I said, he is incredibly good-looking. Anyway, this book has some high points (DID YOU GUYS KNOW ROB LOWE WAS ALMOST DR MCDREAMY?), but is in general not as dishy as his first one. You've seen a lot of things in your life, Ro ...more
Nikki Guerrettaz
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Rob Lowe, since the 80's but he is also so wonderful in Parks and Rec. So I picked up this book while waiting for my son in Barnes and Noble and read a little bit. My son saw me reading it, and surprised me with a copy for Mother's Day! I really enjoyed reading it. It is a little braggy, but what would we expect from an "unadmitted but possibly qualified benevolent narcissist"? :). Fave quotes: "You can't study the map forever."(245). "I believe that all parents, however on point they may ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, audiobooks
I have to say that I am a sucker for a good memoir and this one did not disappoint at all! I loved this book and I loved that Rob Lowe read it to me :) The stories had a more reflective bend than his last book but that is to be expected for a person in their middle years. It also helps that I am at a similar stage in my life and can relate to a lot of his stories. Particularly, being on the cusp of becoming empty nesters and appreciating the life you built with your spouse. Fantastic! Thank you, ...more
I'm giving this book two stars. But in all fairness, this is not my kind of book. I was desperate for something to listen to during my commute, and I have listened to every decent audiobook at the library. It's probably more interesting if you care about:

1. Southern Ca.
2. Hollywood culture
3. Acting and its process (he really gets into some minutiae)
4. Rob Lowe
5. Celebrities in general

But I do not.
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads, audio
Rob Lowe is such a great storyteller. I've listened to him read both of his memoirs now and they make me very happy. This book is as good as the first - there is a wrenchingly sad and gripping story of watching another man confront his deepest anguish in rehab; an embarrassing story about Warren Beatty f*cking around with his girlfriend; a self-deprecating and eventually hilarious account of being invited to the Playboy mansion as a young man for a Superbowl Party; a side-splitting account of ca ...more
W. Whalin
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-known actor, producer and director, Rob Lowe reads the text of his second memoir LOVE LIFE. It is pointed about his personal insights regarding the world of acting and his love of family. I enjoyed his quote, “Real actors take chances.” It’s just one of a number of quotations scattered throughout this book—and hard to capture on an audio book.

I appreciated Lowe’s frank writing about going to rehab in 1990 and his lifelong and daily commitment to sobriety. Also his admiration and love for hi
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
A gift from my lovely friend Denise who thought that just gazing at the cover would help the Cleveland Clinic madness go down a bit easier. I'm not sure I even care if it has words inside.

****Update. Huh, there are words. I taped the book jacket to the ceiling of my bedroom so I can look at Rob as I read.

Mr. Lowe, you are one handsome fellow.

I read good reviews of Lowe's first autobiography, published only a few years ago, and I'm probably not alone in thinking some most of his best stuff wen
Alissa H.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore Rob Lowe. He's an extremely talented man, and literally killed me on Parks and Rec, however this memoir seemed a little lacklustre to me. I feel bad for saying it considering he goes into detail about his addiction issues, and the important people in his life. Recently, celebrity memoirs haven't really interested me much, so maybe it's just me, who knows? Anyways, Love Life does have some interesting anecdotes and goes into a bit of detail about the creatio ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I hastily added this to my library audio list without realizing it wasn't the first of his memoirs that got the great reviews. It was enjoyable car listening, but I'm done with the actor / comedian memoirs for a while. Really this time. Unless I decide to read the first of his...
Katherine "Kj" Joslin
I love Rob Lowe, his hilarious sons (I enjoy how they give him such a hard time on Instagram) and his family stories. I was so glad to read this and cannot wait to pick up his first book.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have a bizarre Rob Lowe fascination, but his first book is more entertaining by far. I still enjoyed this collection of stories very much, but it was a little scattered.

Edit: He personally interacted with me on social media. 4 stars.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
So, I started this odyssey of reading both of Rob Lowe's books back-to-back because of the chapter in this one about sending his older son off to college, which made me weep when I read it online somewhere. Then the chapter on his experiences in rehab made me weep again, and the one on his manager's death, and a few other spots here and there. The name-dropping in this second volume grew borderline tacky at times, especially when he wrote of parts he missed out on or didn't take that were "writt ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This memoir is predictable in its depth-free stories of a rich and privileged Hollywood actor. I did enjoy Lowe's recounting of working on failing television shows because they taught me about day to day decisions that make or break a show in the industry--I like this kind of insight. But the collection as a whole sums up Rob's insular worldview: He loves his kids and wife a lot. He adulates self-determination. He slyly slips in admiration for Atlas Shrugged as great literature. He has a steadfa ...more
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I wavered between 3 and 4 stars and settled on three because after loving STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS and waiting two years for the follow-up, I was a little disappointed. Some of the stories were interesting and some were so-so, and there was no order or continuity to some of the storytelling. For example, he talked about his role in "Behind the Candelabra" in an early chapter, then expanded on it later in the book. It's no big deal, it just seemed kind of scattered.

Other than that I was int
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed Stories I Only Tell My Friends, so it only seemed natural that I read Rob Lowes follow up book Love Life. At first I was beyond disappointed to the point that I was not going to continue reading the book. The book was disjoined, fragmented and went on tangents, seriously where was his editor? Then somehow the chapters began to take shape. One must read each chapter on its one and take that story for what its worth. If you know anyone who wants to be an actor then I would recommen ...more
Jenn O'Brien
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it
When Rob (yes I am on a first name basis with him) releases a book, I HAVE TO GET THE AUDIO. I feel like I am in an intimate relationship with him and he is personally telling me all of these private stories. He is a great writer and speaker. I was really hooked in the beginning hearing about some stories from his past. When he told his story about dropping his son off at college, I was literally crying. But then about midway through, he lost me. He told a historical family story that I wasn't r ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grown-folks, memoirs
Mostly engaging and entertaining. Some stories make you laugh out loud and some make you go awww, and of course there are some juicy tidbits (that's the whole reason anyone reads these, isn't it?). There was one disappointing bit that stuck out, though. At one point he says, "Has there ever been a more horrific barrier to reading than the Dewey Decimal System? No wonder libraries are becoming irrelevant." That line was a shot through the heart. I listened to the audiobook in my car, and I specif ...more
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Rob Lowe is an American actor. Lowe came to prominence after appearing in films such as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, About Last Night..., and St. Elmo's Fire. On Television, Lowe is known for his role as Sam Seaborn on The West Wing and his role as Senator Robert McCallister on Brothers & Sisters. He currently appears as a main cast member of Parks and Recreation in the role of Chris Traeger. ...more

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