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Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  5,116 ratings  ·  634 reviews
Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!

Marcia Brady, eldest daughter on television's The Brady Bunch, had it all—style, looks, boys, brains, and talent. No wonder her younger sister Jan was jealous! For countless adolescents across America who came of age in the early 1970s, Marcia was the ideal American teenager. Girls wanted to be her. Boys wanted to date her. But what viewers didn't kn
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Hardcover, 277 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by William Morrow (first published 2008)
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Linda
Oct 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir
Look what I checked out today! People Magazine just wasn't enough for me . . .
UPDATE: I'm on page 66, and it's crystal clear that Marcia Brady and Maureen McCormick are not the same person. For instance, Marcia's favorite Monkee is Davy Jones; Maureen's favorite Monkee is Peter Tork.
FINISHED IT sort of. Not enough Brady gossip; not enough humor; too much god and plodding five-word sentences.
Lara
Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Occasionally, I read a book that I'm not wild about or that I don't quite "get", and then I find myself writing negative reviews and feeling a bit overcritical - like I think I would do SO MUCH BETTER at writing a book. This is compounded when I start worrying about how the author would feel if he or she read my review, and when the author has expressed some level of fragility already, I don't really know what to do.

You, my dear and lucky readers, are about to see this sort of discomfort first-h
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Natalie
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
I knew from reviews that this book wouldn't exactly be the fluffy fun of Barry William's Growing Up Brady, but I was surprised by the openness Maureen McCormick laid out here. Very little of the book is directly Brady-related, but it's a interesting look at a former child star struggling with Hollywood issues and family demons at the same time.
Eastofoz
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who like memoirs with a triumph-in-the-face-of-adversity theme
As a lover of the tv show The Brady Bunch I really wanted to read Maureen McCormick’s memoir. For some weird reason I just figured her life was pretty much like Marcia Brady’s but it turned out to be the complete opposite. This was one of the reasons why she wrote the book so she could tell the real story which was nothing like her character Marcia’s. It was a quick read with interesting tidbits but also a whole lot of sadness that’s still going on in her life.

It starts out with some very horrib
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Sharon
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mental-health, memoir
I deal, on a daily basis, with what might be politely termed "medically-resistant clinical depression." What this means, really, is that no combination of medications has ever really helped -- and the one that came closest had horrific side effects.

The reason I provide this prologue is that I derive a great deal of help from reading books about other people who cope with depression -- and Maureen McCormick's memoir is just that. She writes frankly about feeling that she always needed to be as pe
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Babs
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! ;^) No one can accuse McCormick of showing herself in a flattering light in her memoir. Here is someone who had a promising future, found out as a teenager that her mother had syphilis, and seemingly never recovered from the "secret shame" of it. That's what McCormick seems to want us to believe. It gave her low self-esteem, she eventually turned to cocaine and there went 25 years of her life.

The "Brady" part of the memoir was interesting, but the remainder of the book wa
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Lindsay Ferrier
Jul 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I read this book because I was a huge Brady Bunch fan when I was a kid, and because I thoroughly enjoyed Growing Up Brady by Barry Williams. I realized as I started the book that only a portion of Maureen McCormick's autobiography would be about the TV show that made her famous, but the book was a disappointment from start to finish. McCormick's memories of The Brady Bunch were either rehashes of previously published anecdotes from the show or were so vague that I got the impression she remember ...more
Sidna
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
My husband and I seldom go to Big Lots, but we happened to go to one near Home Depot. We didn't find what we were looking for, but I saw this book for $4 as we were leaving the store and decided to buy it. I thought it would be a fun read, a gossipy book about making The Brady Bunch.

There was some of that in the book, but Maureen's family life while she was working on the show was anything but ideal. Her parents and three brothers had a lot of problems they were trying to resolve. After the show
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Jim Dooley
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Although I imagine that few people would consider “The Brady Bunch” to be great television, there is little doubt that the series was habit-forming. One of the key characters was Marcia Brady, the teenaged role model that many either wanted to be or to date. (My raging hormones were more directed toward Mrs. Peel of “The Avengers,” but I will admit that Marcia was on my radar.)

As we’ve learned through the subsequent years, The Bradys were something of a dysfunctional family behind the scenes wi
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Sally
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
First of all, Maureen McCormick is some one I would love to sit down and just talk with. This woman has been to hell and back and somewhere in between, she met Jesus.

Her memoir is a sometimes painfully honest look at her life from birth till 50. Nothing seems to be left out - not even her family's crazy streak. It is open, fulfilling, embarrassing and inspiring.

So why only 3 stars? Because, sadly, it's also poorly written. This story deserved so much more than this disorganized, non-chronologi
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Kelli
Apr 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
Yeah I watched the Brady Bunch, and yeah I saw Marcia Brady resurface on Celebrity Fit Club, so yeah I read her book and find out where in the heck she was between the ages of 18 and 50. Now that I know, I'm not sure I'm any better for it.

Drugs, promiscuity, abortion, never ending whining and fussing. This book has been written a thousand times over and many of those times with a more compelling story, better writing, fewer rambling/random sentences, and a lead character readers actually felt s
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Marsha
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Marcia Brady
Recommended to Marsha by: Articles I read in magazines
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Marie
Oct 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs, nonfiction
Recently I got my sons watching "The Brady Bunch" and was feeling nostalgic, so I checked out Maureen McCormick's recent memoir. It was like cotton candy...sweet, but ultimately not very satisfying. McCormick briefly talks about her life as Marcia, but mostly the book is about her wild life and dysfunctional family.

Post-Brady, McCormick dabbled in cocaine, bulimia, promiscuity, and spousal abuse. She comes across as a bit of a spoiled brat at times. At the same time, her mother was tortured beca
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Jane
Jul 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Just what I expected from a Maureen McCormick memoir. Nothing more. Nothing less. A solid 3 star, honest story about her life. She was brave to write this because she doesn't paint a pretty picture of herself. It was engrossing to read about her problems with drugs and her difficult marriage and her dysfunctional family. I was impressed with her perseverence in getting through some very tough times. But I have to say that the image that I still can't get out of my head is that of Eve Plumb walki ...more
Steven
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book just seemed to get better and better the more I read. I was curious about what it was like to be on the Brady Bunch, but to me it seemed as if she had all but disappeared after that show despite being incredibly popular. I wondered where she had gone and why. This book more than answers that question. More than that, it leads right up to where she is today and the crisis she and the rest of her family are dealing with. Almost everything in this book was relatable in so many ways. To me ...more
Verna
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was like a lot of people suprised and blown away with this honest to the bone memoir of Maureen McCormick, alias Marcia Brady. I will certainly never look at The Brady Bunch the 70's sitcom in the same way ever again. I want to personally thank Ms. McCormick for writing this totally inspirational book. Watching The Brady Bunch while a teenager around the same age as Maureen, I thought she had it all, looks, confidence, wealth and happiness. I on the other hand felt the usual teenage angst of n ...more
Shannon
Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm very intrigued by the life of Marcia Brady.. or should I say Maureen McCormick. LOL Now, I was not even born when the original Brady Bunch was on tv, but I did watch many a re-run and LOVE the show and to read about Maureen's life and her drug habit is quite interesting and hard to imagine. I think this is a really inspiring story. Maureen really told all and was very open and honest about her struggles with drugs, family and relationships. I would definately recommend.
Joan
Jul 29, 2009 rated it liked it
well, when I watched the Brady Bunch, as a pre-teen, Marcia Brady was my favorite and i wanted to be like her. Little did I know the turmoil that was in her real life! I have to say, I was very surprised by all the drugs she eventually did! She did them for quite a while. I am glad that she straightend out and has a good husband. I have to admit, I'll never think of her in the same way though!
Sarah
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
The beginning of this book was really interesting. The middle and end....a bit slower. Still, fun to get behind the scenes Brady facts.
J.P. Willson
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Of course the very first thing that comes to mind in reviewing this is, "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia..."
How could it not?
I must admit this is not what I had expected, yet I really am unsure what I expected to be completely honest. I was aware as most people are of the difficulties many child actors have experienced and understandably so. Many have ended rather tragically. This phrase from close to the end of the book stood out for me, "I can honestly say I wouldn't wish to change a thing if it meant
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Fergie
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Authentic, honest, raw, and open are just some of the words that come to mind when summing up Maureen McCormick's memoir. Like millions of Americans, I grew up watching The Brady Bunch. Like countless girls who watched that show, I wanted to be like McCormick's character, Marsha Brady. When this book first came out, I had a passing thought that I might want to read it, but then decided to shelf the idea in favor of 'deeper' books. Not until the recent HGTV airing of 'A Very Brady Renovation' did ...more
Jane Brewer
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars -- This is a pretty salacious story about a girl named Brady. Maureen McCormick has written the story about her upbringing and foray into stardom in becoming Marcia Brady. Honestly, she should have followed her mother's advice and not told this tale. It's hard to have much respect for her after reading this. I know that child stars often end up with less than glamour live but telling all the seamy details seems to serve little purpose here. I admit, it was a quick read and it held met ...more
Eileen W
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I wish is was more about the years she was on the Brady Bunch and less about her struggles with drugs in the years that followed. I give her points for her honesty, and she really seemed to turn her life around in the end. I enjoyed seeing her on Dancing with Stars, and I'll always love Marcia and the Brady Bunch!
Courtney
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I am grateful to have come across this book in a time when I am having such difficulty staying focused. Maureen McCormick narrates her story, and I felt transported back to simpler times listening to her eventhough her life has not been simple. She is raw and brave and tells the whole truth without seeking pity.
Ari
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I don’t know what to say about this book. It was interesting, sort of... but then it was also a mess. Very disjointed, sharing way too much info sometimes... and then not enough info too. I wanted more about acting, the Brady Bunch...
David Horton
Jan 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got through about two-thirds of this book then I put it down, removing the bookmark before closing it. I don't see myself ever picking it back up again. Judging from a quick sampling of the reviews for Here's The Story on Goodreads, I am not the only reader who has abandoned it. I disagree that it was poorly written because poor writing, when you think about it, is something that flows from the pen of an inexperienced or incompetent writer who lacks the understanding of sentence and paragraph ...more
Richmond
Jan 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Woah. While probably every pop culture-obsessed person on the planet has heard that Marcia Brady and brother Greg boffed on-set and off during much of the Brady Bunch's filming, and that Greg even took Florence Henderson out on a date (gross!), Maureen McCormick's admissions in this book top all that. The dirt in thie book is topped with bacon, cheese, and avocado, it's so tasty!

First off, Maureen's first adult b.f. was hugely into cocaine. She moved in with him at age 18 and then was strung out
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Karen Kataline
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Ultimately, this book was better than I expected; more compelling and in some chapters, more frustrating. I found myself asking aloud when Maureen was going to get a clue. That is of course, what kept me reading. She does get some insight at the end...which I was dying for her to get much earlier. Still, there was a marked pattern of passivity and cluelessness that makes you want to grab her and shake her, "GROW UP ALREADY!"

It was at that point that I realized that this is one of the best illus
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jimtown
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, autobiography
It's taken several months to finally finish another book. I'd started two others but I couldn't stay focused enough to finish them. I looked back and it looks like my last book review was in August! I sure took a long break from reading! Finally I picked up Here's the Story Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice by Maureen McCormick.


First off, I was surprised at how close in age Maureen and I are. We were born less than a week apart. I'd never realized that in all the years I'd watched
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David
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
memoir by the actress who played Marcia on The Brady Bunch. There's a little celebrity gossip and some poignant material on the emotional aspects of confronting in adulthood and middle age the reality that you're mostly known for what you did as a teenager and are not continuing to advance in that field.

Beyond that, it's mostly a tale of the many interrelated difficulties she's experienced -- promiscuity, a couple of abortions, serious family conflict, drug addiction, bulimia, domestic violence
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Maureen Denise McCormick is an American actress, reality show participant, and recording artist. She is best known as a child actor who played Marcia Brady in the television series The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974.

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