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Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.

In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life
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Published January 30th 2018 by HarperOne
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Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not going to review this book.
I'm not going to talk about Rose McGowan.
I'm not going to talk about how much better I am than all those "other" men.

I'm a male.
I'm a white male.
I'm a white male heterosexual.

This book isn't about the other men. It's about every man. It's about every woman.
What I'm going to do is look at myself and think about the things I can do better.

So buy this book. Read it. Give it to your daughters and give it to your sons.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok

OMG, I hated this book!! Full of lectures, full of rage, full of contempt for the reader. Since Rose McGowan was one of the key whistle blowers in Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein gross story, she certainly gets to be livid. Add in the many other despicable things that happened to her in Hollywood (even severe physical injuries), and you have a cringe-worthy and sad story. But here’s the thing: In this book she has an agenda, and she goes beyond just reporting.

Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, audios
I saw Rose McGowan on an episode of The View recently. I found her edgy, forthcoming, and, well, brave. Hollywood and pop culture are not interests of mine at the moment, but seeing her on The View had me intrigued. When I saw the audiobook available, and that she read it, I figured why not?

Same with this book. Rose is rough around the edges. She does not mince words. All the same, she says and said things that not many others will. She confronted the hard stuff. She put her heart out there for
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies
“Whatever is different about you is what makes you amazing. Others will try to homogenize you for their own comfort level, because God forbid discomfort. Fuck that. Do not bend yourself to make others feel taller.”
― Rose McGowan, Brave


Rose McGowan offers a revealing self-portrait which focuses on the trauma of sexual assault and the experience of being a female actress in Hollywood. This was Honest, Fearless, Powerful and filled with that which makes you fall in love with the author through he
First off, "feminist" is not a dirty word, and fuck you if you think it is. You're exactly the kind of person who should read this.

I know a lot of men and women (yes, women too) who are going to hate this book. They are going to palm it off as feminist bullshit, roll their eyes, and then bask in their own egotism. They're going to say "That doesn't happen anymore, this is all over sensationalised!". Sorry sweetheart, hate to break it to you, but it does still happen. Every day. Everywhere. Its
Andrew Smith
I was certainly aware of Rose McGowan as a movie and television actress, though I’m struggling to recall ever watching a film or programme in which she appeared. So I wasn’t sure what to expect from this autobiographical account – even if the title and cover picture offered a clue. What I certainly wasn’t prepared for was exactly how tough her early life had been and how she’d fallen prey to a series of men who bullied, sexualised and abused her from a very early age. It’s a bleak tale indeed, b ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here lies a BRAVE female opening up an intelligent discussion and also a complete up yours to every male who ever took a piece of Rose McGowan. She lays it all on the line and leaves nothing in the tank. She exposes the dirty and mysogynist mentality that dominates the Hollywood industry since inception and lays it all bare. She takes our collective voices and shouts for us, in this book she gives all women a shove to speak up and do it LOUDLY. I’ve gotta respect the girl. She’s got real guts an ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, this is one of the most difficult books I have ever reviewed. Memoirs and biographies are always difficult but Brave is filled with so many emotions that it becomes even harder to review.

First of all, I want to make it clear that I feel that I am no person to judge Rose for what she wrote down about her life. She was born in a cult in Italy and had one hell of a ride for life to her next destination; Hollywood. Except, Hollywood was not so different from her experiences in the cult. She e
Quite frankly, this was fantastic.

Whatever image of Rose McGowan you've had previously, scrap it. Whatever box/label/crazy filter/gas lighting/perception of her you have or see currently in the media, set that aside, too.

Instead, take some time and just listen. Hear this story. Because, for me, it was my story, too, and I'm guessing it's many of yours. The book is, in fact, brave and, dare I say it, trailblazing.

And also at its most fundamental level, the book is incredibly well-written and inte
Krystin Rachel
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It doesn’t feel right “rating” an autobiography, especially one as intense and personal as this one, so consider my stars more of a decoration than a judgement.

Rose McGowan is an actress that had a significant presence in my formative years. (Favourite movie of all time: Scream. One of my favourite TV shows of all time: Charmed.) So, going into reading this, after the downfall of Harvey Weinstein, I felt a little bit of a connection to her. In some ways
May 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just can’t finish this book. The author has a story to tell but she lacks perspective and introspection as well as a good editor and writing coach. I really don’t mean to demean her memoir. It is very real and her childhood was nothing short of bizarre. Yet in the same paragraph she would often paint herself as a victim then tell the reader that she was insulated because she was intelligent and pragmatic.

I’m halfway through the book and haven’t seen her courage. I’m sure it comes but the over
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose McGowan’s Brave is a brilliant, bold (and Brave) battlecry to society. A memoir which becomes a manifesto to be kinder, better, not take shit and change things. Highly recommended.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Girl, I know. I think the majority of us do know exactly how this goes down. If things have changed or people are aware and trying to make change that is great.
However, my responses to this subject have been along the lines of
stop talking about it
nothing even happened
and my favorite since I'm in Florida and it's typically 100 degrees: wear big sweaters

I hope you have a better outcome Rose, I'm behind you 100%
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
“You may think that what happens in Hollywood doesn’t affect you. You’re wrong. My darlings, who do you think is curating your reality? Who is showing you who and what you want to be?”

I hadn't heard of Rose McGowan before reading this memoir (I rarely watch TV and don't listen to/read entertainment news). I'm so glad the synopsis grabbed my attention; otherwise I probably would never have read this.

Rose McGowan's life has been anything but easy. Born into the Children of God sex cult where s
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Trina Gloury
Incredible, unforgettable, and life altering. Wow, this book was truly amazing. I am at a loss of words currently when it comes to describing just how profound I found this. Rose McGowan, I want to applaud you for your bravery and this masterful piece of writing. Just wow. This piece of nonfiction writing is raw, gritty and emotionally intense. There is no sugar coating, Rose says it like it is. The tone is angry, frustrated and intense, and so it should be and needs to be.

In a nutshell, this is
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, memoir, apl
Personally, I always find it a bit difficult to rate memoirs. Not only are you basing your rating off of the book's text, but (inevitably) it's hard not to take into consideration the author's personal life/beliefs, since the memoir is all about said person of course. I wouldn't call myself a fan of McGowan; in fact the only recollection I had of her was when she appeared on Nip/Tuck & I spent a week worried about carbon monoxide poisoning. When reviews started surfacing, I grew curious & decide ...more
“I felt like I was in a fun house and all the mirrors were reflecting my horrors.”

McGowan has undoubtedly had a strange and difficult life. Some very valid points are made here, but they’re often shrouded in grandiosity. I (mostly) appreciate her candor, but she certainly thinks she smarter than most people. That’s annoying. She has somewhat altered my view on Hollywood, so I applaud her for standing her ground, but this book was just okay.
Alice Lippart
Although the writing style is sometimes off, at its core this is an heart-wrenching, brutal and important story.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rose McGowan doesn't hold back in this brutally honest and fascinating look into her life and the Hollywood cult machine. What made this book so special was how relatable it was. The setting may be different, but this is a universal story that unfortunately ALL women can relate to.

As you can imagine the content is not always easy to read but Rose's bravery and determination to speak up and try to change things is always present and incredibly contagious. This is no mere memoir, this is a call to
Stephanie Meyers
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don’t dive in expecting literary prose, this is more a 250 page rant against an industry that teaches society what women are, and they’re leaving out humanity. I’ve wanted Rose to write a biography since the 90’s when I read a Rollingstone article where she touched briefly on her childhood. This is a quick read, that is very relatable to all women. We are supposed to be small, and quiet, and pretty, and polite. Our justifiable anger is written off as hysteria, nagging, or ungrateful. I’m so prou ...more
Raul Bimenyimana
A reminder to myself never to engage with activism when it comes packaged in racism and transphobia. Deeply disappointed (again) at the lack of understanding that abuse can extend past one's experience and identity and I am glad I won't be purchasing or reading a book by a bigot. And still very disappointed that a person would take upon themselves to make what is a honourable movement self-centered and non-inclusive.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know much about Rose McGowan except that she helped take down Hollywood’s big monster. For some reason, I’ve never seen any of her movies or tv shows. I know much more about her now. (: In this memoir, the actress details her tough upbringing and past traumatic experiences. I’m glad she spoke out, stood up and enabled/will enable others to do the same. Glad she wrote her memoir and hope young women and girls read it.

Mariah Roze
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book because I love learning about cults. I had no idea who this lady was and why she was famous. I was pleasantly surprised by the book.

"Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.
In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every de
Mar 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-read-2018
First, I need to say this is one of the most poorly written books I have read in a long time and that, perhaps, has something to do with my reaction to it. If you’re picking up “Brave” for help in your own journey towards emancipation from a male, primarily-white, society holding you back as a woman, I advise you to look elsewhere or flip to the back of the book and read the last few pages. Those will perhaps be helpful. If you are interested in reading about Rose McGowan’s personal and very pai ...more
Edgarr Alien Pooh
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Aside from a few episodes of Charmed, I have never seen Rose Mcgowan in any of her work. I wanted to read this book to see what got her to the point of starting the movement that has exploded today into the #MeToo movement and various others.

I understand that anyone reading this will have to decide where they sit. Does Rose exaggerate, does she seek attention, does she take credit for more than she has done. Is this a memoir to try and keep herself relevant? OR is it all relevant, a story needin
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rose is a true inspiration.

I hope her story and words can reach everyone and bring about a change that desperately needs to happen.

A phenomenal book.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
I just can't, horribly written and completely and continuously blaming anyone and everyone for your problems. Very misandristic. DNF
Lalo Dagach
It's difficult to write a review of a book written by a sexual abuse surviver. I have a great deal of sympathy for the pain Rose McGowan has had to endure (one of the reasons I read the book), and to add to that pain with criticism of her lived experiences seems unnecessary. However, she is a public figure who deems herself the leader of a movement and ultimately it would be illogical to consider any person with the desire to be a politically controversial figure, to be 'beyond criticism.'

The b
Passenger B.
May 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Raging TERFS for one...
There is no arguing that what Rose McGowan endured during her childhood and in her later life, especially the Hollywood part of it, is unforgivably cruel.
So I do understand the bottomless rage this can cause inside oneself, and also that this rage is her driving factor in trying to change a very corrupt system.
In my personal opinion though, it also makes for a very unattractive read.
What I mean by that is that I think McGowan could reach more people, make them truly and really understand what
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