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Without You by Anthony Rapp
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Mar 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2011
Recommended to Kate by: Courtney
Read from March 01 to April 05, 2011

I do not read many biographies, but I have to ask myself why after finishing Without You. It was a really great read, at times funny, a lot of sad, some uplifting, sometimes infuriating, but always honest. Anthony Rapp shares his mother's illness and ultimate death during the time he started with Rent. Anthony is a complicated person, sometimes completely caring and unselfish, but at other times selfish and self-absorbed. He presents both sides of himself, revealing the hidden thoughts felt when someone you love is dying. Having lost my father to a prolonged illness, I was able to relate to some of this feelings- there are times you just want peace and release for your loved one, but when the moment of death actually comes you find yourself taking back the wish. There are uncomfortable subjects in this book- there is family abuse (his grandmother's a piece of work), his bisexuality and difficulty connecting to his family, and there is one scene of violence with a boyfriend that had me wondering if Rapp had done that to his girlfriend if his friends and cast mates would have been so understanding. This is not the same boy that played Darryl Coopersmith in Adventures in Babysitting, but it is the man that plays Mark in Rent. Rapp is neurotic, funny and heartbreaking. The look behind the scenes at the beginning of Rent were wonderful to read as a fan. And the fact that he was friends with Andy Dick, and that Dick's parents were the ones that outed Rapp to his mom was funny. I might have to watch both Adventures in Babysitting and Rent tonight... but it's all good since I already own them both! Thanks to my friend, Courtney for lending me this book.:)

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