Stories I Only Tell My Friends

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

An Autobiography

eBook - 2012
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A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2012
ISBN: 9781429996020
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 308 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill

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AL_HOLLYR Nov 02, 2016

Star-filled and surprisingly introspective memoirs from the star of the West Wing and 30 Rock. A behind-the-scenes look at Lowe's rise to stardom.

I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I would, largely because of Lowe's candor and his great narrative style.


I'm waiting for this book to come in so that I can read it. I know he talks about The Outsiders in it, so I want to read what that experience was like. Most people only know what it was like for C. Thomas Howell and Matt Dillon.

Jul 28, 2014

Enjoyed this book more than some of his newer books. Very entertaining autobiography.

dgr Dec 11, 2012

This book begins with an interesting "montage"/meditation on celebrity and death and shows the ups and downs of a life in the spotlight. Rob Lowe is heartfelt and funny and seems to be writing a cautionary tale from the point of view of a parent and friend. I laughed out loud and learned a few things, too.

TheOutsidersFanatic Oct 03, 2012


Fantastic, amazing..yeah. And he's a very good looking guy! ;P
But on a serious note, I teared up at some parts (last page in The Outsiders' chapters) and laughed at others. Overall, very well written and beautiful autobio.

Jul 30, 2012

I reccomend that you read this. I was very surprised with this book. Well written. Very interesting to read, I would think for all ages. I look forward to his next book, if he writes one.

Jun 12, 2012

A fun read: fast-paced, engaging--in other words, a good summer book. It's not *War and Peace* or an in-depth self-analysis (although there's some of that), but you do get a feel for the man and, likely, the brighter side of his development as a man and as an actor.

Apr 21, 2012

As far as autobiographies go, it was well written. I do agree he did "gloss over" some of the scandalous aspects of his career, but it was interesting to read all the connections associated with the brat pack.

Feb 23, 2012

A surprisingly good read. We think we know celebrities and celebrity culture but we don't. After reading this I can't understand why anyone would want to be an actor given the crap they have to go through.
Mr. Lowe has endured much pain and has lived through it and come out the better for himself.
Good on him!
Just wish he had not done so much name dropping!

Kenicke Feb 06, 2012

Having read many autobiographies, I felt that this one was just mediocre. It seems like he glossed over a lot of his experiences without going into too much depth. He went out with Melissa Gilbert for years yet he hardly mentions her. He barely acknowledges the sex scandal that he was involved with. The book was more of a chronological list of his acting credentials than about his personal life. He also seems to drop as many celebrity names as he could. After reading this book, I got a few more details about his life, but I don't feel as if I know him any better.

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racing14 Apr 28, 2011

After more than 30 years in Hollywood, Rob Lowe is coming clean. From his days as a teen heartthrob to life on the set of The West Wing, Rob is holding nothing back in his can't-put-it-down autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends.

In this juicy page-turner, Rob shares revealing celebrity scoop, sexual escapades—with women like actress Melissa Gilbert and Princess Stéphanie of Monaco—and dark secrets. He even opens up about his recovery from alcohol addiction and the explosive sex tape scandal that sent him into hiding.

At age 47, Rob says he decided to sit down and write about his highs, his lows and his enduring love for the woman he says helped save his life. "One of the gifts of writing is you learn things," he says. "And I learned the real reason I'm writing this book now is because it's hopefully a handbook for my children to understand Dad."

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