Review: Stories I Only Tell My Friends
The acting bug bit Rob Lowe when he was a young boy in Dayton, Ohio and he pursued it doggedly, even when it made him seem odd to others. During his middle school years, his family moved to Malibu where acting was more acceptable and there were more opportunities available. With little help from his family, Lowe worked hard to get the early roles he landed and, before he knew it, he was “The Next Big Thing.” Excited by his success and with no mentor to guide him, he made mistakes along the way. Luckily, he matured and learned from his mistakes.
I’ve heard a lot of great things about Rob Lowe‘s memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, so I was anxious to read it. I do enjoy Lowe’s acting but haven’t followed his career closely, so I wasn’t sure I would love this book as much as other readers have, but I love memoirs so I still wanted to give it a try. I’m happy I did, because this book exceeded my expectations. I thought it was well written and fascinating from beginning to end.
I don’t want to say too much about his life story because I think it’s best to read the book and discover it for yourself, but Lowe is candid about his mistakes and celebrates his triumphs. He was a teenager when his career took off and freely admits that he enjoyed some of the benefits of his success – maybe a little too much. When he realized things were getting out of control, he decided he needed to make changes in his life and, with the support of his wife, he turned things around. Many of the stories he tells include other actors – they’re often funny and never mean-spirited. Since I knew who most of the actors are, I thoroughly enjoyed the peek into their lives. I got a little teary-eyed at the end of the book because it’s obvious just how much Lowe loves his wife and sons.
I listened to the audio version of Stories I Only Tell My Friends and it’s expertly narrated by Rob Lowe himself. If his acting career takes a nosedive, he has a future in audiobook narration. He does an outstanding job and is a great mimic – his accents and voices are fantastic! I recommend this book on audio!