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Review: Coreyography

January 14, 2014


Corey Feldman was born into a highly dysfunctional family and pushed into acting at an early age.  His mother served as his manager and his father was often absent, pursuing a music career.  The two eventually divorced and things went from bad to worse for Corey.  His mother was abusive even though he was often the sole breadwinner for the family.  He became well known for his roles in movies like The Goonies and Stand by Me.

As Feldman’s career blossomed, his home life continued to deteriorate and he started using drugs.  His drug habit became all consuming and very expensive and he made some poor career decisions.  At age 15, he became emancipated from his parents.  He continued to make poor decisions in both his personal and professional life but still managed to have a viable career through the years.  Thankfully, Feldman has turned his life around – he continues to act today and dabbles in music.

I have to admit that I’ve never seen any of Corey Feldman’s movies but I certainly knew who he was even before I read his memoir, Coreyography.  He bares all, even when it puts him in an unflattering light, in this book.  He is frank about the abuse he suffered, the drugs he abused, and also about Hollywood’s biggest secret – pedophilia – and says he was a victim of it himself.

The book is not all gloom, though.  Feldman recalls meeting Steven Spielberg and Michael Jackson for the first time and chats about what it was like on his movie sets.  He writes about his relationships, particularly his friendship with fellow child actor Corey Haim.

I enjoyed Coreyography for the most part, even though it made me uncomfortable at times.  Feldman has been through a lot and has proved his resiliency and I give him a lot of credit for that.  I listened to the audio version of the book which Feldman narrates.  Overall, he does a pretty good job.  He reads with emotion and is great at voices.  He did mispronounce a few words and there were some odd pauses but I still enjoyed his narration.  The audio lasts approximately 9 hours.

Review copy provided by Lisa Weinert Consulting.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
27 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2014 5:33 am

    Great review. I read the entire prologue of the book, where he talks about Haim and the bigwig pedophile producers, etc. But I have yet to download the entire book. He lives only about 5 miles from me 🙂

  2. January 14, 2014 6:01 am

    I think maybe a People Magazine length article would be sufficient for me! :–)

  3. January 14, 2014 6:05 am

    I know I’ve seen Stand By Me but that’s it. His childhood sounds so sad.

  4. January 14, 2014 9:41 am

    I saw him on a talk speaking about his book, it sounds like such a tragedy and a shame that his parents didn’t protect him but rather used him. And this was the first I had heard of the pedophilia in Hollywood, how horrific.

  5. January 14, 2014 11:23 am

    I am sure I have seen a movie with him here and there. I definitely know of him, but I am not sure if I would want to read a whole book about him. Glad you liked it, though.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 14, 2014 12:02 pm

    I loved the movie “Stand By Me” (he played the character of Teddy brilliantly) but I don’t recall ever seeing or hearing about Corey after that.

  7. January 14, 2014 12:24 pm

    I remember Gremlins, The Goonies, Lost Boys, but I don’t think I want to know all his life.

  8. January 14, 2014 2:05 pm

    I don’t generally read books like this (celebrity memoirs), but I am familiar with Corey’s work and his life. I am so glad he was finally able to turn his life around.

  9. January 14, 2014 2:08 pm

    I remember him in The Goonies, and I saw him on TV promoting this book. It sounds interesting, but I don’t think I’d want to read about him.

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    January 14, 2014 3:03 pm

    I like how you put it. Mostly good but uncomfortable at times. I totally get that vibe.

  11. January 14, 2014 3:08 pm

    This was a good celebrity memoir, and I agree that it makes you uncomfortable at times. And the voices – yes!

  12. January 14, 2014 3:09 pm

    Wow, he even narrated it?! That must have been incredibly difficult…

  13. January 14, 2014 3:24 pm

    Sounds like this is a good read. I am not familiar with him so I’ll probably skip it.

  14. Patty permalink
    January 14, 2014 4:06 pm

    Wow…I just don’t think I could sit through this one but I loved him in Lost Boys…don’t you just get so tired of people behaving badly? You were brave for this one!

  15. January 14, 2014 9:25 pm

    May be too heavy for me as well.

  16. January 14, 2014 11:03 pm

    I listened to this one on audio as well. I did grow up on his movies so I was interested in knowing more. He did have a hard youth and I knew Corey Haim had problems..but I didn’t know how deep they ran. .

  17. January 15, 2014 2:41 am

    Sounds like a hard but good read. It must be an interesting experience to listen to an autobiography by the writer himself. Seems more personal somehow

  18. January 15, 2014 8:40 am

    Two of my boys favorite movies “the Goonies” and “Stand by Me”, ( we watched over and over and over again ) were Corey Feldman movies. They were wonderful. Such a gifted child actor….it’s too bad his life experiences were so awful.

  19. January 15, 2014 11:20 am

    I’m not much for Hollywood memoirs, but I do know that childhood in celebrity households can ruin that child’s whole life. Sad.

  20. January 15, 2014 11:47 am

    All my friends who grew up in the ’80s would probably love this. Well, not ‘love’, but you know!

  21. January 16, 2014 7:19 am

    I really enjoy when a book is narrated by the author, although I think this would make me a bit uncomfortable too – perhaps more so told in the author’s own voice. It just sounds like an awful lot of tough topics for a 9 hour audiobook!

  22. Beth F permalink
    January 16, 2014 7:58 am

    I was going to pass this up, but now I’m curious about his experiences, even though some of the topics are difficult.

  23. January 16, 2014 12:03 pm

    My kids had the movie Goonies and watched it over and over, so I knew who he was, and that he had a hard childhood and was friends with Corey Haim. But, I didn’t know how tough his childhood was. I’ve been thinking about reading this, still may.

  24. January 16, 2014 10:33 pm

    I can’t believe you’ve never seen a movie with him in it! He was never a favorite of mine so I’ll probably skip this one.

  25. January 17, 2014 10:45 am

    His acting in Stand By Me is brilliant, also a lesser movie, The Lost Boys, he was great. I think his experiences are sad and yet of that time. I won’t be reading or listening, but your review was enlightening.

  26. bookingmama permalink
    January 18, 2014 3:38 pm

    I wasn’t even aware that he had a memoir out.

  27. Elizabeth permalink
    January 25, 2014 8:06 am

    I’ve heard this is actually quite a good read. I was thinking about checking it out – now I will keep it on my list.

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