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.