Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An AutobiographyI can handle the name-dropping, after all if that was his life and he met these people, I would expect them to be the focus of your autobiography (I particularly found the stories of being friends with people before they are famous e.g. Tom Cruise, interesting). But what I found irritating was the fact that most pages where laced with self-pity and justification for his alcoholism and debauchery. Maybe he’s just being honest and introspective – maybe it is because I am more used to reading the self-deprecating, humorous autobiographies of Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey.

I wanted more anecdotes about ‘The West Wing’ (and less passive aggressive grumbling about not getting paid enough or not getting more Sam-centric storylines) and nothing about ‘Brothers & Sisters’ which is actually the show that introduced me to him so I was really disappointed (surely he has some fun stores to tell about working with Sally Field and Calista Flockhart etc.).

I think the severely judgemental part of me actually likes him slightly less after reading this if I’m honest. However, there definitely are several interesting tales in it and therefore I can’t say that it wasn’t worth a read.

Book: 3*

Cover: 4*

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