Fans of Patti Smith’s Just Kids and Rob Lowe’s StoriesI Only Tell My Friends will love this beautifully written, entertaining, and emotionally honest memoir by an actor, director, and author who found his start as an 80s Brat pack member.
Most people know Andrew McCarthy from his movie roles in Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Less than Zero, and as a charter member of Hollywood’s Brat Pack. That iconic group of ingenues and heartthrobs included Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, and Demi Moore, and has come to represent both a genre of film and an era of pop culture.
In his memoir Brat: An ’80s Story, McCarthy focuses his gaze on that singular moment in time. The result is a revealing look at coming of age in a maelstrom, reckoning with conflicted ambition, innocence, addiction, and masculinity. New York City of the 1980s is brought to vivid life in these pages, from scoring loose joints in Washington Square Park to skipping school in favor of the dark revival houses of the Village where he fell in love with the movies that would change his life.
Filled with personal revelations of innocence lost to heady days in Hollywood with John Hughes and an iconic cast of characters, Brat is a surprising and intimate story of an outsider caught up in a most unwitting success.
I am super excited that Brat: An 80’s Story by Andrew McCarthy is releasing today. I am currently waiting for Chapters to email me to tell me to come and pick up my order because I am hoping to spend the afternoon reading it.
If you know me in real life you know that I absolutely love Andrew McCarthy and getting this book is a no-brainer for me.
A few years ago I was fortunate enough to get the chance to meet Andrew at Book Expo (2013) when he was promoting his audiobook for The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down. It was a panel that I loved listening to and hearing Andrew speak about the book was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Afterwards, he was graciously signing copies of the audiobook and I gathered all the courage in the world to ask for a photo. I have to thank my totally awesome friend Kate from http://www.midnightbookgirl.com/ for snapping this photo for me.
Check back tomorrow because I will be sharing my review of the book.