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.
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If you identified with Kevin in St. Elmo’s Fire or crushed on Blane in Pretty in Pink, you’ll love Andrew McCarthy’s wonderful autobiography. The actor’s account is candid and insightful right from the get-go, when he reveals that the sensitivity of his characters was born out of turbulence at home, which included the stress of his accountant father getting mixed up in organized crime. McCarthy’s love for his profession comes through loud and clear—we were fascinated to learn that even though he made his name in the iconic teen movies of the 1980s, his heart has always belonged to the New York theater scene. That enthusiasm comes through in his reading of the audiobook. Whether he’s addressing his successes or his failures, McCarthy brings the kind of charm and humor that makes people love revisiting John Hughes’ modern movie classics. You don’t have to be a Gen Xer to love this witty memoir.