Author: Corey Feldman
Original Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Genre(s): Nonfiction, Memoir
Goodreads Synopsis: “Lovable child star by age ten, international teen idol by fifteen, and to this day a perennial pop-culture staple, Corey Feldman has not only spent the entirety of his life in the spotlight, he’s become just as famous for his off-screen exploits as for his roles in such classic films as Gremlins, The Goonies, and Stand by Me. He’s been linked to a slew of Hollywood starlets (including Drew Barrymore, Vanessa Marcil, and adult entertainer Ginger Lynn), shared a highly publicized friendship with Michael Jackson, and with his frequent costar Corey Haim enjoyed immeasurable success as one half of the wildly popular duo “The Two Coreys,” spawning seven films, a 1-900 number, and “Coreymania” in the process. What child of the eighties didn’t have a Corey Feldman poster hanging in her bedroom, or a pile of Tiger Beats stashed in his closet?
Now, in this brave and moving memoir, Corey is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.
While Corey has managed to overcome the traps that ensnared so many other entertainers of his generation—he’s still acting, is a touring musician, and is a proud father to his son, Zen—many of those closest to him haven’t been so lucky. In the span of one year, he mourned the passing of seven friends and family members, including Corey Haim and Michael Jackson. In the wake of those tragedies, he’s spoken publicly about the dark side of fame, lobbied for legislation affording greater protections for children in the entertainment industry, and lifted the lid off of what he calls Hollywood’s biggest secret.”
To be completely honest, I haven’t watched any of Corey Feldman’s films. I’ve definitely heard of every single one, though, I only became interested in his memoir when he released his documentary earlier this month. I wasn’t able to tune into that so I checked his book out, which tells the same story, but with loads of pseudonyms used.
He published Coreyography in 2013 and from what I looked up, everything he claims, the names he dropped recently— they all add up and make total, complete sense.
This was not your typical celebrity memoir at all; it was a real one. Corey delved into his childhood traumas and wrote straight from his heart. He showed true emotion and I could physically feel his regrets and hurt through the pages. While he may seem a certain way to mostly all of America, his raw storytelling shows a different side of him.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t say he’s an exceptional writer but, the book was easy to read and so, so interesting from beginning to end. Even not knowing who the guy was beforehand– I couldn’t get enough!
My favorite parts were when he was anticipating to meet Michael Jackson and when he finally did. Their friendship was unique, unheard of and I found myself looking forward to reading more and more about it.
The only question I have after finishing this memoir (and doing a bit of my own research) is, how could anyone not believe him?
Dates Read: March 25-March 29, 2020
My Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
“Those were the worst days– when her moods became like black holes, sucking the life from every corner of the house into that cold, dark room.”
“The thing about killing yourself is, in that moment of incomprehensible, utter despair, it seems like a good idea. Once you’ve done it, though, once you’ve actually made the decision to go through with it, you immediately start to wish that you hadn’t. It is a natural instinct to save your own life.”
“I believe, very heartily, in the power of positive thinking. Call it The Secret if you want, or the law of attraction, but I believed in putting good things out into the universe and getting good things back, despite what the bulk of my life had looked like up until that point. Maybe that’s how I survived it all.”
“You have to keep changing and evolving. That’s the magic of what we do. You can’t be predictable. The second your fans think they know what they can expect from you, you become uninteresting. You have to keep moving forward.”
“For reasons that I still don’t completely understand, I have a hard time telling people no, a hard time recognizing when someone isn’t to be trusted. I desperately want to see the good in people. I desperately wanted to believe that all of these people in my life were loyal and true friends. Because what would it mean if they weren’t? What would that say about my life?”
“I felt a warm, slightly tingly sensation pass over my body, like an internal heat wave. I was a little itchy, and felt the temptation to keep scratching my skin. But I couldn’t believe this was the effect of big, bad heroin, the worst drug in the world, the scariest stuff you could do. I felt relaxed and at peace.”
“Funny thing about being an addict: when you finally get sober, when you feel clean and strong and something that seems awfully close to normal, you immediately begin contemplating the idea of partying again. Because you’re fine now, right? You just needed to get all that craziness out of your system. Now you can party responsibly. It’s the disease talking, but he sounds a lot like yourself.”