I was trying to find a clever way to write about Rob Lowe’s new autobiography Stories I Only Tell My Friends but I can’t. I’ve been finished with the book for more than a week and I just can’t seem to put together a coherent post about it.
Instead, let me just give you some bullet points about me and also the book and draw conclusions from there.
- The last full book I read was Mike Greenberg’s Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot: The Life and Times of a Sportscaster Dad. I think I read that book in January 2008. Before that, it was Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember… after I watched the movie.
- If I read anything, it’s mostly things on the Web or in magazines. Short passages. It takes a lot for me to be motivated to read an entire book.
- I prefer books based in reality, like biographies.
- When I was a kid, I didn’t like Rob Lowe because my sister did. Anything she liked, I chose to dislike. Also, I was a kid. He is 9 years older than me. So when he made a big splash as a teen and brat-packer, I might not have liked boys yet. Today, I love watching Rob Lowe’s Chris Traeger character on Parks and Recreaction.
- I like reading about celebrity connections. (I can play that Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon like a champ.) I enjoy reading how so-and-so knows what’s-his-name. Mind you, I hate stuff like E! News and TMZ. I like the stuff the celebrities write themselves.
- I bought Rob Lowe’s book as an audio book, and it is literally (nod to Chris Traeger) the best thing on my iPod. He is simply fantastic. I love hearing the emotion in his voice as he talks about his wife and family. His impressions of those he mentions, like Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Robert Wagner, are uncanny. Before I finished the audio book, I also bought the hardback book and read along with him.
- The book made me laugh and cry. It’s likely not to make everyone cry but I really connected with a lot of what he was saying.
- The chapter(s) about his experiences from filming The Outsiders made me go out and borrow the movies (there are two versions) from the library. The second version has more of his performance in it.
In conclusion, I love this book. I would recommend it as an audio book just because of how wonderful his reading is. It feels more personable than just reading the book. I love the way Rob Lowe tells his stories and provides elements of surprise throughout. I’m sure you can find a great review somewhere online that tells you more about the content.
The book has also inspired me to write more so that I can get all of my own stories written before I forget them. I hope he writes another book. I didn’t want this one to end.