Brat: An '80s Story by Andrew McCarthy

.ePUB, 199 pages
Expected Publication: May 11th 2021 by Grand Central Publishing

About the Book:
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.

My Review:
I have loved Andrew McCarthy since I was sixteen years old...I am now 54. When I saw Pretty in Pink I was definitely "Team Blane" or "Team McCarthy". Most of my friends all had a crush on James Spader but I wanted the guy with the boyish face and dark hair. It is always nice to know your "crush" is a decent human being and I was glad to learn this of McCarthy. 

This is a well written memoir, I had no idea he was such a good writer...It is self-reflective, well articulated and not bitter. I've always admired him as an actor and director and would watch anything he does. I enjoyed reading this it was very compelling and it felt honest, frank and yet kind. I've always liked his work so it was good to learn more about his background and personal life - which was really interesting. He's been through a lot and it's good to see him doing so well.

Thank you NetGalley, Andrew McCarthy and Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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