Almost every generation knows who Rob Lowe is. Our parents remember him from his teen idol days up to when he starred in The West Wing. People my generation know him from his breakout role back in 1983 as Sodapop Curtis in The Outsiders or even later in the eighties in St. Elmo’s Fire. I’m sure you’ve seen in him in the Austin Powers series or Parks and Recreation showing his comedic side as opposed to the serious roles mentioned.
But what most of us don’t know who Mr. Lowe really is and where he came from. A pretty boy on the outside, he indeed was. But as his fame grew, so did a monster inside of him known as alcoholism.
Rob’s very personal autobiography Stories I Only Tell My Friends is captivating, moving, funny, and a sort of gateway into the mind of Lowe himself. I was stunned at some of the experiences he had as a child that practically showed him that he was made to be an actor. I also loved the fact that he focused a decent amount of chapters on his time during The Outsiders, my favorite movie of all time. Sodapop is such a key character and to read about what that experience was like for Rob as both an actor and young man was incredible.
I actually had no intention of picking up this book just because I’m fan of him. I simply had a Barnes & Noble gift card and was looking for a good book to read on the train during my commute into NYC. I’m very happy that I picked this one. It’s a quick read and Rob will tell you that right away, but it’s a good one.