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Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

Posted by Caitie F on July 29, 2011

Title: Stories I Only Tell My Friends
Author: Rob Lowe
Hardcover: 306 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co (Macmillan)
Year Published: 2011
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood’s top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the eighties, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.

Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last twenty-five years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.


I was obsessed with The West Wing, and as someone who wanted to be a speechwriter, Sam Seaborn was my favorite character. I thought Rob Lowe was an incredible actor (and it helped that he is so cute too!). The second I saw that he had an autobiography coming out, I requested it at the library!

Rob writes very honestly, but also in a very kind manner. He never says something bad about any of his costars or friends. You can infer that there were some issues, but he is incredibly respectful of all those he worked with, which is probably a big reason he has been able to be so successful.

He opened up about his addiction and what it took for him to get better, which showed a lot about him and his character. It made me respect him a lot. His hard work and perseverance is a great example to everyone.

He didn’t luck his way into the business, he worked hard and made difficult choices. He saw his mistakes and worked to make it better.

It was a lot of funny reading about everything he has down and the atmosphere of the shoots. I know that it can’t be easy, but to read a little of what actors have to go through shows why some of them have to be so intelligent.

Reading about The West Wing was probably my favorite, since that is what I connected to, even if it was only 40 pages (plus the beginning of the book). I was sad to see how he was treated at times. Everyone else got a raise and he didn’t. He was replaced on covers and there were photo shoots without him.  I always wondered why he left so early, and it was a little disappointing to see that he just wasn’t treated with the same respect as everyone else.

It was a great book if you like Rob Lowe. His writing is pretty good. There are times he is a little wordy, but I was impressed!

Are you a Rob Lowe fan? Have you read the book? Let me know in the comments!


2 Responses to “Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe”

  1. Of course I’m a Rob Lowe fan! He has certainly aged well, hasn’t he? I’d like to read this book.

  2. I didn’t know he was from Ohio! I lived there for 5 years … we have something in common – ha!

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