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A Memoir

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"Spares no details." —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"An incredible read." —Richard Donner, Director

"People always ask me about life after childhood stardom. What would I say to parents of children in the industry? My only advice, honestly, is to get these kids out of Hollywood and let them lead normal lives." —Corey Feldman

The New York Times Bestseller
A deeply personal and revealing Hollywood-survival story.

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.

Coreyography is his surprising account of survival and redemption.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 02, 2013 – Former child star Feldman recounts his Hollywood highs and lows in this memoir of his acting career and friendships with the other Corey (Corey Haim) and Michael Jackson. Feldman also recalls his troubled family life with his abusive mother and absentee father, the perks of fame, and his experiences with drugs and sexual abuse. He delves into the brutal underworld of pedophiles in the entertainment industry who prey on ambitious underage actors both he and Haim were taken advantage of by their handlers, one of whom also turned Feldman on to quaaludes, crack, and heroin. The more sordid details are balanced by an inside look at Feldman s experiences making well-loved films such as The Goonies, Gremlins, and Stand by Me. He narrates in a straightforward, conversational style that spares no details when it comes to darker subject matter, such as a sad experience filming The Lost Boys in Santa Cruz, Calif., when a friend of his mother s scored cocaine for him and the resulting binge nearly got him fired. The book doesn t sugarcoat, exposing the dark sides of Hollywood and child stardom. Michael Jackson is not among the many abusive men Feldman describes, and the account of his friendship with the singer is lighter fare. Fans of Feldman and those with an interest in the entertainment industry will appreciate the author s voice and anecdotes while feeling his pain.

Customer Reviews

self congratulatory

ok, but a little sad he was unable to help himself earlier…an odd story


This is an amazing story and intimate look into the life of one of my favorite childhood actors. I remember all of his movies and feel like I have been let in to look at a behind the scenes tragedy.. A page turner. Couldn't put it down

Great Read

This book shows the dark side of Hollywood and the toll it can take on a life (lives). I love a read where brutal honesty is put forth and this is just that. Couldn't put down!!!

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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Oct 29, 2013
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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