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Publisher's Summary

Fans of Patti Smith's Just Kids and Rob Lowe's Stories I Only Tell My Friends will love this beautifully written, entertaining and bracingly honest memoir by an actor, director and author who found his start as a 1980s Hollywood Brat pack member.

Most people know Andrew McCarthy from his roles in movies like Pretty in Pink and St Elmo's Fire, and as a charter member of Hollywood's Brat Pack. That iconic group of ingenues and heart throbs, including Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore, has come to represent both a genre of film and an era of pop culture.

In Brat, McCarthy focuses his gaze on that singular moment in time and the most defining moments of his youth. The result is a revealing look at coming of age in a maelstrom, reckoning with conflicted ambition, innocence, addiction and expectations of masculinity. New York City of the 1980s is brought to vivid life, from scoring joints in Washington Square Park to skipping school in favour of the dark revival houses of the Village where he fell in love with the movies that would change his life.

Brat is at once an exclusive window into a defining period of pop-culture history and a surprising, intimate story of an outsider caught up in a most unwitting success.

"Wit, wisdom, and a depth of honesty that resonates to your core." (Demi Moore)

"Explores masculinity, success, the dangers of fame, ambition and cigarettes in an elegant and humorous coming of age story." (Candace Bushnell)

"Absorbing, thoughtful, and sometimes painfully honest...a fascinating read." (Jay McInerney)

"A riveting portrait of the artist as a young man." (Publishers Weekly)

©2021 Andrew McCarthy (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Blast from the past!

Loved this so much. So many fond memories of growing up in the eighties with refreshing insight to those movies and times by Andrew. His exploration of himself throughout the book was raw and emotional at times which made me as the reader feel like I really got to know much more besides the actor I so fondly recall in pretty in pink, less than zero and my favourite st elmos fire. Thank you.

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An insightful, self aware memoir.

If what you are looking for is a sensational tell all about the wild days of young 80’s Hollywood then this book not for you. McCarthy instead delivers a raw and deeply personal account of the wide eyed and anxious actor he was during the height of the “Brat Pack” era. The writing is lyrical and elegant. The voice performance is effortless and typical of McCarthys intense work. I enjoyed every minute of it.

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Those 80s were fabulous

I purchased this title as back in my teenage years (during the 80s) I loved all things John Hughes and the Brat Pack. This story by Andrew took me back to a time when I idolised those fabulous Brat Pack actors and any movie they would be in, I would certainly go and watch. I enjoyed reading Andrew's story and his break into acting and been there at the right place at the right time. He spoke of all his movies from that era and the co-stars and the relationships, both good and bad, with them. The book was very enjoyable and i finished it over a couple of days as it kept me interested to the very end. I wished he had spoken more about working with Kim Cattrall; he didn't make mention of her when discussing his time on Mannequin. I would have liked his story to continue. Overall an enjoyable read especially for those of that vintage.

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Fascinating !

Any one interested in acting, the 80' or Andrew himself should check this out!
However, I find actor and muso autobios tend to be read with a little to much solemnity. I recommend just speeding it up just a little so it feels a little more conversational.

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Disappointed

I read a lot of Hollywood biographies. This was the most boring and vanilla. It was a disappointment.

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Smooth Delivery from a Misbranded “Brat”

Andrew’s voice is like butter, time flew by as I listened to Brat - even on the second run through. Andrew appears to sit most comfortably on the very outer edge of the “Brat Pack” and I believe he is far too humble and grounded to be truly Bratty.

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Very enjoyable autobiography

Loved this book. I especially loved him in Mannequin and Weekend at Bernie's films. It was so interesting to hear the story read by the author and to see what was actually going on behind the scenes in his life. I found it both insightful and nostalgic. I really enjoyed this.

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There but for the grace…

I fell deeply in love with Andrew McCarthy when I was a teenager and I gobbled this story up…

It was fascinating to learn about his relationships with other actors in his movies.

I was so surprised though that he talked about filming Mannequin with no mention of Kim Cattral… hmmmmm

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IMPRESSIVE

I have been an Andrew McCarthy fan for ever. This is a very enlightening memoir - I loved it. It was made more enjoyable with Andrew's narration. Bravo :-)

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80’s Nostalgia

I have listened to this in less than a few days . A great insight into Andrew McCarthy and how it was for him in the 80’s and the great actors is who stars in 2 of my all time favourite movies Pretty in Pink and St Elmos Fire

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Interesting behind story I "lived through"

Great to hear the stories behind the movies, fame and that money was never his main goal. Loved every word

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  • 03-06-2021

A brilliant 'read'

From start to finish this is an excellent autobiography giving you a true insight to a young actor in the 80s.

It makes me want to watch all the 80s movies mentioned.

Not to give any spoiler but the ending is the most touching ending to an autobiography that I have ever 'read' and it brought a lump to my throat.

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