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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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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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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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  • Anna Le Merle
  • 08-11-21

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 in 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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  • Nicole Yates
  • 07-06-21

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-22

A trip down memory Lane

Andrew McCarthy was my teenage heartthrob. I never knew he had such skill in writing. His narration is perfect and reminiscent of my favourite storyteller David Sedaris. I just hope there is another book in him.

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  • Tarin
  • 02-02-22

My first crush

Thank you Andrew it was great to get a insight in to your life. You will always have a piece of my heart ❤️

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  • Mick
  • 01-30-22

Well read

Very well read by the author but a bit too short. I was interested in McCarthy’s life coming from the Brat Pack era and it was an interesting recollection of his life. I would have loved to hear more about some of the movies he experienced but much was brushed over.

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  • 01-29-22

Highly recommend for Generation Xers

How wonderful to discover my teen crush is such a thoughtful and sensitive soul. Not just a pretty face!

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  • 12-17-21

Glad I read it

While this is to a large extent a "professional autobiography", following a path laid out by his development as an artist and his professional calendar, there is a lot about the person in the detail of this book. This book reminds us that human nature doesn't (necessarily) change because of professional success or notoriety.

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  • Melle
  • 12-07-21

Genuinely Interesting

I was a child of the 80s, I had a huge and enduring crush on Andrew McCarthy so this book instantly appealed. And it didn't disappoint. This is one of the better ones of this type of memoir - just enough life story, behind the scenes and reflection. Really interesting and one I can imagine listening through a few times.

I remain in awe of the absurd privilege of being able to have the author read their own memoir. It doesn't get any better.

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  • Loretta.
  • 11-23-21

Brat by Andrew McCarthy

I enjoyed this short book thank you Andrew much appreciated and thank you for reading to me

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  • Louise
  • 11-06-21

Not so colourful account of a colourful era

If you are looking for industry secrets or a scandalous reveal-all, get Rob Lowe’s book. This is a much more serious account of an actor’s personal experience of success in the 80s. As such, best suited to fans rather than people looking for a social history and entertainment industry memoir.