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Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir. For decades, Demi Moore has been synonymous with celebrity. From iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight—or the headlines. Even as Demi was becoming the highest paid actress in Ho Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir. For decades, Demi Moore has been synonymous with celebrity. From iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight—or the headlines. Even as Demi was becoming the highest paid actress in Hollywood, however, she was always outrunning her past, just one step ahead of the doubts and insecurities that defined her childhood. Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Demi battled addiction, body image issues, and childhood trauma that would follow her for years—all while juggling a skyrocketing career and at times negative public perception. As her success grew, Demi found herself questioning if she belonged in Hollywood, if she was a good mother, a good actress—and, always, if she was simply good enough. As much as her story is about adversity, it is also about tremendous resilience. In this deeply candid and reflective memoir, Demi pulls back the curtain and opens up about her career and personal life—laying bare her tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with raising a family, and her journey toward open heartedness. Inside Out is a story of survival, success, and surrender—a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life.


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Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir. For decades, Demi Moore has been synonymous with celebrity. From iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight—or the headlines. Even as Demi was becoming the highest paid actress in Ho Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir. For decades, Demi Moore has been synonymous with celebrity. From iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight—or the headlines. Even as Demi was becoming the highest paid actress in Hollywood, however, she was always outrunning her past, just one step ahead of the doubts and insecurities that defined her childhood. Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Demi battled addiction, body image issues, and childhood trauma that would follow her for years—all while juggling a skyrocketing career and at times negative public perception. As her success grew, Demi found herself questioning if she belonged in Hollywood, if she was a good mother, a good actress—and, always, if she was simply good enough. As much as her story is about adversity, it is also about tremendous resilience. In this deeply candid and reflective memoir, Demi pulls back the curtain and opens up about her career and personal life—laying bare her tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with raising a family, and her journey toward open heartedness. Inside Out is a story of survival, success, and surrender—a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life.

30 review for Inside Out

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters

    Overdrive Public Library Audiobook....read by Demi Moore Demi Moore talked rapidly. The hastiness and hurriedness in her voice, often felt as chaotic and stressful as the stories she told about her life. Over and over — we hear phrases from Demi saying.... She felt rejection... She felt abandoned... Didn’t feel confident... Felt intimidated... She felt insecure... Family members were critical of her Her mother acted more like a bratty sist Overdrive Public Library Audiobook....read by Demi Moore Demi Moore talked rapidly. The hastiness and hurriedness in her voice, often felt as chaotic and stressful as the stories she told about her life. Over and over — we hear phrases from Demi saying.... She felt rejection... She felt abandoned... Didn’t feel confident... Felt intimidated... She felt insecure... Family members were critical of her Her mother acted more like a bratty sister to her than a mother. She had less experience than others... Determined to do better.... Had to get in shape... MUST get in shape...( biking, hiking, excessive exercise) Demi felt proud of her nude-pregnancy photo on Vanity Fair...( but sounded as if she was justifying the photo)....she said it was a brave-bold photo....especially from somebody who struggled with body image as much as she did. She felt the public had a distorted view of her.. She felt too much ‘ill-will’ came her way....and it was unfair. Deep down - the only people Demi trusted were her children. Do they trust her? DEMI NEVER HAD A PROBLEM GETTING A PART... But.....one minute Demi would say how insecure she was - the next minute she was patting herself on the back. Demi has been called selfish, a prima donna, and a bitch. Negative press pissed her off! We get LOTS OF BLAME, ACCUSATIONS, AND JUDGEMENTS! I wondered if Demi could hear herself? I wondered if this was the book she wanted her children to read? I wondered why I was reading it? DEMI SOUNDED ANGRY, RESENTFUL, & DEFENSIVE about things that were done TO HER.... She sounded as if she ‘needed’ to tell the world ...she was treated unfairly. I HAVE NO IDEA, MAYBE DEMI WAS TREATED UNFAIRLY.... but.... *MAYBE*......she had something to do with her own failures and the criticism she received. Demi did sound a little bitchy! I’m sorry Demi was raped - age 15. She could bitch all she needed to about the slimy asshole as far as I was concerned. Tell the world what she learn: [she would protect her daughters better than she was protected by her mother...not let grown men be alone in a house unsupervised]... but I wondered how did this book protect her children? I would be horrified to hear comments about my mother’s book... if I was her children. Demi’s bitching was simply tiring! I didn’t see how her blaming benefitted her one ounce.... Other than a paycheck. I liked the movie “Ghost”...( who didn’t).... I liked “St. Elmo’s Fire”.... I liked “A Few Good Men” “Striptease” was atrocious and disastrous... BUT... again with the blame... Demi’s sharing about her movies...were focused on blame & justifications. I took what Demi wrote about Bruce & Ashton with a grain of salt. I cringed hearing Demi point the finger at the men her children had the right to love. Public slandering isn’t flattering to anyone. I couldn’t help but wonder... was Demi selling herself out - for a buck? Was writing this book for a paycheck? It wasn’t much different than the tabloids. Only this time - Demi was generating the gossip. This book is almost an open ‘invitation’ for the readers to judge and evaluate Demi’s character. My god... I hope it was worth it to her. ...we learned about Demi’s crappy childhood....her crappy parents-and their lack of healthy boundaries...her teenage years...( frantic moves from one home to another)... ...drugs...music...abuse...her career...her marriages...her pregnancies, her children, her favorite place to live ( Idaho), ....and lots of chatter about Demi’s public image- from her perspective. Overall....this book felt self indulgent - whiny..... Some of the things Demi wrote was just poor taste. Demi Moore, the once highest paid actress in Hollywood.....disclosed private details and name dropping that became off-putting. In my opinion this book taps into the ugly sides of humanity... for ‘both’ the author and reader. Who really benefits? Did I? Or.... Did I simply feed my cheap voyeurism-side! Guilty... yep, voyeurism! But the lasting experience isn’t enlightening or nourishing to my soul. A low 3 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brandice

    Demi Moore’s memoir Inside Out details the life of the well-know actress from her rocky childhood into adulthood with a successful career, her high-profile relationships, and numerous battles she dealt with: family issues, body image issues, addictions, and self-worth. Now in her mid-50s, Demi reflects on the experiences that have shaped her as a person. It’s somewhat surprising how successful Demi’s acting career was considering how much her parents well, to be blunt, sucked. It’s hard for me to f Demi Moore’s memoir Inside Out details the life of the well-know actress from her rocky childhood into adulthood with a successful career, her high-profile relationships, and numerous battles she dealt with: family issues, body image issues, addictions, and self-worth. Now in her mid-50s, Demi reflects on the experiences that have shaped her as a person. It’s somewhat surprising how successful Demi’s acting career was considering how much her parents well, to be blunt, sucked. It’s hard for me to feel sympathy toward people who choose not to help themselves when it’s obvious they need it, particularly when there’s little to no regard for two kids or their well-being. I was definitely getting The Glass Castle vibes in parts of Inside Out. Demi also details some of her experiences working on several movies and other projects she’s been involved with over the years. Though I was really young when a lot of them were hits, I found these parts of the story interesting. She discusses her relationships, most notably with Bruce Willis, the father of her three daughters, and then Ashton Kutcher. With so much toxicity in today’s world, it’s nice to see Demi and Bruce were, for the most part, able to maintain a strong family unit and co-parent well together after they split. Though I definitely don’t agree with all of her decisions, Demi has overcome a lot and I appreciate the honesty she shares in Inside Out. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Demi herself, which I would recommend.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly ...

    Periodically I find and listen to celebrity memoirs. I like the audiobooks because generally the author narrates it and the book feels gossipy, funny, heartfelt. The books are also slightly voyeuristic, and if the author shares little moments, vignettes, which allow the reader to feel they are friends sitting together over coffee sharing life experiences. Rob Lowe, for instance, has two books which made me smile throughout. I felt like I remembered the stories. I felt like they were s Periodically I find and listen to celebrity memoirs. I like the audiobooks because generally the author narrates it and the book feels gossipy, funny, heartfelt. The books are also slightly voyeuristic, and if the author shares little moments, vignettes, which allow the reader to feel they are friends sitting together over coffee sharing life experiences. Rob Lowe, for instance, has two books which made me smile throughout. I felt like I remembered the stories. I felt like they were something we shared. And Portia de Rossi shared a tough, smart story of her eating disorder which allowed me to develop a compassion for her that wasn't previously there. So I was hoping that this book would be similar, but I was a bit disappointed. The pros: Moore's memoir deals with childhood trauma and it’s aftermath very well. She is open and truthful. She exposes the issues of her birth family which were mostly caused by alcoholism and abuse. She shares the way these issues made her feel worthless and how hard it was during her life to escape the fear that came from her background. In this way it was more similar to de Rossi's book. The cons: When the book gets to the part of her life -- the 1980s -- when she was most famous I felt it failed. It didn't feel gossipy in a light-hearted and fun way, but rather it felt gossipy and mean-spirited or selfish. There were a couple moments in particular that I hated. One of those is this: she brought up a sexual relationship with Jon Cryer which was quite selfish in nature. She stated that she took his virginity (which he says isn't true, but that doesn't matter). To me, this is an invasion of his privacy. It isn't her story to tell. True or not, he gets to tell the story of his own sex life. The story even came off as a bit mean-girlish, as though she was the hot girl and he wasn't the hot guy, so of course he was a virgin and he was lucky to have her. It just didn't feel positive. And then there was her discussion of Ashton Kutcher. I realize that the end of their marriage was one of the more difficult periods of her life and that there may be some resentment. And honestly her discussion of infidelity didn't bother me at all. But there was a scene where she blamed him for the fact that she chose to drink alcohol again after being clean and sober. This really bothered me. It is not responsible to put that burden on any other human being. I understand that we can trigger one another and that is especially true in close relationships. However, it is important that we take ownership of our own failings, weaknesses, addictions... The book closes in a positive way, where she discusses her personal growth and shares the closeness she has with her daughters. But it came too quickly. She failed to show the steps that she took to repair her life. They were touched on, glossed over... it makes it look like it came easily. And if your book is about how hard childhood trauma is but that it is recoverable, then I believe the most important aspect of the book is to show how it happened for you. That element should have the most pages dedicated to it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura Peden

    I really enjoyed listening to Demi’s memoir. It was nostalgic for me having had the pleasure of watching her career unfold as I grew up. I listened to this straight through, I couldn’t put it down.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    A wonderfully honest book, throwing it all out there. So much has happened to this woman and yet she is still strong and hopeful. This is an inspiring story from a woman that I can't admire more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    “But we all suffer, and we all triumph, and we all get to choose how we hold both.” Because I have to read celebrity memoirs for my job, I tend not to enjoy them as much as I would with other genres, but Demi Moore held back nothing, and it was well worth the read. She details everything from her tumultuous relationships with her mother and father, her past drug addictions, her relationships and everything in between. I normally skim these, but I was very interested in all the stories “But we all suffer, and we all triumph, and we all get to choose how we hold both.” Because I have to read celebrity memoirs for my job, I tend not to enjoy them as much as I would with other genres, but Demi Moore held back nothing, and it was well worth the read. She details everything from her tumultuous relationships with her mother and father, her past drug addictions, her relationships and everything in between. I normally skim these, but I was very interested in all the stories she had to tell. It’s very sad, but by the end it was definitely uplifting. Highly recommend if you’re into memoirs.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I've been a fan of Demi Moore since watching her as Jacki Templeton on General Hospital. A great memoir that I read in one sitting!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dee Montoya

    FIVE +++++MAGNIFICENT STARS********** It's been a while since a read a memoir that I couldn't put down. Demi Moore's story is so fascinating, provocative, and honest. She holds nothing back while sharing her life with us readers inside the pages of her book. This story goes to show how us, as public we are always thinking that because celebrities have money and fame that all that automatically transl FIVE +++++MAGNIFICENT STARS********** It's been a while since a read a memoir that I couldn't put down. Demi Moore's story is so fascinating, provocative, and honest. She holds nothing back while sharing her life with us readers inside the pages of her book. This story goes to show how us, as public we are always thinking that because celebrities have money and fame that all that automatically translates into happiness, but as Demi so candidly shares, that is not the case. I've always been an admirer of Demi Moore, mainly because I'd enjoyed her work in movies, and her beauty but after reading Inside Out I'm completely inspired by her, shes one hell of a courageous woman. We get to learn about her difficult childhood and teenage years, and how her complicated relationship with her mother shaped Demi into the insecure woman that learned from a very young age to hide her troubles behind a dazzling smile. Her difficult early years also taught her independence and strong, and professional work ethic. One thing is for sure, every single accomplishment in her life, Demi has earned. This book is really extraordinary, it reads just like a beautiful and heartbreaking love story, that I promise you will keep you glued to every chapter, and wishing it wouldn't end. Not only do I have new found respect for Demi Moore, but I am so happy that she shared her life story with us, because in her own story I found many aspects of mine, and it gives me hope and strength.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    3.5 stars I wouldn't necessarily say I'm a Demi Moore fan, but I did walk away from this book with some newfound respect. Despite the millions in the bank and stunning good looks, she hasn't had the easiest life. She shares a lot of her struggles in this memoir and I'm sure putting yourself out there like that is difficult. Demi might not appear in as many blockbuster movies as she did at the height of her fame, but she certainly still has A-list fame recognition. There was a lot of p 3.5 stars I wouldn't necessarily say I'm a Demi Moore fan, but I did walk away from this book with some newfound respect. Despite the millions in the bank and stunning good looks, she hasn't had the easiest life. She shares a lot of her struggles in this memoir and I'm sure putting yourself out there like that is difficult. Demi might not appear in as many blockbuster movies as she did at the height of her fame, but she certainly still has A-list fame recognition. There was a lot of press for this memoir and so I assumed I had heard all of the "juicy" gossip bits ahead of time. However this book had a few stories that even I, a self-proclaimed pop culture junkie, had never heard including how 16 year old Demi had dinner with Roman Polanski a few days before he fled the U.S. after being convicted of raping a 13 year old girl. And on a much lighter note how the heck did I never know she and Bruce Willis were friends with John Goodman? Survivor is a good word to describe Demi. She had a pretty messed up childhood, has been thru 3 divorces, has experienced both box office successes and disappointments, has had periods of estrangement from different family members, and battled addiction. And yet, she's still standing. She seems to be in a pretty good place right now and I would imagine writing this memoir proved to be a cathartic experience. For the most part I think she did open up about her life and to me it didn't feel like she was doing so to assign blame or anything. In my opinion she didn't demonize her ex-husbands but instead showed some of the good and bad parts of their time spent together. Now I do think though she was fairly vague about some of the things that might have led to her daughters and Bruce not speaking to her for a few years. That's really the only instance in which I felt there was more to the story that she wasn't willing to share. I am left with the impression she is trying to be the best version of herself she can be, and at the end of the day, isn't that the best any of us can do? Definitely recommend if you enjoy reading celebrity memoirs. It was a fascinating read as it felt like you got an inside look into the life of a Hollywood star and also just regular ol' Demi, the woman who is pretty content living in Idaho.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patti Honan

    I’m not sure why I chose to read this book.....I’ve never really had an opinion about her one way or another. I still don’t but what I do have is a lot of respect for this woman. She has had a very hard, sad life. It is a glaring reminder to me that you never know the battles other people are facing. Often times the ones who seem to have it the most together are really the ones who are struggling just to survive.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jean Marie Angelo

    There is a step in Twelve Step recovery — the 4th step — that asks that we take a "searching and fearless moral inventory," of ourselves. Demi Moore got sober in the mid-1980s, but never spoke very publicly about it. There were hints, always, in interviews she gave. She told one reporter she was currently reading, The Sermon on the Mount, a book that every 12-step recovery person would know. It was a foundational book by Emmett Fox and widely read by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. In the There is a step in Twelve Step recovery — the 4th step — that asks that we take a "searching and fearless moral inventory," of ourselves. Demi Moore got sober in the mid-1980s, but never spoke very publicly about it. There were hints, always, in interviews she gave. She told one reporter she was currently reading, The Sermon on the Mount, a book that every 12-step recovery person would know. It was a foundational book by Emmett Fox and widely read by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. In the 80s, 12-step recovery became widespread. Those of us in recovery knew of the many celebrities who were sober, including Demi. I read this book and I think I will re-read parts. What is most gripping are the chapters on childhood and young adulthood: being a misfit; growing up with alcohol and pill-addicted parents; always on shaky ground; never popular; getting sober; switching addictions to food and other people. This is honest. She talks about the early days in her career. Although she was not drinking she was overeating. "I woke up covered in crumbs." Later, she switched her focus to her high-profile husbands. No matter how rich, successful, she was still co-dependent and insecure. "Who am I if you don't love me?" Wow, who can't relate to that. Thank you, Demi Moore, for being so honest. Also, thank you for sharing your experience of growing and aging. These are really the best years. Really they are. As we age we "fall upward," as Father Richard Rohr says in his book of the same name. These can be the richest spiritual years. I am embracing them with arms wide open.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Lawford

    I have a mild interest in Demi Moore as she was a mega star as I was growing up. I’m certainly no hardcore fan, but I’m enjoying being older, and having memoirs be released about celebrities I actually know. It’s so interesting to find out about the person behind the camera. I found her story to be captivating and insightful, and I even learned a little bit about myself. I have come across a few snippets of news with criticisms of this book, and I quickly moved on. I’m not interested in the tabl I have a mild interest in Demi Moore as she was a mega star as I was growing up. I’m certainly no hardcore fan, but I’m enjoying being older, and having memoirs be released about celebrities I actually know. It’s so interesting to find out about the person behind the camera. I found her story to be captivating and insightful, and I even learned a little bit about myself. I have come across a few snippets of news with criticisms of this book, and I quickly moved on. I’m not interested in the tabloids take on her personal account, and that’s what this is - her perspective on her own life and the people in it. With any truth there are multiple sides to the story, but we all take away different aspects of the same situation, and usually it’s the significant parts that stick with us. I’m sure this is no different. Listening to her talk about her work has given me the desire to watch her entire bibliography, starting with the small parts, and working up to her blockbusters. There is a good amount of relatable personal tragedy that is shared and lots of juicy tidbits about her high profile marriages. Overall it is one of the better books like this I have read and would highly recommend.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Meridee Thompson

    I believe this book is an effort to exonerate the past that Demi Moore feels was misunderstood by her public. (what public?) She probably needed the money as it is poorly edited which means it's a quickly put together book born of some reflection and a lot of haste. It seems like she hated writing about the past with her parents as much as I did reading it. She did get the worst mother in the world. Her dad wasn't that much better from the sounds of it. Both narcissistic individuals. She suffer I believe this book is an effort to exonerate the past that Demi Moore feels was misunderstood by her public. (what public?) She probably needed the money as it is poorly edited which means it's a quickly put together book born of some reflection and a lot of haste. It seems like she hated writing about the past with her parents as much as I did reading it. She did get the worst mother in the world. Her dad wasn't that much better from the sounds of it. Both narcissistic individuals. She suffered from a lot of illness that hospitalized her and further made her young life a struggle. It is not well written, it is about 8th grade level but considering her lack of consistency in education it's fairly good. She had a rough time of it. This is a point she makes over and over. Until you lose your sense of sympathy. When you become a 50 year old woman you may look back on the past and understand why you feel the way you do about what you do but you have to own it, and I think she is still not completely honest about it. It was hard to buy into the book. I felt that it was more of an effort to raise capital by illuminating her relationships mainly with Bruce Willis and Ashton K. I cannot believe any older woman would find young Ashton attractive since he was a fool, with good money intentions, he has exploited his fame and created fortune. Unfortunately for Moore, she focused on family until she started drinking again. That was her down fall. That is the sad part. It is exactly what happens. Her challenges were not realistic to her capabilities. Ashton should have left her alone. He probably had no intention of staying, it was novelty and she was providing him the insight into what he wanted for his future, not hers. He comes across as young and calculating. She comes across as dumb. Bruce comes across as probably the smartest of the three. We really don't get much a story about those items and it's more about her wallowing in self pity and proclaiming that she is not. It is boring. It is self serving. It is a waste of money.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    I very much enjoyed this book, I loved reading about her time with Bruce and her three beautiful daughters, Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah. I also loved hearing about how they got their names. I really enjoyed reading about the history of some of her well known and well loved films. It was unsettling to read about the trauma she experienced in childhood and beyond. Although I have to be honest at points in this book it felt as if she was airing some dirty laundry and in addition that, at some points I very much enjoyed this book, I loved reading about her time with Bruce and her three beautiful daughters, Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah. I also loved hearing about how they got their names. I really enjoyed reading about the history of some of her well known and well loved films. It was unsettling to read about the trauma she experienced in childhood and beyond. Although I have to be honest at points in this book it felt as if she was airing some dirty laundry and in addition that, at some points in this it felt as though she was playing the victim card. Overall I really enjoyed this book, although I'm not sure it's one I'll read again anytime soon.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    A pretty decent memoir from a pretty decent actress. She definitely had a screwed up childhood. It's interesting to hear how the highest paid woman in Hollywood still had to put up with a lot sexism in the industry. Even though she says she hates paparazzi, the stuff she includes about her marriages breaking up feel like tabloid fodder to help sell more books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gina *loves sunshine*

    I was raised up in the 80's & 90's so I can't help but put Demi Moore in that iconic celeb category. Known for some big movies and being married to Bruce and Ashton - she certainly had a media covered life....poor gal!!! I do love when these people get a chance to tell their story...instead of what is bombarded in the media. Just like Demi says in this book - every tabloid story is a little bit truth but a lot wrong! The Audiobook was narrated by Demi...another thing I love about I was raised up in the 80's & 90's so I can't help but put Demi Moore in that iconic celeb category. Known for some big movies and being married to Bruce and Ashton - she certainly had a media covered life....poor gal!!! I do love when these people get a chance to tell their story...instead of what is bombarded in the media. Just like Demi says in this book - every tabloid story is a little bit truth but a lot wrong! The Audiobook was narrated by Demi...another thing I love about celeb memoirs! It is also pretty short and sweet and basically highlights 4 areas of her life ~ Her childhood - horrific upbringing, terrible parents, unknown parents, instability, etc. (sad really) Then it moves to her early career and the whirlwind romance of her and Bruce and their immediate babies. I found that all interesting.(a bit surprising that their relationship wasn't deeper than it seemed on the outside) This also included her time in the big movies - St Elmo's fire, Ghost, Indecent Proposal, G.I Jane, the vanity fair article, etc.(nothing major to report, but all interesting behind the scene tidbits) and then her relationship with Ashton(kinda surprising....but it appeared to have been as tabloid reported, LOL) the book ended with a brief prologue of life now. (Really just made me want to give her a hug) She probably could have said a lot more - but she has a family to protect so she said as much or as little as needed! this was a great little fix!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This is a heartbreaking book and I read it in one day because I couldn't put it down. When I first saw Demi Moore in St Elmo's Fire I never would have thought that beautiful girl was so troubled and full of self-loathing and insecurities that she already had started self-medicating and was on her way to addiction problems. And then to find out that she has felt that way her entire life was so sad. She didn't have the easiest of childhoods and definitely drew the short straw for parents but she s This is a heartbreaking book and I read it in one day because I couldn't put it down. When I first saw Demi Moore in St Elmo's Fire I never would have thought that beautiful girl was so troubled and full of self-loathing and insecurities that she already had started self-medicating and was on her way to addiction problems. And then to find out that she has felt that way her entire life was so sad. She didn't have the easiest of childhoods and definitely drew the short straw for parents but she seems like a sincere, lovely person and the last chapter is full of hope, almost like she is asking the universe for a break. I hope she gets it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I support women speaking their truth, but Demi takes no responsibility for her life and blames everyone from her mother to her children for her issues without any true reflection on herself. This is a poorly written and hollow story that could have been so much more.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis A Scheper

    What a waste of time and money! I had a similar childhood BUT that is where it stopped. I grew up and had a family doing for them what was not done for me. Get over yourself!! The past is the past. We leave it there and live our life and we make our own mistakes but we don't whine about them

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    An outstanding, heartfelt autobiography of one of the most successful actresses of our time. Filled with stories I did not know about, and about how hard her life has been. But through it is a story about a woman who had no idea of who she was and how she found it. Demi writes from the heart leaving no stone unturned no matter how hard it affected her. A look into her two high profile marriages, the love she has for her daughters, even some BTS stories of some of the films she worked on. Include An outstanding, heartfelt autobiography of one of the most successful actresses of our time. Filled with stories I did not know about, and about how hard her life has been. But through it is a story about a woman who had no idea of who she was and how she found it. Demi writes from the heart leaving no stone unturned no matter how hard it affected her. A look into her two high profile marriages, the love she has for her daughters, even some BTS stories of some of the films she worked on. Includes one of the best closing paragraphs I have ever read. Her description of her happy place in Idaho. Outstanding! Highly Recommended, could not stop reading it. This is one of the quickest reads I ever read

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Just finished it. Wow. Most boring book I’ve ever read thru entirely. I kept waiting for her to take responsibility for anything at all. Nothing was her fault, apparently. At no point did she make a mistake that was entirely her fault. Wait, sorry. Yes. Taking Jon Cryer’s virginity. She apologized to him for that. Why was that blameworthy? She doesn’t explain I’m ok with Hollywood stars writing self-serving autobiographies with glaring omissions but at least make them juicy. This book reads like Just finished it. Wow. Most boring book I’ve ever read thru entirely. I kept waiting for her to take responsibility for anything at all. Nothing was her fault, apparently. At no point did she make a mistake that was entirely her fault. Wait, sorry. Yes. Taking Jon Cryer’s virginity. She apologized to him for that. Why was that blameworthy? She doesn’t explain I’m ok with Hollywood stars writing self-serving autobiographies with glaring omissions but at least make them juicy. This book reads like a really long motivational speech geared toward young women. Boring. She talks about her obsession with body image but at no point discusses her obvious breast augmentation or face lifts. She talks about the movies takes responsibility getting made... but only the good ones. A book or chapter at least about the phenomenally terrible Striptease would’ve been fascinating, but no. No mention of how bad it was. Perhaps the only surprising aspect of this book was that Striptease is really pronounced StripTEASE.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beth McCraw

    Really honest, and I admire this woman. I think she gets a really bad rap, which is unfortunate. She’s overcome a lot!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Woodward

    Wow!! Her story it’s so close to home for me. I can relate to her upbringing. She gets very personal with her life. And how she struggled with parents mental illnesses. And her addictions she endured through her younger years. She comes clean to many questions. She tells intimate stories about her ex husbands. She takes us into some industry gossip. And a lovely epilogue

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Moxon

    Very quick read! Demi shared lots of facts but I found her story to be telling lots and not showing enough! Interesting to learn about her life and her marriages! I was a little disappointed as it seemed a little un emotional.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Lee-Tammeus

    I read this book in two days - I was enamoured with Demi's name dropping and getting her side of the story. Much of what she writes about is not a surprise as far as what the tabloids have told us over the years but reading about her earlier life and her struggles was enlightening. After I sat with this for a few days, I got the sense that there was much left unsaid. She barely goes deep and there is the sense that much of the blame for her behaviors are related to her childhood, and the respons I read this book in two days - I was enamoured with Demi's name dropping and getting her side of the story. Much of what she writes about is not a surprise as far as what the tabloids have told us over the years but reading about her earlier life and her struggles was enlightening. After I sat with this for a few days, I got the sense that there was much left unsaid. She barely goes deep and there is the sense that much of the blame for her behaviors are related to her childhood, and the responsibility for her adult behaviors are not really owned. I never really understood why her kids stopped speaking to her or why she was left alone so much in her later years - it seems that some things just aren't explored fully and she herself didn't know either - it left me thinking that she wasn't telling all. This is more of a "I'm going to share with you a dip of my big toe in the pool, but I'm not going to get in and paddle around with you" kind of book So be it. I still loved reading it, none the less.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Agulnick

    Read this book in 5 hrs, save your money all The juicy info was already on all the talkshows this week.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I couldn’t connect; felt she was explaining tabloid issues from her past. I’m not sure what I was expecting but seemed things just happened to her - bad parents, childhood, movie roles, criticism, family life, husbands. I either didn’t get a full enough picture or she is someone I simply don’t root for as a person/protagonist. She came across like Holden Caulfield - she was put upon by her mother, husbands, movie folks and the press.

  28. 5 out of 5

    britt_brooke

    Demi Moore divulges her tumultuous childhood, successful career, addictions, motherhood, relationships, etc. I kind of forgot how many iconic films she was in. She has caught flak for what she’s said about Ashton Kutcher, but I thought the situation was handled rather delicately in the book. I know this is Demi’s version, but it felt genuine. I’m often curious about celebrities’ lives. Being famous is such a foreign concept. Fantastic narration.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    It's really amazing that she turned out as normal as she did considering her upbringing. Anyway after reading this book I know now that Ashton, not Bruce was the love of her life. His betrayal in the tabloids hurt her more than maybe her mother whoring and selling her out. I hope she finds her happy ending.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Raw. I came across this book not by chance but by actively seeking it out. All of the books that I have read have been in one way or the other borrowed, from the library or I have read it online or purchased it at very low price online. Yesterday I went to the bookstore and made a beeline for Inside out. I once read something on the lines of " it's good something bad happened to Demi, suits her for having face of a sixteen years old, body of twenty year old. Thank God she has knees of Raw. I came across this book not by chance but by actively seeking it out. All of the books that I have read have been in one way or the other borrowed, from the library or I have read it online or purchased it at very low price online. Yesterday I went to the bookstore and made a beeline for Inside out. I once read something on the lines of " it's good something bad happened to Demi, suits her for having face of a sixteen years old, body of twenty year old. Thank God she has knees of a forty year old" . I felt an emotion that I still cannot name for the actress, the amount of hate she generated simply for existing from a completely strange person. When I started reading it, I realized it's going to be a rollercoaster ride that I won't be able to stop. I woke up in the morning with the lights still on. Someone so successful with a really interesting life had so many insecurities is not something new but still it's touching. Before beginning this one, I thought I will be able to make sense of some of my own emotional problems by reading it. Turns out I was wrong, but that doesn't make it an unrelatable book. I am glad I read it. Edit: I forgot about the controversial Ashton Krutcher part when I wrote this. It's really funny how those few controversial lines helped it get some mainstream action when to the point where people who hadn't even read it had strong opinions. My opinion is that it could not and should not be avoided at all. That part is her life, her way of dealing it may not be right but at the end of it she got some clarity and as a reader when I read her justification for her experience when she was fresh in the relationship was her way of dealing with it. Her fall out and the way it helped her made a lot of sense. I see this is very common now, an older woman marrying a young man is not taken seriously but when the reverse happens it no big deal. However this portion in the book helped me understand where she comes from and why she took those decisions. Good read.

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