Brat: An ’80s Story

Hachette Audio. May 2021. 4:55 hrs. ISBN 9781549135361. $40. MEMOIR
Iconic ’80s actor and teen heartthrob McCarthy reflects on his early career and rise to success in this revealing memoir. Known for his film roles in Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Mannequin, McCarthy talks here about his love of New York City, his acting strategies, and his struggles with alcohol. He has no compunction about dropping tidbits regarding actors and directors he’s worked with. Though he was a founding member of the “Brat Pack,” he reflects on why he resents the designation and has never fully embraced the media’s nickname for the group of actors and actresses he’s most often associated with. McCarthy is brutally honest when he looks back at his youthful debauchery, acting ambitions, and naivety. He’s more than willing to dissect old mistakes and failings with self-deprecating humor and fresh insight. The memoir is extremely well written and highlights McCarthy’s talents on multiple fronts.
VERDICT Narrated by McCarthy himself, this memoir is an easy listen, perfect for those who grew up loving his work.
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