Miss Memory Lane

Atria. May 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781982176174. $28. MEMOIR
The brutally honest memoir of actor Haynes, who rose to spectacular fame over the last decade on TV’s Teen Wolf and Arrow. He came from a childhood that can only be described as horrific, with self-absorbed, neglectful, abusive parents, and sexual abuse by a local police officer. The memoir links these experiences to Haynes’s battles with anxiety and addiction, and he was a deeply broken man by the time he entered his late twenties, until the right people got him back on track. Haynes’s book recounts these low points and his work toward sobriety, but it’s also a story of coming into himself, personally and professionally. He came out as gay as a 14-year-old and was sexually precocious; his memoir is full of his early explorations. The extraordinarily good-looking, sought-after teen began a successful fashion modeling career at only 15, which soon led to small roles in film and TV—and eventually his star-making turns on MTV and the CW. Haynes’s moving, open-hearted, courageous memoir is a complex story of familial losses and the loss of innocence, but it is nevertheless written with great simplicity. Readers will find it hard to resist.
VERDICT Recommended for readers seeking narratives of recovery in the morass of Hollywood.
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