Title: Inside Out – A Memoir
Author: Demi Moore
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Price for Paperback: $18.97 / Kindle $16.99 / Audible $0
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For decades, Demi Moore has been synomymous 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 if she was 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 writes freely 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 openheartedness. Inside Out is a story of survival, success and surrender – a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life.
DEMI MOORE is an actress, producer, director and activist. She is known for her roles in St. Elmo’s Fire, About Last Night, Ghost, A Few Good Men, Indecent Proposal, G.I. Jane, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Margin call, among many others. Moore is also a co-founder of Thorn, a non-profit that builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. She lives in Los Angeles and Hailey, Idaho.
Why I chose to purchase this book:
I actually didn’t purchase this book. My best friend brought it on a trip away over New Year’s. She finished reading it early on so I snatched it off her to have a squizz. As soon as I read the first chapter I knew I would finish this book before we went home.
Before reading Inside Out, all I really knew about Demi Moore was that she had some kids with Bruce Willis, she was married to Ashton Kutcher and she had a bit of a breakdown in recent years. To say this was barely scratching the surface of Demi’s life is the understatement of the year.
This memoir has some really unbelievable/raw moments in it. Like I said above, I didn’t know a lot about Demi Moore prior to reading this book, and now that I do, I see her in a completely different light.
Demi did not have an easy upbringing. Far from it actually. The memoir starts right at the beginning of Demi’s life and the first half of the book details life before she was married to Bruce Willis. For me, the first half was the most eye-opening. The chapters are deep and detailed. Demi is able to recount her early experiences with such detail. It’s clear the traumatic moments are deeply ingrained in her memory.
You’re probably reading this review thinking the entire memoir is all doom and gloom. That’s not the case at all. There are some great positive stories in there as well. Demi provides an amazing insight into what it was like being one of the most in-demand young actresses in Hollywood in the 1990s.
Should you read it?
If you are into celebrity memoirs then most definitely read it. Demi’s story is a bit of a rags to riches tale. I always find these types of memoirs inspiring and interesting to read.
The book is one of those ones you just want to keep reading until the end as soon as you pick it up. I think I finished the entire book in 2 or 3 days.
This memoir does touch on some hard subjects such as eating disorders and abuse. If these are things you find triggering this might not be the book for you.
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