Inside Out
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.

Inside Out Details

TitleInside Out
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 24th, 2019
PublisherHarper
ISBN-139780062049537
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Audiobook

Inside Out Review

  • Laura Peden
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Kelly ...
    January 1, 1970
    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 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: ahe 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.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    “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 “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.
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  • Dee Montoya
    January 1, 1970
    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 adm 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.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Patti Honan
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Meridee Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Amanda Lawford
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jean Marie Angelo
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Beth McCraw
    January 1, 1970
    Really honest, and I admire this woman. I think she gets a really bad rap, which is unfortunate. She’s overcome a lot!
  • Phyllis A Scheper
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Gina *loves sunshine*
    January 1, 1970
    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 memoir 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!
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like this memoir is pretty honest from Ms Moore’s POV - meaning she doesn’t hold back on unpleasant revelations and seems open about trying to learn and do better as her life continues. I’ve also got significant sympathy and respect for those who survive difficult childhoods to reach stability and those who succeed in overcoming addictions. Inside Out also has good writing mechanics a lot of autobiographies have which makes it a more pleasant read and the subject matter is interesting.But I feel like this memoir is pretty honest from Ms Moore’s POV - meaning she doesn’t hold back on unpleasant revelations and seems open about trying to learn and do better as her life continues. I’ve also got significant sympathy and respect for those who survive difficult childhoods to reach stability and those who succeed in overcoming addictions. Inside Out also has good writing mechanics a lot of autobiographies have which makes it a more pleasant read and the subject matter is interesting.But I do have quibbles. Mostly relating to her continued perspectives on past behaviors and decisions where I don’t think she’s really able to have clarity. Of course, everyone has emotional perspectives they can’t let go of. Maybe being completely honest with ourselves in all ways isn’t possible. It’s just that if you’re going to put your story out there those gaps are going to be notable to some readers.There are aspects of her past relationships with men and her kids where I feel she still sees through the lens of dysfunction. Worth reading.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t think of another movie star memoir that deals with childhood trauma and it’s aftermath as well as this book does. Demi Moore’s memoir, written with the always brilliant Ariel Levy, details her chaotic and neglectful childhood being moved from town to town by her alcoholic, grifting parents and the feelings of worthlessness and fear she was left with. The echoes of her childhood abuse carry throughout her life even as she appears to have hit the lottery: personal fame, wealth, movie star I can’t think of another movie star memoir that deals with childhood trauma and it’s aftermath as well as this book does. Demi Moore’s memoir, written with the always brilliant Ariel Levy, details her chaotic and neglectful childhood being moved from town to town by her alcoholic, grifting parents and the feelings of worthlessness and fear she was left with. The echoes of her childhood abuse carry throughout her life even as she appears to have hit the lottery: personal fame, wealth, movie star husband, family. There are some interesting discussions of how her success was perceived by the media and by her then husband, Bruce Willis, and how her addictions were re-triggered during her marriage to Ashton Kutcher. The core of the book, though, is Moore’s growing understanding that the trauma she carries with her is slowly poisoning every part of her life and her eventual compassion for both her parents and herself. Difficult to read at times but recommended.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Mommy Reads And Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an anticipation read for me as I was in my teens when Demi Moore was the biggest star in Hollywood. I loved Demo Moore. This somehow made me like her less which is was as I wanted to like her more. I watched an interview with her on Ellen and ordered the book immediately. Don’t get me wrong her childhood was a mess. She suffered emotional neglect, abuse and a traumatic sexual assault. However her later experiences when she was famous did leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. I tot This was such an anticipation read for me as I was in my teens when Demi Moore was the biggest star in Hollywood. I loved Demo Moore. This somehow made me like her less which is was as I wanted to like her more. I watched an interview with her on Ellen and ordered the book immediately. Don’t get me wrong her childhood was a mess. She suffered emotional neglect, abuse and a traumatic sexual assault. However her later experiences when she was famous did leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. I totally understood that this was her view of events however. The description of the irony that Ashton Kutcher could have made a speech about underage girls being used for sex when he had been unfaithful with someone only slightly older than her daughter aggravated me. Yes he was unfaithfulness but the woman was not underage. In fact Kutcher is closer to that girl’s age than he was to Demi’s age. It would have been appropriate for him to date a girl in her 20’s...he was in his 20’s!!!!Look I didn’t expect a literary masterpiece but this did read a bit ‘this happened to me and then this and then this etc’. The Psychologist in me also wondered how much of her enlightenment at the end of the book came from her therapist.The good news is that I inhaled this book as it was such a simple and easy read and finished it in almost one sitting.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    "My story is mine alone; I'm the only one who was there for all fo it, and I decided to claim the power to tell it on my own terms."That part at the end. On my own terms. I understand this was suppose to be empowering. But I have to admit, as I read her book I kept thinking I wonder what the truth really is. The negative things that happened to her were focused on whereas her negative behaviors were glossed over and rationalized. Or worse yet, blamed on others. I would be curious about what the "My story is mine alone; I'm the only one who was there for all fo it, and I decided to claim the power to tell it on my own terms."That part at the end. On my own terms. I understand this was suppose to be empowering. But I have to admit, as I read her book I kept thinking I wonder what the truth really is. The negative things that happened to her were focused on whereas her negative behaviors were glossed over and rationalized. Or worse yet, blamed on others. I would be curious about what the main players in her life would say about her if they wrote their own book. Despite the Demi Moore, Hollywood lens over her life, "Inside Out" was pretty darn interesting and kept me turning pages pretty rapidly. I kind of forgot about some of the movies she had made or the famous Vanity Fair cover. It was a fun walk down memory lane and especially interesting to hear some of the behind the scenes scoop.
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  • Stephanie Pennington
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED this memoir of Demi Moore! I love pop culture and her movies, but didn’t know much about her except what I remember seeing in the tabloids. I feel like she was very honest opening up about past relationships and her flaws without the blame of others! Now I want to go back and watch her old movies!
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  • Lora Temelkova
    January 1, 1970
    A well written memoir. i enjoyed it very much on a calm Sunday. It was intriguing to take a look at her life with it's ups and downs. It really speaks on how trauma, early trauma can affect someone and how to work with it to create a different view, and an understanding of oneself. I do recommend it.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Melanie Moxon
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Amanda Agulnick
    January 1, 1970
    Read this book in 5 hrs, save your money allThe juicy info was already on all the talkshows this week.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Teena in Toronto
    January 1, 1970
    I'm wouldn't say that I'm a fan of Demi Moore's but I don't dislike her. I like reading bios/autobios and thought I'd check it out.Demi was born in 1962 in New Mexico. Her parents were young and not overly stable ... definitely not ready for marriage and children. They moved around a lot, with her father looking for the next adventure and dodging bill collectors. Her parents eventually split up when she was in her teens, both with alcohol issues. Her father committed suicide and her mother conti I'm wouldn't say that I'm a fan of Demi Moore's but I don't dislike her. I like reading bios/autobios and thought I'd check it out.Demi was born in 1962 in New Mexico. Her parents were young and not overly stable ... definitely not ready for marriage and children. They moved around a lot, with her father looking for the next adventure and dodging bill collectors. Her parents eventually split up when she was in her teens, both with alcohol issues. Her father committed suicide and her mother continued to make questionable decisions (like supposedly giving their apartment key to an older man and being paid $500 by him so he could rape 15-year-old Demi). After years of distancing herself from her mother, I found it amazing that she reconnected with her mother as she was dying and forgave her for all the craziness she'd caused in Demi's life (I'm not that forgiving).At 16, Demi moved out of her mother's house and eventually met and married musician Freddy Moore at age 17. She would go on to marry actors Bruce Willis (with whom she had three daughters) and Ashton Kutcher. Demi started off in modelling and got her big break getting a part on the soap opera General Hospital. She would go on to star in many movies, some major successes and some not so much.This is Demi's story of growing up in a dysfunctional family to today. She discusses her marriages and why they ended, her children, her body issues, her addiction to alcohol and drugs, her movies, and more. She's made some questionable decisions during her life, which she attributes to her parents and her messed-up childhood. There comes a point, though, when you can't keep blaming your parents for the decisions you make and you have to take ownership, which it doesn't seem like she really does. Hopefully she has found the inner peace and acceptance she's been seeking.It's a quick easy read. I like it when there are pictures in bios/autobios and this book didn't disappoint as there are lots and lots of pictures.]Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2019/10...
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  • Abhishek
    January 1, 1970
    "The only way out is in" she quotes in her epilogue, which strangely is what I also felt in the middle of the book where I was strangely stuck and just out of compulsion had to complete it. The compulsion here is not meant in a "good thriller/suspense" kind of a way, it's more like, "I've committed so many hours to this now that I have to finish it" typesI can imagine it must have taken a lot of courage for Demi to put herself in a such a vulnerable position by putting out her life's story with "The only way out is in" she quotes in her epilogue, which strangely is what I also felt in the middle of the book where I was strangely stuck and just out of compulsion had to complete it. The compulsion here is not meant in a "good thriller/suspense" kind of a way, it's more like, "I've committed so many hours to this now that I have to finish it" typesI can imagine it must have taken a lot of courage for Demi to put herself in a such a vulnerable position by putting out her life's story with such graphic details. I honestly don't know why I picked this book. Maybe it was the voyeur in me who had been aware of her car crash of life (at least from the outside) and wanted to know her side of story, I guess. And tell her side of story she did! The difficulty of her childhood and parents right out of hell to her fraught relationships and a complete lack of a coherent structure which came out in various ways in her addiction and behavior can be empathized in so many ways. However, it seems to me she was very selective with the information she's sharing & seems to take responsibility for her action only to later deflect it or rationalize it by some other event. But, who am I to judge? As far as she's concerned that's her truth that she put out in the world and I paid to read it and was entertained for a good few hours. A win-win I'd say. Just because things mentioned here seems far fetched to me doesn't mean it didn't happen or is exaggerated. I'd still favor her account over my suspicion, after all, she was there for all of her life's event :) A good pop-corn read
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