“Inside Out” Book Review

Rating: 2/5 Stars

“Inside Out” is an autobiography written by Demi Moore. It centers on the actress and follows her journey from childhood to present day. Filled with hardships, celebrities and self-reflection, the book shares a glimpse into the world of Demi Moore and how her life has unfolded.

I picked up the book at the local library. I’m not usually one to read this type of non fiction, but it was available and free so I figured I would give it a try. I had remembered that there was some controversy around the release of this book surrounding the previous relationship between Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher and the content that had been released in the autobiography. I guess it was time to find out for myself what all the fuss was about.

The first portion of the book covers Demi Moore’s tragically upsetting childhood. Both the author and her mother share a genetic self deprecating attitude when it comes to men, substance abuse and depressive mental states. I had no previous knowledge of Demi Moore’s life, so I found it sad and frankly depressing to read. The second portion of the book covers her rise to fame and the continued battle with Demi’s inner demons. That undercurrent of depressive and self destructive behavior remains present through the book.

I came across an interview that Demi Moore did while promoting her newly released book. The author notes, “The book was based on my experience. It is my point of view, which may be different from the other people that were present.”  I felt that this statement rang incredibly true. As I was reading her story, it felt as though her perspective was like looking through a different type of lens. However, her point of view left me feeling disconnected and disengaged.

When I was close to the end of the story, I was expecting everything to finally come into focus and leave me with a satisfied feeling. Unfortunately, this book was lacking in that department too. The last portion feels just like rambling and with no clear illumination from her experiences. As a reader I was left feeling disappointed by the story and baffled as to why I finished the book in its entirety.

Recommendations: Skip this book unless you are a die hard Demi Moore fan. Even then, maybe cruise by the library or download it on audiobook rather than shell out your hard earned cash for this cup half empty type of autobiography.

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