Saturday, June 27, 2015

(51)So That Happened by Jon Cryer

Jon Cryer is the next in a long line of celebrities to share their life's story with the world.   He starts with his childhood in New York with parents who are also in the business.  He tells us what it was like going to summer camp at the famed Stagedoor Manor.  Of course he shares with us his early days in show business, including his perpetual problem of being mistaken for Matthew Broderick.  He covers his brief relationship with Demi Moore.  And then he finally gets to the part I was waiting for, the making of Pretty in Pink.  Sadly, his time making Pretty in Pink was not as eventful as I had hoped.   In fact I was a little disappointed about the off screen chemistry between Jon Cryer and his co-stars, or lack thereof.   More of you may be more interested in his time at Two and a Half Men and he doesn't disappoint.  He is honest and open about the time spent on the show and his co-stars.  It was really refreshing to see him being honest about his relationship with Charlie Sheen without being mean or resentful.  If anybody had a reason to be vicious while discussing Charlie Sheen's time on the show, it would be him.  But instead he stated the facts and expressed concern for his friend who was obviously spiraling out of control.

Jon Cryer is obviously one of those guys who has that "what you see is what you get" kind of presence.  He readily admits that he is a little bit nerdy, little bit dorky and not at all a "ladies man."  He shows up to work committed to his craft and focused on what he is being paid to do.   I admittedly laughed out loud a few times in the book and found his self-deprecating humor to be entertaining.  I think my favorite story was him talking about his inability to hi-five.

Bottom line - I love celeb memoirs, I think that has become obvious.  Listening to them in audiobook form has become one of my favorite things about them.  To hear them telling their stories is like sitting across from them at a table and chatting with them over beers.  While So That Happened isn't the juiciest celeb memoir ever it was an entertaining way to pass the miles on the treadmill.

  • So That Happened by Jon Cryer
  • Pages: 352
  • Publication Date: 4/7/2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Buy it Here!


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I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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