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Inside Out by Demi Moore

I always liked Demi Moore as an actress.  My favorite movie she starred in was Ghost.  Who couldn’t love her vulnerability and beauty in that film?  I was dismayed when her life began to fall apart publicly a few years ago. I read Inside Out by Demi Moore because I wondered what happened to her to get her to that point?

Moore’s Troubled Childhood

This book revealed what a troubling childhood she had. I think anyone who was raised the way she was would have had lifelong struggles.  Her parents routinely moved; she sometimes enrolled in new schools two or three times a year.

Her parents also fought constantly and were breaking up and getting back together as a matter of course.  By the time Moore was a teenager, her parents had split up for good.  She was living with her mom (her brother was with her dad), and her mom was partying with Moore.

Moore’s Adult Life

Moore starts living on her own at 16 and quickly moves in with Freddy Moore and marries him shortly after.  She develops a modeling career, which soon leads to acting.  Of course, her drug and alcohol problems start shortly thereafter.

After she divorces Freddy, Moore soon meets Bruce Willis.  I never realized how fast her romance was with Bruce Willis (dated, married, and got pregnant within 4 months of meeting)!  It’s no wonder they had marital problems and eventually got divorced.

Besides a brief mention of Jon Cryer, which I found cringe worthy, up to this point, I appreciated the book and hearing Moore’s perspective.

However, when she gets to the point where she starts a relationship with Ashton Kucher, I felt like she glossed over a lot. She mentioned that she started drinking again, after twenty years of sobriety, because Kucher made a casual comment that he didn’t believe there was such a thing as alcoholism. Shortly thereafter, she says he shamed her by taking a picture of her passed out over a toilet bowl. How did we get to this point?

She later mentions that her daughters stopped speaking to her. She attributes her youngest not talking to her because Moore was a bit rough with her when she discovered she had been drinking at 17. So rough that her daughter stopped speaking to her and then her other daughters one by one stopped speaking to her? Clearly, some serious issues are going on here, but Moore just glosses over them.

In the end, after a painful period, she finds herself again, but I wanted to know more about how she did that. How do you take your life from a train wreck you never imagined or wanted to a place where you feel comfortable and confident again? The last third of Inside Out simply needed more details and honesty.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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