About The Real Story of My Mother and Me
Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke’s iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only eleven months old, and Teri’s skills as both Brooke’s mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.
As Brooke became an adult the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. And when Brooke’s own daughters were born she found that her experience as a mother was shaped in every way by the woman who raised her. But despite the many ups and downs, Brooke was by Teri’s side when she died in 2012, a loving daughter until the end.
Only Brooke knows the truth of the remarkable, difficult, complicated woman who was her mother. And now, in an honest, open memoir about her life growing up, Brooke will reveal stories and feelings that are relatable to anyone who has been a mother or daughter.
“Neither writing the book nor this letter felt at all cathartic. People speculated it would, but in actuality it all just gave me a heavy heart.”
Brooke wrote this book to reveal more of her mother as opposed to the overbearing stage mother reputation most were familiar with, mission failed. Brooke describes Teri as an abusive alcoholic mother using her daughter as her means of financial support.
Brooke continuously defends her mother, fails to really acknowledge the abuse head on, basically glosses over all affronts like its no big deal which makes this even more painful of a read. The part I found shocking – Brooke admits she would never permit her daughters to participate in a film such as Pretty Baby or questionable ad campaigns but yet sees nothing wrong with Teri allowing her involvement.
Her continuous excuses for her mother made for a challenging read. What was the point in writing this, it certainly didn’t endear Teri to an already skeptical audience. Brooke really should have written this for herself sans sharing with the public.
This reads more of ramblings from an abused daughter of an alcoholic wrestling with the loss of her mother, grief serving as her ghostwriter, clearly clouding her vision of the depths of events.
The lack of proper editing added to the strain of an already frustrating tell all.
Brooke Christa Camille Shields is an American actress, supermodel and author.
Published November 18th 2014 by Dutton