Brave by Rose McGowan


Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged ...

Details Brave

Release DateJan 30th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Feminism, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews Brave

  • Ian
    I'm not going to review this book.I'm not going to talk about Rose McGowan. I'm not going to talk about how much better I am than all those "other" men. I'm a male.I'm a white male.I'm a white male heterosexual.This book isn't about the other men. It's about every man. It's about every woman.What I'm going to do is look at myself and think about the things I can do better. So buy this book. Read it. Give it to your daughters and give it to your s...
  • Ana
    I read this because I love Rose McGowan. Charmed is one of my favorite shows of all time. She is known for her portrayal of Paige Matthews. She appeared in movies such as Scream, Planet Terror, Death Proof and The Doom Generation. This is a fascinating, personal, and enjoyable read. Rose was never a typical Hollywood actress. She's no-nonsense and gutsy, as exhibited in 'Brave.' Since I and so many brave survivors have come forward, titans of e...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    I saw Rose McGowan on an episode of The View recently. I found her edgy, forthcoming, and, well, brave. Hollywood and pop culture are not interests of mine at the moment, but seeing her on The View had me intrigued. When I saw the audiobook available, and that she read it, I figured why not? Same with this book. Rose is rough around the edges. She does not mince words. All the same, she says and said things that not many others will. She confront...
  • Imane
    “Whatever is different about you is what makes you amazing. Others will try to homogenize you for their own comfort level, because God forbid discomfort. Fuck that. Do not bend yourself to make others feel taller.” ― Rose McGowan, BraveRose McGowan offers a revealing self-portrait which focuses on the trauma of sexual assault and the experience of being a female actress in Hollywood. This was Honest, Fearless, Powerful and filled with that...
  • Debbie
    !!!!????!!!!!&&&&%%??&!!!!!!??!!OMG, I hated this book!! Full of lectures, full of rage, full of contempt for the reader. Since Rose McGowan was one of the key whistle blowers in Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein gross story, she certainly gets to be livid. Add in the many other despicable things that happened to her in Hollywood (even severe physical injuries), and you have a cringe-worthy and sad story. But here’s the thing: In this book she has...
  • Andrew Smith
    I was certainly aware of Rose McGowan as a movie and television actress, though I’m struggling to recall ever watching a film or programme in which she appeared. So I wasn’t sure what to expect from this autobiographical account – even if the title and cover picture offered a clue. What I certainly wasn’t prepared for was exactly how tough her early life had been and how she’d fallen prey to a series of men who bullied, sexualised and a...
  • Vanessa
    Here lies a BRAVE female opening up an intelligent discussion and also a complete up yours to every male who ever took a piece of Rose McGowan. She lays it all on the line and leaves nothing in the tank. She exposes the dirty and mysogynist mentality that dominates the Hollywood industry since inception and lays it all bare. She takes our collective voices and shouts for us, in this book she gives all women a shove to speak up and do it LOUDLY. I...
  • Glitterbomb
    First off, "feminist" is not a dirty word, and fuck you if you think it is. You're exactly the kind of person who should read this. I know a lot of men and women (yes, women too) who are going to hate this book. They are going to palm it off as feminist bullshit, roll their eyes, and then bask in their own egotism. They're going to say "That doesn't happen anymore, this is all over sensationalised!". Sorry sweetheart, hate to break it to you, but...
  • Luca
    Well, this is one of the most difficult books I have ever reviewed. Memoirs and biographies are always difficult but Brave is filled with so many emotions that it becomes even harder to review. First of all, I want to make it clear that I feel that I am no person to judge Rose for what she wrote down about her life. She was born in a cult in Italy and had one hell of a ride for life to her next destination; Hollywood. Except, Hollywood was not so...
  • lov2laf
    Quite frankly, this was fantastic.Whatever image of Rose McGowan you've had previously, scrap it. Whatever box/label/crazy filter/gas lighting/perception of her you have or see currently in the media, set that aside, too.Instead, take some time and just listen. Hear this story. Because, for me, it was my story, too, and I'm guessing it's many of yours. The book is, in fact, brave and, dare I say it, trailblazing.And also at its most fundamental l...
  • Krystin Rachel (Here's The Fucking Twist)
    My book ish: Blog | InstaUpdated: 04.23.18It doesn’t feel right “rating” an autobiography, especially one as intense and personal as this one, so consider my stars more of a decoration than a judgement.Rose McGowan is an actress that had a significant presence in my formative years. (Favourite movie of all time: Scream. One of my favourite TV shows of all time: Charmed.) So, going into reading this, after the downfall of Harvey Weinstein, I...
  • Simon
    Rose McGowan’s Brave is a brilliant, bold (and Brave) battlecry to society. A memoir which becomes a manifesto to be kinder, better, not take shit and change things. Highly recommended.
  • Crystal
    Girl, I know. I think the majority of us do know exactly how this goes down. If things have changed or people are aware and trying to make change that is great. However, my responses to this subject have been along the lines ofstop talking about it nothing even happenedand my favorite since I'm in Florida and it's typically 100 degrees: wear big sweaters I hope you have a better outcome Rose, I'm behind you 100%
  • Nancy
    I just can’t finish this book. The author has a story to tell but she lacks perspective and introspection as well as a good editor and writing coach. I really don’t mean to demean her memoir. It is very real and her childhood was nothing short of bizarre. Yet in the same paragraph she would often paint herself as a victim then tell the reader that she was insulated because she was intelligent and pragmatic. I’m halfway through the book and ...
  • Trina Gloury
    Incredible, unforgettable, and life altering. Wow, this book was truly amazing. I am at a loss of words currently when it comes to describing just how profound I found this. Rose McGowan, I want to applaud you for your bravery and this masterful piece of writing. Just wow. This piece of nonfiction writing is raw, gritty and emotionally intense. There is no sugar coating, Rose says it like it is. The tone is angry, frustrated and intense, and so i...
  • Matthew Sciarappa
    Review Edited:I loved this memoir, but I’m struggling to separate the text from its author.
  • Jenna
    “You may think that what happens in Hollywood doesn’t affect you. You’re wrong. My darlings, who do you think is curating your reality? Who is showing you who and what you want to be?” I hadn't heard of Rose McGowan before reading this memoir (I rarely watch TV and don't listen to/read entertainment news). I'm so glad the synopsis grabbed my attention; otherwise I probably would never have read this.Rose McGowan's life has been anything b...
  • Trevor
    Personally, I always find it a bit difficult to rate memoirs. Not only are you basing your rating off of the book's text, but (inevitably) it's hard not to take into consideration the author's personal life/beliefs, since the memoir is all about said person of course. I wouldn't call myself a fan of McGowan; in fact the only recollection I had of her was when she appeared on Nip/Tuck & I spent a week worried about carbon monoxide poisoning. When ...
  • Belinda Missen
    Phenomenal. Full review coming shortly.Update: 05 Feb 2018.The media wants us to believe Rose McGowan is unhinged – she’s certainly reported that way in the mainstream. Each day, I open my newsfeed to find yet another story of how she’s ‘gone off the rails’, ‘attacked’ another woman, or women. She acknowledges this in the first few pages of my #bookpublishedin2018, Brave. In 2016, almost twelve months before the #MeToo movement gain...
  • Lynx
    Rose McGowan doesn't hold back in this brutally honest and fascinating look into her life and the Hollywood cult machine. What made this book so special was how relatable it was. The setting may be different, but this is a universal story that unfortunately ALL women can relate to.As you can imagine the content is not always easy to read but Rose's bravery and determination to speak up and try to change things is always present and incredibly con...
  • Myrna
    I didn’t know much about Rose McGowan except that she helped take down Hollywood’s big monster. For some reason, I’ve never seen any of her movies or tv shows. I know much more about her now. (: In this memoir, the actress details her tough upbringing and past traumatic experiences. I’m glad she spoke out, stood up and enabled/will enable others to do the same. Glad she wrote her memoir and hope young women and girls read it.BE BRAVE
  • fortuna.spinning
    “I felt like I was in a fun house and all the mirrors were reflecting my horrors.”McGowan has undoubtedly had a strange and difficult life. Some very valid points are made here, but they’re often shrouded in grandiosity. I (mostly) appreciate her candor, but she certainly thinks she smarter than most people. That’s annoying. She has somewhat altered my view on Hollywood, so I applaud her for standing her ground, but this book was just oka...
  • Stephanie Meyers
    Don’t dive in expecting literary prose, this is more a 250 page rant against an industry that teaches society what women are, and they’re leaving out humanity. I’ve wanted Rose to write a biography since the 90’s when I read a Rollingstone article where she touched briefly on her childhood. This is a quick read, that is very relatable to all women. We are supposed to be small, and quiet, and pretty, and polite. Our justifiable anger is wr...
  • Danielle
    Rose is a true inspiration.I hope her story and words can reach everyone and bring about a change that desperately needs to happen. A phenomenal book.
  • Kelly
    You are brave. Sexual harassment is about power. It happens at schools, institutions, blue and white collared jobs. We don't want to see it. And when it happens to you, you don't want to believe it. The shame and the lack of compassion is a killer.I'm glad Rose has the strength 💪 to be one of the voices of millions!But as quoted by Chester, in the end it doesn't even matter.
  • Laurel
    First, I need to say this is one of the most poorly written books I have read in a long time and that, perhaps, has something to do with my reaction to it. If you’re picking up “Brave” for help in your own journey towards emancipation from a male, primarily-white, society holding you back as a woman, I advise you to look elsewhere or flip to the back of the book and read the last few pages. Those will perhaps be helpful. If you are interest...