There Was a Little Girl

  • by Brooke Shields
  • Narrated by Brooke Shields
  • 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Actress and author of the New York Times best seller Down Came the Rain, Brooke Shields, explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri, in her new memoir.
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 11 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.


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Edit is a Good Four Letter Word.

This book is disappointing and what more… in years to come, I feel that she will regret this effort. Brooke stated that she wanted to write an honest portrayal of her and her mother’s unique relationship. The media’s portrayal of her mother, back in the day, was scandalous. I was quite interested to hear the other side. It didn't get told. Yes, her mother was her greatest advocate, but it’s clear from reading this that what got them to her level of fame was a whole lot of fate. Imagine Brooke’s career had someone knowledgeable been at the helm.

The first problem with this book is that Brooke, like her mother, thinks/thought more of Brooke. The second problem is that Brooke has a clouded vision of common and uncommon. Brook goes to painful lengths relaying each and every detail of multiple events in her life that were not uncommon from mine. Then in an offhandedly sidebar mentions something off the wall with no story about it. Everyone learned once not to let our mother chose our clothes in high school – it’s uncommon that your mother printed 200 copies of your picture to give as a party favor when you were in high school. I too know that fear each time my single mom left me. What I didn't experience though was regular bar hopping after grade school on the streets of New York City in search of my mother.

The adult ramblings are especially painful. There is an extremely agonizing in depth reminiscence involving her daughter’s ear piecing that served no purpose other than to waste the reader's time. She finished with a lengthy open letter to her mother that is basically 69 ways of saying the same thing over and over and over.

One last comment - shameless Lazyboy product plug in a book? Can you spell T.A.C.K.Y?
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- tooonce72

Wow - a heart touching listen!

What does Brooke Shields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I definitely appreciate hearing Brooke's voice read this. I know I heard her voice crack with emotion during the intro, at a part where I teared up myself instantly as she shared a raw emotion I could relate to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Regardless of Brooke's celebrity or fame, I felt like a friend was sharing her experience of losing her mom with me, like you would over coffee. You can tell some of her family stories are very "practiced" and have a life of their own, but that in itself is one of the key points she brings up in order to bring her her mom to life in words.

I recently lost my mom about 2 years ago, and also have experienced addiction/alcohol issues in the setting of a white collar "looking good/feeling bad" family. I could totally relate and listen to Brooke's progression back to sanity as she was immersed in the craziness. If you don't have a sense of identity or compassion in living with alcoholism, this book might not ring any bells for you. But if you know that ride, then her story reminds us again that no one is exempt from alcohol's effects and we are each on our own journey to keep our heads up above the waves, famous or not. There were quite a few comments Brooke shared that made me draw my breath in quickly, as she captured things I had felt and thought privately myself. The backstory of her filming experiences and life make for some lively distractions from the obvious elephant of the complex mother-daughter relationship. I thank her for this brave, honest listen!

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- Dawn F Horner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio