“The Boys” Review

If memoirs or biographies are your interest, or if you loved the tv shows –  “Andy Griffith,” “Happy Days” or “Gentle Ben,” I think you would enjoy The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family by Ron Howard and Clint Howard. I grew up watching those classic tv shows and also love many of the movies that have been directed by Ron Howard, so this novel touched on many behind the scenes moments related to those productions. (The audiobook version is actually read by Ron and Clint.)

Ron Howard and Clint Howard alternate telling about their days as child actors with an emphasis on their relationships with their parents and with each other. In contrast to many Hollywood families, the Howards lived a humble, normal life during the 1960’s and 70’s – despite the fame that their two sons achieved. The memoir also emphasizes the love and respect that were present in their family dynamics. While everything in their lives isn’t always bright and cheery, they leaned on each other and helped each other through the good and the bad. (They also freely admit mistakes that were made in their younger years.)

Check this best-seller out if you grew up with Opie or Richie Cunningham . . . you will love the humor and love in The Boys.

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