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On the surface Mary Weiland had a fairy tale life. She was a successful model married to a successful rock star—Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland—and a world traveler with a home and two beautiful children. But it wasn’t until her rampage in a Los Angeles hotel room and the resulting media frenzy that the world got a glimpse into Mary’s inner t On the surface Mary Weiland had a fairy tale life. She was a successful model married to a successful rock star—Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland—and a world traveler with a home and two beautiful children. But it wasn’t until her rampage in a Los Angeles hotel room and the resulting media frenzy that the world got a glimpse into Mary’s inner turmoil, self-destructive behavior, bipolar disorder, and drug abuse. In Fall to Pieces, she reveals the extreme highs and lows of her life, the volatilty of which long hinted at her bipolar disorder. Weiland tells her story with refreshing candor, unflinching detail, and more than a little humor. Reminiscent of celebrity memoirs from Tatum O’Neill, Brooke Shields and Valerie Bertinelli, Weiland offers a window into the world of modeling and rock’n’roll celebrity while at the same time providing deep insights into a serious and misunderstood mental illness. Co-written with veteran journalist Larkin Warren, Fall to Pieces is a blistering, eye-opening memoir of Hollywood meltdown.  


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On the surface Mary Weiland had a fairy tale life. She was a successful model married to a successful rock star—Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland—and a world traveler with a home and two beautiful children. But it wasn’t until her rampage in a Los Angeles hotel room and the resulting media frenzy that the world got a glimpse into Mary’s inner t On the surface Mary Weiland had a fairy tale life. She was a successful model married to a successful rock star—Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland—and a world traveler with a home and two beautiful children. But it wasn’t until her rampage in a Los Angeles hotel room and the resulting media frenzy that the world got a glimpse into Mary’s inner turmoil, self-destructive behavior, bipolar disorder, and drug abuse. In Fall to Pieces, she reveals the extreme highs and lows of her life, the volatilty of which long hinted at her bipolar disorder. Weiland tells her story with refreshing candor, unflinching detail, and more than a little humor. Reminiscent of celebrity memoirs from Tatum O’Neill, Brooke Shields and Valerie Bertinelli, Weiland offers a window into the world of modeling and rock’n’roll celebrity while at the same time providing deep insights into a serious and misunderstood mental illness. Co-written with veteran journalist Larkin Warren, Fall to Pieces is a blistering, eye-opening memoir of Hollywood meltdown.  

30 review for Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and Mental Illness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mischenko

    This book is featured on Throwback Thursday@ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/... Fall to Pieces by Mary Forsberg Weiland is an insightful memoir about Mary and her struggle with mental illness, drug use, and her relationship with Scott Weiland, former singer of Stone Temple Pilots. My entire life I've loved music and my teen years in the 90's was where music became a necessity for everyday life as I experienced similar issues to what Mary had, although nowhere near as extreme. Stone Temple Pi This book is featured on Throwback Thursday@ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/... Fall to Pieces by Mary Forsberg Weiland is an insightful memoir about Mary and her struggle with mental illness, drug use, and her relationship with Scott Weiland, former singer of Stone Temple Pilots. My entire life I've loved music and my teen years in the 90's was where music became a necessity for everyday life as I experienced similar issues to what Mary had, although nowhere near as extreme. Stone Temple Pilots was one of my favorites and Scott remained a favorite singer of mine in STP, Velvet Revolver and even his solo albums. When he passed away in 2015 I was shocked. Another great artist was gone and the horrible comments and accusations about him as a person began. People would call him a junkie, loser, abuser, and careless to name few. These words from people who were obviously not fans and those who don't understand addiction and mental disease. They also don't know what Scott experienced in his life. After reading Scott's book, I wanted to see what Mary had to say. To see my review on Scott Weiland's book Click Here Firstly, this book has much more content than Scott's Not Dead and Not for Sale. This book doesn't highlight everything about Scott, but covers Mary and Scott's relationship from the beginning until their divorce. Mary starts by discussing her early family life and emancipation at 17 which leads into her modeling career. She talks about her struggle with addiction long before her relationship with Scott started. Mary obviously loved Scott, but it seemed like their relationship was doomed from the beginning. Scott was heavy into drugs and Mary knew it. They both had issues from the past and despite their mental illnesses, they got married and had kids. Up and down and all around is the best way to describe their journey together. It's sad at times and at one point Mary pulls a Bernadine from "Waiting to Exhale" on Scott's wardrobe. There's a lot here you'll never know if you don't read the book. It contains journal entries, photos, and a lot of personal information. I learned about friendships that Mary had with other models, actors, and celebrities that I never knew about. Her bi-polar episodes didn't really appear until the last quarter of the book. What's sad is that Scott couldn't straighten up despite Mary's persistence. Obviously, it's what she wanted for herself and the kids, but she had her own demons to deal with and it's sad the kids don't have their dad to grow up with. I suppose having kids in this relationship was a bad idea, but I love Mary's "no regrets" attitude. His kids are teens themselves now. I enjoyed the writing style and the story told in chronological order. It's an easy fast-paced read that's written well. If you want to know more about Mary and Scott, read it. You won't be sorry... 4****

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lynx

    Mary Forsberg was only 16 years old when she first met Scott Weiland. Seven years her senior, Scott had been hired to chauffeur Mary around to her modelling gigs. While their attraction was immediate, their careers were taking them in different directions. As Mary was jet-setting from Milan to Tokyo to Paris for exciting fashion shoots, Scott and his band, Stone Temple Pilots were beginning to dominate the airwaves. But great success doesn’t automatically equal great happiness. Both Scott and Ma Mary Forsberg was only 16 years old when she first met Scott Weiland. Seven years her senior, Scott had been hired to chauffeur Mary around to her modelling gigs. While their attraction was immediate, their careers were taking them in different directions. As Mary was jet-setting from Milan to Tokyo to Paris for exciting fashion shoots, Scott and his band, Stone Temple Pilots were beginning to dominate the airwaves. But great success doesn’t automatically equal great happiness. Both Scott and Mary were trying to find ways to deal with their depression and mental health issues. By the time their paths collided and they became a couple they each were also fighting with addiction. In no time at all they found themselves living in a rock n roll cliche. As Scott said, “It’s Bonnie & Clyde, rock n roll, hell on wheels. We know were gonna crash, but we keep on going. But what goes up has to come down, and it does. Hard.” For Mary, “The days run together, the drugs run together & the rehabs run together too.” But with motherhood came another reason to keep fighting the battle. While Mary focused on the children Scott would continue the never ending cycle of addiction for the rest of his life. Not wanting to give up on her soulmate, Mary often paid the price of her own mental stability to try and keep their family together. They officially divorced in 2007 after 7 years of marriage. When Scott passed away in 2015 Mary and their children wrote a piece for Rolling Stone saying “Let’s choose to make this the first time we don’t glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don’t have to come with it.” I highly recommend this book. Mary goes into great detail about her experiences with addiction, her journeys through detox & rehabilitation as well as her struggles with mental illness. It was incredibly informative and relatable for anyone who has struggled through these things. Scott also wrote a memoir called Not Dead & Not For Sale. For STP fans who are interested in his songwriting there are some interesting pieces in there, however I felt Mary's book went over not just their life together, but also Scotts personal battles in much greater detail then Scott did himself. I talk all about Mary's journey in an episode of Muses & Stuff. Click the link to check it out!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Juliette

    I should begin this review by stating that I am not a Stone Temple Pilots fan. However, I love reading model memoirs, rock n' roll memoirs, and mental illness memoirs, so this book hit all three areas. Mary Forsberg claims she was a hugely successful model in the 1990s, but I've never heard of her and there is virtually no on-line record of her modeling career (or mug shots, for that matter)....anyway, she name drops (Charlize Theron, Anthony Kiedis, Ashley Hamilton, Balthazar Getty, and Scott W I should begin this review by stating that I am not a Stone Temple Pilots fan. However, I love reading model memoirs, rock n' roll memoirs, and mental illness memoirs, so this book hit all three areas. Mary Forsberg claims she was a hugely successful model in the 1990s, but I've never heard of her and there is virtually no on-line record of her modeling career (or mug shots, for that matter)....anyway, she name drops (Charlize Theron, Anthony Kiedis, Ashley Hamilton, Balthazar Getty, and Scott Weiland, of course), she shops, she travels, she hooks up with Weiland, she gets hooked on drugs, marries Weiland, burns about $80,000 worth of her husband's designer clothes in the driveway of their mansion, gets diagnosed with bipolar disorder (Weiland has it, too!), has two kids (with Weiland), gets divorced (from Weiland), and gets better. I know her attempt was to help other people who are struggling with bipolar and/or addiction (I think...), but she fell short. This book was just sort of shallow and empty of emotion, and her bipolar episodes don't seen to truly surface 'til the last few chapters in the book. Also, who writes a model memoir and fails to include even one photo from her portfolio? The Barbizon contest shot from age 14 does not count, either.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    This book, like most memoirs of the rich and famous, annoyed me for its name dropping and unrelatable lifestyle. But Mary Weiland also had a way of owning up to her worst moments and not making excuses. And I respect that. It takes courage to turn the mirror outward for the world to see, opening yourself up to reviews complaining about name dropping. The bigger picture here is that she has a way of telling her personal tale of rags to riches and a life of addiction that followed her throughout bo This book, like most memoirs of the rich and famous, annoyed me for its name dropping and unrelatable lifestyle. But Mary Weiland also had a way of owning up to her worst moments and not making excuses. And I respect that. It takes courage to turn the mirror outward for the world to see, opening yourself up to reviews complaining about name dropping. The bigger picture here is that she has a way of telling her personal tale of rags to riches and a life of addiction that followed her throughout both ends of the spectrum that is frank and admirable rather than becoming a pity party or blame game. There are good points to learn here about how mental illness and addiction compromise each other and make such unlucky souls ticking time bombs. And rather than use that knowledge to formulate excuses for the mistakes she has made, she used it to turn her life around and make better choices for herself and her family. Writing this book probably helped her through the healing process. It probably helped educate some other folks wading through the same rough waters she faced. And it probably made her a few bucks. Nothing wrong with any of that. Nothing earth shattering or entirely new here - but well told and an engaging read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I started this book late Thursday evening, only reading the first few chapter. Today I picked it up this morning and didn't stop until I was done. I couldn't put it down. Mary's story of her fight with addiction and ultimate revelation of her bi-polar disorder was so brutally honest, it was at some times upsetting to read. Her relationship with ex husband (Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman, Scott Weiland) was a long, tumultuous one that when it was good was REALLY good and when it I started this book late Thursday evening, only reading the first few chapter. Today I picked it up this morning and didn't stop until I was done. I couldn't put it down. Mary's story of her fight with addiction and ultimate revelation of her bi-polar disorder was so brutally honest, it was at some times upsetting to read. Her relationship with ex husband (Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman, Scott Weiland) was a long, tumultuous one that when it was good was REALLY good and when it was bad, was the worst ever. To read about their days and nights of heroin, cocaine and alcohol binges made me amazed that they both are still alive. There were times when Mary was clean and Scott was not, or vice versa. Now both sober, though knowing they cannot live together, they still remain supportive of each other and raising their 2 children. I have read many memoirs involving substance abuse, but I think this was one that really (I mean REALLY) showed how low it can get. It certainly will stick with me for a long time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dave Moore

    I'm not real high (no pun intended) on autobiographies of the rich and famous. This was a sad story in that a beautiful and ambitious young lady, making a fortune in international modeling, suffered from such self-esteem and mood disorder issues that she became hopelessly entangled in substance abuse and co-dependency with a self-destructive, marginally talented singer. If you've ever seen the excellent, independent film "A Slipping Down Life", starring Lily Taylor, you have some idea of how a p I'm not real high (no pun intended) on autobiographies of the rich and famous. This was a sad story in that a beautiful and ambitious young lady, making a fortune in international modeling, suffered from such self-esteem and mood disorder issues that she became hopelessly entangled in substance abuse and co-dependency with a self-destructive, marginally talented singer. If you've ever seen the excellent, independent film "A Slipping Down Life", starring Lily Taylor, you have some idea of how a person with low self-esteem can become obsessed with a fringe 'talent' who makes him/her feel better. On the other hand, how much sympathy can the average person feel for someone who has the means to spend $30,000.00 in a single month, has two residences, visits Europe and Japan regularly, lives in Hollywood, and hangs out with people we couldn't even get within autograph distance of. Not a lot.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James Curtin

    such a guilty pleasure. i'm a big fan of the junkie memoir, especially one written by a hot rich model who married a rock star like scott weiland. there is some decent dirt in here and the author does sometimes come across as being somewhat genuine and she seems to mean well. she has kept clean for years and is going to school to become an addictions counselor. scott has supposedly been off junk for years but still drinks so keep him on your dead pool. as a fan of music, obviously i never liked such a guilty pleasure. i'm a big fan of the junkie memoir, especially one written by a hot rich model who married a rock star like scott weiland. there is some decent dirt in here and the author does sometimes come across as being somewhat genuine and she seems to mean well. she has kept clean for years and is going to school to become an addictions counselor. scott has supposedly been off junk for years but still drinks so keep him on your dead pool. as a fan of music, obviously i never liked stp and had only briefly listened to velvet revolver. the name of this book is the name of a v.r. song and the author is in the video so i had to check it out and it was worse than i expected. the music blows, scott is just doing his jagger impersonation but mary is hot and isn't that what really matters in the end?

  8. 5 out of 5

    rachael

    although it was a page turner and i read it in less that a week, it's not like it's an outstanding piece of literature or anything... i appreciated her openness to share; i also commend her for her hope and lack of bitterness. if you like true rock and roll stories, this is a good one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    A gritty, dark, and triumphant memoir. Mary Weiland shoots straight from the heart in telling her story of her drug addiction and living with bipolar disorder.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Definitely an interesting story here, but the author ultimately came across as profoundly shallow. Way too much name dropping.

  11. 5 out of 5

    angie

    Wow- what a great book. I'm amazed by Mary Weiland's candor & strength and her honesty about her drug use and mental illness. I've always been a huge fan of Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver and was always sad to hear of yet another arrest or rehab stint of his or fight/separation with Mary but always thought "well, that's the life of a rock star and his artisitc demons" But Mary tells in detail how she always suffered with bi-polar disease ( never being properly diagnosed u Wow- what a great book. I'm amazed by Mary Weiland's candor & strength and her honesty about her drug use and mental illness. I've always been a huge fan of Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver and was always sad to hear of yet another arrest or rehab stint of his or fight/separation with Mary but always thought "well, that's the life of a rock star and his artisitc demons" But Mary tells in detail how she always suffered with bi-polar disease ( never being properly diagnosed until her late 20's) and how Scott was a shy, sweet ( heroin free) struggling songwriter when they met and became friends. Their love story and eventual downward spiral of drugs and mental illness ( Scott is also bi-polar) is sad, bittersweet and at times funny. This book will give you a different outlook on celebrities and their private lives and sheds light on an often misdiagnosed disease. There are a lot of famous people mentioned in this book - many who were up and coming in the modeling, acting and music industries with Mary when she was a teen, so that aspect is pretty interesting as well. I found it hard to put down and finished it in less than 24 hours.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Love

    To me this deserves five stars. I loved reading about her childhood. Reminded me of my own in so many ways. I have always been a fan of Stone Temple Pilots. I remember hearing of her and Scott's drug problems. I wanted to read their story. Thought this was a good place to start. I hate what drugs do to people. Makes even the most level headed people crazy. Mary at one point in the book asked Scott if he had never been in a band would he have done drugs..This brought the thought back to me. Why do To me this deserves five stars. I loved reading about her childhood. Reminded me of my own in so many ways. I have always been a fan of Stone Temple Pilots. I remember hearing of her and Scott's drug problems. I wanted to read their story. Thought this was a good place to start. I hate what drugs do to people. Makes even the most level headed people crazy. Mary at one point in the book asked Scott if he had never been in a band would he have done drugs..This brought the thought back to me. Why does it seem talented people or highly intelligent people turn to drinking and drugs? Is it to much for them to handle? makes you wonder. I think Mary did a great job writing this book. I can't wait to read Scott's book and compare.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Kind of underwhelming on the whole. I really feel like the main point of this book was her trash fire of a relationship with Scott Weiland, name dropping all the famous people she knows/is friends with and giving an honest portrayl of her drug addiction. This book really hardly even touches on the mental illness until the last 40 pages -- and it's barely the tip of the iceberg before she just pushes it to the surface of the stuff. Don't know if I'd recommend it, unless you are obsessed with Scot Kind of underwhelming on the whole. I really feel like the main point of this book was her trash fire of a relationship with Scott Weiland, name dropping all the famous people she knows/is friends with and giving an honest portrayl of her drug addiction. This book really hardly even touches on the mental illness until the last 40 pages -- and it's barely the tip of the iceberg before she just pushes it to the surface of the stuff. Don't know if I'd recommend it, unless you are obsessed with Scott and/or Mary or STP.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kitt-e-kat

    A very good read about a failed rock n roll marriage. This is the typical Rock Star Wife story: getting caught up with the rock n roll lifestyle with her husband (Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots), addiction & getting pregnant and raising the kids by herself most of the time while hubby who refuses to stay sober and always on the road or in the studio. This book is very well written about her life as a kid,model,wife & mother. It is a Love Story of a girl starting out as a teenage fashion A very good read about a failed rock n roll marriage. This is the typical Rock Star Wife story: getting caught up with the rock n roll lifestyle with her husband (Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots), addiction & getting pregnant and raising the kids by herself most of the time while hubby who refuses to stay sober and always on the road or in the studio. This book is very well written about her life as a kid,model,wife & mother. It is a Love Story of a girl starting out as a teenage fashion model who graced many fashion ads in magazines. She met the man of her dreams when she met Scott Weiland as he was hired by the modeling agency to drive her to her modeling gigs. She knew in her heart she was going to marry that guy someday. So as Mary is getting into more private parties because of who she knows in the modeling world she runs into her dream guy who just got a record deal with his band Stone Temple Pilots. Mary shares alot of stories of her and her now famous friends such as Anthony Kiedis(Red Hot Chili Peppers), Dave Navaro (Janes addiction), Charlize Theron (Actress) & Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy) before she gets mixed up in Scott's World. Now getting involved with Scott she tours around the world, living the rock n roll life and Scott introducing her to Heroin they both start living a downward spiral of drug addiction. She explains her depression all her life but never knowing she was bi-polar. Living that lifestyle on drugs brought out the worst of her mental illness. After 8 attempts with Rehab & Scott having her locked up in a mental hopsital she finally got clean when she got pregnant for the first time. With Scott still struggling to stay clean and sober she finally had enough and divorced Scott. It's a really sad love story of two people who love each other so much but due to drugs and depression they can't make it work. Note: Scott Weiland just put his own autobiography book out so now I have to get that book and see his side of his life with Mary. You know there are always two sides of a story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    I've always been a pretty huge Stone Temple Pilots fan, and so I've always known that something was off with frontman Scott Weiland, between the addictions and dressing in drag, and rifts with STP and then with Velvet Revolver, but it was fascinating to read this book by his wife. Scott and Mary both struggle with bipolar disorder, and as if that wasn't enough strain on a relationship, they've both also struggled for years and years with drug and alcohol addictions. The story of their relationsh I've always been a pretty huge Stone Temple Pilots fan, and so I've always known that something was off with frontman Scott Weiland, between the addictions and dressing in drag, and rifts with STP and then with Velvet Revolver, but it was fascinating to read this book by his wife. Scott and Mary both struggle with bipolar disorder, and as if that wasn't enough strain on a relationship, they've both also struggled for years and years with drug and alcohol addictions. The story of their relationship is tumultuous, but touching, and the ending is both hopeful and heartbreaking. I have a thing for rock autobios, I also have a thing for addiction memoirs and stories of people suffering with mental illness, so this book was like a grand slam for me. I couldn't put it down and I read the whole thing in a day. My only criticism with this book is that some of the timelines are sort of confusing, and it was sometimes difficult to tell when certain events were taking place. I'm not sure whether it skipped around chronologically, but at times it felt like it did. The author points out in the beginning and again at the end, though, that because so much of this time was spent wasted and/or manic, her recollection of all of was sort of distorted anyway, which is fair enough, and you can't really fault the story-telling. The stories from her childhood were crazy and heartbreaking, but she manages to keep everything sort of light, and the book is as painfully funny as it is touching.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    I’ll admit that I was attracted to this book since Mary is the ex-wife of Scott Weiland. I know that Scott’s drug use was highly publicized and also remember hearing some details of their marriage. I read a sample and was hooked right away. Mary and Scott really had a whirlwind marriage. They met when she was 16 and it was love at first sight for her. It was some time before they were actually together and began their ‘chaos tour’. Mary really gives in in depth look at her modeling career and th I’ll admit that I was attracted to this book since Mary is the ex-wife of Scott Weiland. I know that Scott’s drug use was highly publicized and also remember hearing some details of their marriage. I read a sample and was hooked right away. Mary and Scott really had a whirlwind marriage. They met when she was 16 and it was love at first sight for her. It was some time before they were actually together and began their ‘chaos tour’. Mary really gives in in depth look at her modeling career and the beginnings of her depression and drug use. She really did not hold back anything when writing the book. I really appreciate that she really put her put her addiction and her bi-polar for full view. Addiction is hard enough to recover from in itself but pair that with mental illness and misdiagnosis makes it all that much harder. She fully admits that she was not a fan of many of the medications that she took or stopped taking and the consequences of that. I worked with someone who was recovering from their addiction but constantly struggled with their bi-polar disorder. They were constantly tortured by it and watching them when their medication was changed to deal with their cycles was hell for them. The book is an easy read and has conversational tone to it. It definitely is an eye opening look at bi-polar disorder and addiction regardless of your status in life. She says in the book that she hopes that if one person reads this and doesn’t go down the same road she did, it would all be worth it. An excellent read and highly recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    In "Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and Mental Illness," Mary Forsberg Weiland's account of her rollercoaster ride with drugs, rock `n' roll, and mental illness, she doesn't mince words. What comes through loud and clear is the lonely voice of someone who has always felt like she didn't quite fit in. We follow her through her adventures traveling with Scott Weiland's band, from one event to another; we stand back a bit, as the two of them brutalize each other in this journey thr In "Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and Mental Illness," Mary Forsberg Weiland's account of her rollercoaster ride with drugs, rock `n' roll, and mental illness, she doesn't mince words. What comes through loud and clear is the lonely voice of someone who has always felt like she didn't quite fit in. We follow her through her adventures traveling with Scott Weiland's band, from one event to another; we stand back a bit, as the two of them brutalize each other in this journey through addiction. But the still, small voice of a "little girl lost" in love with the man of her dreams, despite all of the obstacles, rings out. Sometimes I found it difficult to traverse the minefield of their journey, but I kept plodding along, hoping that eventually, they would find their way. In the end, we do not have the "happily-ever-after" of a Hollywood movie, or of fiction; instead, we catch a glimpse of what "might-have-been" or "what-could-still be." There is hope in the ending, despite the rugged terrain of the adventures. And that is the only reason I kept plugging away. After awhile, I just wanted to close my eyes and stop. I imagine that's how the author felt during her dramatic life events. A worthwhile read, but I decided that four stars was the most I could give. This would not be most people's cup of tea, anymore than watching a train wreck would be. I commend the author, though, for the courage to tell her story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    K2 -----

    A book to read in paperback, might be a good airplane book in that it's fairly captivating. Weiland takes readers through her struggles with self-medicating her bi-polar disease, with street drugs, and her trauma trying to make a doomed relationship work, against many signs she should have given it up years ago. I heard Weiland speak and had no idea who her rocker husband was at the time. This is the story of her parents who married too young and didn't get along, an unstable childhood with too A book to read in paperback, might be a good airplane book in that it's fairly captivating. Weiland takes readers through her struggles with self-medicating her bi-polar disease, with street drugs, and her trauma trying to make a doomed relationship work, against many signs she should have given it up years ago. I heard Weiland speak and had no idea who her rocker husband was at the time. This is the story of her parents who married too young and didn't get along, an unstable childhood with too much moving around, her early career as a model, and all that entails, and bad choices in intimate relationships as a result of these experiences. She does a good job of taking readers into the world of drug addiction and your head will spin to think of the money that was squandered on years of drugs and treatment to kick drugs. She and her husband are both bi-polar and both drug addicts from broken homes. You pity their offspring and wonder how they will cope with this gene pool and carry on anything resembling a stable life. Mental illness is so shunned and under-treated in our culture. I read this to further understand the struggles a friend's suicidal son has been enduring and it gave me insights into the self-hatred and disturbed underbelly that is the drugged out lifestyle. Certainly at moments I felt I was reading something of the National Enquirer ilk but overall it was an educational look at a life or two or more unraveled.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vee41dmb

    I was drawn to this novel not because of STP, but because it is a tale of addiction and mental illness while in the spotlight. Everyone always thinks they want to become famous, but no one seems to realize the cost, the extreme lack of privacy, the insecurities, and the lonesomeness. Although this may not be what pushed Mary and many other stars into the depths of drug and self abuse it did not help her crawl out. I found this novel to be well written, truthful, and raw without being grotesque. I was drawn to this novel not because of STP, but because it is a tale of addiction and mental illness while in the spotlight. Everyone always thinks they want to become famous, but no one seems to realize the cost, the extreme lack of privacy, the insecurities, and the lonesomeness. Although this may not be what pushed Mary and many other stars into the depths of drug and self abuse it did not help her crawl out. I found this novel to be well written, truthful, and raw without being grotesque. She respectfully describes some of Scotts addiction and problems with the law without sounding like the bitter ex-wife. She speaks of love and hope and courage. She speaks of understanding of those who are still in the gripes of abuse and illness and how one can mask the other. I was left a bit more curious about her life, but respect that she may have left some things out- she even states that at the end. Imagine writing about your own life, would you include every single thing? Would you write with purpose and truth? Would you want everyone to see your darkest moments? Now imagine being famous also... This is by far one of the best celebrity memoirs I have read, as it did not fully read as such. I loved the way she ended her story with hope and courage and love for herself, her family, Scott, and those still in the deep dark depths of hell. I really enjoyed this one and read the last 60% of it in one sitting.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    Mary tells the story of her enmeshed life with Scott Weiland of STP. Beginning with her childhood and quickly moving into an emancipated teenage modeling career, it's easy to see how she ended up becoming an addict. In addition to her heavy drug abuse, however, was her underlying mental instability of undiagnosed bipolarism. She's very frank and honest about her experiences and the level to which she and Scott enabled each other through a very dependent love. She writes in a straightforward way, Mary tells the story of her enmeshed life with Scott Weiland of STP. Beginning with her childhood and quickly moving into an emancipated teenage modeling career, it's easy to see how she ended up becoming an addict. In addition to her heavy drug abuse, however, was her underlying mental instability of undiagnosed bipolarism. She's very frank and honest about her experiences and the level to which she and Scott enabled each other through a very dependent love. She writes in a straightforward way, with a dash of creative twist and language that makes the book enjoyable and far from a lackluster account of another behind-the-scenes rock star life. My heart went out to her and roots for her to find peace, and I value her for steadfastly commiting to a no-excuses sobriety once her children were in the world. A great read for anyone battling addiction or trying to get a handle on bipolar disorder, or for anyone who loves somebody battling these conditions.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I don't think I've ever heard a Stone Temple Pilots or Velvet Revolver song and I had never heard of Mary Forsberg Weiland or her ex-husband Scott Weiland before reading this book, I don't know how it got onto my list of books that I wanted to read but I'm glad that I did. There is a lot of name dropping and famous friends in this book but not in the usual annoying way that so many other biographies of this genre use. MFW is very open about her problems, what might have caused them and how she ba I don't think I've ever heard a Stone Temple Pilots or Velvet Revolver song and I had never heard of Mary Forsberg Weiland or her ex-husband Scott Weiland before reading this book, I don't know how it got onto my list of books that I wanted to read but I'm glad that I did. There is a lot of name dropping and famous friends in this book but not in the usual annoying way that so many other biographies of this genre use. MFW is very open about her problems, what might have caused them and how she battled them making it an interesting read with no self-pity or showing off. The writing style made it very easy to read, although I did wish the chapters were a little shorter. At the end of the book I liked MFW a lot and hope that she manages to continue on her path to healing herself and dealing with her bipolar and addiction issues.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This had been rotting on my Nook for quite a while and in the wake of Scott Weiland dying a couple months ago I asked myself why I hadn't read it yet. You don't need to be an STP fan to enjoy this book...Scott is a main character for sure, but Mary shows that she was just as messed up as he was and long before he ever came into the picture and she decided they'd be together some day. It's an enlightening look into the mind of someone with bipolar disorder who remained undiagnosed for many years, This had been rotting on my Nook for quite a while and in the wake of Scott Weiland dying a couple months ago I asked myself why I hadn't read it yet. You don't need to be an STP fan to enjoy this book...Scott is a main character for sure, but Mary shows that she was just as messed up as he was and long before he ever came into the picture and she decided they'd be together some day. It's an enlightening look into the mind of someone with bipolar disorder who remained undiagnosed for many years, as well as a testament to how difficult sobriety is. Luckily, it seems like motherhood is the ultimate detox for her, since it doesn't appear she's gotten high as a kite since giving birth 16 years ago. (I haven't bothered to google her and see if she's relapsed since publication...) I enjoyed this book quite a bit.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Braxie

    I loved Stone Temple Pilots in the 90's; Purple was one of my favorite albums. I was excited to read this and had high hopes after reading the reviews here. Sorry to say, this book is tiresome. I don't know if it is the writing style, the lack of interesting details that draw the reader inside, or the celebrity name-dropping. It's just not that great. Mary has obviously been through a lot and I admire her bravery, but this seemed like a wasted (pun intended) opportunity because there is an amazi I loved Stone Temple Pilots in the 90's; Purple was one of my favorite albums. I was excited to read this and had high hopes after reading the reviews here. Sorry to say, this book is tiresome. I don't know if it is the writing style, the lack of interesting details that draw the reader inside, or the celebrity name-dropping. It's just not that great. Mary has obviously been through a lot and I admire her bravery, but this seemed like a wasted (pun intended) opportunity because there is an amazing story here. If you want a great rock/addiction/recovery memoir, check out Duff McKagan's book, which is a delight. After reading I went to You Tube and watched Velvet Revolver videos...Scott looks pretty hot in those silver pants. Just sayin'.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Mary ended up in a mental institution after throwing her husbands clothes out and setting them on fire. She suffered from depression and would lay in bed for days. A lot of the time, she didn't even know why she was reacting a certain way. Addiction and depression seem to go hand in hand, so Mary was battling both. It's an absorbing read that hits close to home for me. I too suffer from depression and it is a very difficult illness to live with. I know how brave Mary must be to pour out her life Mary ended up in a mental institution after throwing her husbands clothes out and setting them on fire. She suffered from depression and would lay in bed for days. A lot of the time, she didn't even know why she was reacting a certain way. Addiction and depression seem to go hand in hand, so Mary was battling both. It's an absorbing read that hits close to home for me. I too suffer from depression and it is a very difficult illness to live with. I know how brave Mary must be to pour out her life for the whole world to read. She's a strong woman and I hope that her book inspires others to get the help they need.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Fall to Pieces is a fascinating, yet sad memoir about Mary Weiland's struggle with addiction. Weiland is the ex-wife of Scott Weiland, lead singer of the band Stone Temple Pilots. Both she and Scott struggled throughtout their entire relationship with drug and alcohol addiction. With the births of their children Mary was able to finally find the motivation to stay sober, but Scott still continues to struggle with his demons - hence their divorce. Weiland is very open about her many mistakes, but Fall to Pieces is a fascinating, yet sad memoir about Mary Weiland's struggle with addiction. Weiland is the ex-wife of Scott Weiland, lead singer of the band Stone Temple Pilots. Both she and Scott struggled throughtout their entire relationship with drug and alcohol addiction. With the births of their children Mary was able to finally find the motivation to stay sober, but Scott still continues to struggle with his demons - hence their divorce. Weiland is very open about her many mistakes, but this is also a story of hope that despite huge odds she has been able to manage her mental illness and addiction and be a good parent and responsible adult.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Velvet Revolver "Fall To Pieces": It's been a long year / since you've been gone / I've been alone here / I've grown old / I fall to pieces, I'm falling / Fell to pieces and I'm still falling / Every time I'm falling down / All alone I fall to pieces / I keep a journal of memories / I'm feeling lonely, I can't breathe / I fall to pieces, I'm falling / Fell to pieces and I'm still falling / All the years I've tried / With more to go / Will the memories die / I'm waiting / Will I find you / Can I Velvet Revolver "Fall To Pieces": It's been a long year / since you've been gone / I've been alone here / I've grown old / I fall to pieces, I'm falling / Fell to pieces and I'm still falling / Every time I'm falling down / All alone I fall to pieces / I keep a journal of memories / I'm feeling lonely, I can't breathe / I fall to pieces, I'm falling / Fell to pieces and I'm still falling / All the years I've tried / With more to go / Will the memories die / I'm waiting / Will I find you / Can I find you/ We're falling down / I'm falling

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia Garcia

    This was a very well-written autobiography. The writing flowed beautifully, and it gripped my attention from the very beginning. The subject matter was interesting, who doesn't love stories of drugs, relapse, betrayal and the glamorous life of rock stars, models, and celebrities? As mentioned above, the writing flows miraculously, I remember my eyes slid over the first few sentences and it was as if the author was whispering the words into my head. It's deeply personal and strongly worded.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I've always been a fan of this band, but never knew much about the lifestyle Scott lived. Sometimes knowing too much about an artist takes away from the mystery for me, but this book intrigued me. Mary was very honest, and up front about her addictions, and bi-polar disorder. She did come off as somewhat clingy though towards Scott, and it turned him off. She does admit that was a problem because she didn't trust him. I couldn't stop reading this book, and am now going to read Scott's book to he I've always been a fan of this band, but never knew much about the lifestyle Scott lived. Sometimes knowing too much about an artist takes away from the mystery for me, but this book intrigued me. Mary was very honest, and up front about her addictions, and bi-polar disorder. She did come off as somewhat clingy though towards Scott, and it turned him off. She does admit that was a problem because she didn't trust him. I couldn't stop reading this book, and am now going to read Scott's book to hear his side of the story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Let me start with the fact that I loved STP and I didn't care that Scott Weiland was a hot mess for most of the time they were together. It was the 90's. wasn't that how it was supposed to be?!? I appreciate a closer look into what was going on in both Mary and Scott's lives and am fascinated by their love for each other through it all. While they were each other's kryptonite, they were also soul mates. My only complaint is that I feel as though their story ended quite abruptly and went into the Let me start with the fact that I loved STP and I didn't care that Scott Weiland was a hot mess for most of the time they were together. It was the 90's. wasn't that how it was supposed to be?!? I appreciate a closer look into what was going on in both Mary and Scott's lives and am fascinated by their love for each other through it all. While they were each other's kryptonite, they were also soul mates. My only complaint is that I feel as though their story ended quite abruptly and went into the overview of Mary's illness and became more like a case study. Overall - I loved it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    MaryEllen

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoy memoirs in general. This one was intelligent, heartfelt, honest and funny; as well as being heart wrenching and frustrating. I expected it to be more of a book about Scott Weiland. However, Mary Forsberg Weiland has quite the story to tell in her own right. The parts about Scott had to deal with the part he played in her life. I am very impressed at how far she has come and how hopeful she is after all the trials and tribulations that she has been through.

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