This has to be one of my most treasured non fiction books that I have. Not because technically it could be considered a collectors item, because of the fact that it was a gift from a wonderful person and friend, Cherie Currie herself. The book, Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story, covers her experiences after being chosen at 15 years old to be lead singer for all-girl 70's rock group, The Runaways. It also is a story about the other side of stardom and the music industry that is seldom ever seen by the public. Sharing the stage with her teenage band mates, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Jackie Fox, and Sandy West, they quickly became admired by fans throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. But, the dream of fame came with a price. It included drugs, exploitation, violence, and emotional scarring. Some things no person should have to endure at any price, let alone teenage girls.
This book is more just that side of fame, it's also about overcoming adversity and healing. Cherie is living proof of that. She has gone on to thrive, and has to be one of the most wonderful, down to earth people I have had the privilege to call friend. So if you are a fan of The Runaways their music, or are just in need of a inspirational story to read, and can find a copy, give it a read. You won't be disappointed.